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Art exhibition to die for at Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Jewellery Quarter

Evening display as part of national Museums at Night programme

A dead good art exhibition will be taking place on Saturday evening at one of Birmingham’s most unusual visitor attractions.

Newman Brothers Coffin Works in the Jewellery Quarter is exhibiting a collection of art works called Game Over, inspired by the historic factory which made coffin furniture for more than 100 years, as part of the national Museums at Night programme.

The exhibition, which takes place on Saturday, May 16, between 6pm and 10pm, has been put together by Transient-Art, a small group of West Midlands based artists, whose purpose is to creatively engage with audiences in unusual spaces.

The Newman Brothers courtyard will host a live fashion show, showing work produced by fine art and fashion students from Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Suzanne Carter from Birmingham Conservation Trust, the charity behind the restoration of Newman Brothers, said: “We are really excited to have our first Museums at Night event on Saturday and looking forward to welcoming visitors with a passion for art who might not usually visit a museum.

James Wilkes, Gaddafi

“I’m especially looking forward to watching the fashion show in the courtyard. I wonder if they will be clothes to die for, or clothes you wouldn’t be seen dead in?”

Jon Wilkes, curator of the Game Over exhibition, which is running in the museum’s gallery until the end of July, said: “Each of the 15 artists and students taking part in the event came on a tour of the factory and left inspired by what they saw and heard.

“All the work responds to the museum and for one night only, actually becomes a part of the museum.”

Museums at Night is a biannual UK-wide festival which attracts visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events.

Tickets are available on the door priced at £3 for adults, £1 young adults and children go free. For details about the venue visit www.coffinworks.org

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