Opening this year’s BDF Conference is ‘The Creative City’ a new exhibition of colourful work celebrating Birmingham

Opening this Summer’s postponed Birmingham Design Festival is a new and exciting exhibition launching on Monday 16th August, titled ‘The Creative City’. Aligning with this years theme of ‘Colour’ this is an exciting and vibrant exhibition, confidently celebrating Birmingham.

Over 100 of our regions finest illustrators, designers, typographers, printmakers and artists have all produced a large format poster – utilising the same colour palette. The work is a mixture of the personal and commercial, featuring everything from family histories to celebrations of food and music.

Kicking-off BDF is an exhibition of the work at full 60×40″ size, pasted up onto A-boards, held in Factory Works at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Join us in a Covid-compliant way to view the work on Monday 16th August, from 6pm–11pm.

Catalogues of all the work will be for sale, printed beautifully by local firm Clarkeprint, utilising gorgeous G.F Smith papers. One-off, ‘actual size’ prints will also be auctioned.

The full gallery of work will be available to view at and a selection of the posters will be brightening up the city thanks to our outdoor advertising partner Jack Arts.

We felt it was right to celebrate the local & homegrown talent in the West Mids this Summer, and to remind each other of the many reasons why we love Brum.

The Creative City is an exhibition showcasing the diversity and quality of our region. We’re sure you’re going to love it too.

Thanks to our fantastic partners you can not only treasure a keepsake catalogue and pour over the posters online – you can also enjoy seeing much of the work across the city!

Luke Tonge, BDF Director

Featured artists include: Annatomix, Imbue, Old Bort, Fokawolf, Seven 9 Signs, Justin Sola, Ben Javens, Rootts, Super Freak, Window Artists, Hapico, Brumhaus, Barbara Gibson, Common Curiosity, Joseph Frascina, Keith Dodds, Michelle Turton, Mark Murphy, Pickle Illustration + 80 more!

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