Inkygoodness & Created in Birmingham present the latest edition of Glug Birmingham.
Coming up on Thursday 20th November is the second of three ‘Midland Masters’ events, featuring talks by local designers, illustrators and creative studios celebrating the creative talent of the Midlands and beyond, in association with Glug.
For this edition, our focus turns to illustration and character design. We’ll be presenting an evening of talks by leading artists and collectives at Digbeth warehouse venue Boxxed. Expect creative workshops, live drawing, a pop-up art market & Digbeth Dining Club food vendors.
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Florence Blanchard / EMA + Bradbury & Blanchard Gallery
Sheffield-based artist Florence Blanchard adopted the moniker ‘EMA’ in the early 90’s when she began spray-painting the walls of her hometown Montpellier (Fr), inspired by the worldwide graffiti phenomenon and its instantaneous appeal.
Utilising acrylic, watercolour, silkscreen and spray-paint on canvas – EMA creates a world of abstract scenes populated by illustrative figures in a dream-like state. Now based in Sheffield where she co-owns Bradbury & Blanchard printing studio and gallery, she continues to explore themes of symbolism, and science fiction.
Ben Javens & Simon Peplow / The Outcrowd Collective
‘The Outcrowd’ is is a shambolic visual collection of hoodlums and battered psyches, born out of a basic obsession to create.
Not to be trusted with pen, paper or any other medium that can leave a mark. Initially formed amongst a group of friends, skateboarders, illustrators, designers, image-makers and lurkers. Birmingham-based Ben Javens and Simon Peplow take the stage to share their stories.
Joel Millerchip, Kris Jones & Mr the Beef / Brothers of the Stripe
Brothers of the Stripe (BOTS) are a collection of illustrators, graphic designers and image makers from all corners of the UK.
With many major cities represented, we are able to support each other in presenting our collective works to the various regions. The BOTS are an all-male team of movers and shakers, united by their devotion to their style and craft, support for each others and their willingness to play outside their comfort zones.
Alongside our speaker talks, our Pop -Up market returns stocking colourful prints, original artworks and handmade products by local illustrators and image-makers.
Full listings to be confirmed at the end of October.
In the run up to Midland Masters #2, to celebrate Glug Birmingham and showcase the creative talent of the city, we’re inviting submissions from local students, recent graduates and young professionals who live and work in the Midlands & beyond to create a poster in response to the theme of ‘Creativity and Play’. 25x entries chosen by team Glug Birmingham, will feature in an exhibition on the night. Submission deadline 6th Nov. More info & guidelines on the inkygoodness website >>
Workshops & Activities
Glug Birmingham will also give you the opportunity to get involved with hands-on creative workshops and activities with local designers and illustrators.
Local Street Food Traders
We’re inviting a handful of Birmingham’s most popular Street Food vendors to join us at Glug Birmingham to serve up a variety of fresh, tasty food in the Boxxed back yard throughout the evening.
Venue – Boxxed
We’re excited to be moving Glug Birmingham down the road to Digbeth venue Boxxed – by day it’s a hotbed of creatives utilising their co-working space, and by night it plays host to a variety of local art events including Secret Walls and Eye Candy Festival.
Boxxed is the ideal venue to host Glug Birmingham – with everything under one roof. Talks, workshops and our market will be in the main warehouse room, with live painting and food vendors in the outdoor courtyard and DJ’s playing from 10.30pm till late. You’ll be free to nip across to the Boxxed bar whenever you like, too.
Located at 104-108 Floodgate St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR
Tickets now on sale:
Standard tickets £7.50 (entry on November 20th)
Glug pass* – £13 (Save £2) – Limited availability.
Doors open at 6.30pm / Talks start at 7pm / Pop-up market runs till 10pm / Live music & workshops till 1am.
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*Glug Pass gives the ticket holder inclusive access to our upcoming Glug ‘Midland Masters’ events in November & March.
Upcoming speakers for March include: Gavin Strange jamfactory.com LIFE Agency lifeagency.co.uk & Jonny Costello adultartclub.com
We’re actively seeking volunteers to join our Glug Birmingham team, providing support across each aspect of the event. You’ll be given the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities including social media, blogging, copy writing, art curation, marketing, sales, helping set up on the day, meeting and greeting, socialising with gluggers and supporting participants, speakers and artists.
Dates: October 20th – November 21st | various hours (flexible) | unpaid
Confident, friendly and approachable volunteers are welcome to apply – whether you’re a young professional, recent graduate or student.
Interested? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch for more details: email@example.com
Glug Birmingham is proudly supported by
Glug – More Notworking™ than Networking
Glug is a series of events for the design and creative community. Our showcase event is held in London but there are now 8 other events around the world. Based around a series of talks and informal networking, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well attended creative events around.
Established in 2007, it’s an eclectic mix of people from all creative walks of life; from advertising and graphic design through to fashion and architecture. Glug started as a handful of mates talking shop in an East London pub. Two years later and it’s an international and national event with over 8000 signed-up members on MeetUp.
Over this time we’ve had great talks, film preview, live art, installations and exhibitions from the likes of Airside, Anthony Burrill, I Love Dust, Jason Bruges Studio, usTwo™, Mainframe, Marc Kremers, Noma Bar, Wolff Olins and Why Not Associates.
Currently Glug events are popping up in: London, New York City, Birmingham, Beijing, Brighton, Edinburgh, Auckland & Nottingham.
So there it is, get yourselves down! New Gluggers are always welcome to come along and see what it’s all about, so bring a friend and get Notworking™