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From 15-27 January 2024, beaming brightly in the grounds of St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, our stained-glass style ‘Beacon of Hope’ will create an awe-inspiring spectacle of light and colour with messages of hope to lift everyone’s spirits. 

From Blue Monday, the Beacon will illuminate five powerful messages of hope about hunger, equality, health, climate, and injustice.

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Beacon of Hope artist Matt Kayem, pictured in his studio. Credit: Camillus Kinalwa
A young black man sits in a relaxed posture, holding a paint palette, and surrounded by colourful artworks in his studio

The artist

Each message of hope was brought to life by Ugandan artist, Matt Kayem, from and working in Kampala. Matt’s work explores identity, race, history, and culture through installations, collage-paintings and photography.

Working in his signature style Matt used recycled denim, sourced from the markets of Kampala then stretched onto frames, as the unique canvas for his vivid, colourful creations.

Where you can see the exhibition

You can experience the Beacon of Hope outdoor installation at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Edgbaston St, Birmingham, B5 5BB, from 15 - 27 January 2023.

In addition to the Beacon of Hope Exhibition, local schools will be exhibiting their Creative for Climate Justice artworks inside St Martin's, which will be accessible from 12pm - 5pm each day except Mondays.

A picture drawn by Lolly and Kelsey, Year 6, for Get Creative.

In this short video, Matt Kayem shows us where he buys his materials, and speaks about the transformative power of art.

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'Art has the power... to shift the minds of people'

In this short video, Matt Kayem shows us where he buys his materials, and speaks about the transformative power of art.

The Beacon of Hope prayer

Create your own prayers of hope with this imaginative format.

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Beacon of Hope prayer

Create your own prayers of hope with this imaginative format.

Beacon of Hope Colouring Book

Keep the magic of the exhibit going with this at-home resource.

Beacon of Hope Colouring Book

Download five beautiful colouring sheets, inspired by the Beacon of Hope, for kids and adults alike to enjoy!
Be a Beacon of Hope to others

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