A new art gallery, opening on Monday 13 September, will bring artists which have never exhibited in the city, to homes across the region.
Lux Gallery, on Greenfield Crescent in the heart of Edgbaston Village on the Calthorpe Estate, is the brainchild of Birmingham-based Owen de Visser, a keen photographer and arts co-ordinator.
The gallery will specialise in youthful, vibrant and striking pieces spanning paintings, acrylics, ceramics, jewellery and even digital art. de Visser has secured exclusive contracts with established artists from destinations including Manchester, Glasgow and Cornwall, all of which have never been seen in Birmingham before. He reviewed the work of over 1,000 individual artists before selecting just 30 to represent within the Edgbaston gallery.
de Visser has lived in Birmingham for 17 years and has art in his blood, growing up with a mother who also managed a gallery. He comments: “Lux Gallery will combine all of my passions under one roof. With an art gallery at the front, and a high-end photographic studio in the back, we are looking forward to finally being able to welcome clientele with a glass of fizz as they peruse the work our striking artists.
“Edgbaston Village offered the perfect location for us, situated alongside other niche retail businesses and independent brands, and with Calthorpe Estates’ exciting vision for the future. With the opening of Chapter restaurant imminent, as well as being situated close to Loki Wine along the new-look Greenfield Crescent, we’ll be in great company!”
Emma Davenport, Customer & Lettings Executive at Calthorpe Estates, added: “The addition of Lux Gallery to Greenfield Crescent now cements Edgbaston’s reputation as a leisure and lifestyle destination village, with a compelling home offer.
“Visitors can shop for an entire interiors solution; from handmade kitchens, home furniture and decor at Neptune, premium Danish furniture at BoConcept, and luxury furniture and home accessories at OKA, Lux Gallery will complement all that the location has to offer. Shoppers can now find the perfect piece of unique artwork to put the finishing touch to a room.”
Edgbaston Village recently played host to its second Artisan market, welcoming around 6,000 people who enjoyed locally-produced food and drink and a range of art and craft stallholders. Visitors took advantage of the new Greenfield Crescent streetscape, with its festoon lights, enhanced greenery, planters and easier pedestrian access. With works recently complete, it has created a greener, more attractive and accessible destination for visitors and the local community to enjoy.
Edgbaston Village is already home to a variety of award-winning independent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, including the Michelin-starred Simpsons, The High Field and Loki Wine. Recent plans unveiled by Calthorpe Estates showed the potential for even more al fresco dining and shopping options in the area, all of which will be made increasingly accessible following the creation of the new Edgbaston Village Metro stop, set to open at the end of the year.