Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Saltley Stories by McNally and Galsinh

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I could not find was number 77: Saltley Stories by Martin McNally and Sharonjeet Galsinh.

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As you can see I visited the site of owl number 77, Saltley Stories by Martin McNally and Sharonjeet Galsinh, to find that it was missing after being vandalised. There was nothing I could do about this so I simply cursed the vandals and took a picture of the spot on which the owl originally stood. For more information click on this link to the Birmingham Mail article on the story.

Martin McNally has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art) and continues to practice with personal projects and exhibitions. His work has been seen in diverse locations such as Battersea, London and various community projects around Birmingham. He is the Projects Officer at Reel Access.

Sharon Galsinh is a Birmingham-based artist with a passion for arts, photography, graphic design and anything creative. She studied photography and graduated with a degree in graphic design. She is also an experienced mehndi artist.

Reel Access is a Birmingham based film education and training organisation with a focus on community filmmaking.

Norton Hall Children & Family Centre is a registered charity and voluntary organisation supporting children, parents and families in East Birmingham.

www.reelaccess.org.uk

www.nortonhall.org.uk

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The Big Hoot Saltley Stories which has been vandalised.

The Big Hoot Saltley Stories which has been vandalised.

 

Poddy by Fozia Malik

On September the 23rd, I was darting around north Birmingham searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 81: Poddy by Fozia Malik.

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Fozia Malik is a freelance artist based in the Bordesley Green area. Her passion for art began with a love of painting watercolour landscapes.

She has worked on various community art projects with women’s groups and led art and craft tables for children at charity events. Recently, she has been working for DanceXchange/Hippodrome to produce the Hodge Hill Herald.

Fozia is ardent about her community projects, as she feels that art should be enjoyed and more importantly, be accessible to all.

She is an active member of the OCCIC women’s group, with whom she collaborated to decorate the owl for the Big Hoot Project.

Website: www.ourcommunity.org.uk/

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Happy Birthday FEED! by Thomas Mcllroy et al

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 21: Happy Birthday FEED! by Thomas Mcllroy et al.

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Created by students from Birmingham Metropolitan College, Happy Birthday FEED!’s daytime appearance features de-collage and illustration. By night, the owl takes on a different guise with live projection mapping onto the body of the owl during the trail.

Artist: Thomas McIlroy, John Moore, Alice Milner, Jay Tomlins and Jordan Hannon

Sponsor: Birmingham Metropolitan College

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The Big Hoot by OWB and Anderson

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 23: The Big Hoot by OWB (design) and Glenn Anderson (painter).

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Glenn Anderson is a Birmingham art legend, who sites ‘places, adventures, discovery, and the five+ sensory emotions’ as examples of the inspiration for his work.  He believes that these experiences are caught and manifest themselves in strange ways, and that the human ‘amplifier’ needs to do something with that energy in positive ways.  Glenn’s work features typography – both conventional and non-conventional – and he works in Biro, with aerosol, planks of weathered wood and rusted nails and much, much more.

Website: www.g-anders.co.uk

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The Green Owl by Julia Zellar-Jacques

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 22: The Green Owl by Julia Zellar-Jacques.

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Julia Zeller-Jacques is an Edinburgh-based illustrator who trained at Hull School of Art and Design.  She works in both printing and painting and explores natural themes and subject matter in her art.

Julia’s mother was born and brought up in Birmingham, before she left to join the WRENs, and her only abiding memories were of Kunzle cakes and a bleak industrial landscape.  So, it gave the artist great pleasure to learn that Birmingham now boasts more parks than any other European city and that its flower displays and gardens win prestigious awards.

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Yellow by Glenn Anderson

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 25: Yellow by Glenn Anderson on the roof at the Custard Factory. This was the only owl that was inaccessable as there was no lift going up to the rooftop leaving me, and other owl spotters, a little bit miffed. It was impossible to get a better photograph than this one without a zoom lens, but my glimpse from afar and this owls name suggests that it was merely plain yellow and therfore not very photogenic. This snapshot is proof that I saw all 89 owls in their temporary habitat of Birmingham. It is still not too late to sponsor me for completing this brilliantly daft challenge and to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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Glenn Anderson is a Birmingham art legend, who sites ‘places, adventures, discovery, and the five+ sensory emotions’ as examples of the inspiration for his work.  He believes that these experiences are caught and manifest themselves in strange ways, and that the human ‘amplifier’ needs to do something with that energy in positive ways.  Glenn’s work features typography – both conventional and non-conventional – and he works in Biro, with aerosol, planks of weathered wood and rusted nails and much, much more.

Website: www.g-anders.co.uk

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Through New Eyes by David Hand

On September the 22nd, I was dashing around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 24: Through New Eyes by David Hand.

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David Hand is a celebrated graphic designer and sometime illustrator who currently resides in the Shropshire hills.  He has worked on a number of bold and significant campaigns and generally likes to work on a broad range of projects of any size, shape or form, including: music, typography, branding, identity, surface decoration and so on, with interesting people who are excited and inspired by original, crafted design.  One day, he would also like to see a Great Grey Owl in the wild!

Website: www.alongbirdalley.co.uk

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