Discovery Trail

Inspired by the Library of Birmingham’s most treasured works and collections, and their iconic new home, Capsule has curated a trail of art works which will lead visitors around the new building and encourage visitors to explore more of what the library has to offer. The works encompass a wide range of media, including sound, digital media, and extraordinary objects. Some are new commissions, and others we have chosen for their ability to stimulate ideas and questions about what a library can be.

Artists featured:

Laura Kate Chapman has created a series of contemporary illustrations and characters that inhabit the Children’s Library.

Matt Watkins created a new animation inspired by The Audubon Book of American Birds, thought to be the world’s most expensive book.

Serena Korda’s Library of Secrets is a mobile library conceived from the love of keeping and finding things amongst the pages of books.

Su Blackwell’s newly commissioned sculpture references the Birmingham Shakespeare Collection.

Leon Sparks has created a new piece of work using the collection of technical drawings by Boulton and Watt

Lucy McLauchlan has created a site-specific work responding to the spectacular surroundings of the Book Rotunda.

Rebecca and Katy Beinart reference Victorian era plant collectors with the piece Adaptation

Juneau Projects have created new work inspired by the Library of Birmingham’s 3rd floor terrace garden

Theatre Jukebox is an arcade-style cabinet that plays stories instead of records

Anna Francis and Andrew Branscombe have created a series of bird sculptures that are placed throughout the library

Jennifer Collier’s delicate work Paper Typewriter references recently obsolete technology and knowledge.

The Book Apothecary have created a new audio work inspired by compose Granville Bantock.

Read more detailed information on the artworks here.

Part of the Discovery season.