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.


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 and his digital agency.

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.


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.



Greetings from the Other Side! (Of High St Deritend, that is…) We’re pleased to announce that bookings for Echoes at the Edge are now open. Echoes is a totally unique artwork, a performance without performers, a tour without a guide and ‘all around you’™ experience, an exhibition you can poke, prod and mooch around in to your hearts content – no ‘do not touch’ signs here. Since 1992 we’ve been inhabiting the Free State Of Digbeth, and Echoes is inspired by the hundreds of stories we’ve collected during our 21 year residency.


Bob Parks: And The Heavens Cried

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.


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.


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.


Parallelareal Variable Exhibition

Gunilla Klingberg’s ‘Parallelareal Variable’ reveals a powerful set of electro-magnetic bands of energy forming Eastside Projects. Klingberg’s new site specific installation is the Stockholm based artist’s first solo show in the UK for over a decade and continues her cosmic kaleidoscopic feedback loops of spiritual, capitalist and consumer patterns as visual machines.


Films from the English Underground

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

This new exhibition draws together works from filmmakers 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.


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 [email protected]

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.

First plans for the Library Discovery season

Highlights of the new Library of Birmingham’s four-month Discovery Season, which will run from the opening on Tuesday 3rd September until 31st December, are announced. The season is curated and produced by Capsule, Arts Council England support for the Discovery Season was confirmed earlier this year.

Taking its inspiration from the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, the Discovery Season will include:

Playground of Discovery – a specially-commissioned Cabinet of Curiosities created by multi-award- winning artist, Morag Myerscough, housing a rolling programme of creative residencies throughout the Season. Capsule are taking applications for the residency programme until Monday 29th April, learn more here. The Commentators from Stan’s Café, the Birmingham-based artists’ group, will be broadcasting from the Playground of Discovery, as the first of the creative residencies, in the opening week.


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!

New Art West Midlands

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:

15 February to 19 May

8 March to 19 May