Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Saranjit Birdi
Born 1960 in Punjab, India.
Lived in UK from 1965, trained and worked as an architect 1979-2004 and established a professional arts practice in 2000. Concurrently trained and performed jazz-street-contemporary dance and jazz percussion.
I am inspired by Dance, Music, Architecture and dynamic form. I search for a synthesis of form often incorporating poetry. The Life drawing works shown here also include a series exploring ability/disability using different parts of the body to draw.
My work explores mark-making, duration and sensation using drawing, painting, digital photography and collage, film and performance. My recent works investigate limitations and boundaries such as physical disability, social exclusion, territory, stereotyping and freedom.
Drawing on experiences as jazz percussionist, architect and dancer, I work with a range of media including performance and installations. I have completed several public art and sculpture commissions and my collaborations with other artists have included light and buildings, dance-on-film and theatre - See link Axis Artist database http://www.axisweb.org/seCVPG.aspx?ARTISTID=11735
www.axisweb.org/seCVWK.aspx?ARTISTID=11735 and www.saranjitbirdi.com
EDUCATION and QUALIFICATIONS
MA in Fine Art Practice, Birmingham City University Sept 2009
Certificate of Credit Developing Arts For Health Staffordshire University 2007
Gallery In The Trees Public Artist Course - Birmingham City Council 1999
MA Interior Design with Computer Technology (Distinction) - UCE Birmingham 1998
RSA Dance Leaders In the Community 1990
Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Part III Architect Bristol University 1985
Diploma in Architecture Bristol University 1984
BA(Honours) in Architecture Bristol University 1982
First Prize Video Category Wolverhampton Art Gallery Exhibition OPEN 2008 for work Interrogation
Shropshire Pride Award 2002 for Seams of Time Sculpture Trail in Highley, Shropshire
PUBLICATIONS AND APPEARANCES
Mention in 'FROM JAZZ FUNK & FUSION TO ACID JAZZ: THE HISTORY OF THE UK JAZZ DANCE SCENE' by Mark Cotgrove 2009
ASIAN MAGAZINE BBC 1983
Biographical feature as architectural student at Bristol University exploring Dance, Poetry and Architecture.
Photograph and caption in the publication Inside BBC 1983.
See, saw Photographic/video installation, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford) Sept 08-Jan 2009
Expansions Various media, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery 3- 7th May 2005,
Follow- Various media, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery 24-30th May 2004, Multimedia
Dancers - Pastel drawings exhibited in foyer Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham and Derby Arts Centre 1998
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES
'SUR-FACE' 23-29 Feb 2010. Group exhibition at The Works Gallery, Jubilee Centre, Birmingham. Ceramic sculptures and performance painting and installation 'Paint Box'
'MA show' Birmingham City University Sept 2009
Travel and Movement Digital photography, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham Aug 2009
Move-meant Light painting and digital Photography, The Dance Centre, Moseley, Birmingham May 2009
The Mausoleum of Lost Objects Rivington Place, Shoreditch, London October 2008
Venice Watercolour and line paintings, Claires Gallery Birmingham 2008
Gallery 54 Ross-0n-Wye 2007 to present - Digital works and paintings
Bewdley Gateway Exhibition March 2006 mixed media painting
A&R Gallery Harborne Birmingham October 2005
Print Collectors Fair, RBSA Gallery Birmingham June 2005 Digital collage works
Midlands Art Centre Cotton Gallery August 2004 Digital collage works
Open Exhibition RBSA Gallery Birmingham June 2004
Art Works Out- the gallery Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Complex January 2000 Installation
PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
Under The Sun - Gateway sculpture Soho Road, Birmingham
Client - Birmingham City Council June 2004 - January 2009 Installation (Steel and vitreous enamel)
Elemental- Sculpture Eco-housing development, Cross Street , Wolverhampton
Bromford Housing Group. Collaboration with artist Richard Ellis June-Nov 2007 (Stainless steel)
Jane Eyre Opera stage design
Client Opera Mint. Birmingham. Stage design and performance at the CBSO Birmingham September 2005
Urban Tapestry Public Art to embellish crowd control barriers
Series of digital image panels for crowd control barriers. Client Birmingham City Council Feb 2002
Seams Of Time Sculpture Trail
Ceramic/steel/bronze sculptures. Client Bridgnorth DC and the Highley Initiative. Shropshire Pride Award 2002
Future Shows: 'Thisability', solo exhibition - Solihull Arts Complex 5th-15th May 2010. Open Presentation Event Monday 1oth May 6.00-7.30pm.Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull,Birmingham, West Midlands'Making Sense' - Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford 13 March-9 May 2010. Installation 'Thisability' featuring video work 'Drawn and Quartered' and three drawing compositions using elbows and feet.
Exhibition of works by Saranjit Birdi
9 January – 2 March 2012
at The Drum, Birmingham www.the-drum.org.uk/
‘per’ - by means of; through
‘form’ - the mode in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself; kind
'Having produced visual artwork, dance performance and architectural design over the last three decades, I have realized my work is connected by an energy, that energy is music, a sensation that becomes an emotional ‘driver’ to be expressed or transfigured in some form or another. The exhibits in ‘per form’ derive from music and dance, manifesting as action-painting, photographic and digital works, film and architecture, engaging all senses.
The Drum, as a diverse performance venue, is ideal for this collection of works'.