The red on white sign was adopted by Louise Latter, Head of Programme at BOM to be displayed outside their building on Dudley Street for the whole of 2018. At the end of the year, the sign headed north to take up residence outside Middlesbrough Town Hall as part of their new Creative Factory project.
Applications are now being sought for a host venue for this sign in 2020. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Artsadmin in London, the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Castlefield Gallery & Lionel Dobie Project in Manchester, FACT in Liverpool, The Tetley in Leeds, Edinburgh Printmakers, Deveron Projects in Huntly and now BOM too, then please see further information about how to 'adopt a sign'.
BOM is an arts organisation working at the intersection of science and technology. Our base is in Birmingham City Centre between the shiny new train station and the famous Birmingham Markets. Our location means we have a diverse and non-traditional audience who often pop in to see who we are and what we are doing. Early Warning Signs gave us another tool to draw people in with.
2018 was a big year for BOM, but possibly not a good year for us to host one of the Early Warning Signs. When we signed up to be involved we thought we would be closed for a very exciting refurbishment for just a few months at the beginning of the year, unfortunately, due to reasons entirely out of our control we actually ended up being closed for nine months of the year.
When we did finally open we had lost the external metal railing at the front of our building which was great for our security and accessibility within the building but we no longer had anywhere to lock the sign to.
We would have liked to have coordinated another Birmingham based organisation to host the sign, but regrettably we were extremely over stretched due to the prolonged refurbishment.
We wish Ellie and the Early Warning Signs the best of luck going forward.