Pointe Blank Exhibition / Birmingham Royal Ballet
The Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) invited me to contribute to two of their exhibitions. Based in Birmingham’s Hippodrome the BRB is world renowned for the quality of it’s ballets.
The first exhibition featured Birmingham based illustrators and designers and was themed around BRB’s production of Coppélia. I chose to illustrate the title character, a mechanical doll mistaken for a real-life girl by one of the male characters.
The exhibition was held in one of the Hippodrome’s dance studios with a pianist and complimentary drinks. It was a great, and unusual space for an exhibition.
The second exhibition was based on Hobson’s Choice. I selected the lead male character, a drunk bootmaker called Henry Hobson who has forbidden his three daughters to marry. Instead he insists they work in his Victorian shoe shop while he drinks away the profits.
Pointe Blank was setup as a way to encourage a younger generation to experience the ballet. Hopefully the artwork myself and the other illustrators created helped promote the amazing performances they create.