Ikon and Birmingham-born artist Gillian Wearing are on a quest to find a 'real' Birmingham family.
Thank you Birmingham Families! Over 370 families have nominated themselves as potential models for Gillian Wearing’s A Real Birmingham Family, a life-size bronze statue to be set within Centenary Square, near the new Library of Birmingham, from 2014.
Ikon started the project at the Pallasades Shopping Centre in April 2011, and toured the project to many different locations within the city over the next year. The project draws attention to the unsung, raising questions about civic identity and what it means to be a family today. No limits were placed on how the twenty-first century family might define itself.
From the many hundreds of self-nominated families, a shortlist of four was chosen by a diverse panel of community, cultural and religious figures. Each family is distinct, from an extended family of neighbours to single parents, representing a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds. These families are the core of an exhibition presented in the BBC Birmingham Public Space at The Mailbox during the summer. In short films the families talk about being from and living in Birmingham, and their identity as a family.
From this shortlist the panel chose the Jones family as A Real Birmingham Family