Fierce Festival – 7-11 October

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Eight UK premieres form part of this year’s Fierce Festival which includes a signature mix of ground-breaking live art, music, dance, installation and parties.

Audiences are invited to ‘Sleep with a Curator’ at Eastside Projects; bring a sleeping bag and spend a night in the Digbeth gallery before enjoying a communal breakfast. Curator Gavin Wade will join in the sleepover, reading a selection of bedtime stories and cooking bacon pancakes in the morning.

In Happiness Forgets, performer Season Butler will re-enact the opening sequence of all seven series of 1990s TV classic The Cosby Show, which feature the Huxtable family doing a series of dance moves.

The DJ Who Gave Away Too Much Information sees the Canadian company PME-ART sharing personal stories connected to their vinyl collection during a ‘listening party’ at COW Vintage clothing store in Digbeth.

2015 marks the last year for the festival Directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison who are moving on to new things. “This year’s Fierce Festival will have a celebratory feel to it.” Commented Laura. “We are making our Festival Hub at BOM, a really exciting new space for art, science and technology near New Street Station.  Across the city there will be dance on a car park roof, parties in warehouses and a chance to sing karaoke to a video made by a Turner Prize winning artist.”

Love is Enough > Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

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Rarely-seen works by William Morris and Andy Warhol from public and private collections across the UK and the USA have been brought together by Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller who turns curator for the ‘Love is Enough’ exhibition at BM&G.

Six extremely rare and fragile historic tapestries illustrating the story of the search for the Holy Grail are being put on display in Birmingham for the first time in seven years.

The tapestries, acquired for Birmingham’s collection between 1907 and 1980, were designed by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle and are the only versions from the Holy Grail series in any public collection. The Summons, The Arming and Departure, The Failure of Sir Gawaine, The Ship, The Attainment and Verdure are the most complete surviving representation of the series, which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding achievements of the British Arts & Crafts movement. Continue reading

48SHEET – Collage Party 12.11.11

In April 2012 48SHEET will launch utilising 100 billboards across Birmingham to exhibit international, national and regional artists work within a unique urban exhibition. Before then, and leading up to the launch, a set of events and collaborations are taking place.

Happening this weekend is ‘Collage Party and artist talk by Elizabeth Rowe‘, 12-4pm, Saturday 12th November 2011, Unit B, Park Street, Digbeth (opposite Selfridges).

Turn up. Tune in. Cut out. Collage Party invites you to cut up and stick down. Collage Party is about having conversations while you are making.

Materials are provided. DJ-ing is provided. Bring your own refreshments.

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Artists’ Talk – Jamie Shovlin, Mike Harte, Euan Rodger

Grand Union, Fazeley Street, Birmingham

12 November 7pm

Jamie Shovlin is the artist behind the Hiker Meat exhibition at Grand Union, and will be taking part in an artists’ talk next week, along with his collaborators Mike Harte and Euan Rodger. The artists will discuss the Hiker Meat project, and explain their intentions and ideas. Continue reading

The Daily Battle

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3 – 20 November

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Artists Karen Mizra and Brad Butler will be exhibiting their latest work The Daily Battle at Birmingham’s VIVID gallery this November. The Daily Battle is part of their ongoing collection of work, The Museum of non-Participation. Continue reading