For the third year in a row we have teamed up with New Art West Midlands to present a special culture edition of Area Guide.

Featuring a wealth of new graduate talent New Art WM chooses the best of the graduate shows to present 4 unique curated exhibitions of work that focuses on cross-art forms. This year the exhibitions, which start this month, will take place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry.

This edition also features upcoming exhibitions, festivals and cultural events taking place from now until May.

Read the edition online here or pick up an issue at the venues mentioned above.

DEATHTRIPPING feat. Lydia Lunch 19.02.12 @VIVID_

Next weekend, Vivid will be hosting DEATHTRIPPING, a two part festival of transgressive trash film and performance. The event will feature a rare live appearance from iconic No Wave beauty Lydia Lunch (PICTURED) and exclusive screenings of ultra-shocking underground films from the likes of Nick Zedd and Richard Kern, some of which have been banned in the state of New York. Continue reading

Review: SONICpicnic

It’s nice to finally witness a celebration of Birmingham’s experimental music scene, something that SOUNDkitchen have well and truly accomplished. Their event entitled SONICpicnic, delved further into the realms of crossover art and sound genres, bringing up close and personal experiences for those willing to become consumed by what they could hear. Continue reading



2 – 18 December

LANGUAGE is the closing season of VIVID’s 2008-10 PIONEERS programme, and will itself culminate in the Nightmare Before Christmas party on 18 December, 8.30pm till late (admission £5). Continue reading

The Daily Battle


3 – 20 November

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