Museums at Night



Museums at Night runs from tomorrow until Saturday across the country. Museums, galleries and heritage sites will be throwing open their doors after hours for special evening events.

As well as the fantastic Art Bus, there are plenty of events to choose from in Birmingham. These include:

  • Live AV installation at Vivid Projects as part of their current Queer Traces programme. Michael Lightborne and Kate Spence will present a live installation deconstructing Jennie Livingston’s seminal documentary of the 80s vogue ball scene Paris is Burning (1990). The installation will feature the durational performance Strike a Pose by Kate Spence, Lightborne’s New Gods video sculptures, and a throbbing, otherworldly, disco soundtrack.
  • Craft and design night at the Pen Museum. Meet artists who use pens and ink in their work, and have a go yourself!
  • A night with the Nettlefolds at Winterbourne House and Garden.
  • Game Over at the Coffin Works – Transient-Art take over the restored coffin fittings factory to show their work among the coffin handles, shrouds and historic machinery.

Art Bus


Art Bus

This Thursday take an after-hours cultural excursion on the Art Bus. Visiting seven Birmingham galleries for this edition, (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Eastside Projects, Ikon Gallery, mac birmingham, The Parkside Gallery (BCU), RBSA Gallery and the Waterhall Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery) all will be open from 5pm until 9pm. The free bus will be transporting visitors throughout the night.

More information can be found here.


RoguePlay Theatre, Birmingham’s Highly Physical Theatre Company, are having their latest Aerialists Showcase on Saturday 9th May, 7.30pm -10.30pm, in Digbeth, Minerva Works on Fazeley Street.

Aerialists Showcase

RoguePlay, founded in 2009, can most likely be found hanging from a trapeze, or silk, balancing, lifting or throwing one another, all while speaking a monologue, singing a song or playing the accordion.

Every year they like to showcase their new routines and skills from trapeze, to hoop solo and silks. With aerial acts, music and drinks the Aerialist Showcase tickets are charged at £5.00 with all proceeds going back into the theatre company with the aim of buying curtains for their new space.

To find out more about RoguePlay Theatre visit their site where you can also book tickets.




On May 16th, as part of Craft and Design Month, a series of studio holders in the Custard Factory will be opening their doors to the public offering bookable guided tours throughout the day.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to support your local artists and makers and to get to have a nosy around the more interesting corners of the Custard Factory!
There is a blog for the event HERE and you can book a free tour on the eventbrite page HERE.


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
  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:

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

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.