Established by a group of artists and curators in Birmingham, UK, Grand Union is a unique project that houses eight purpose built studios and a project space. The project space provides a platform for a diverse and exciting programme of events and exhibitions while the studios provide a professional and secure working environment.
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Digbeth is coming alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.
With different things to see and do each month anything can happen on a First Friday night out and visitors are invited to grab a Disloyalty Card and collect stamps from different participating venues to trade for treats as they sample the great independent culture this unique part of Birmingham has to offer.
See the Digbeth First Friday website for details of events happening Friday 2 May from 6pm.
Maia Conran: Here is the Yard
29 March – 10 May 2014
Opening Friday 28 March 2014, 6-8pm
Grand Union is proud to introduce Here is the Yard, a solo exhibition of new work by emerging artist Maia Conran. The exhibition presents three works that transform short video recordings of brief moments filmed, or found by the artist, into a large scale panorama, a sculptural sound installation and a discrete video work.
Conran’s artistic practice moves between old and new media, from film to computer animation and from video to sculpture or performance. She has a fascination with the stage and screen, and these thresholds can be seen as a motif throughout her work.
A new publication featuring contributions by Steven Ball (artist and research fellow at Central St. Martins, London) and Gil Leung (writer, artist, curator and Head of Programming, LUX, London), will be available from Grand Union in April.
See our website for details.
Grand Union is pleased to announce the opening of The Piracy Project, an international publishing and exhibition project exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy.
This winter the Piracy Project collection will be housed at Grand Union, accessible to members of the public during exhibition opening hours, and activated by a programme of discussion events.
Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 6 December 5-7pm, where we will be joined by artist Eva Weinmayr (AND Publishing) and artist Cornelia Sollfrank (researcher, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee).
Exhibition continues Thursday to Saturday until 8 February.
Join us for the performance of Ruth Beale’s Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox, a dramatised exchange of letters between two influential film archivists on opposing sides of the debate between preservation and circulation.
Beale has constructed a narrative from the writing, correspondence and commentators of Ernest Lindgren, the BFI National Film Archive’s first curator who was careful, scientific and restrained by public responsibilities and budgets; and Henri Langlois, the flamboyant and passionate co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française who collected, saved, and screened as widely as possible.
There will be a chance to meet the artist and actors after the performance.
Grand Union, Thursday 28 November 7-8pm, free entry
Join artist and R&B enthusiast Bob Parks at Grand Union on Saturday 26 October to swap musical knowledge and tastes.
Bob has brought his entire music collection to Grand Union to share with you. Whether you are an aficionado or just curious, Bob will be here throughout the day to share his stories and enthusiasm for this genre, all in the setting of his solo exhibition And The Heavens Cried.
See our website for more details.
Bob Parks: And The Heavens Cried
Friday 6 September 6-10.30pm
Join us at Grand Union this Friday for the opening of And The Heavens Cried, a solo exhibition by artist Bob Parks.
Taking its title from Ronnie Savoy’s Rhythm and Blues song And the Heavens Cried, the show charts Parks’ vast autobiographical output from the 1960s to the present day, including painting, sculpture, poetry and performance.
The opening will also include a special gig by Parks and his band The Recreationals at 8pm.
Magic Eye Festival 20 July 2013, 2-7pm
Join us at Grand Union as we seek the eternal and ephemeral through a festival of performance, film and music that activates the Magic Eye exhibition. With works by Jennet Thomas, Plastique Fantastique, Raymond Queneau, Goodiepal, Alexander Stevenson and Paul Sharits.
Start with preparatory exercises – a selection of Surrealist Games are available to induce a receptive state
Introduction followed by Paul Tarragó reading from Raymond Queneau’s A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems (1961)
Alexander Stevenson The Eig Lectures, Version 7 (2013), performed by Joshua Payne with costume by Alexander Stevenson and Ross Fleming
Jennet Thomas performing I AM YOUR ERROR MESSAGE (2013)
Screening of Paul Sharits N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968)
Plastique Fantastique All The Fantasies of The People (2013)
Music by Goodiepal
Free entry, all are welcome. Food and drink will be available.
See www.grand-union.org.uk for more details.
Tuesday 25 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Join us for a talk and discussion event with Simon Senn and Holly Pester, artists in our current show A Small Hiccup.
6.30pm Simon Senn & Vasi Hasan
Swiss artist Simon Senn produced his video ‘Gulberg’, for our current exhibition ‘A Small Hiccup’, in collaboration with Birmingham based business man Vasi Hasan.
Hasan is the director of Rola, an advertisement video production company that has offices in both Pakistan and the UK. Simon hired Vasi to produce the video with his employees in Pakistan.
For this talk, Vasi will introduce his career, followed by a conversation with Simon Senn discussing their collaboration.
7.20pm Reading by Holly Pester, followed by a discussion with Dr. Gabriela Saldanha
Poet Holly Pester and translation theorist Dr. Gabriela Saldanha, discuss the subvocal, the political and the creative impulse in literary translation.
Holly’s work ‘News Piece’ is featured in ‘A Small Hiccup’. She will also be in residence at Grand Union from 24 to 30 June investigating linguistic malfunction and mistranslation to create new works and critical writing.
If you can’t make the talk, you can visit Holly at the gallery between 27 to 29 June, 12-5pm.
The gallery will be open from 6pm so you can see Simon’s film and hear Holly’s sound piece in the exhibition.
See http://grand-union.org.uk/ for more details.
Is it always good to talk?
A Small Hiccup is a travelling exhibition, events programme, publication and online commission of new work exploring diseased language curated by George Vasey.
Featuring new work by artists:
Fay Nicolson & Oliver Smith
Join us for the opening at Grand Union on Friday 24 May 6–8pm.
Exhibition continues until 5 July 2013, Thurs to Sat 12–5pm.
See www.smallhiccup.tumblr.com for additional artworks, reading and playlists.
www.grand-union.org.uk for more information.
Friday 17 May 7.30–9.30pm
Grand Union presents a programme of films by George Barber, Sebastian Buerkner, Lenka Clayton and Peter Rose as a prelude to exhibition ‘A Small Hiccup’.
Part of Digbeth’s first ART AFTER HOURS event, including events at The Edge, The Lombard Method, Eastside Projects, Edible Eastside, Vivid Projects and Stryx. See http://grand-union.org.uk/ for more information.
Kindly supported by LUX, London.
Image © Sebastian Buerkner and LUX, London