City centre restaurant Opus cooks up support for local art scene


Rodney Becon (Opus) admires Peter Lanyon's 'Offshore' pic 1The Midlands’ most sustainable restaurant is fusing art with food after supporting Birmingham Museums Trust for the seventh year running.

Opus at Cornwall Street – a restaurant that regularly advocates the city’s art and culture scene – has been championing the iconic charity which manages some of Birmingham’s most loved museums and heritage sites, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Thinktank Science Museums and Aston Hall.

Through its in-kind sponsorship, the city-centre restaurant has hosted some of the UK’s most influential artists and experts, including Bridget Riley, one of Britain’s best-known contemporary artists, and Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Ann Tonks, director of Opus at Cornwall Street and board member for Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “Supporting Birmingham’s art scene is a perfect match for Opus. I’m a great believer that the creative talent in art, dance and drama we have on our doorstep, kick-started the fantastic rejuvenation our city has seen over the past 20 years and helped to create a cultural renaissance. Art also has a real synergy with food, as both are fundamental in the cultural identity of a city.

“Birmingham Museums Trust cares for an internationally important collection of over 800k objects and works of art, and so it seemed like an obvious choice for us to support. Not only have we sponsored the Trust in-kind but we’ve also supported Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery through additional fundraising, such as hosting lunches to raise money for the Staffordshire Hoard. We’ve had a fantastic seven years supporting the Trust so far and we look forward to many more years of collaboration.”

Dr Ellen McAdam, Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Opus has been a significant supporter of Birmingham Museums Trust and I am personally delighted and very grateful that they have renewed their commitment to in-kind sponsorship for the seventh year running.

“Their generous support provides us with the opportunity to entertain our VIP visitors and partners with first class hospitality and showcase both Opus and Birmingham Museums Trust as an established partnership in the city. Relationships of this kind are very important and I would like to thank Ann and her team for their continuing commitment to working with us in this way.”


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