The Lombard Method

The newest artist-led kid on the Eastside block, The Lombard Method is another independently run studio and project space this time operated by eight Birmingham based artists. One of The Lombard Method’s core principals is being able to chat to and work with other artists whilst developing your own art, and the main space in the building is open plan communal studios, rather than individual units, to facilitate this. The studio houses 11 artists in total and special guests are invited to take up residency in their project rooms for exhibitions and events designed around their collective desires.

The Lombard Method invited the Crowd6 collective to launch the space in November 2009 with What/Takes/Place. Their programme for the next 12 months includes a series of residencies and collaborations between artists and art groups from around the UK. Link-ups and connections include Bristol Diving School, Open/Close, and British Racing Green. Residencies and projects don’t always culminate in exhibitions, The Lombard Method are keen to hold discussion groups, talks, and events centered around early development rather than quietly revering their finished work.

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16 Days at The Lombard Method

2011.04.02 | 0 comments
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For 16 days from April 1st 2011, Tether will be stationed at The Lombard Method in Birmingham. The Nottingham based collective will work towards creating 16 new works that seek to interfere with the Lombard Method and the way people interact and react within it. Through permanent and time-specific alterations, the works will address abstract concepts of space, time and history, placing diverse happenings or ephemera alongside each other in a non- linear format.
Tether’s interferences will attempt to hinder, obstruct and impede; travelling through time, interrupting moments that have, will and could happen between April 1st and 16th. The group’s collaborative practice embraces the ‘muddle’ that comes from pushing, condensing and concentrating things to see how the process can lead a community of people into the production of something.


April 5
Give Me Liberty or Give me Death!
Members of Tether give tangential talks at The Lombard Method, 8-10pm

April 8
Demise & Legacy.
Friday night event with a specially devised cocktail. From 8pm

April 12
Yuri’s night.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space. From 8pm

April 16
End of Days
From 8pm

All events are free. For more information about the events contact

Post-Industrial Revolution

2011.01.15 | 0 comments
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Next week The Lombard Method will be welcoming Polish artists Kamila Szejnoch, Christian Costa, and culinary art group MASH/HER/DIP. They will be working until 15th February as part of Post-Industrial Revolution, an international residency exchange curated by Roma Piotrowska and Kate Pennington-Wilson. The project focuses on Birmingham’s Eastside/Digbeth area and the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland.

In the words of the curators “The comparisons between Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard as post industrial sites are of significance, each city has at some stage been deeply affected by the demise of industry, its movement abroad, and more recently the development of cultural and leisure industries in these former industrial areas. The focus of this residency exchange is for artists to develop work which responds to these environments, reflecting this shift in usage as well as the change in social, political  and industrial history of such spaces.”

A call for submissions from British artists to take part in the corresponding residency at Wyspa Institute of Art (Gdansk) will be circulated later in the month, more information can be found at:

and the Post-Industrial revolution blog:

Live from the Fire Room

2010.08.06 | 0 comments
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Collaborative workshop and networking event for artists working in sound and improvising experimental musicians: Open Sound Group.
Led by Graham Dunning, sound and visual artist in residence at The Rea Garden, Digbeth. Hosted by The Lombard Method.

Friday 20th August: Collecting sounds and exploring The Rea Garden.
Saturday 21st August: Workshop and networking event at The Lombard Method.

On Friday 20th August, participants are invited to visit The Rea Garden artists’ project space to collect field recordings, sound objects or ideas; to explore and get a feel for the site; and to talk to Graham about his work on the residency there.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 21st August in the project space at The Lombard Method (known as “The Fire Room”) from 12 noon onwards. The starting point for the workshop will be a breif discussion about the Rea Garden and any ideas which may have arisen from the site visit. The session will be informal and exploratory with no specific deadlines or rigidly defined outcomes, though the process will be documented with the possibility of collating some recordings for release. Participants are invited to bring instruments, sound making equipment, field recordings, effects processors, objects, etc. The workshop is open to any artists working with sound and improvising experimental musicians based near (or with connections to) Birmingham.

Please contact Graham on 07920 004 479 or to confirm your attendance or with any questions. More details available at

The Rea Garden
1 – 8, Floodgate Street
B5 5ST
The Lombard Method
68a Lombard Street
B12 0QR

Join us at The Lombard Method and Grand Union this Friday 11 June, 6-9pm for the opening of ‘Meanwhile in Manchester’.

2010.06.07 | 0 comments
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‘Meanwhile in Manchester’ concludes an exchange between artists from Rogue Studios in Manchester, and The Lombard Method, Grand Union and Eastside Projects Extra Special People in Birmingham. 

Featuring artists from Rogue Studios, ‘Meanwhile in Manchester’ will be open until 20th June, Thursday – Sunday 12-5pm, at The Lombard Method and Grand Union. Admission is free and both venues will opening on Friday night.

Meanwhile in Manchester is open until 20th June, open Thursday – Sunday 12-5pm. Admission is free.

Work by Birmingham based artists is exhibited in ‘Meanwhile in Birmingham’ at Rogue Project Space, Manchester until Saturday 12 June, viewings by appointment.

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:

Purple Ceiling Opening 25th March 5-7pm

2010.03.22 | 0 comments
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Ella Lucas

‘Purple Ceiling’ is the culmination of a two-week residency at The Lombard Method by artist Ella Lucas. Working within the parameters of ‘the cinematic’, Lucas has produced new work for The Lombard Method project spaces.

Opening night Thursday 25th March 5 – 7pm
Open 25th – 28th March, 12 – 5pm
Admission is Free

Ella Lucas at The Lombard Method

2010.03.13 | 1 comment
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London based artist Ella Lucas will be joining us at The Lombard Method for a 2 week residency in which she will explore themes of the cinematic. Combining sculpture, painting, text, and moving image Lucas’s practice is bold, subversive and above all playful. The residency, beginning March 15th will culminate in a 4 day exhibition from March 25th – 28th open 12-5pm daily. Launch party Thursday 25th 5-7pm. Admission is free.

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