£16,000 for Birmingham Big Art Project

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Fundraising luncheons raise £16,000 towards the Birmingham Big Art Project


Friday 23rd October was an exciting date for the Big Art Project, as Andy Street, Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership and Chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, attended a special fundraising lunch at the Hotel du Vin & Bistro.



Addressing a room full of nearly 100 corporate guests, Glyn Pitchford, Chairman of the Big Art Project, kicked off the event with an introductory speech. Andy Street then captured his audience by discussing John Lewis’ arrival into Birmingham, how he has achieved great success at the John Lewis Partnership and the role Birmingham has to play in driving the UK’s economy.


During Andy’s insightful speech, guests enjoyed a two course lunch and glass of wine, all part of the fundraising effort to place Birmingham on the World map.



Meanwhile, on Tuesday 27th October, attendees at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham were treated to lunch and a whole lot of laughter, as special guest Jasper Carrott entertained the crowd.


Both events raised around £3,000 towards The Birmingham Big Art Project, with John Lewis and Pertemps kindly donating a huge £5,000 each.


The Birmingham Big Art Project is an initiative put in place to create a landmark piece of Public Art for Birmingham City Centre in 2018 that will help drive the visitor economy, bring Brummies together and produce some positive PR for the City.  (Previous successful examples of such work are the Angel of the North near Newcastle and Cloudgate / ‘The Bean’ in Chicago)


The link below takes you to a great article that explains the project and lists the big hitters involved in the steering group: http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/birmingham-big-art-project-launches-6642680


Profits from the lunch will help raise funds for the Birmingham Big Art Project, which is a registered charity looking to commission a major work of public art for Birmingham City Centre which will put Birmingham and this region on the world stage


More information on the project and how you can help can be found at:  www.birminghambigartproject.og.uk


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