Vivid Projects

Vivid Projects is a collaborative agency dedicated to exploring the convergence of film, video, performance and interdisciplinary practice.

Based in a new art space in Warwick Bar, part of the Eastside/Digbeth creative quarter, Vivid Projects is led by the curatorial team behind ‘VIVID’ which ran an acclaimed seven year programme in Digbeth from 2005-2012 has been awarded a crucial grant from Arts Council England to boost a two year programme of work in Birmingham.

In a changing cultural landscape, Vivid Projects first aim is to create vibrant and challenging programmes that demonstrate the crucial place of artists and filmmakers in society.

The opening multi-media season 33 REVOLUTIONS launched in February 2013 and is a dynamic and sometimes challenging 8-month programme that asks the question; can art and popular culture be a catalyst for social change? Thought provoking encounters between new works and archive from 1960s to the present will address the ways in which film makers and artists from a diverse range of cultural situations and societies have protested.

33 REVOLUTIONS takes the audience on a journey through film, print, performance and song, celebrating personal acts of protest and resistance from the dance floors of 70’s NYC to the anti-institutional spirit of 1960s - 70s Britain right up to the simmering Arab Spring and Occupy!

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Vivid Projects // Looking Out From The CCCS

2014.06.06 | 0 comments
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06 – 28 June | open Thu – Sat, 12-5pm | Vivid Projects

Vivid Projects presents a snapshot into four decades of alternative Birmingham culture. Join us for this month-long season of exhibition, provocations and events investigating the impact of University of Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS).

Design by Keith Dodds

Founded by Richard Hoggart in 1964 and later directed by Stuart Hall, the Centre broke down barriers between staff and students and made ‘pop’ culture – pop music, television programmes, fashions – critical.

Looking Out From The CCCS makes connections between 70s Birmingham culture and the present day, by way of alternative publications and community action print, film workshops and style magazines, and contemporary artists working with social media and data.

The exhibition runs 06 – 28 June, open Thursday – Saturday, 12-5pm.
Admission is free.


A series of weekly events will critically engage with the exhibition and explore the key themes in a contemporary context. Artists, writers, social networkers, cultural provocateurs, new young feminists, archivists and more will be unpicking the astonishing cultural legacy of the CCCS.


Pop music has lost its power over the hearts and minds of the young. Chart hits have lost their era-defining quality. Everything from the collapse of NME sales to the rise of the reunion tour seems to indicate that British pop music has lost its way. Is it simply that we have exhausted the possibilities of the three-minute record and the thematically-unified album, or is there a broader malaise?

Join Neil Davenport (music writer and teacher), Adam Regan (Hare & Hounds) and Stasys Slauteris (Birmingham Academy of Music and Sound) as they discuss whether pop music has lost its power. Convened by the Birmingham Salon.

Advance tickets £5, available here.

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A selection of rarely seen works from Birmingham’s cultural history, collectively produced by the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop (BFVW). Selected by Professor Roger Shannon.

Advance tickets £2.50 + 80p fee | Tickets £3.50 on the door.
Available here.

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In memory of Professor Stuart Hall, The Drum hosts a discussion on citizenship, democracy and activism. Chaired by Professor Gurminder Bhambra, University of Warwick, the panel includes Professor Danielle Allen, Princeton, Professor John Holmwood, Discover Society and Dr Paul Warmington, University of Birmingham.

Admission Free.

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Join Vivid Projects for an afternoon of informal illustrated discussions exploring the key themes of the exhibition and the CCCS legacy.


In 2013 artist/curator Emma Leppington curated hundred of images submitted by feminist artists worldwide in a quest to present a single collective image of ‘feminism’. What does feminism mean to you?

Convened by Emma Leppington & Mo White plus further contributors to be confirmed.


A round table discussion looking at the aesthetics, politics and methods of grassroots media from 1970s to the present day. Convened by Brian Homer, Sarah Silverwood and Keith Dodds.


The BFVW was a pioneering collective co-ordinated by CCCS post-graduate Roger Shannon and included members Jonnie Turpie, Alan Lovell and Heather Powell. This illustrated discussion situates the work of the BFVW in the socio-political context of the 1970s and 80s, the UK workshop movement and its relationship with the establishment of Channel Four Television. Convened by Roger Shannon, Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University and Paul Long, Professor of Media and Cultural History at Birmingham City University.

Admission free, booking recommended. Reserve a place here

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We are delighted to welcome Dick Hebdige for a talk on subculture in the 70s. Hebdige is renowned for his book Subculture: the meaning of style which remains one of the seminal studies of post-war British youth culture. For this event, he is joined by photographer and legendary DJ Mike Horseman who ran the Shoop at the Golden Eagle.

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In the making of Fear of Black Space, Ian Sergeant and Black Sauce Collective ask a series of questions using the establishment and abandonment of the Muhammad Ali Centre, Hockley, Birmingham as a motif. What did the building represents to the local community? Why does the space still cause anguish within the “black” community? How do you as an artist, your project, venue or organisation contribute to shaping the identity of a community, neighbourhood or the city?

Join Black Sauce (Ian Sergeant, Bobbie, Gardner and Faisal Hussain), Josephine Reichert (Ort Gallery), Yinka Danmole (The Loft) and others to share your experience of how your arts, cultural and regeneration activities are helping to transform the image of the city of Birmingham.

Admission free, advance booking here.

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Vivid Projects/ The Black Hole Club

2013.11.14 | 0 comments
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Vivid Projects presents the Black Hole Club, a brand new ongoing programme to support artists and curators working with moving image, performance and sound.

We are looking for our first ten Black Hole Club members to begin working with us from February 2014.

The inaugural Black Hole Club will support its members to develop their practice through skills development, networking and presentation opportunities. Members will benefit from free access to Vivid Projects’ expansive canal-side space and facilities in Digbeth, and a tailored programme of screening and social events. Members will be expected to commit approximately 2 hours per week for meetings and sessions.

All members will be encouraged to developed opportunities for the public to engage with their work, supported by the Vivid Projects team.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a letter (500 words max) expressing your interest and motivation for applying, together with your CV and examples of previous works. If you wish to submit any supporting visual materials, please ensure electronic submissions do not exceed 10MB.

Applications (under 10MB) may be emailed to Alternatively you can post your application to the address below – please note, support materials sent by post cannot be returned.

Vivid Projects – Black Hole Club
16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street
Birmingham, B5 5RS

Application deadline is 12pm on Friday 03 January 2014.

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Vivid Projects/ Bring Your Own Beamer

2013.11.14 | 0 comments
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Revolution 33 // Bring Your Own Beamer

Vivid Projects’ acclaimed 33 REVOLUTIONS programme concludes this winter with Bring Your Own Beamer, a one-night event curated by Antonio Roberts.

Armed with projectors, an army of artists will beam their responses to the Revolutions call in Vivid Projects’ space.

Hailing from Birmingham and beyond, exhibiting artists include: Antonio Roberts, Pete Ashton, Sam Alexander Mattacott, Dom Breadmore, chromatouch, Daniel Salisbury, David Checkley, Mark Murph, Natalie O’Keeffe, Ben Waddington, Tim Neath, amongst others.

Music on the night will be provided by Pete Ashton, Alex Juno and Swoomptheeng DJs.

Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) is an international series of one-night exhibitions inviting artists to convene and explore the art of projection in an immersive environment of moving light, sound and performance.


BYOB Birmingham:
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Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B’ham, B5 5RS

Make your own mini-protest banner at Vivid Projects

2013.09.11 | 0 comments
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Sarah Corbett founded the Craftivist Collective in 2009 after craft-lovers around the world asked to join in her craftivism (activism through craft) as a way to make positive change and give introverts a voice outside of traditional extrovert forms of activism.

Image courtesy the Craftivist Collective

Join Sarah at Vivid Projects for a special workshop in which you will craft your own Mini Protest Banner. Following the workshop you are encouraged  to leave your banner somewhere as street art to provoke thought and action in passers-by. Sarah will also explain more about the history of craftivism and her approach, and the benefits of craftivism as a political and public engagement tool.

Tickets cost £7.50 and include your workshop materials – reserve your place here

Craftivist Collective join Vivid Projects as part of Rebel Girl, a three-day programme combining moving image, documentary, music and discussion, which brings together artists, writers, speakers and makers to explore the history and legacy of riot grrrl twenty years on from Kathleen Hanna’s Riot Grrrl manifesto.

Full programme details here

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Vivid Projects & Flatpack Festival presents Scalarama: a celebration of cinema!

2013.09.11 | 0 comments
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FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER | 7PM | £6 available here | at Vivid Projects 

Vivid Projects and Flatpack Festival present a special 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers. Twin brothers from The Bronx, Mike and George have created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess.

“They were giants. They inspired four to five generations of militantly eccentric art fans. To me they were the Warner Brothers of the underground.” – John Waters

Photograph of George and Mike Kuchar with George's dog Bocko

George & Mike Kuchar, and George's dog Bocko

Starting in the mid-50s with a string of shorts shot on the regular-8 format, they switched to 16mm around 1965 and began making their own films. George sadly passed away in 2011, so Little Joe, a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly, have teamed up with Copenhagen-based Jack Stevenson to honour both brothers, presenting a selection of their work from Jack’s own 16mm collection.

This event is presented in partnership with Flatpack, a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March and Scalarama, a celebration of cinema in all its forms taking place nationwide throughout September 2013.

In the spirit of Scalarama, the Kuchar Brothers 16mm programme will be followed with a special screening of Michael B Clifford’s 1991 documentary Scala (35mins).

Made shortly before the cinema’s untimely demise, the film is pretty much the only walking talking piece of footage of the crazy old world that was and in some ways still is the Scala. Featuring a number of inhabitants that could be found there during its heyday, the film captures an era when the audience, not just the film makers, suffered for the art!

Advance tickets cost £6 and are available here.

This event takes place at:
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B’ham, B5 5RS 
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Vivid Projects – September programme

2013.08.15 | 0 comments
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Vivid Projects’ eight month opening season ’33 Revolutions’ concludes this autumn with a packed programme of events which ask the question: can art and popular culture act as a catalyst for social change? Full events programme below.

Design of Vivid Projects '33 Revolutions' poster collection by Keith Dodds -


05 – 07 September
Programme of music, film and spoken word interrogating notions of art, revolution and the controversial figure that was Michael X, curated by Ian Sergeant. Includes an evening of live performance (Fri 06 Sep) featuring dub-griot Kokumo, DJ Bobbie Gardner and visual artist Matt Watkins. Full programme details here.

07 September, 4pm (£3 on the door)
Revs #22 – 23 // CALL TO ARMS
Bristol Radical Film Festival join us for a special screening of films on the Black Panther Party. The screening is followed by a Q&A discussion with Anthony Killick (Bristol Radical Film Festival) and director Hugo Levien. Full programme details here.

11 September, 6-9pm (£5 on the door)
Revs #24 – 26 // 33 REVOLUTIONS
Vivid Projects is joined by In Place of War  and Un-Convention for the launch of their new digital album Voices of the Revolution. The evening sees live performances and collaborations from international musicians including Alesh and Dhazda D, alongside discussion with the organisation’s founders and community members. Catch them in Birmingham before they go to Festival No. 6! Full programme details here.

13 September, 7pm (£6 advance)
Flatpack Festival and Vivid Projects celebrate cinema on 13 September with a 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers – twin brothers from The Bronx who created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess. Full programme details and tickets available here.

19 – 21 September
Revs #29 – 32 // REBEL GIRL
Rebel Girl explores the history and legacy of the 1990s Riot Grrrl movement including film from acclaimed video artist Jennifer West alongside Lucy Thane’s documentary following Bikini Kill on their 1993 UK tour. There’ll also be a special talk tracing the UK riot grrrl scene from writer, journalist and zine scene veteran Cazz Blase, a workshop with Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, and a ‘specially curated playlist from Birmingham’s own Atta Girl. Full programme details available here.

29 November
Save the date for our final revolution featuring a whole host of collaborators!

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Films from the English Underground

2013.05.30 | 0 comments
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Thu 06 – Sat 22 June, open Thu-Sat, 12-5pm
Revolutions 10-13 // A Certain Sensibility: Films from the English Underground

This new exhibition draws together works from film makers key to the more radical trajectory of the English underground movement of the late 70s/early 80s.

Drawing on the ‘New Romantic’ and avant garde cutup/collage aesthetic, Vivid Projects presents key works from Richard Heslop, Marc Karlin and Derek Jarman.


Week 1: Thu 06-Sat 09 June, 12-5pm daily
Richard Heslop

Seminal film and music video director, Heslop began his career operating a live multi-projection for British industrial/ post-punk band 23 Skidoo. Heslop has also worked as cinematographer for Derek Jarman and directed music videos for legendary bands including The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Cure, and The Shaman.

Vivid Projects presents three films from Heslop’s body of work including ’7 songs’ (1983) with the music of 23 Skidoo, ‘FU GI’, and his award-winning debut feature ‘The Child and The Saw’ (1983).

Fri 07 June, 7.30pm (tickets £5 adv/ £7 on the door)
TALK: Dave Haslam: Searching For the Young Punk Rebels

Music historian and legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam will explore and celebrate music activity in Birmingham from 1976 to 1982, drawing on interviews with Lesley Woods, Kevin Rowland, and Duran Duran’s John Taylor (among others). The event is followed by an in conversation with Jez Collins, founder of Birmingham Popular Music Archive, reflecting on collective and personal memories of Kahn & Bell, Barbarellas, Fashion, Ranking Roger and other memories from a very creative era in the city’s cultural history.

Advance tickets £5 + 95p booking fee available here:

Sat 08 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Chris Petit, Radio On

Don’t miss this one-off screening of ‘Radio On’ [dir: Chris Petit, 1979], one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema. A haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, ‘Radio On’ is crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather. Stunningly photographed in monochrome by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer, Radio On is driven by a startling new wave soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Robert Fripp and Devo, and reveals an early screen performance by Sting.

Week 2: Thu 13- Sat 15 June, 12-5pm daily
Marc Karlin

Described as one of the most significant unknown film-makers working in Britain during the past three decades, Karlin was a central figure in the radical avant-garde of the 1970s and made a major contribution to the shaping of Channel 4.

Vivid Projects presents a selection of his works alongside a one-off screening of Night Cleaners on Saturday 15 June at 2pm.

Sat 15 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Berwick Street Collective, Nightcleaners

Made by the Berwick Street Collective of which Karlin was a member, Night Cleaners is a defining film, depicting the work and activism of the women who clean London’s offices, and combining formalist experiment and political will with an unsentimental humanity.
Week 3: Thu 20 – Sat 22 June, 12-5pm daily
Derek Jarman

Innovative, esteemed and controversial, Derek Jarman (1942 – 1994) produced works which were technically original, aesthetically radical and which constitute an astonishing personal and public record of England in the last quarter of the 20th century.

Vivid Projects presents three of Jarman’s works: ‘Pirate Tape’ [1983] featuring William S. Burroughs and FM Einheit and cut to a loop of Burrough’s voice with sound by Psychic TV: Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson (COIL), Geff Rushton, (COIL), Alex Fergusson (Alternative TV), John Gosling (Zos Kia) and Paula P-Orridge; ‘TG: Psychic Rally in Heaven’ [1981], an experimental film featuring a 1980 performance by Throbbing Gristle; and ‘The Last of England’ (1987), a poetic depiction of what Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in the 1980s.

Sat 22 Jun, 2pm (admission £3 on the door)
SCREENING: Derek Jarman, The Last of England’

Join us for a one-off screening of Derek Jarman’s ‘The Last of England’ – a dark and personal meditation on England under the Thatcher-era of conservatism.

“Wrenchingly beautiful… one of the few commanding works of personal cinema in the late ’80s.” – The Village Voice

A Certain Sensibility: Films from the English Underground is presented as part of 33 REVOLUTIONS, Vivid Projects’ 8-month opening season which asks the question, can art and culture be a catalyst for social change?

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Bring Your Own Beamer Birmingham

2012.02.08 | 0 comments
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FRI 16 MAR | 7-10PM | FREE

VIVID and Flatpack Festival presents Bring Your Own Beamer Birmingham, curated by Antonio Roberts and Pete Ashton. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to beam your work into the nooks and crannies of VIVID’s Garage space.

Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) is an international series of one-night exhibitions inviting artists, armed with films and projectors, to convene and explore the art of projection in an immersive environment of moving light, sound and performance. Interested? More details below.

BYOB Amsterdam. Photo by Idan Shilon


Do you have a projector? And an original video work (by that we mean a film you made/ have permission to screen)? If so, BYOB Birmingham needs you! You’re invited to submit films to be considered for inclusion at Birmingham’s first BYOB event on Friday 16 March 2012.

Participants will be required to provide their own laptop or DVD player, and a projector (it can be analogue or digital). Participants are responsible for their own equipment at all times.

If you’d like to submit a film for consideration, please complete the online application form. Application deadline is Friday 24 February at 23:59.

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BYOB B’ham:
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BYOB Birmingham is curated by Antonio Roberts and Pete Ashton, and is presented by VIVID and Flatpack Festival. BYOB is an idea originally conceived by Berlin-based artist Rafael Rozendaal.

VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Birmingham | B9 4AR
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2012.01.31 | 0 comments
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ACTS OF MEMORY (co-presented with Fierce Festival)

VIVID is inviting people from Birmingham to take part in a collective recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with artist Monica Ross. Take this chance to learn a small part of the Declaration of Human Rights and recite it in public, in your own language, as part of this unique performance.

Image courtesy Monica Ross

Everyone is welcome and we hope that the recitation will fully reflect the many voices and languages of Birmingham’s communities. We wish to include many speakers and are interested in hearing Articles from the Declaration memorised and recited in many different languages including British Sign Language.

If you, your group, or organisation would like to take part in this project, please express your interest by emailing Nicola Lowery or calling VIVID on 0121 766 7876. Alternatively you can attend a free information session at VIVID – details below.

FRI 03 FEB | 6.30PM | FREE
Acts of Memory Information Session

VIVID is hosting an information session, including video excerpts from acts of memory 2005-2010 on Friday 3rd February, 6.30pm. Your attendance does not commit you to participating in the project, it is just an opportunity to learn more. Places are free and we kindly ask that you confirm your attendance by emailing or calling VIVID on 0121 766 7876.

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VIVID gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England and The Bond Company.


DEATHTRIPPING feat. Lydia Lunch at VIVID

2012.01.25 | 0 comments
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SAT 18 & SUN 19 FEB | Strictly over 18s only

The Garage presents… DEATHTRIPPING – a festival of trash film and performance curated by Bernadette Louise. The programme features seminal video works from experimental filmmakers Nick Zedd and Richard Kern alongside live performance from the legendary Lydia Lunch.

Image courtesy Paula Davy

Presented across two days, DEATHTRIPPING journeys into the radical manifesto of the Cinema of Transgression, an 80s underground film movement which spawned from New York’s No Wave scene and is characterised by an extreme and satirical take on themes of pleasure, horror, sex and disgust.


Saturday 18 February | 6.30pm-late |

Iconic performer Lydia Lunch headlines a special evening of spoken word including excerpts from Paradoxia, an autobiographical document of her early career when she collaborated on numerous transgressive films and led influential No Wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.

Lunch’s performance kicks off a late night of one-off performances and installations against a noisy soundtrack of no-wave and punk. Artists include Joss Carter, Paula Davy, Emergent Behaviour, Evangelia Christakou, Yolanda de los Bueis, Isabelle Schiltz, Benjamin Fox, Andrew Moscardo-Parker and DJ set by Greg Bird.

Sunday 19 February | 12-5pm | admission free

Don’t miss a rare chance to watch transgressive films by Nick Zedd and Richard Kern – some of the films were deemed so shocking when they were made the state of New York banned them! There’ll also be another chance to view film, performance and installations by up and coming artists.

DEATHTRIPPING is presented as part of ‘The Garage presents…’ a strand of one off events at VIVID embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, digital and sonic media.
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VIVID gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England and The Bond Company.


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