Not paying artists is bad for you…


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 … [Read more…]



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 … [Read more…]

Eye Candy 2015 – Call out for artists, illustrators, designers and makers

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, … [Read more…]

Cannon Hill Art School

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 … [Read more…]

Grand Union celebrates 5th birthday

On Friday 27 March Grand Union celebrates its fifth anniversary. It is also celebrating that it has secured funding until 2017. Over the last five years, Grand Union has shown 28 exhibitions, worked with over 200 artists and commissioned the same number of new artworks. The gallery has welcomed 10,000 visitors and also provides studio … [Read more…]

Arts & Science Festival

As well as Flatpack Film Festival, Frontiers Festival, Birmingham Digital Week and Equinox kicking off this week (phew, what a list!) the University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival takes place for a third year. Running from today until Sunday and with the theme of ‘Sight & Sound’, the free festival will showcase culture, research … [Read more…]

Short Waves Festival: Grand Prix Tour

On Saturday 14 March Centrala Gallery hosts Shortwaves Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious film events in Poland. The festival takes place every year in more than thirty Polish and international cities, and focuses on the promotion of Polish short films. The festival screening will consist of seven short films spanning all … [Read more…]