Archive for June, 2011

Panel Discussion: Curating the Home Wednesday 6 July 6.30-8pm Eastside Projects

2011.06.30 | 0 comments

Self Assembly recipient Lauren Davies invites Judy Stevens, Festival Director of Artists Open Houses and HOUSE festival in Brighton and Paul Harfleet co-curator of Apartment in Manchester, to discuss how and why they use residential and domestic sites as an alternative to the white cube.

Open submission film night at VIVID

2011.06.23 | 0 comments
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Wednesday 29 June 2011 | 7pm | admission £2

On the last Wednesday of each month, The Garage presents… The Neighbourhood Watch, an open submission film night devised and developed by The Neighbourhood.

Unlike most screening nights The Neighbourhood will accept films completely blind. Due to the revolutionary nature of this epic film fantasia, they’ve formulated a set of eight (not ten) ‘The Neighbourhood Watch’ commandments. Click here for more information.

The first ‘Neighbourhood Watch takes place on Wednesday 29 June, 7-10pm, at VIVID and is repeated on the final Wednesday of each month (Wed 27 July, Wed 31 Aug, submission calls to follow). Admission is charged at £2 and includes popcorn and a drink. Feel free to bring your own refreshments (and a bottle opener).

The Neighbourhood Watch is presented as part of THE GARAGE PRESENTS… a brand new strand of one off events at VIVID embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, digital and sonic media.


VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Digbeth | Birmingham | B9 4AR
T: 0121 766 7876 | E: |


Artist’s Talk: John Russell Thursday 30 June 6.30-8pm Eastside Projects

2011.06.23 | 0 comments

Currently exhibiting as part of Narrative Show, Russell talks about his project for Eastside Projects and wider practice. A founding member of BANK in 1991, Russell has worked independently since 2000 using digital media, performance and writing to investigate the relationship between art, politics, philosophy and language.

(£4/£2 concs/ free to ESP members)

Outpost Summer Fayre

2011.06.17 | 0 comments
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Grand Union and Eastside Projects will be off to Norwich next week to feature in Outpost’s Summer Fayre. Fancy joining us on a trip out of Brum? On Saturday 24th June will host a seminar on Artists, Spaces and Survival, followed by a closing party with DJs.

2011.06.16 | 0 comments
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The Event Fundraiser: Silent Auction

We would like to invite you to The Event’s Silent Auction evening which will be held in The Waterside Room at The Bond Company on Fazeley Street next week on the 24 June from 7pm.

The Birmingham Contemporary Art Forum will be hosting the silent auction of over forty artworks as a fundraiser for The Event’s third bi-annual visual art festival due to be held in Birmingham, 21 – 30 October this year.

Artists who have previously worked with the groups in the festival have donated works ranging from painting to photography, from sculpture to vinyl recording.

It’s a great chance to purchase artwork and support a good cause – the proceeds go towards this years festival in Birmingham and also 20% of the monies go to the Red Cross for the Japan Tsunami Appeal.

The artworks are available for viewing on Flickr, to place your bid online please email Alli Beddoes:

The works will also be available for viewing at The Waterside Room, The Bond Company, 180 – 182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth on the final evening, which will also include music, a raffle and live DJ sets.

The bidding will close at 9pm on the 24 June 2011.

Performance: David Raymond Conroy, Thursday 16th June, 7-8pm, Eastside Projects

2011.06.09 | 0 comments

David Raymond Conroy presents a talk about empathy and sincerity. Guiding us through a series of clips found on YouTube; ranging from recordings of live music performances, to stand-up comedy, to Hollywood cinema, the artist discusses the highly personal relationships he has built with these short videos and how they have come to be points of influence and inspiration.

This performance is part of the exhibition Amen Brother curated by Tim Dixon for Grand Union.

Imagine the Digbeth Summit Thursday 9 June, 6.30pm, Eastside Projects

2011.06.03 | 2 comments

Find out about some of the exciting projects that are happening in Digbeth and put forward ideas for Digbeth’s future development at this FREE public event. With presentations from Birmingham Friends of the Earth, Project Pigeon,  Digbeth Residents Association, Edible Eastside, Reclaim the Spaces and more, followed by a round table discussion chaired by Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects.

VIVID: Discussion & Screening

2011.06.02 | 0 comments
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Join VIVID this Saturday (04 June, 5-7pm) for Reflections on The Stendhal Syndrome (2011) presented by THEY ARE HERE (admission free).

“Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic condition that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.”

Taking Graziella Magherini’s text The Stendhal Syndrome as a starting point, collective practice They Are Here will present testimonies and images exploring notions of beauty and the sublime, which they will present alongside a selection of related readings.

They Are Here is a collaborative and multi-disciplinary practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison since 2006. They Are Here work across media and types of site, having shown work in theatres, galleries, former warehouses/ shops, online and civic spaces. Institutions we have developed or presented work include: Battersea Arts Centre, Camden Arts Centre, CCA Glasgow, Chisenhale Gallery, Man & Eve Gallery, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) Tate Modern, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.

Reflections on The Stendhal Syndrome is presented at VIVID as part of ECSTATIC, an enticing season of moving image works and intervention exploring heightened states. Artists include: Abramovic/Ulay, Companis, Mark Leckey, Carolee Schneemann, Elisa Sighicelli and Andy Warhol.

ECSTATIC continues to Saturday 18 June 2011 (open Thu-Sat, 12-5pm, admission FREE)

VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Digbeth | Birmingham | B9 4AR
T: 0121 766 7876 | E: |

Artist Talk: David Blandy, 6.30pm Tuesday 7 June 2011 at Grand Union

2011.06.01 | 0 comments
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Grand Union welcomes artist David Blandy to talk about his video work Child Of The Atom, with his grandmother, Anne Piper, a novelist, playwright and anti-nuclear weapons activist.

‘There is a familial myth that my late Grandfather would not have survived being a Japanese Prisoner of War had the atomic bombing of Hiroshima not occurred. So it could be argued that I owe my existence to one of the most terrifying events of human history and the death of 110,000 people.’ David Blandy

Child of the Atom features in Amen Brother, curated by Tim Dixon and featuring work by David Blandy, David Raymond Conroy, Steven Dickie, Sara Mackillop, Rachel Reupke, Tom Smith and Jack Strange.

Free event, all welcome.

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