Birmingham student’s artwork to be presented to the Indian government by trade delegation


Artwork created by a Birmingham student is set to be presented to the Indian government.

The MagBird painting

The MagBird painting

The painting, of Birmingham City University student Anna Kryzhanovska’s proposed MagBird sculpture will be delivered as part of a trade delegation to the country.

Anna handed it over to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street ahead of their trip.

The delegation is aiming to deepen trade links between the region and India.

Mr Street said:“It’s a real pleasure to take this painting to the Indian government, representing our region’s engineering and research strengths, but also showcasing a great artistic talent.”

The sculpture, which will be made from magnesium, was created following a competition set by Birmingham City University and Meridian Lightweight Technologies earlier this year.

As well as being presented to Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation during the mission to India, Anna’s winning work will go on display at Birmingham Airport next year.

The MagBird painting being handed over

The MagBird painting being handed over

Professor Hanifa Shah, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Build Environment at Birmingham City University, was also present at the ceremony to hand over the painting.

“Our research into the benefits of magnesium with partners around the world is going from strength to strength,” Prof Shah said.

“I am delighted that, with Anna’s artwork, our efforts will be brought to the attention of the Indian Government as part of the first ever Midlands trade delegation to the country.

“The competition to design the magnesium sculpture gave our students valuable exposure as they seek to forge their own careers in engineering and the arts, while it also reinforces our mission to develop sustainable solutions to problems facing society today.”


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