Eastside Projects – June 2014 News and Exhibitions

Public preview: Friday 27th June, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition open: 28 June – 2 August 2014
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

Today sees the end of Bill Drummond’s three-month residency at Eastside Projects in Digbeth. See the website for more information about the events taking place to mark this occasion.

But never fear, Friday 27th June will see the opening of two brand new exhibitions at Eastside Projects: Only a Free Individual can Create a Free Society, a new film installation by Grace Schwindt, and Pleasure, Devotion, Balance presented by Mexico in the second gallery.

Schwindt’s film is the product of an extensive rehearsal period with eleven dancers, drawing on thirty costume-makers crafting costumes using aluminium, cardboard, silk, and velvet. The film will be projected across a large curtained set in the gallery partly mirroring the shifting landscape of the film.

Pleasure, Devotion, Balance is a series of works and visions which say something about taking that inevitable next step.

For more information about current and future events, visit the Eastside Projects website.

Chinese Lives in Birmingham Exhibition

When: Monday-Friday throughout June, 09:00-17:00
Where: Chinese Community Centre Birmingham, 99 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0NS

Volunteers at the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham (CCC-B) have recently completed their Chinese Lives in Birmingham research project.

The culmination of the project is an exhibition at the Barber Institute (more details on the flyer below), and a large panel display at CCC-B in Digbeth.

To see the display documenting past and contemporary Chinese migration to Birmingham, make sure to pop into the Community Centre on Bradford Street in office hours throughout June.

The exhibition will also be open on some Saturday dates by appointment only. If you would like to visit out of office hours, please call Kate Gordon on 0121 685 8510 to make an appointment in advance.

Healthy Cooking Workshops at Stanhope Hall

Where: Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Ketley Croft, Highgate, B12 OXG

Stanhope Hall Community Centre will be hosting free healthy cooking workshops led by Change Kitchen throughout June and July.

Birgit Kehrer and her team at the award-winning Change Kitchen will share their tips and tricks for knocking-out fantastically tasty and healthy meals in under 30 minutes. The recipes will be mostly vegetarian/vegan, but can easily be adapted for the carnivores amongst us!

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • A four-week course with workshops 12:30-14:30 on Monday 16th June, Monday 23rd June, Monday 30th June, and Monday 7th July.
  • Open sessions on Monday 16th June, Monday 23rd June, Monday 30th June, and Monday 7th July from 18:00-20:00.

For more information, please contact Monica Lee at Stanhope Hall on 0121 446 5389 or Monica.Lee@birmingham.gov.uk.


Private view: Thursday 12 June, 18:00-21:00
Exhibition open: Friday 13-Tuesday 17 June, 12:00-18:00
Where: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4EE

Fine Art HND students at Birmingham Metropolitan College are exhibiting art work at their fantastic end of year graduation show – and it’s sure to draw attention to their talents!

The ARCH exhibition is being held at the distinctly different and atmospheric The Arches Project in Digbeth, and is is open to the public free of charge.

Fifteen students will be displaying work which represents a culmination of their personal reflection throughout the year. It will be sure to spark reflection in anyone visiting the exhibition, and even the careers of some of the promising talent.

For more information, visit The Arches Project website.

Final Reminder – Parking Around

When: Saturday 14th June, 12:00 and 15:00
Where: Eastside City Park, Curzon Street, Digbeth

Meet the power walkers,
Ice cream van stalkers,
Determined hill hikers and pose strikers,
All getting grass between their toes, relaxed and unbound, just PARKING AROUND

Parking Around, a visually striking piece of circus theatre, following the weird and wonderful characters met in the park, will be played out through aerial circus, dance and physical theatre at noon and 3pm this Saturday at Eastside City Park.

Witness 17 performers hanging high in the skies above, lifting, throwing, and balancing each other, and dancing away to an eclectic sound track of music and poetry.

Come and support the 12 local participants who have been training alongside RoguePlay’s professional performance team. The performances are completely free and followed by free participatory workshops for adults and children alike. So come along and get parking around!

Bargain Vintage Fair

When: Saturday 28th June,
Where: Custard Factory’s Market Hall, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Entry: £1

Urban Village has something very special in the pipeline for vintage lovers and bargain hunters of all ages, with a fair where every item costs no more than £10!

For only £1 entry, you will be able to rummage through countless rails of vintage garments from the 50s right up to the 90s. As always, there will be a fair 50/50 split between men’s and women’s clothing, so nobody gets the short end of the stick.

And it doesn’t end there: for a chance of winning £10 credit and free entry to the fair, simply post a photo of your best ever vintage bargain on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, making sure to tag Urban Village. Three winners will be announced one week before the fair on 20th June.

For more information, see the flyer below or the Facebook event page.

A3 Project Space – June 2014 News and Exhibitions

Policing Today

West Midlands Police have launched a public consultation, called Policing Today, asking for views on access to non-emergency police services.

The consultation is part of a 12-month review, looking at new and more efficient ways of delivering community policing. As well as an online survey, the police will be conducting face-to-face interviews with the public, and a footfall analysis in local police stations.

Commissioner Bob Jones said: “In recent years we have seen a decline in the use of front offices by members of the public as they engage with us via a number of different platforms. Whilst making savings is not the motivator for this review, we continue to face a significant funding gap and every penny we can save will help us to protect front line services and keep bobbies on the beat − protecting the community. ”

The online survey closes on Wednesday 2 July, and any changes will be implemented from 2015 onwards.


When: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014
Where: Alfie Bird’s, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £20 day / £35 weekend (available online here)

Glastonbrummy is a brand new alternative tribute festival launching at Alfie Birds and The Oobleck next month!

Enjoy your favourite songs by all the best alternative tribute acts including:

  • Discovery (Daft Punk tribute)
  • Fleetwood Bac
  • Kazabian
  • Atomic Blondie
  • Black Elvis
  • Joanne Joanne (all-female Duran Duran tribute)
  • The Pukes (ukelele punk covers band)
  • The Cloned Stones (Rolling Stones tribute)
  • The Priscillas

More acts are being added all the time, so make sure to visit the Glastonbrummy Facebook page to keep up to date!

F4.0 at Green Street

Where: Green Street Arts, 22 Green Street, Digbeth, B12 0NB
Opening night: Friday 20th June at 18:30
Exhibition continues: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, 14:00-17:00

F4.0 is an upcoming event exhibiting the work of three female documentary/street photographers at Green Street Arts.

The interactive exhibition will showcase contemporary documentary street photography from Ella Elizabeth Carman, Megan Sheridan and Jesska Jones, along with live street art from the likes of Liskbot and setdebelleza. There will also be a soundtrack of live music continuing into the evening.

For more information, see the flyer below or visit the Facebook event page.