A limited-edition series of fine art postcards featuring reproductions of iconic Birmingham buildings is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity as part of The Big Sleuth sculpture trail.
The stunning Birminiatures collection by celebrated artist Temper features 15 paintings of buildings such as Grand Central, Rotunda, Mailbox and Piccadilly Arcade.
Birminiatures are close-up details from Temper’s ‘Window Shopping’ sculpture for The Big Sleuth trail; the highly-anticipated sequel to The Big Hoot, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised £625,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Produced by Retail BID Birmingham, Temper’s 15 Birminiatures postcards have been printed to a strictly limited edition of 500 packs and are available to buy for £9.99 per pack at The Big Sleuth store in Great Western Arcade in the city centre. All proceeds go towards Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Three of the 500 packs feature a reproduction of Temper’s painting of Birmingham Town Hall and the lucky buyers of these will win the original gold leaf Town Hall painting, signed by Temper.
Retail BID, the Business Improvement District for the city centre retail area, is backing The Big Sleuth by sponsoring two of the charity bears and asked Temper to design one of its 165cm tall sculptures.
During a 20-year career Temper has received widespread acclaim with sold-out collections in galleries across the UK.
The artist’s Re-Tail owl, also sponsored by Retail BID, produced the highest bid at The Big Hoot auction in the autumn of 2015, selling for an incredible £18,000.
“I’m blessed that Retail Birmingham asked me to create something so I’ve created a bear called Window Shopping to reflect the retail element,” said Temper.
“When you do something like this you get a sense of achievement and feel good about yourself knowing you’re helping families at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
Steve Hewlett, Retail BID Manager, said: “This is a rare chance to own Temper’s work and we are honoured that he has agreed to release the stunning miniature paintings as limited-edition postcards.
“The ‘Willy Wonka’ moment to find the three lucky gold Town Hall paintings makes it extra special and will help raise much needed funds for the Children’s Hospital to be able to continue their outstanding work.”
Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Temper’s postcards are superb, capturing iconic building’s from in and around Birmingham.
“We are so grateful to Temper for his amazing bear and these Birminiature postcards – the money raised will help provide vital funds needed to make a real difference to our children treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”