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Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

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! 

Lolcal News' creator, Sinead Birmingham
Lolcal News' creator, Sinead Birmingham
Private View of Lolcal News
Private View of Lolcal News
Work by Craig John. Head to the exhibition to find out the related headline...
Work by Craig John. Head to the exhibition to find out the related headline...

The works are currently on show at OPEN Norwich this weekend, with the bar opening at an earlier time of 3.30pm on Saturday 6th April. The original pieces are available to buy and limited edition post card packs with all works included for £25 with all proceeds going to OPEN Youth Trust. 

Admission is £5.

To find out more information click here