By Zoe Ford
Beyond the hard-hitting headlines that fill newspapers nationwide, a light-hearted tale is often a welcome relief.
Local designer Sinead Birmingham has spent the past year working on creative project ‘Lolcal News’, gathering Norfolk headlines that capture eccentric and comical news stories.
The project developed throughout Sinead’s time living in London, where - working as a freelance designer - she collated topically amusing news headlines from Norfolk publications. Wanting to stay informed and in the loop, Sinead collected these digital snippings, also giving her a comforting connection to her hometown.
‘I started noticing the extreme differences in news between London and Norfolk and how Norfolk actually a pretty special place.’
Sinead moved back to Norwich a year ago and has since developed her project with thirty Norfolk illustrators, artists and designers - a network she has built since she relocated back to native Norfolk.
The thirty artists have explored real headlines using a range of media including print, drawing, collage, photography, video and mixed media.
Lolcal exhibition is a funny, vibrant and innovative culmination of works and I had the pleasure of attending the private view last night. The room was lit dramatically, putting the works centre stage in OPEN's large atmospheric banking hall.
After seeing the exhibition, I would highly recommend visiting. I feel there is something for everyone, whether you are an avid art-lover, have an interest in journalism, love our local area and just enjoy having a giggle!