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Cold War Steve & Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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Benny’s Babbies – Cold War Steve & Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
18/04/2020

In September 2019 (a properly different world it was then!) the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery approached Cold War Steve to work on a commission based around their amazing Digital Image Resource. The idea was to dig deep into the archives and give some of their fantastic pieces the CWS treatment, and in doing so to emphasise the unique brilliance of the collection sat online, a collection that anyone can access at any time. 

Little did we realise then that we’d be sat here 8 months later, the gallery closed and all of us pretty much barred from the outside world – galleries, pubs, cinemas, schools and most shops shut and us all trying to figure out ‘what next?’ and how to cope daily during this mad weird time.

Cold War Steve’s work resulting from this project (Cut, Copy, Remix) was supposed to be launched in the gallery (in room 23) today. There no doubt would have been red carpets, roped off areas, fizzy wine (and Red Bull), a fancy curtain with gold drawstring readied and an array of the world’s press in attendance to mark the occasion. Or at the very least the very good people from the museum and gallery and all our friends and family together. 

We’re delighted here at The Social Gathering to be able to host this amazing project on loan until it can be installed on the walls of the gallery where it deserves to be. This is the official unveiling of ‘Benny’s Babbies’, Cold War Steve’s biggest and most ambitious piece to date, a joyous celebration of his city Birmingham!

Download the full high resolution artwork below and enjoy these contributions inspired by the work from Kit De Waal, Jonathan Coe, Joe Lycett, Dr Pogus Caesar, Stephen Duffy, Emalee Beddoes-Davis and Christoper Spencer aka Cold War Steve.

Free super-high-res download version of Benny to keep here

https://www.thesocial.com/bennys-babbies/

 

 

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