Ghost Streets Of Balsall Heath | Janet Mendelsohn @ Ort Gallery, Birmingham [from 10 March to 28 April]

Ghost Streets Of Balsall Heath | Janet Mendelsohn

- 28
14:00 - 17:00

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Ort Gallery
500-504 Moseley Road, B12 9AH Birmingham, United Kingdom
The photography of Janet Mendelsohn

Presented in association with Flatpack Film Festival

10 March – 28 April 2018

In the late 1960s American filmmaker and photographer Janet Mendelsohn spent several months documenting the everyday life of Balsall Heath, as part of her studies at the University of Birmingham. These images are a vivid record of the community at a time of rapid change, and many of the streets depicted were demolished soon afterwards. The exhibition visually explores a social housing crisis, poverty, migration and the experience of childhood in the area.

Building on a brief pop-up exhibition in summer 2015, Ort Gallery now present a selection of these amazing images in the neighbourhood where they were taken. The exhibition will be supported by a resource room exploring some of the stories behind the pictures, and a programme of events and screenings culminating in the 12th Flatpack Film Festival (13-22 April 2018).

Do you have memories of Balsall Heath in the late 60s? We’d love to hear from you! Email us here: [email protected]

Associated events:

Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath Opening Event
Ort Gallery & The Old Print Works
10 March 2018, 2:00 pm, FREE

Janet Mendelsohn’s Varna Road: photographs of 1960s Balsall Heath | Kieran Connell Talk
Ort Gallery
17 March 2018, 2:00 pm, FREE
In association with Arts & Science Festival

Demolition and Redevelopment in Balsall Heath & Share Your Story
Ort Gallery
7 April 2018, 2:00 pm, FREE
in association with The GAP Arts Project & Balsall Heath History Society

Ghosts Walk
Ort Gallery & Balsall Heath
8 April 2018, 11:00 am, £5 incl light lunch, booking essential, see link below
In association with Still Walking Festival

Balsall Heath Community Conversation
Balsall Heath Church Centre
12 April 2018, 6:00 pm, Free
in association with brap Human Rights

Ort Gallery
15 April 2018, 1:00 pm, Free
in association with True Form Projects
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