Eastside Projects

Eastside Projects is an artist-run space as public gallery for the City of Birmingham and the World. It is a new model for a gallery, one where space and programme are intertwined: a complex evolving programme of works and events starting from radical historical positions.

Eastside Projects is organised by a founding collective comprising Simon & Tom Bloor, Celine Condorelli, Ruth Claxton, James Langdon and Gavin Wade, who first conceived and now runs the space. Previous exhibitions include solo shows by Liam Gillick, hobbypopMUSEUM, Shezad Dawood, Jennifer Tee and Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, and the gallery features long-term works by Scott Myles, Susan Collis, Martino Gamper, Barbara Holub and Heather and Ivan Morison.

For more information visit http://www.eastsideprojects.org

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Samara Scott: Silks

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Exhibition Launch | Samara Scott: Silks
Friday 15 May, 6–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Samara Scott’s first solo-show in a public gallery rips up and ruptures the floor to create an irrepressible, erotic topography of consumer products. Eastside Projects have commissioned the London based artist to develop an ambitious new body of work and the largest project she has undertaken to date.

Scott’s exotically prosaic worlds of poured and pooled misused materials – household chemicals, soft drinks, toilet paper, scented waxes, noodles, eye shadow and toothpaste – cascade, smear and mould into an archipelago of voids cut into the concrete of Eastside Projects. Liquid surfaces cling to the floor existing as moist films, laminations and horizontal screens.

Scott’s artworks contain all passages of what follows the first contact of the consumer experience, from the touch to mastication to assimilation and finally dispersal. Her works appear to have been spontaneously configured, slipping between infusions of nature and artificial imitation, antiquity and plasticity, synthetic import and organic craft class.

The title ‘Silks’ suggests an idea of movement, touching and indirect skins, reflecting the artist’s urge to make tangible the bodily, gastric veneers of our digital and chemical realities. Scott’s transformative mirroring of language and materials is typical of her never typical artworks that slither and dance around the edge of seduction and consumption.

Silks runs until Saturday 11 July.


Exhibition Launch: Trade Show, Friday 6 December, 6–8pm, Eastside Projects

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Christine Hill Volksboutique, 1997–current. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Launch: Trade Show
Friday 6 December, 6–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Trade Show is an ambitious cross-sectoral project to explore, commission and implement trading structures used by artists within everyday life situations. It specifically explores art projects from the last decades that engage in trading, shopping and economic value as a means of artistic production and dissemination.

Featuring work by An Endless Supply, atelier d’architecture autogérée, Sam Curtis, Valie Export, Field Cycles, Martino Gamper, Ella Gibbs, Katherine Gibson, Jens Haaning, Christine Hill, Myvillages, Kate Rich, Bob and Roberta Smith, Barbara Steiner, Apolonija Sustercic, Editions Shop UK, Casco.

Trade Show runs until Saturday 22 February.


Eastside Projects, Lunch Club, Friday 27 September, 1–2pm

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Lunch Club
Lunch Club
Friday 27 September, 1–2pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Escape your desk or studio for an hour and join us at Eastside Projects for lunch. Everyone is welcome. We have an array of tea, coffee and herbal teas – all you need to bring is your sandwiches.


Eastside Projects, Salon: Archive This Saturday 21 September, 2–6pm

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Salon: Archive This
Salon: Archive This
Saturday 21 September, 2–6pm
£4 / £2 concs / free to ESP Members
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Taking its cue from ‘Dear Lynda…’ this afternoon event offers a range of perspectives on, and approaches to, creating and utilising libraries and archives. In short talks by curator Lynda Morris, artist Ruth Beale, PhD researcher Samantha Epps, artist and archivist Karen Di Franco and more we will discuss the politics of libraries, ephemera relating to Conceptual Art and archives in the digital era.


Eastside Projects, Curator’s Introduction: Cao Fei, Thursday 19 September, 6.30–8pm

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Haze and Fog

Curator’s Introduction: Cao Fei
Thursday 19 September, 6.30–8pm
£4 / £2 concs / free to ESP Members
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Join Eastside Projects Director Gavin Wade and artist Cao Fei for an informal introduction to, and conversation around, the new exhibition ‘Haze and Fog’.


Eastside Projects, Exhibition Launch, Friday 20 September, 6–8pm

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Haze and Fog

Exhibition Launch
Friday 20 September, 6–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Everyone is welcome at the launch of ‘Haze and Fog’ a solo exhibition by Cao Fei in the main gallery, ‘Dear Lynda’ in the second gallery and ‘A Demonstration of Possibilities’ in Flatfile. Exhibitions continue until 16 November.

‘Haze and Fog’ is a new type of zombie movie set in modern China. The film will explore how the collective consciousness of people living in the time of what the artist calls “magical metropolises” emerges from seemingly tedious, mundane, day-to-day life.

In the Second Gallery we present ‘Dear Lynda…’, an international touring exhibition that examines the importance of maverick British curator, writer, art historian and patron Lynda Morris.

Sophie Bullock, Freya Dooley and Sebastian Jefford, GO West resident artists collaborate on ‘A Demonstration of Possibilities’ the latest iteration of Flatfile, a plan-chest sited permanently within the gallery.


Eastside Projects, Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities, 21 September – 16 November 2013

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 Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities

Flatfile: A Demonstration of Possibilities
21 September – 16 November 2013
Preview Friday 20 September, 6–8pm
Flatfile, Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Eastside Projects presents A Demonstration of Possibilities, an exhibition by Sophie Bullock, Freya Dooley and Sebastian Jefford in Flatfile, a plan-chest sited permanently within the gallery.

A Demonstration of Possibilities is a framework that is open to movement and alteration. In it Flatfile is converted into a growing and interactive toolbox where works appear as instructional or functional but for potentially unknowable or absurd uses.

For A Demonstration of Possibilities Sophie, Freya and Sebastian will present a collaboratively-developed whole work made of video, text and sculptural components, in which they respectively specialise.

Throughout September Sophie, Freya and Sebastian will undertake GO West, an ESP residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall. GO West gives artists from Spike Island Associates (Bristol), ESP (Eastside Projects, Birmingham) and WARP (G39, Cardiff) time and space to develop new ideas, connections and networks by spending time working together.

This is the fifth iteration of Flatfile, a project initiated as a platform for participants to make new connections through the development of new work.

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Eastside Projects, Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…, 21 September – 16 November 2013

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Dear Lynda...

Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…
21 September – 16 November 2013
Preview Friday 20 September, 6–8pm
Second Gallery, Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

‘Dear Lynda’ is an international touring exhibition that considers the maverick British curator, writer, art historian and patron Lynda Morris’ ongoing endeavours and contributions in contemporary art since the 1960s.

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Eastside Projects, Cao Fei: Haze and Fog, 21 September – 16 November 2013

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Haze and Fog

Cao Fei: Haze and Fog
21 September – 16 November 2013
Preview Friday 20 September, 6–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

‘Haze and Fog’ is a new type of zombie movie set in modern China. The film will explore how the collective consciousness of people living in the time of what the artist calls “magical metropolises” emerges from seemingly tedious, mundane, day-to-day life where a magical reality is created through struggles at the tipping point between the visible and the invisible.

Produced by Eastside Projects and Vitamin Creative Space.
Commissioned by University of Salford and Chinese Art Centre, Eastside Projects, and Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, with Vitamin Creative Space.

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Eastside Projects, Lunch Club, Friday 26 July, 1–2pm

2013.07.18 | 0 comments
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Lunch Club

Lunch Club
Friday 26 July, 1–2pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Escape your desk or studio for an hour and join us at Eastside Projects for lunch. Everyone is welcome. We have an array of tea, coffee and herbal teas – all you need to bring is your sandwiches.

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