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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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
15 Feb to 16 March, opening times Thursday to Saturday 12–5pm
Grand Union has worked with graduates Sophie Bullock, Corey Hayman, Rashid Khan and Stuart Layton to create new work for this exhibition that playfully explores aspects of perception and memory from four very different approaches.
New Art West Midlands showcases the best new and specially commissioned work from West Midlands graduates.
The exhibition continues at:
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
15 February to 19 May
THE BARBER INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
8 March to 19 May
Event & publication launch at Grand Union
Friday 14 December, 7pm til late
An evening of film and performance at Grand Union, featuring work by Rhys Coren, Polly Fibre, Joey Holder, JK Keller, Yuri Pattison, Pil & Galia Kollectiv and Oliver Sutherland.
The event, organised by Open File, is the first in a series of three, investigating distribution and production of art via virtual and digital platforms through sound, performance and digital media.
A Hashfail occurs when a ‘seeded’ torrent file becomes corrupt and ‘bits’ of data cannot be received. Numerous Hashfails lead to the loss of quality and gradual decomposition of a file, shifting it ever-further from its origin, subjecting it to a new type of physicality and texturing.
Open File have created a torrent including artworks by the artists performing on the night, plus an essay by Gil Leung. Open File Torrent is available NOW!
Hashfail coincides with WINTER FEST at Warwick Bar, a weekend of art at Minerva Works, organised by Ikon Slow Boat, MAAP, Stryx and VIVID Projects. See www.warwickbar.co.uk for full programme details.
Join us for the opening of our new exhibition (On) Accordance this Friday 30 November, 6-8pm.
(On) Accordance is a collaboration between Grand Union and or-bits.com, which explores the possibilities of working across sites of production and distribution through the presentation of new online commissions and offline versions of web-based artworks.
Featuring works by Irini Karayannopoulou, M+M (Marc Weis and Martin De Mattia), Rosa Menkman, Damien Roach and Richard Sides at Grand Union and online works by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Renee Carmichael, Constant Dullaart, Lucy Pawlak, Ashok Sukumaran, Julia Tcharfas and Ben Vickers, plus guest bloggers Sarah Jury and Le Petit Néant at or-bits.com.
We’ve created a playlist to accompany the show – see our You Tube Channel
See our website for more details and opening times. Exhibition continues to 19 January 2013.
Friday 19 October, 7–8.30pm
Featuring Arc Vel, Papa November, Them Use Them and The Plague Doctor
first foldrecords artists will perform a spectacular audio visual response to our current exhibition Necrospective. Using the exhibition as a backdrop, artists Arc Vel, Papa November, Them Use Them, The Plague Doctor and more tbc, will create their own layer of sound and vision in this pre-Supersonic Festival event.
19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS
Supersonic Festival celebrates 10 years of adventurous music.
19 – 21 October, Birmingham, UK
first fold is an independent record label and publishing company managed and funded by the individuals involved in developing the first fold product. first fold’s focus is to maintain a self regulating and enthusiastic approach to the creation of music and visual media and aims to encourage a dialogue that constantly challenges the people involved to generate exciting and relevant work.
Monday 3 September 6.30-8pm
We kick off our new Flim Club nights with the latest Outpost Open Film programme selected by artist film-maker Stuart Croft.
The programme features films by Inez de Coo, Matthew Ferguson, Ian Giles, Georgie Grace, Peter Harris, Paul Harrison, Yuki Kishino, Adam Knight, Anna Lucas, Lucy Pawlak, Vicki Thornton, Rehana Zaman.
Outpost Open Film is a touring show reel of films from OUTPOST’s artist membership. The programme brings together themes that emerged from the submission process: the use of text features prominently, from the hookup web space of Chatroulette to the dismembered voiceover, from lip-syncing the famous to the animated political slogan. The programme is in two parts, both of which are 40 minutes long.
Stuart Croft is an artist-filmmaker. He writes and directs gallery-based films that focus on recurrence, deception, power and desire. Croft is based in London and is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art where he programmed the RCA’s Moving Image Studio.
Outpost is an artist-run gallery based in Norwich and founded in November 2004. See www.norwichoutpost.org for details.
One Applination under a Groove
8pm Friday 31 August to 8am Saturday 1 September 2012
Grand Union, in conjunction with Hooky Street Press and BAZ productions, will be hosting a 12 hour application writing all-nighter / ‘extreme writing event’.*
One Applination under a Groove invites artists, writers and whoever wanders in from local nightclubs by mistake, to write all night in response to a series of quick-fire application writing challenges, tasks and briefs set by art world ‘think-tank’ BAZ.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part. Places are limited to 100.
Participants should bring a laptop if they have one, sleeping bag and biro. Energy focused beverages and food will be available throughout the night. A FREE fry-up will also be provided as reward for the 12 hours of fictitious – and potentially quite pointless – proposal writing.
Writing produced during the event will be collated into a print on demand publication which all participants will receive a FREE copy of.
One Applination under a Groove is part of the Hooky Street Press project – a new art-writing initiative co-ordinated by Chris Poolman exploring the role, use and value of humour in art-writing.
BAZ are an art-world ‘think-tank’ based at Grand Union.
* Writing West Midlands terminology. Think abseiling whilst reading Terry Eagleton.
Join us at Grand Union 6–9pm Friday 13 July, to celebrate the opening of The Possibility of an Island, an exhibition featuring work by Cory Arcangel, Jacqueline Bebb, Paul Antony Carr, Tomas Chaffe, Stuart Croft, Jason Dodge, Sean Edwards, Joanne Masding and Andrew Sunderland.
Exhibition continues Thursday to Saturday, 14 July to 18 August 2012.