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The Library of Birmingham has been awarded a major grant by Arts Council England to undertake a 2 year project to create a new strategic hub and network for photography and photographers in collaboration with national and international partners. The project will be called Grain.

This is the largest Grants for the Arts Award given to photography in the region.

Key elements of the project will include researching, developing and delivering new, ambitious high quality opportunities to strengthen photography in the region, providing sustainability and promoting the sector nationally and internationally.

The award follows previous grants for Reference Works: The Library of Birmingham Photography Project ( commission established in the city – and a more recent grant from the Art’s Councils Designation Development Fund to undertake conservation work on a nine volume publication titled the People of India, published between 1865 and 1870, which contains over 480 original photographic prints.

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