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.”

Fierce Festival 2015

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Fierce returns to Birmingham from 7-11 October 2015 with a mix of live art, music, dance, installation and the infamous Fierce parties alongside eight UK premieres.

Simone Aughterlony will present Supernatural, a dance piece exploring gender roles that has been well received at festivals in Europe and the USA, and is hotly anticipated in the UK.

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. Continue reading

Not paying artists is bad for you…Discuss

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A group of Birmingham artists have launched a campaign promoting fair pay from galleries exhibiting their work this month.

The group of artists led by Ruth Claxton, of Eastside Projects, and Cheryl Jones, of Grand Union, are hoping to encourage galleries to be more transparent about their policies of paying artists.

The campaign is part of a national Paying Artists initiative launched by a-n / AIR, the largest artist membership organisation in the UK, in the wake of a survey which showed that 71% of artists got no fee for exhibiting in publicly funded spaces in the UK over a three year period. Continue reading

Bill Drummond: Deconstruction – 14 June 2014 @eprjcts

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Bill Drummond: Deconstruction
Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR
@eprjcts | www.eastsideprojects.org
0121 771 1778
Free
14 June 2014

He entered Birmingham by bed-raft via the Grand Union canal, gave away daffodils to strangers in Victoria Square and sparked right-wing media fury after defacing a UKIP election billboard in the city. 

During his three-month residency at Digbeth-based Eastside Projects, the artist, musician, author and irritant to the mainstream Bill Drummond has also found the time to deliver knitting classes, drumming, cake-baking, shoe-shining, lectures, sculptures and other such activities – all part of a ‘World Tour’ manifesto. Continue reading