Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is over 250 years old and has Europe’s largest remaining concentration of jewellery businesses. Yet to many people, it has remained a hidden gem situated just outside the City Centre core.
The Gateway project is aimed at helping people find their way into the Quarter whilst drawing attention to both the history of jewellery and the importance of contemporary design – there are now over one hundred contemporary design/maker businesses working in the Quarter.
This public art project is the result of a partnership between Advantage West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, and Groundwork Birmingham.
Project managed by Groundwork Birmingham it has been developed in close consultation with the community.
- Junction of Vyse Street/Great Hampton Street: ‘With Love from’ Stylisation: The Hand That Gives or Wears the Jewel.
- Junction Hall Street/Great Hampton Street: ‘Origins Of’ Human: The Hand That Discovers The Natural Source Of The Jewel.
- Junction of Newhall Street/Lionel Street: ‘Made in’ Geology: The Hand That Moulds the Raw Material into a Jewel.
These Gateway features have been designed by a Birmingham freelance artist Anuradha Patel. She has a wide experience of working on commissions which take the form of both sculptures and functional designs.
She uses many different materials and specialises in working with schools, residents, and design professionals.
The manufacturers of the Gateway structures are a local Hockley firm – Form Fabrications (Birmingham) Ltd. They are made from a variety of steel tubes and rods, rolled, bent, and welded.