Love is Enough: runs at BMAG 25 April – 6 September 2015

Following a stint at Modern Art Oxford, Love is Enough, an exhibition bringing together two artistic legends, will be coming to Birmingham. Curated by Jeremy Deller, this visual feast of an exhibition launches today and will run until September. It features the work of Andy Warhol and William Morris, two artists you wouldn’t automatically draw together, but the exhibition draws several parallels, surrounding mass production and pattern making amongst other comparisons.

If you’re a fan of either artist, or indeed of patterns, it’s well worth a visit (I was lucky enough to see the exhibition in Oxford).

There’s a lovely selection of images of the team installing the artworks on the Birmingham Post site.

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

Adult: £7.00
Concession (student / senior): £6.00
Child (3-15 years): £3.00
Child (under 3): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): £17.00

Opening Times:

Mon – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm




The Paying Artists campaign calls for artists to be paid to exhibit their work in public galleries. It is about valuing art and artists, maintaining diversity by ensuring that finance is not a barrier to talent and securing equality of opportunity for all artists now and in the future. This, at the moment, represents a significant culture change and added financial burden for galleries already suffering from reduced public funding, but without artists there is no art and if large numbers of practitioners are driven out of the sector because they can’t make a living it will trigger a gradual erosion of the cultural economy and the civic distinctiveness that makes art in the UK so special.

Over the next month Ruth Claxton Associate Director of Eastside Projects and Cheryl Jones, Director of Grand Union, are working as advocates for the campaign in Birmingham.

There are a number of ways to get involved:

  1. Find out more and sign up to support the campaign at www.payingartists.org
  2. Tell everyone! Get tweeting (#PayingArtists) and sharing. Write to your MP and your local councillor. Tell all your friends.
  3. Come and say hello at Digbeth First Friday on 1 May when they will be distributing badges and flyers and encouraging people to sign up to support the campaign.
  4. Come along and contribute to:

Not paying artists is bad for you… Discuss
Tuesday 19 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Eastside Projects.
An evening of quick fire provocations by speakers including Dorothy Wilson (Director, mac Birmingham, Gavin Wade (Director, Eastside Projects), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), and artists Stuart Whipps, Elizabeth Rowe, Anna Horton and Sophie Bullock; followed by a public discussion as we begin to explore what a fair pay policy for artists in Birmingham might be.

Places are free but booking is essential. Spaces will go quickly so book a place here now.



International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 has put a callout for proposals of work to be performed in ‘Outdoor Places or Unusual Spaces’ (OPUS) for the 2016 edition of the festival.

To see full details go to the full brief on the DanceXchange site: http://www.dancexchange.org.uk/about/commissions-auditions

IDFB is inviting professionals to submit a great idea and concept for a new festival commission for IDFB 2016, with a particular focus on dance or cross-artform projects that take place in outdoor places and unusual spaces. We welcome ideas from any UK or International Artist. The IDFB team will work alongside the successful professional artist/company to produce and realise the OPUS Idea in a collaborative way. The Artist will be paid a fee as collaborator (please include this in your submitted budget), and the project will be creatively produced by IDFB. We welcome proposals that come with a company of performers. Alternatively, performers can be recruited for the project, collaboratively through a fair and equal process. Collaborators or partners should be researched and named within the proposal where relevant, but please note that all artistic personnel will be mutually agreed by the Artist and the Creative Producer.

Deadline for proposals to be submitted: 29 April 2015, 10am

If you have any questions about your proposal, please contact Hannah Sharpe on 0121 689 1093 or email hannah.sharpe@dancexchange.org.uk

Bees in a Tin 2015



Call out…

Do you do exciting and (or) interesting things? Then this is for you!

Bees in a Tin is a gathering happening on the 12 June 2015 for interesting and exciting people who make unique interfaces for the world around them. This year it’s happening in partnership with Supersonic as part of their annual festival of experimental music and art.

And we’re currently looking for people to present… interesting and exciting things, experiences, performances, talks, artefacts, ideas and other nouns, at the event.

If you have devised (or are devising) a novel way of interacting with your surroundings that makes people stop, think or just go “wow!”, then we would like to be in the same room as you. Your project could be a performance piece; guided walk; interactive object; data visualisation; science experiment or something completely different. Surprise us!

It doesn’t have to be arts-based and it doesn’t have to be finished: we’re looking for things that invite us to consider our position in relationship to things differently.

We’ll be in a space that can accommodate talks, workshops and/or playtesting and feedback on work in progress. Tell us how you’d like to feed into the day and we’ll do our best to squeeze in as much amazing stuff as we can.

More information can be found here. Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 29 April 2015.





Last year, a series of artists commissions were offered to investigate the Alfred Watkins collection books on beekeeping held at Hereford Library. These commissions came together to make the Outrider exhibition. Outrider is now touring the region and can currently be seen at the beautiful Winterbourne House and Gardens until 4 May.

On Thursday 30 April there will be a free tour of the exhibition which will also include entry to Winterbourne.


The next Eye Candy, Birmingham’s festival of illustration, graphics, art and design takes place in October. The Eye Candy team are currently looking for ideas around exhibiting, live works, workshops, talks and installations. So if you are involved in the disciplines above, and have an exciting idea or amazing work that has to be shared, get in touch. Deadline: Monday 27 April 2015.

More information can be found here.



For one term only, mac birmingham is setting up its very own art school. They are looking for artists from the West Midlands, regardless of art form, age or experience to take part. Inspired by ground-breaking art schools such as Black Mountain College, USA and the more current artist-led and DIY art school initiatives such as Open School East, London, this is your opportunity to get the ‘art school experience’ without going full time.

On Tuesday evenings from 12 May to 23 June, Cannon Hill Art School will take over mac’s building, turning it into a hive of discussion, debate and artistic activity. The course will culminate in a unique exhibition opportunity, displaying the results of students’ work at the Cannon Hill Art School Summer Show in mac’s prestigious First Floor Gallery.

Cannon Hill Art School lectures, seminars, group discussions and tutorials will be run by leading figures in the art world – practising artists and arts professionals with a profile for working nationally and internationally.

More information can be found here.


On 26th April, PowWow Festival of Writing returns for its fourth year to The Prince of Wales with a programme “that brings you more bang for your book.”

This year, the festival welcomes internationally-acclaimed screenwriter and BAFTA fellow Andrew Davies (House of Cards, A Very Peculiar Practice), author and Salt Publishing editor Nicholas Royle (Best British Short Stories), micro fiction writer David Gaffney, and broadcaster and writer Natalie Haynes.

The packed programme provides festival-goers with a window on the literary world, and includes sessions on screenwriting, how to write a prize-winning short story, fiction for young adults and writing for broadcast.

In a bid to encourage writers of all ages and backgrounds to take part, tickets are just £10, or £5 if you are a student, pensioner or unemployed.

Find out more, and read biogs for all speakers at www.powwowfest.com/2015-festival