Archive for May, 2010

Project Pigeon Syndicate

2010.05.29 | 2 comments
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Have you ever wanted to own a racehorse or greyhound? Ever thought about a racing pigeon? Now is your chance.

For just £20, you can own a half share in a Project Pigeon bird. The Syndicate will operate during the young bird racing season, between July- September 2010. Project Pigeon has bred 21 pigeons, each looking for a sponsor and each a potential winner*. The majority of the kit are now up and flying.

Syndicate advantages:

• You can choose your pigeon- we have blues, chequers, blackens, whitens, mealys and lavenders. You can give your pigeon a name if you would like to

• A certificate of co-ownership (with photo of your pigeon)

• A monthly newsletter, with photographs, a diary, progress reports, pigeon stories in the news and so on

• You will receive a Project Pigeon training programme. Young bird training will happen three times a week, a breakdown of positions will be put on-line so you can log on and keep track of your pigeon’s progress (and see how other peoples pigeons are doing!)

• You can come on training tosses with Project Pigeon

• You have the opportunity to come and watch your pigeon return from a race and be clocked in

• You will receive a South Birmingham Federation race programme and decide which races you would like to fly in

• You will receive an Aston and District Pigeon Flying Club Results Sheet for every race you enter

• For gardeners- as much pigeon poo as you want (an excellent fertilizer)

• Makes for good conversation- ‘I own a pigeon…’

• Your name/ company name will be stencilled onto the loft

*Please note that although this is a syndicate, winning a race is about as likely as winning the lottery! (Its more like Nike sponsoring Michael Jordan!)

To join or for more information, please email

Capsule zine no 4

2010.05.27 | 0 comments
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Open publication – Free publishingMore zine

Within this little beaut you will find interviews with Nic Bullen and sound artist Jony Easterby, news about forthcoming Capsule shows, excitement over the announcement of Swans at Supersonic Festival 2010 and some wonderful pieces from local illustrators.
As ever if you would like to contribute to the zine email admin[at] with your recipes, doodles, reviews, rants etc.

At the Edge…

2010.05.26 | 1 comment
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As part of this year’s BASS Festival, we’ve hooked up with fellow ‘weareeastsiders’ Punch to present an exhibition by Bulgarian artist, Raycho Stanev.  ‘The Great Excursion’ is an interactive media exhibit examining a period in recent Bulgarian history when over 300,000 Bulgarian Turks were expelled from the country on what the government called an ‘excursion’ – which normally means you can return – but not in this case.  In a period of time when the BNP have been talking of repatriation policies, and belts are tightening, these issues are very relevant to us as we look for ways to come together, when external forces seem to be forcing us apart.  The Great Excursion launches on Thursday 3rd June at 6pm with a panel discussion looking at issues of identity, race and nationality – a great panel featuring Mukhtar Dar, Ammo Talwar, Paul Murphy, Paradox and more tba, should provide some ‘lively’ discussion. The debate will be followed by Bulgarian food, drink and dancing – our seminars and talks are a lot more fun than you might think!

The Great Excursion by Raycho Stanev

The Great Excursion will be at the Edge from 3rd until 19th June, from 1pm until 7pm.  Please check out some of the other great events happening as part of BASS, full listings here.

Ikon Eastside opening, Thursday 27 May

2010.05.25 | 0 comments
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Florian Hecker

Private View: Thursday 27 May, 6-8pm

27 May – 20 June 2010

Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5pm. Free Entry.

Join us on Thursday evening for the opening of Ikon Eastside’s 2010 programme.

German sound artist Florian Hecker’s work is concerned with the manipulation of psycho-acoustic effects. He creates disorienting installations, developed out of close consultation with software engineers and scientists. For Ikon Eastside, Hecker creates a trail of four newly commissioned sound pieces, together creating the impression that space itself is being sculpted.

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau ‘Possible Monuments’ at The Lombard Method

2010.05.24 | 0 comments
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Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
Possible Monuments

Private view: Friday 28th May 6-9pm
For Possible Monuments, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau will present a one day exhibition at The Lombard Method consisting of proposals and maquettes for commemorative sculptures, as well as a video installation examining the role of sculpture in the public realm.
The proposals include a Monument to Sir Cliff Richard’s Eternal Flame (Pissing Fire) and Maquette for a Monument to the Travellers who Stole a Henry Moore Sculpture and Melted it Down and Sold it For Scrap. The video installation uses videos and a spoken narrative to explore questions such as; why is there a Frank Zappa sculpture in Vilnius, Lithuania?  And why does the Cerne Giant in Dorset have such an enormous erection?
Whilst at The Lombard Method, Matthew will be writing daily accounts of the residency at:

Protest: 20 Years of Campaign Posters

2010.05.24 | 1 comment
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Image form Protest Exhibition

Over two decades of social unrest and street fighting has bred a shocking body of protest publicity and posters. ‘Protest: Fight the Power: Twenty Years of the Political Poster’ is a controversial exhibition of visuals by graphic designers from around the world. Having toured Africa as part of a British Council-sponsored show is finally heading to the UK having been banned previously.

‘Protest: Fight the Power: Twenty Years of the Political Poster’ will be open to the public from 3 – 30 June 2010 from 10am – 5pm at Devonshire House, Custard Factory. Entrance is free.

Eastside Projects awarded 2010 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund

2010.05.24 | 1 comment
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Eastside Projects Paul Hamlyn Award

Eastside Projects are delighted to announce that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund has awarded £360,000 to Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects. (Download a pdf brochure announcing the awards here.)

The Breakthrough Fund was launched by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts programme with the aim of supporting exceptional ‘cultural entrepreneurs’ and wholeheartedly backs Eastside Projects’ commitment to investing in Birmingham’s massive cultural potential.

William Pope L. Eastside Projects

(Above: William Pope.L)

The award will allow us to expand our programme over the next 3 years working in depth with pioneering artists such as Mike Nelson, William Pope.L, Carey Young and Dan Graham, and to improve the quality of our support for artists in the city and internationally. The award also provides invaluable support for organisational growth and highlights our unique cultural offer for future investment and partnerships within Birmingham and beyond.

The Breakthrough Fund ensures that we can build on the hard work since our launch in 2008 to expand both the capacity of Birmingham’s contemporary art scene and the methodologies and comprehension of art production. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s support combined with that of our other key partners, Arts Council England and Birmingham City University, makes possible the planning of a sustainable future for our vibrant, complex, and challenging space.

We would like to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their invaluable support, insight and enthusiasm for our public activities and belief in our vision.

In other news, our current exhibition, Raving Gardens by hobbpopMUSEUM, continues until 12 June and the gallery is open Thursday to Saturday. What better way to spend the heatwave?

Jackson Twins At Rhubarb East – Artists Talk

2010.05.20 | 0 comments
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Be Enchanted…

Saturday 5 June 2010 – 2pm-4pm

Rhubarb East, 25 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AE

Come and meet the artists who have   delighted  crowds in Sydney, with their show  at the Australian Centre for Photography, and were stars of the Week 4 Portfolio Review at Fotofest, Houston, USA in April 2010.

For more details contact 0121 663 0101 or email

Supersonic Festival line up announcement

2010.05.20 | 1 comment
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22nd -24th October 2010

Following the news that the 2010 edition of Birmingham’s acclaimed annual Supersonic Festival will be headlined by Michael Gira’s massively influential NYC band SWANS, Capsule are excited to announce a first round of live acts who will also perform at this year’s festival, including a rocking free jazz fire in the form of JAILBREAK FEAT. CHRIS CORSANO + HEATHER LEIGH, the screeching hyper frantic sounds of Japan’s MELT BANANA, the understated beauty of 12 string guitar virtuoso JAMES BLACKSHAW, plus the mesmeric psych jams of Explosions in the Sky touring sidekicks LICHENS.

Add Eastern-inspired space rock doom from BONG, “tribal drumming, grunge and utter filth all pushed along with a Krautrock like pulse” from GNOD, Rick Tomlinson’s latest incarnation, the bewitching VOICE OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS and psychedelic guitar drone from BLUE SABBATH BLACK FIJI, and many more special live guests plus art, film and panel discussions to be revealed.

Tickets are on sale now from:

Xavier Le Roy tonight at Ikon Eastside

2010.05.13 | 0 comments
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Xavier Le Roy: Self Unfinished

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May, 8pm

Ikon Eastside

Age guidance: 16 yrs+

(performance includes nudity)

Tickets £10, £8 concessions

Drawing on diverse influences from the worlds of science, performance art and contemporary dance, Xavier Le Roy welcomes us to a white stage resembling a research lab, and gradually starts to transform into different kinds of creatures, some recognisable and others rather indeterminable.

Part of International Dance Festival Birmingham.

To book  please call the Birmingham Hippodrome on 0844 338 5000 (transaction charges may apply). For more information visit

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