Karl Nawrot: Mind Walk #1

Please join us for the launch of ‘Mind Walk #1’, an exhibition by Seoul based artist and web designer Karl Nawrot.

The exhibition reveals Nawrot’s aesthetic sensibility as a curious union of the macabre and the childlike, offering an overview of his practice through a dense presentation of crude monochrome prints. These include representations of various simple models which in some cases exist as works in themselves: for example in an architectural structure derived from Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino House the minimal staircase is replaced by a cave.


Maia Conran Solo Show Opening

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.


Cao Fei: Haze and Fog

‘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, the day-to-day life where a magical reality is created through struggles at the tipping point between the visible and the invisible.


A Demonstration of Possibilities

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.


Haze and Fog Exhibition Launch

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.


Salon: Archive

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.


Interior Reflections III

Join us for a discussion of the 2013 ESP Members Show, ‘Sports Hall Sessions’ and the latest edition of Flatfile. The evening will begin with a presentation by Tracy Hickinbottom and Alex Edwards on the ideas behind ‘Potential for Play’, the fourth Flatfile presentation which explores the artists’ shared interest in creative play.


Toolkit Maximum Fidelity

In this workshop artist and professional photographer Stuart Whipps will run through the practicalities of documenting artwork of all types from books and images to sculpture and performance. The session will cover the essential stages of documenting work including how to find appropriate settings and equipment, frame shots and create good lighting conditions.


Jim Howieson: Sports Hall Sessions

Jim Howieson’s ongoing Sports Hall Sessions series, which began in 2010, involves the artist performing spatial exercises in various public sports halls. This process sees him engaging with the objects and material to hand by forming sculptural assemblages, whilst responding to the architectural framework of each hall.


Art Bus

Art Bus
Thursday 16 May, 5–9pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Now celebrating its 10th year the Art Bus now travels between six of the city’s
leading galleries. With free entry at each of the participating venues; the Barber
Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Eastside Projects, Ikon
Gallery, mac birmingham, and the RBSA Gallery it’s a great way to see the range of
visual art on offer in the city.

Due to popular demand, this year’s route has changed to maximise the enjoyment
of visitors. Each bus route will take in three of the galleries, with Ikon Gallery in
Brindley Place acting as the central ‘depot’ for the evening.

Art After Hours

Art After Hours
Friday 17 May, 5—9.30pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Digbeth is home to a growing number of galleries, art projects, studio groups and artists. On Friday 17 June spend the evening exploring this intriguing part of the city as many of the spaces, organisations and groups based there open their doors for the first ‘Art After Hours’ event.

Eastside Projects will open from 6.30–8pm with a performance of ‘Nuclear Family (Three Tragedies and a Satire)’ at 7pm.

Start your evening at The Lombard Method and MSFAC who will be open from 6pm and then wander over to Eastside Projects for Mr Clevver’s performance before walking round the corner to Vivid Projects, Vinyl and Stryx on Fazeley Street ending your evening at Grand Union which will be open to 9.30pm.

Puppet Assembly

For the final day of ‘Puppet Show’ puppets and puppeteers, art-related or otherwise, are invited to come to Eastside Projects to inhabit the gallery, meet the residents and join the revolution. This ad-hoc afternoon of marionette mayhem will combine ‘open mike’ performance slots with informal space for puppets to be themselves.

During the afternoon there will be two performances, at 1pm and 3pm, of ‘Nuclear Family (Three Tragedies and a Satire) written by Heather and Ivan Morison and performed by Owen Davies.

Between these times we will have a number of fifteen minute ‘open mike’ slots for puppets and puppeteers to perform within the gallery. If you would like to book a slot please email maya@eastsideprojects.org

Puppet Assembly
Saturday 18 May 12–5pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Nuclear Family

Nuclear Family (three Tragedies And A Satire)
Friday 17 May, 7pm
Saturday 18 May 1pm and 3pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

The first preview performances of a new group of plays written by Heather and Ivan Morison for Mr Clevver, a traveling sculptural artwork in the form of a puppet theatre. An evolving work about lives lived at the edges of society, Mr Clevver has travelled from Tasmania in a 1960s agricultural truck drawing a hand-built box office. Mr Clevver is based on the travelling puppet shows from the unsettling novel, Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, that is set in a post-nuclear holocaust Kent. Owen Davies will perform Nuclear Family before Mr Clevver takes a wandering tour around the remote settlements of Wales this summer.

Toolkit: Going for Gold

Toolkit: Going for Gold
Wednesday 15 May, 6.30–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
£4 / £2 conc. / Free to ESP members

This informal toolkit will cover various aspects of application-making and presenting work and yourself in the context of an interview. The session will be led Ruth Claxton, artist and Associate Director at Eastside Projects and Zoe Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall, who will draw on their experience both of applying for opportunities, and appointing artists and curators for residencies, projects and jobs.

They will discuss good practice for presenting yourself, your experience and your work in written applications and formal conversations at a range of levels.

The toolkit will be guided by you so come equipped with examples and questions to make the most of this session and Ruth and Zoe’s expertise.

To sign up for this email elinor@eastsideprojects.org

Curators’ Introductions

Curators’ Introductions
Thursday 21 March, 6.30–8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Join Celine Condorelli, Tom Bloor and Elinor Morgan for an informal introduction to, and conversation around, our new exhibitions‘Puppet Show’ and ‘While it Lasts’.

In ‘Puppet Show’ Eastside Projects is finally revealed as a ‘puppet state’, an art organisation taken over by impersonators, impostors and transvestites, a collection of characters that criticise, debase, mock, undermine or protest in the place and voice of others.

The second gallery hosts ‘While it Lasts’ a screening programme curated by Elinor Morgan. Selected films explore: the production of digital realms, film as a space in which sculptural forms can be presented and the impact that the internet has had on the way that we interact with information, imagery, one another

Film Toolkit: fun with file types

Film Toolkit: fun with file types
Tuesday 26 March, 6.30-8pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR
£4 / £2 conc. / Free to ESP members

Are you having problems with losing quality when you export your digital films? Do your works come out squashed or widescreen when you burn them to DVD and you have not idea why? If so this is the workshop for you…

Artist Reuben Henry (of Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry) who has experience of making large-scale artist video commissions will lead this practical workshop on the technical aspects of importing and exporting digital video. He will cover: file types, formats, bit-rates, compression and export settings and will explore what video codecs are and which to use for different scenarios. Henry will share tips and discuss good practice in making and showing digital films, and how to get the best out of your footage whether for a mobile device or the big screen.

This session will be guided by you and what you want to find out, so come armed with your questions and confusions.

Exhibition Launch : Puppet Show

Exhibition Launch
Friday 22 March, 6–8pm
Puppet Performance 7pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Please join us to celebrate the launch of ‘Puppet Show’ a group exhibition which sees Eastside Projects finally revealed as a ‘puppet state’ and includes work by film-makers and artists including Edwina Ashton, Spartacus Chetwynd, Geoffrey Farmer, Pedro Reyes, Pierre Huyghe, Simon Popper and Simon Starling.
In the second gallery ‘While It Lasts’ brings together moving image works by David Raymond Conroy, Benedict Drew, Hannah Perry, Matthew Ferguson, Joanne Masding and Matthew Noel-Tod.
For the third iteration of Flatfile Meghan Allbright and Emily Musgrave have been invited to make a new collaborative work in response to this unique space.

A special performance of ‘Empire of Dirt’ by Heather & Ivan Morison will start at 7pm.

Flatpack 7 goes live!

The moment has arrived…

The Flatpack Festival programme has gone live and tickets are now on sale!

It’s time to feast your eyes on the full 11 days of films, exhibitions, installations, shorts, animations, AV spectaculars, live music, restored classics, claymations, parties, walking tours, local history, world premieres, music videos, documentaries, 3D thrills…and…well, what are you waiting for? See for yourself!

The programme is available online HERE

See you there!

Artist Residency

Capsule are delighted to embark on a new partnership with the University of Birmingham, supporting an artist to make and display work in response to the university’s fascinating and varied collections.

Sound artist and Lombard Method member Sarah Farmer will be working with both the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the Winterbourne botanical collection through spring 2013. Farmer will explore the collections, spend time with the curators and staff, and will create sound based works in response to her time there.

This a new artistic venture for the university, and an exciting opportunity for Capsule to further our artist support programme.

Read more about the project here

Lunch Club with Jo Loki

Lunch Club discussion with Jo Loki
Friday 22 February, 1–2pm
86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Over lunch artist, Jo Loki shares her experience of an international residency at The Banff Centre, Canada. Escape your desk or studio for an hour and join us, everyone is welcome. We have an array of tea, coffee, and herbal teas – all you need to bring is your packed lunch. For more information visit www.extraspecialpeople.org.

+44 (0)121 771 1778

Free Family Workshop

Free Family Workshop
Exploring Objects: Making Tracks
Wednesday 20 February, 10–11.30am
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

This half-term we will be running a free family workshop for children aged 5–11. Join us to take part in a hands-on, artist-led activity inspired by our current exhibition. In this fun printing workshop we will work as a group, using tyres to make a big impact. Children must be accompanied by an adult and need to be dressed to get dirty!

Places are free, but limited, so must be reserved in advance by contacting the gallery.

To book call 0121 771 1778 or email bethan@eastsideprojects.org