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Con-form-al Mixed Media Exhibition at P Cafe Stirchley

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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The Truth Behind Masks Examined In Art Exhibition
The contrasting sinister and innocent side of face masks is being unveiled in a new mixed media exhibition in Birmingham.

Con-form-al at P Cafe's art gallery in Stirchley features brand new work by Midland artists Emma Trimble and Clare Whelan.

Con-form-al, mixed media exhibition art Birmingham P Cafe Emma Trimble
The truth behind masks unveiled at the Con-form-al exhibition. Photo credit Emma Trimble


Trimble, a photographer, has compiled work focussing on masks and what they do or don't hide, while mixed media visual artist Whelan has used the inspiration of nature to recreate the human form.

The exhibition will be on display at the cafe in Pershore Road from September 29 to October 25.

Photojournalist Trimble, 35, from Birmingham, says: "I've always been fascinated by masks and how people struggle to hide their true identities in different types of social situations, I should know I can hide behind my camera."

She adds: "For the exhibition I have delved into the innocence of masks worn in childhood and the more sinister side to masks in adult life. Masks don't always hide but accentuate features and masks take on many forms, be it a physical mask, make-up, fake tan or personality."

Whelan, 37, from Sutton Coldfield, is a mixed-media visual artist who has worked throughout Staffordshire and the West Midlands as a teacher specialising in art and also exhibited work at Moseley Dance Workshop, Birmingham Institute for Art and Design and Newman University.

Con-form-al, clare whelan, mixed media exhibition art Birmingham P Cafe Emma Trimble
Clare Whelan at work for the Con-form-al exhibition. Photo credit Emma Trimble

"I wanted to see how my work is read by an audience," says Whelan. "My ideas come from nature to recreate the human form."

The two artists have been involved in the arts for more than a decade. In 2007, Whelan initiated an art project in Austria involving primary school children using Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Trimble, who worked for the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury, has photographed events from London Fashion Week to the Birmingham Riots and charity workers in The Gambia.

P Café is a new space in the south side of Birmingham that brings together poetry readings, performance and art exhibitions.

Con-form-al
P Café Art Gallery
1464 Pershore Road
Stirchley
Birmingham
B30 2NT

Tuesday September 29 - Sunday October 25
Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sunday 10-3pm.

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Why? See fascinating collection from 2 Midland artists
When: September 29 - October 25, 2015
Where: P Cafe in Stirchley, Birmingham
Cost: Free
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