Thursday, 18 October 2012

Brum | the city of a thousand trades.

These pictures were snapped during my trip to Birmingham last weekend. 
The first three pictures were taken along the canal, and the second were taken in the Icon gallery.
They had a number of really interesting exhibitions there, the first was called 'And Europe Will Be Stunned' by Israeli artist Yael Bartana; and was a series of short films within the contect of poland about politics, desires and fears. You can find out more information HERE.
The second exhibition was Arefin & Arefin: The Work of Tony Erefin, Erefin passed away in 2000 and during the 1960's was one of the most important figures in the British Art World. I found his work incredibly interesting and very engaging, in the first room there was a couple of large tables showcasing a number of books showing pages of his work. I was desperate to flick through! But no touching,,,,, : - | 
You can find out more about that exhibition HERE.

We then took a trip to the famous Back to Back Houses.
The candy shop was really nice.......... I wanted to buy everything!
But the houses,,,, really....? There nicer than many of the houses in London. 
Cute quirky windows and a back garden, I mean that's pretty good going ;-)
Give them some good insulation and your ready to go.
You can have a look at some pictures on their website.

After a day of walking and a rather hungry tummy,,,, my mum and I went on a hunt for The Lord Clifden. I had read loads of really good reviews on the internet, and then after a visit to this little vintage shop I got talking to the owner and she said we should definitely check it out.
So we did and the food was delish
There was such as great vibe as soon as you walked through the door, the staff welcomed you and there was a real mix of characters. And of course the décor was awesome, with prints from the likes of Banksy, Shepard Fairey and D*Face hanging on their walls.
There menu is great too, I had a hard time choosing between the Banksy & Shepard Burger; settling for the Shepard burger was was delicious! And my Mum ordered the Haddock which she said was perfect :-) 
So. If you are ever in Birmingham, with a hungry tummy that is the place to get your grub!
(and they have Brothers Strawberry Cider) 

And of course the last two pictures of of the Iconic Selfridges building!

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