When: Friday 3rd April, 17:00-late
Where: various venues across Digbeth
This Bank Holiday Friday, Digbeth First Friday presents another jam-packed evening of exhibitions, screenings, frolics and food. With a diverse range of events from a pop-up café at Digbeth Community Garden and new artist residencies at Stryx, to film screenings highlighting life in Digbeth at A3 Project Space and celebrating Grand Union’s 5th Birthday, there’s definitely something for everyone!
Party on until 2am and experience the incredible variety of events this month has to offer whilst enjoying a glass of wine and discovering the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer this month, including:
Pop-up Waste Food Café, 17:00-20:00
Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG
The Real Junkfood Project return with their ‘pay as you feel’ pop-up café, using food that would otherwise have been discarded to make delicious meals and snacks. There will be music from ‘Boys’ who will be performing any requests.
I’ll Bring You Flowers, 18:00-21:00
Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT
This exhibition presents work by collective practice ‘They Are Here’, who answered a classified ad in Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as: “Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. With no job, no money. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”
Grand Union’s 5th Birthday Party, 19:00-02:00
Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
Grand Union will be celebrating in style, with a commissioned performance by current artist-in-residence Phil Hession, followed by an immersive set by artist Benedict Drew. DJs will see us dancing into the early hours.
Good Friday Black Hole Club, 18:00-20:00
Vivid Projects, Unit 16, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
Join the Black Hole Club for a Good Friday mix of new sounds, shapes and directions. Artists including John Bradburn, Michael Lightborne, Kate Spence and Leon Trimble will share mixes and sneak peeks of work in progess. Meet the new producer and pitch your ideas, too.
Feminist Residencies, 18:00-20:00
Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
STRYX will launch a new two month residency for Birmingham-based Feminist artists with a mini exhibition of the artists’ work, a show reel of interviews, and the artists themselves.
Born To Be Wild, 18:00-21:00
HFWAS, Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
Home For Waifs And Strays is shining a light on some of the most exciting female artists creating work from Newcastle, Bristol, London and Nottingham.
The Bond Café Gallery, 180-182 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE
This exhibition of new paintings from The Bond’s Artist in Residence, Paul Hirst, whose work explores the notion of remembered elements of landscapes experienced through the act of walking.
You Are Here by Chris Paul Daniels, final screening at 18:15
A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, B10 0SA
Chris Paul Daniels shares his rapid portraits and glimpses of lives from residents and workers of Digbeth and Bordesley.
First Friday Frolics, 20:00-02:00
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
Artists on The Edge have teamed up with Dorcha to bring you another evening of wondrous variety. Expect more weird performances from the Fabarray family, accompanied by Albert’s delicious recipes, washed down with cocktail cures.