Stunning pictures lifts lid on Birmingham's southside district

An exhibition of new photographs chronicling life in and around the city’s Southside district is being held at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Local photographer Ross Jukes has spent the last 12 months taking pictures in the area, amassing a collection of more than 2,000 images which were whittled down for the exhibition.

Photo taken from In ‘Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes

Mr Jukes was commissioned by property investment firm Rockspring which has developed The Forum, a new complex of 333 apartments on the site of the old Silver Blades ice rink in Pershore Street.


The exhibition, called In ‘Side, was curated by a panel of independent judges chaired by Hippodrome chief executive Fiona Allan and a total of 33 images are on display and split into four categories – people, places, festivals and street art.

Photo taken from In 'Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes
Photo taken from In ‘Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes

Mr Jukes said: “My work to date has largely been bigger, broader, landscape shots of the city but this project forced me to come in close.

“I walked miles and miles, just following my nose.


“It was uncommon for me to have any structure, unless there was a specific event happening.

“Southside is an area on the cusp of change, with the wholesale markets disappearing and the Smithfield district emerging.

“The exhibition shows all walks of life and I hope is a true reflection of life in the area.”


Anita Jerkovic, European director at Rockspring, added: “When we acquired the former ice rink site in 2016, we looked for images of Southside to use in our marketing materials, but were surprised to find very little existed.

“As investors, we were attracted to Southside and the emerging Smithfield area’s vibrancy.

Photo taken from In 'Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes
Photo taken from In ‘Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes

“The exhibition celebrates the people and places that make up this pulsating district.”

Photo taken from In 'Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes
Photo taken from In ‘Side exhibition by Birmingham photographer Ross Jukes

The free exhibition is on show in the Hippodrome’s Thorp Street foyer from 10am to 7pm and runs until Sunday May 6.


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