Do you remember the Home Of Metal project? It was a series of events between June 2011 and January 2012, centred around a major exhibition at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, celebrating and exploring the role of Birmingham and the Black Country in the gestation, formation, and birth of that genre we all know and love – heavy metal. Well, the project was so damn good that it’s been nominated for an award, and they need your help in guaranteeing they win it.
The National Lottery Heritage Award seeks to highlight the lottery-funded projects that have best preserved natural beauty, historic places, and cultural traditions across the UK. Having previously received some NAtional Lottery funding in the form of a grant, Home Of Metal is now up for consideration for one of their awards.
Capsule – the Birmingham based arts organisation and gig promoter behind such awesome events as Supersonic Festival – was the driving force behind the Home Of Metal project. If they win the vote in the National Lottery Awards then they’ll get a fat load of cash and open the possibility of making the exhibition a permanent fixture in Birmingham. Go and vote for them now.
We surely, surely don’t need to explain to you why the UK’s heavy metal heritage deserves to be held up as something worth celebrating. While the other nominees in the Heritage Award category are all very worthy projects, Home Of Metal is unique in that it celebrates a cultural tour de force that has swept the entire planet, yet still holds respect for the small part of the UK from where it came.
Voting is open until 23 July, and every vote counts. Tell your friends.