The Birmingham Big Art Foundation was established as a registered charity in 2014 with the aim of commissioning internationally significant landmark public artwork for Birmingham that could support and expand the idea of a twenty first century city. We believe that art is a vital part of our city’s past, present and future.

In 2016 we ran the ‘Birmingham Big Art Project’ competition which resulted in a shortlist of proposals by Roger Hiorns, Susan Philipsz OBE, Heather and Ivan Morison, Brian Griffiths and Keith Wilson. Following an exhibition of the shortlisted proposals Susan Philipsz was appointed as artist for the Birmingham Big Art Project commission with her proposal ‘Station Clock’ in 2017.


Birmingham Big Art Project’s mission is to:

  • Deliver an iconic and innovative permanent public artwork for Birmingham
  • Celebrate the culture and heritage of Birmingham
  • Add value to Birmingham’s cultural offer and enhance the city’s reputation
  • Reinforce Birmingham place on the world’s cultural map


Our core values are:  

  • Promoting and supporting cultural production in the city
  • Increasing access to and inclusion in culture for all Birmingham’s diverse publics


Delivering iconic and innovative permanent public artwork for Birmingham


Michael has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, advising private and public companies and private investors. Michael has been instrumental in the development of the Gateley corporate team becoming one of the leading corporate teams in the UK. He has influence among all the major business bodies in the Greater Birmingham area and is a past President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Mike Ward

Glyn has over 30 years’ experience as a chartered surveyor arbitrator and former non-exec chairman of a number of companies. He was formerly on council of Aston University and on Estates and Finance committees and Business Representative on the City Region Board.


Glyn Pitchford

Ian has participated in many partnerships and boards during his varied political career ranging from Birmingham Royal Ballet and West Midlands Arts Council to the West Midland Combined Authority and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently Chair of the Eurocities Culture Forum.



William is a director of the multi award winning Chung Ying Restaurants, joining the group in 2013. He is a trained accountant, working in the life and pensions industry and the automotive sector previously. William also holds an MBA from Warwick University.



Before retiring Stephen worked as Head of IT in the West Midlands Region for Royal & Sun Alliance before transferring to IBM as an IT Consultant in 2002. He remains a professional Member of the British Computer Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1997. Stephen is a Board Member and Trustee of The Birmingham Civic Society, for which he set up and chaired the Planning Committee (2001 to 2007) and chairs the Public Art Committee.



Robin is a partner of JW Hinks chartered accountants and is its representative member of the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL). Alongside being a Trustee and Treasurer of BBAP he is a trustee and treasurer of the Birmingham Civic Society.



Tariq (Taz) is the leader of U.K. Regional Markets and Gensler’s Birmingham office.

He specialises in retail and lifestyle markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a particular expertise in managing and delivering complex, large-scale projects. Recognised as an inspiring and
collaborative team leader and for his ability to build and manage large teams, Taz runs his projects smoothly and efficiently to meet the critical time and functional requirements of developers and tenants

Taz has worked with well-known brands worldwide and strives to develop strong project strategies that result in successful destinations that achieve the ideal mix, balance and range of experiences. He recognises the value of seeing every project from multiple viewpoints, customer, employee, developer and tenant, to ensure that the expectations of all stakeholders are exceeded. Taz received a B.A. (Hons) in Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture from Birmingham School of Architecture.


Tariq Shaikh

Steering Group

Lord Mayor of Birmingham

President & Steering Group Member

Glyn Pitchford


David Urquhart

Lord Bishop of Birmingham

Marc Reeves

Simon Delahunty-Forrest

Sarindar Singh Sahota

Tim Watts

William Wong

Nick Venning

Ravinder Singh

Councillor Ian Ward

Alison Honour

Sarah Fortes Mayor

Neil Rami

Peter Davies

Brendan Handley