A Real Birmingham Family
A Real Birmingham Family is a public artwork and sculpture by Gillian Wearing, cast in bronze, and erected in Centenary Square, outside the Library of Birmingham, England, on 30 October 2014.
It depicts two local sisters, each a single mother, with their two children. One of the mothers is depicted as pregnant with a second son who was born before the sculpture was unveiled. The people depicted are Roma and Emma Jones with their sons Kyle and Shaye respectively. Emma was pregnant with Issac at the time.
The lack of any adult males in A Real Birmingham Family was noted by MRAs and others soon after the unveiling.
In a process begun in 2011, and coordinated by the city's Ikon Gallery, nominations for a real local family to model for the sculpture were invited. The Jones' were selected from a shortlist, by an independent panel, in August 2013.
'I really liked how Roma and Emma Jones spoke of their closeness as sisters and how they supported each other. It seemed a very strong bond, one of friendship and family, and the sculpture puts across that connectedness between them. A nuclear family is one reality but it is one of many and this work celebrates the idea that what constitutes a family should not be fixed. 
The £100,000 cost of the work was covered by a combination of public money and private donations. The casting was carried out in China. The project follows Wearing's 2008 work, A Typical Trentino Family.
The statue went into storage in May 2017, ostensibly to allow work for the redevelopment of Centenary Square to begin.
In early 2019 the statue was returned to the newly redeveloped site.
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