Monday night saw the unveiling of the latest Pointe Blank exhibition; a collection of 27 original prints created by professional designers and inspired by the story of Hobson’s Choice, produced to mark this week’s performances of David Bintley’s production at Birmingham Hippodrome.
The pieces were seen together for the first time at a drinks reception held in one of the Company’s own studios, as well as online at the project website, www.pointeblank.co.uk.
Participants were sourced by independent curator Claire Hartley, a birmingham-based illustrator and designer, who also produced work herself. Speaking before the work was unveiled, she explained: ‘All of the contributors are professional designers, taking part because they genuinely want to. The enthusiasm shown by everybody has been amazing. There’s no prize or winner – it’s just for fun! There’s so much talent in Birmingham, yet there aren’t enough opportunities for collaboration.”
Speaking at the launch event, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Media Officer, Rob Lindsay, praised the collection, saying: ‘It’s an overwhelming collection of artwork that has far outstripped anything that any of us dared to expect. The volume of ideas, and the strength with which each piece has been executed is fantastic, and the time and talents that everybody has poured into the pieces is immensely appreciated.’
This was the second time that such a project had been undertaken, following 2011’s Coppélia exhibition, which is still available to view online. For both projects, the brief had not required the contributors to present the subjects as ballets, only that their artwork included some reference to the Company.