The Holodeck is an artist-run small business offering a range of fine art, printing, and publication services. Services include Risograph design, printing (Flyers, Posters, booklets, postcards etc.), and short-run publishing (Perfect binding, Spiral/Wire-o binding, Saddle Stitching, Hard-cased) , fine art quality digital/Giclee printing up to A1, Letterpress and Foil work, embossing, and quality fine art picture framing.

More about their services on their website. They’re opening an online shop soon too by the looks of things. 


Just a month to go until our event PKB – Powered by Pecha Kucha. With that in mind, we’ve announced the list of speakers:

  • Lee Kemp (Vermillion Films)
  • Sian Hindle (Jewellery)
  • Steve Chamberlain (Sellotape Cinema)
  • Ruth Harvey (Black Country Touring)
  • Chris Randall (Second Home Studios)
  • Jessica Rose (Authenticity)

Join us on the 29th July, early bird tickets have sold out but general tickets are available on eventbrite.

Compass Logo

Creative Alliance’s new unique and innovative digital platform Compass launches this Thursday.

Compass will support students in finding careers in the creative and digital sectors, connecting them with the best businesses in the region. The launch event will be an opportunity to bring businesses, schools/colleges and young people together.


  • Find out how Compass can help you recruit the best, can provide free promotion and marketing opportunities and is a unique way to develop the skills of your staff.

Schools and colleges

  • Find out how Compass can upskill and educate your students, can help them find their ideal job and can enhance your careers provision.

Join them for:

  • Complimentary nibbles and drinks
  • Live music and entertainment
  • An opportunity to network with professionals from across the region
  • An exclusive world-first look at Compass.

The event takes place Thursday 2nd July, 5 – 8 pm at Impact Hub Birmingham.

Register to attend their launch (and read more information about Compass) on eventbrite.


Appleson’s classic portrait photographs of carefully selected demographic groups made in his makeshift portable studio are now well known. In towns and settlements from Cape Town to Mexico City to Kibbutz Hatzerim in Israel, Appleson sets up on beaches, street corners, and other public spaces, enabling a captivating representation of place.

In this new body of work, world reknowned photographer Trevor Appleson has taken to the streets of Birmingham to look at youth culture now. Including over 70 classic portrait photographs, Appleson reflects the cultural diversity of young people in the city, their infinite styles and tribal affinities.

Presented as installations, alongside objects and social media content collected from the archives of his subjects, Appleson explores self-representation as a counterpoint to the conventions of the traditional photographic portrait.

The exhibition is at mac Birmingham on the first floor gallery until 5th July.


STEALTH exhibition opening tonight at Vivid Projects, 6.30-8.30PM
Curated by Antonio Roberts, Associate Producer for Vivid Projects

STEALTH presents recent work by UK and international artists critiquing surveillance culture and the invasive and pervasive technologies that shape our daily interactions. Utilising a variety of media including installations, video, social media and software, the exhibition explores how technology affects and disrupts our perceptions of privacy.

Artists include James Bridle (UK), Henry Driver (UK), Joseph DeLappe (US), Ryan Hughes (UK), Manu Luksch (AT/UK), and Sang Mun (US).

More about the event on their facebook event page.

Image 2 courtesy of artist Fay Nicolson

New exhibition opens tonight at Grand Union, 6-8pm

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM is a solo exhibition of work by London based artist Fay Nicolson. At Grand Union she presents a body of interconnected works exploring learning and the distance between experience and images.

The exhibition will consist of a series of large, rhythmic screen-prints on to un-stretched canvas and silks, much like large textiles or abstract paintings.

Fay uses these prints as visual backdrop for photographic works, in which she will perform a series of playful postures and repeated gestures. These are drawn from Fay’s experience of dancing in both her local Ukrainian Club and Dance school as a child and are channelled through a love of modern minimal music and choreography.

A series of events accompanies the exhibition in the Grand Union space; including a family workshop, an artist’s talk and a closing performance.

More information about the associated events, and other lovely things on the Grand Union website.

Exhibition continues until 8th August 2015.

Photo courtesy of the artist.



From Many & Varied:

We’re running a series of 5 Salons to help make things a bit more linked-up and sociable.

Taking place on the first Friday of the month, each co-curated with a local organisation, these events are specially put together for the people who don’t fit comfortably into the usual pigeon holes. We don’t mind if you identify as an artist, scientist, craftsperson, researcher, musician, maker, curator, academic, technologist […the list goes on…] – if you’re pushing at the edges of what that can mean then we’d like to hang out with you!

There’ll be invited speakers, a chance for practitioners to talk about / demo / play-test their work in progress to get constructive feedback, a chance to discuss opportunities for change and plenty of chances to chat to interesting people and seek out potential collaborators.

The first one is a week on Friday and I’ll be there.

Register / read more about it here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/many-varied-salon-july-registration-17210693648

BE Festival


BE Festival is Birmingham’s festival of new European theatre, dance and performance. Taking place from 23-27 June, for a second year it takes over the REP.

Offering twenty shows from nine European countries, there will be theatre, dance, circus, food, live music, visual arts, talks and workshops.

BE prides itself on having wonderful sense of community – After every show audience members are invited to enjoy a meal  in the theatre space with the actors and festival staff. A great way to dissect performances, relax and meet new people.

A few of our highlights:

  • Collage by Bot Project. Hailing from Spain, Bot Project present a free outdoor spectacular on Wednesday 24 June in Centenary Square. Expect trampolines, a funky soundtrack and a big dollop of fun.
  • I saw a preview of O No! recently and it was wonderfully bonkers. A particularly wonky homage to Yoko Ono.
  • Game, madcap three man circus theatre show exploring how video games shape our lives and apparently featuring Napoleon Dynamite-esque dance routines. Video games will be available to play before and after the show.
  • After every show there will be live music that’s open to all. Musicians include Mellow Peaches, Gabbidon (Steel Pulse), Didier Kisala Band and DJ Glyn Phillips.