Eastside Projects – January 2015 Events
The new year brings new exhibitions to Digbeth’s creative spaces, and Eastside Projects is certainly no exception. Next Friday, join others in the gallery to see the public preview of three new exhibitions from various artists. The Black Pleasure bar will be open and it promises to be a fantastic evening.
Exhibition continues until 11 April
Birmingham Show is an exhibition as history and not history, connecting gaps, distances and potentials of artists who have lived, worked or studied within the city. Three key questions underpin the exhibition making – ‘What is the art of Birmingham?’ ‘Is there an accent to Birmingham’s art making?’ and ‘How is Birmingham useful for the production of art?’.
Eastside Projects’ intention is not to create an authoritive survey, but to initiate conversations and to think again about our city as a place that produces and supports artists in many different ways. By displaying a set of works that wouldn’t otherwise be experienced together, they hope to make visible co-existing and overlapping objects, processes, politics, relationships and scenes emanating from Birmingham. To help contextualise the exhibition, a series of short talks by artists, groups and projects will take place at the gallery on Saturday 31 January from 14:00.
Kelly Best: Velum
Exhibition continues until 28 February
Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase is a new artist development collaboration between Eastside Projects, g39 (Cardiff) and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. 3-Phase offers two early career artists, in this instance Kelly Best and Georgie Grace, the opportunity to make new work that will be exhibited through a year long programme of exhibitions across the collaborating galleries.
Kelly’s practice is rooted in drawing; she deals with architectural concerns, thinking past the constraints of the edge of the paper and drawing directly onto the wall and floor. At Eastside Projects she has developed a bespoke, modular wall structure; a large curved sculptural surface that supports a dense, ten metre long pencil drawing.