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Parched Ground

Opening: Friday 1 August, 19:00 onwards
Exhibition continues: Saturday 2 – Saturday 16 August, 10:00-18:00 daily
Where: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79‐81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Fine art student Ben Nichol will be opening his first solo exhibition at Friction Arts tomorrow, to coincide with August’s Digbeth First Friday.

Entitled Parched Ground, the exhibition explores Birmingham’s industrial heritage, following on from Friction’s Echoes exhibition held last year.

Once renowned the world over as the ‘city of a thousand trades’, Birmingham’s reputation as a global centre for manufacturing is largely a thing of the past. Today, once bustling and noisy factories are left to crumble, barely visible eyesores in a post-industrial landscape.

Parched Ground takes a multimedia and multi-sensory approach including photography, video installations, soundscapes, sculpture and found objects from the decaying remains of factories whose products were once exported across the world. The viewer is invited to touch and handle the work. To add depth to the exhibition, Ben has interviewed many of the city’s residents to learn from their experiences working in industry.

After tomorrow, the exhibition is open daily with Ben hosting a guided walk around the show on Saturday 9th August at 14:30. For more information, visit the Friction Arts website.

Summer Market at the Bond

When: Saturday 2 August, 12:00-19:00
Where: The Bond Co, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £1.50 entry (kids go free)

The brains behind the last seasonal market at the Bond return with their summer offering this Saturday.

The Summer Market promises a mix of street food, real ale and cocktails (served from a vintage Routemaster bus no less!), accompanied by a farmers market, arts market and live music at Digbeth’s beautiful canalside venue.

The spring offering went down a storm and received rave reviews, so we’re expecting much of the same on Saturday. Here’s hoping the weather holds out!

For more information, visit the Summer Market website or click here to see photos from the last event.

Digbeth First Friday – August 2014

When: Friday 1 August, 17:00 until late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

This week sees the return of Digbeth First Friday, featuring late night exhibition openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and much more:

  • Drop in to Eastside Projects for a ‘creative spa’ session with artist collective Mexico, where participants can reflect, forecast and make plans for the future. Fresh smoothies will be available for the duration of the evening. (18:30–20:30)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer, and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-­fi classic Repo Man (20:30–23:30)
  • Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts are touring the UK performing only at artist‐run spaces; on Friday they arrive at Grand Union with special guest, Bobbie-­Jane Gardner, to perform a brand new composition. (19:00-23:00)
  • Visit Centrala, the new project space set up by PEA at Minerva Works, for a second chance to watch selected videos from their recent Points of View video screenings weekend. (18:00-21:00)
  • Take a trip to The Bond for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and live acoustic music, alongside an exhibition preview of Impressions of Nature by printmakers Emma Hardicker and Stef Mitchell. (17:00-23:00)
  • Join Eastside Studios for a behind the scenes peek of what their artists are currently working on at this open studio style event. (17:00-20:00)
  • Members of the public are invited to print their own Public Information Notice to be left for display at A3 Project Space or to take away. If you could pass on one vital piece of information to the public, what would it be? (18:00-20:00)
  • Black Hole Club and Stryx are delighted to invite you to Between Two Worlds, a collaboration hosted by Vivid Projects, incorporating set design, projections, dictaphones, optical illusions, forests, wallpaper, sound installations, things indoors that should be outdoors, scraping noises, and cinematic soundtracks, all loosely inspired by the TV show.
  • Birmingham-born producer Kouben will be launching his specially-selected mixtape On Another Planet at Provide in the Custard Factory. Original artwork t-shirts will be available alongside the cassettes, in limited editions of 50, to purchase at the launch party. (18:00-21:00)

Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects said:

Digbeth First Friday continues to go from strength to strength each month. The wide range of local businesses and arts organisations making it happen, mean there’s something on offer to suite everyone’s taste. It’s a fun, action packed night out full of unusual events and exhibitions, that builds on Digbeth’s reputation as Birmingham’s best destination for great independent culture.

Learn more about other events happening on the Digbeth First Friday website.

DotMoth Studio

DotMoth Studio is a design company founded by Annie Jenkins and Angela Tomlinson. They design and produce a range of Birmingham-inspired merchandise including tea towels, postcards and prints, many of which are available at Provide in the Custard Factory.

Annie is a graphic designer, animation designer, painter and printmaker, currently participating in the print exchange Sketchbook Project in New York. Before DotMoth she spent many years as a graphic designer for the BBC, exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show, and was a member of the team winning Best Animation at the Annecy International Animation Festival (Gorillaz came second).

Angela is a painter and illustrator, who lived in Tokyo before returning to study at Bournville College of Art and Newcastle Polytechnic. She came back to Birmingham to teach, an activity she thoroughly enjoys.

The postcard and tea towel range is aimed at locals and tourists alike and features images of the Birmingham skyline taken from Digbeth, the contrasting architecture on Digbeth High Street, along with an image of the instantly-recognisable Old Crown pub.

To learn more about DotMoth Studio, click here to visit the website, call 07896 931 012, or email

Upcoming events at Grand Union

Points of View

When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014
Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Polish Expats Association (PEA) has moved to a new space called Centrala at Minerva Works. To celebrate, they will be holding a weekend-long screening of artists’ videos, originally showed at the Points of View Video Festival in Łódź, Poland.

The Festival is a platform for the presentation of current video works made by students and recent graduates from fine art academies in Poland, as well as artists from Łódź’s partner cities: Vilnius and Berlin. The Birmingham presentation comprises a selection of videos shown in Łódź between 2011 and 2013, and a selection from Vilnius and Berlin. The weekend includes a special screening featuring works by internationally-acclaimed Polish artist Artur Żmijewski.

The screening programme is available below, with more information on the Centrala website:

Saturday 26 July
16:00 – Videos from the UK & Poland
17:00 – Videos by Artur Żmijewski
18:00 – Talk from Jakub Majmurek, an expert on Artur Żmijewski
19:00 – Videos from Lithuania & Germany

Sunday 27 July
16:00 – Performance by Home for Waifs and Strays
17:00 – Videos from Poland
18:00 – Videos from Lithuania
19:00 – Videos from Germany

The event coincides with the Warwick Bar Summer Fete, and PEA will be hosting a family picnic/drop-in session from 13:00.

Digbeth Community Garden Launch Party

When: Saturday 26 July, 12:00-19:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH

You are invited to the formal opening of the Digbeth Community Garden this weekend, where the honours will be performed by none other than Councillor Yvonne Mosquito.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth volunteers have been hard at work transforming a patch of land next to the Warehouse building into a community garden space, and this launch has been designed to celebrate all their hard work!

The event will include demonstrations, talks, live music, good food, as well as bringing people and the community together to celebrate the garden. There will also be opportunities to find out how you can get involved in the garden and help safeguard its future.

Make sure you head down on Saturday to the Digbeth Community Garden on Shaw’s Passage (behind The Warehouse)!

More information is available on the Facebook event, and the garden page.

Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival

When: Saturday 26 July, 10:00-15:30
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

This Saturday is proving to be a busy one, with the Custard Factory playing host to the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival.

The VIP vinyl record fair returns to the Dome, and by the lake, along with Alfie Bird’s infamous jerk BBQ, from 14:00 ska tribute act Rudie and the Revolvers will play a free gig.

Recently voted the No.1 Ska and Soul tribute band in the UK, the band have headlined at the Cavern in Liverpool, and supported loads of top movers and shakers. Rudie will be joined later by Irish folk singer Rich McMahon.

Be there or be a square.

Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2014 – Reminder

When: Saturday 26th July, 12:00-18:00
Where: Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Just a reminder not to forget that the Warwick Bar Summer Fete takes place this weekend, and there’s more than a spattering of activity to keep young and old entertained all day, including:

  • Bicycle Basket Bazaar | Pod Projects | 12-6pm
    A unique array of retailers will sell their wares from bike-baskets and pannier-racks, while acoustic musicians play songs of good cheer.
  • Introduction to Gardening Workshop | 2-4pm
    Free but booking required (sign up sheet at the Welcome Table at Minerva Works entrance).
  • Pick Your Own Mojito | 12-6pm
    Mojitos made with homegrown mint varieties including chocolate, apple, lime, spear, and eau de cologne mint. Lavender flavoured gins also available.
  • Vivid Projects | Unit 11, Minerva Works | 12-5pm
    Join Vivid Projects as they take over Unit 11 with a peloton of artists and filmmakers who explore the creative possibilities of pedal power.
  • Family Film Workshop with Holly Antrum | Grand Union | Unit 19, Minerva Works | 1-3pm
    Artist Holly Antrum will lead a drop-in family workshop using various film making methods in amongst her exhibition. The workshop free and suitable for all ages.
  • PEA / Centrala | Unit 4, Minerva Works | 1-9pm
    Polish Expats Association will be holding a drop-in family workshop from 1-3pm, followed by video screenings from the Points of View Film Festival at 4-9pm.
  • In The Air | RoguePlay Theatre | Minerva Works | 1pm & 5pm
    RoguePlay will perform 15 minute demonstrations of aerial and ground-based circus acts using trapeze, hoop, lifts and acrobalance.
  • Digbeth Dining Club | Car Park | 12-6pm
    The award-winning DDC will provide sustenance from Savanna Grill, Deli at Edgebaston and Scarlet Pimpernel.


Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB

Located within Muthers Studio in Digbeth, B_Drum is Birmingham’s only dedicated drum shop.

Founded by Damon, a young drummer himself, B_Drum aims to offer a complete service for drummers by stocking drum accessories as well as kits, servicing and repairs, independent advice, and drum clinics too.

Ultimately, Damon wants to create a community in which drummers can thrive, and to provide a much needed service to sustain drummers.

For more information, visit the B_Drum website, visit their Facebook page, or follow @BDrum_ on Twitter.