Becoming//Unlike: How Birmingham art students are exploring contemporary issues through exhibitions

on April 11, 2017

A group of eight third-year students at the Birmingham School of Art have showcased a four-part exhibition series entitled Borders, Thresholds and Collective Identities.

These exhibitions aim to shed some light on current affairs and contemporary social issues such as war, mental health and immigration; through young artists’ point of view.

Here are some snippets from the show:

Professor Jonathan Harris, Head of School, says:

“Borders of all kinds have been severely tested or undermined recently by the pressures and forces of globalisation… The School of Art itself might be thought of as a threshold across which its occupants must move: into the city, the country and the wider world. But with what purpose? We encourage the students here to really explore the issues that matter.”

Becoming//Unlike was the second exhibition in the series, held on the 21st February, with work exhibited by:

  • Leanne O’Connor
  • Tony McClure
  • Vince Stokes
  • Amber Prescott
  • Lauren Godwin
  • Sydney Marston
  • Aileen Doherty
  • George Caswell
  • Mitchell Wallaard

The School of Art’s ‘Collective’ group managed to get permission to transform the School’s concourse space into this exhibition Tony McClure, a member of the Collective, admitted that: “The response has been really overwhelming. We’ve had so much positive feedback and people seem to be engaging with the socio-political ideas behind the pieces, which is exactly what we hoped for”.



Raneem. 20. Small curly kid. Second year Media and Communication student. Arts and culture enthusiast, inquisitive about everything in between.

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