[Please note: Now taking place at Vivid due to high demand]
In December, after a six month stay of execution, Birmingham Artists will lose the subsidy for their studios at Lee Bank. This space was the only Birmingham City Council subsidised artistsâ€™ workspace in the city. Meanwhile other studios (including those the majority of Self Service members inhabit) are in privately owned buildings that are often cold, damp, insecure and uninsurable.
Self Service feel this most recent withdrawal of support for artistsâ€™ practice, should act as a catalyst for a wider discussion about the lack of affordable, fit for purpose studio provision and production facilities in the city
- How should artists in Birmingham respond to the councilâ€™s action?
- Could artists be doing more to demonstrate the intrinsic value of arts practice to the city?
- Are successful models for studio provision just about providing artists with space to work?
- Is the Creative Industries agenda at odds with the realities of most artistsâ€™ practice?
With these, and many more, questions in mind we have have invited Lucy Byatt to host a pub(lic) conversation around this issue.
All are welcome though space is limited so please book a place by emailing selfservice [at] hotmail.co.uk.