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Night at the Museum

Subscribe to RSS RSSThursday, 8th April, 2010

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery threw open its doors to photographers in the early hours of Easter Sunday as the UK City of Culture bid team linked up with the 4am Project.

The Birmingham Cultural Partnership helped snappers from the acclaimed 4am Project enjoy a night at the museum as part of the project’s second anniversary celebrations.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, the 4am Project started in 2008 when Birmingham photographer Karen Strunks was driving through the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

Struck by the contrast between the deserted cityscape and the daytime traffic and noise she started taking photographs of Birmingham at 4am and posting them online.

Since then, likeminded photographers, amateur and professional, from more than 25 countries worldwide have joined the project and many participated in a mass event on Easter Sunday at 4am.

And, thanks to the UK City of Culture bid, Karen and a group of Birmingham photographers were given the chance to explore Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Karen said: “We really enjoyed out night at the museum and you can see the fantastic results via the 4am Project website.

“Birmingham is a really creative city so I wasn’t surprised to see photographers turning up to the museum at 4am. Hopefully this sort of project would go from strength to strength under a national and international spotlight if we were named the UK City of Culture.”

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership, said: “The 4am Project brilliantly illustrates what a creative city we have. Karen Strunks had a vision that she has now turned into a global project – a global project that began on the streets of Birmingham.

“We know that creativity can be found across Birmingham and City of Culture status would help people from the many communities all over the city really make their mark.

“As we’ve said all along, this is Birmingham’s bid and people like Karen epitomise what is so great and innovative about our city.”

Click on the link below for more information about the 4am Project