One of Birmingham’s most impressive buildings is opening its doors to the public seven days a week after launching a new bar believed to be unique in the city
The Q-Club – housed in Methodist Central Hall in Corporation Street – has opened its latest venture The Art Bar.
Backed by Custard Factory gallery The Sauce Gallery, it will feature a new exhibition every month as well as giving people a place to relax and have a drink with friends.
Amar Saeed, curator of the gallery, and one of the people behind the bar, said: “The Art Bar just naturally fits in with a gallery.
“In any European capital, even London or Manchester, you can go into a gallery and have a drink or a coffee.
“You can relax, have a meeting, and it gives you a chance to really engage with the art. People need spaces to actually view art to come in and just chill out surrounded by it.
“I think Birmingham has certain things but I don’t think it has anything of this kind of nature when you can go into such a grand building and be surrounded by art and enjoy it and the building.
He added: “I think this is a magnificent location.”
Photographer Pete Williams, whose exhibition, Headz, is the first one to grace the walls of The Art Bar, said he was pleased to be involved in the opening.
“It’s great really to have the exhibition. The pictures are basically a collection of shots of musicians taken during a 20 year association with the now sadly closed down Straight No Chaser music magazine.
“The pictures have been printed up specially for this show. Before now they’ve been just magazine- sized so to see them up on the wall blown up is great.
“The response has been great. It’s just lovely to see pictures that are now old style, no digital. It’s all filmIt’s just unusual for this kind of modern market.
“I’m really pleased to be involved and it’s great that mine’s the inaugural art on the wall. The bar will be open from noon until late in the evening every night of the week.”