The influential music exhibition that will take you back in time comes to Midlands Art Centre

The Influence Project poster – Jade Morris

Birmingham’s Midlands Art Centre presents a unique display of photography from Alexis Chabala and curator Lorayne Crawford, as the Influence Project opens to the public.

The exhibition celebrates the impact that black musicians have had on contemporary sound and culture, along with social and political influences on new generations of artists.

Matt Grimes, Music Industries Lecturer at Birmingham City University believes that the history of black culture has had a significant impact on the music industry, both globally and locally.

Matthew Grimes, Music Industries Lecturer

The exhibition features portraits of over 100 artists and a collection of photographs that have never been shown before are also on display in the gallery.

The public’s reaction has been very positive and Birmingham Eastside caught up with visitors at the MAC.

One visitor really enjoyed her day at the exhibition
These young girls say they learned a lot

Artists portrayed in the exhibition include those with strong Birmingham connections. The Influence Project also showcases artists from the mid-to-late 20th century.

Portraits featured in the gallery – Alexis Chabalas website

Lorayne Crawford, curator of the exhibition explains the importance of the Influence Project.

“We wanted to tell the stories of these artists and highlight their musical importance in a way that would connect people and encourage them to explore the music they listen to. The exhibition is a way of bringing this together in a space that everyone can share and enjoy.”

Lorayne Crawford, curator of The Influence Project
Alexis Chabala and Lorayne Crawford – LiveBrum

The Midlands Art Centre is suitable for all ages and backgrounds and receives over one million visits a year. It is also known to be one of the liveliest art centers in the Midlands.

The exhibition is available to members of the public untill Sunday 22nd March 2020, for more information you can visit their website, along with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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