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.


Eastside Projects, Lunch Club

Lunch Club Friday 26 July, 1–2pm
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR

Escape your desk or studio for an hour and join us at Eastside Projects for lunch. Everyone is welcome. We have an array of tea, coffee and herbal teas – all you need to bring is your sandwiches.

Discovery Season Announced

Capsule are delighted to announce our four month opening season for the Library of Birmingham. The season, which will run from Tuesday 3 September – 31st December is produced & curated by Capsule, supported by Arts Council England.

The Discovery Season programme is inspired by the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, and draws on content as diverse as one of the world’s largest books, Victorian children’s games and toys, and even train and bus tickets. The Season will bring to life the Library’s stunning new spaces, from the studio theatre to the towering rotunda and the outdoor garden terraces, and will play host to installations, events, performances and workshops for every age and interest. Events encompassing literature, art, film, illustration, food and debate will be enjoyed under one golden roof in the city’s newest social space.


Meet Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax was a musicologist who spent over six decades working to promote knowledge and appreciation of ‘people’s songs’, and he gathered an enormous archive of folk, blues, gospel, country and traditional music.

You can see an amazing collection of videos via the Association of Cultural Equity, which Lomax founded to research and disseminate the world’s traditional music, and to reconnect people and communities with their creative heritage.


Artists Talks: A Small Hiccup

Tuesday 25 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Join us for a talk and discussion event with Simon Senn and Holly Pester, artists in our current show A Small Hiccup.

6.30pm Simon Senn & Vasi Hasan
Swiss artist Simon Senn produced his video ‘Gulberg’, for our current exhibition ‘A Small Hiccup’, in collaboration with Birmingham based business man Vasi Hasan.


Callout For Brass Players

Australian producers Super Critical Mass have been commissioned by Capsule to presentTogether We Breathe, a large-scale project to celebrate the opening of the Library of Birmingham, and we’re looking for players to help us make this a truly a magnificent spectacle!

A mass of brass players from the region will be positioned throughout the new library building, filling the air with a dramatic opening fanfare. From the deep throb of tuba, the wash of trombone, and the sinewy swirl of trumpets, audiences will be welcomed to the Library of Birmingham by a forest of brass.


Spencer Hickman to Advisory Committee

We are very pleased to welcome Spencer Hickman to Capsule’s Advisory Committee. A long friend of Capsule, Spencer has been really supportive of Supersonic Festival over the years and we’re thrilled to be receiving his invaluable input to Capsule’s planning.

With over 20 years experience, music industry veteran Spencer Hickman is one of the loudest supporters of independent music in the UK. Hickman spent years working in record shops including setting up and running Rough Trade East (the UK’s largest record store), it won retail brand of the year twice under his management.


Sarah Farmer Residency

Sarah has been busily exploring the collections at Winterbourne and Lapworth Museum of Geology over the last few months, through the Capsule artist residency at the University of Birmingham, making new work inspired by the botanic and fossil collections. Here is her first update on the residency, with some amazing images.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

Bill Drummond

Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair, 5-7 December 2013 has been created as a unique event for the Library of Birmingham Discovery Season by Capsule. Working with Writing West Midlands, Birmingham Zine Festival, An Endless Supply, The Baskerville Society, Grand Union and Eastside Projects, the event will celebrate the very best in independent publishing. Volume will open with a keynote speech from artist, musician and writer, Bill Drummond.

“Scottish artist Bill Drummond (1953) has used various media in his practice including actions, music and words. His actions too numerous to list, some more infamous than others; his music from the multi million selling KLF to the choral music of The17; the words have accumulated into a pile of books. His work of the last twelve years is catalogued”

Drummond’s World Tour Retrospective ‘Bill Drummond: 25 Paintings’ starts at Eastside Projects, Birmingham in March 2014

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.

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I don’t feel at home in this world anymore

Capsule and Vivid Projects present a night of amazing footage from the Alan Lomax archive and Mississippi Records, featuring rarely seen film shot during Alan Lomax’s North American travels between 1978 to 1985 and Mississippi Record’s own enormous library of folk blues, gospel, esoteric, international and punk music. I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE takes place on Wednesday 26th June at Vivid Projects.

Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records will be present and will screen a film of musicians associated with the Mississippi Records label such as one man band Abner Jay, angel channeling Bishop Perry Tillis, Rev. Louis Overstreet and his four sons, legendary folk singer Michael Hurley and many more. Each film segment will be introduced with brief stories about the musicians. There will also be a short slide show that tells the story of the underground music industry and Mississippi Records.

Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker. Lomax also produced recordings, concerts, and radio shows in the U.S and in England, which played an important role in both the American and British folk revivals of the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s. During the New Deal, with his father, famed folklorist and collector John A. Lomax and later alone and with others, Lomax recorded thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress on aluminum and acetate discs.”

“Eclectic independent record label named after the record store located in Portland, Oregon,Mississippi Records specializes in vinyl reissues of American roots, blues, gospel, art punk, and world music, among other recorded obscurities. “

This event takes place on Wednesday 26th June at Vivid Project. Tickets are £5 and available via

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.


Artist Opportunities

Capsule have announced two call outs for artists to produce exciting work for the Library of Birmingham opening season. We are looking for artists/organisations to take on week long residencies within an exciting space designed by Studio Myerscough (draft image above), and we will also commission an artist/illustrator to create new work to sit in the new Children’s Library.

See below for more information and details on how to apply. You can learn more about the opening season for this exciting new public space in Birmingham via


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!