DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY – 3rd April

Digbeth First Friday presents another jam-packed evening of exhibitions, screenings, frolics and food. With a diverse range of events from a pop-up café at Digbeth Community Garden and new artist residencies at Stryx to film screenings highlighting life in Digbeth at A3 Project Space and celebrating Grand Union’s 5th Birthday; there’s definitely something for everyone!

Party on until 2am and experience the incredible variety of events this month has to offer whilst enjoying a glass of wine and discovering the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer.

On offer this month:

Digbeth Community Garden: Pop-up Waste Food Café, 5–8pm

From 5pm The Real Junkfood Project will be doing a ‘pay as you feel’ pop-up café using food that would otherwise have been discarded to make delicious meals and snacks.  There will be music from ‘Boys’ who will be performing any requests.

Centrala: “I’ll Bring You Flowers”: The Story So Far. . ., 6–9pm

This exhibition presents work by collective practice ‘They Are Here’ who in 2012 answered a classified ad in Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as: “Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. With no job, no money. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”

Grand UnionGrand Union: Grand Union’s 5th Birthday Party, 7pm–2am

From 7pm til 2am join in Grand Union’s 5th Birthday Party! They will be celebrating in style, with a commissioned performance by current artist-in-residency Phil Hession, followed by an immersive set by artist Benedict Drew. DJs will see us dancing into the early hours.

Vivid Projects: Black Hole Club Good Friday, 6–8pm

Join Vivid Projects at the Black Hole Club for a Good Friday mix of new sounds, shapes and directions. Artists including John Bradburn, Michael Lightborne, Kate Spence and Leon Trimble will share mixes and sneak peeks of work in progess. Meet the new producer and pitch your ideas, too.

Stryx: Feminist Residencies, 6–8pm

For April’s Digbeth First Friday, STRYX will be launching a two month long residency for Birmingham based Feminist artists. For this event, there will be a mini show of the artists’ work and a show reel interviewing the artists. They will be available to meet and greet the public.

HFWAS: Born To Be Wild, 6–9pm

From 6–9pm Home For Waifs And Strays is shining a light on some of the most exciting female artists creating work from Newcastle, Bristol, London and Nottingham. Co-Director Kate Spence has invited some of her favourite female performance artists to submit videos of their work to be screened at the event, coinciding with the opening of STRYX’s feminist residency programme that runs through April and May.

new-money-catalogueThe Bond: Elements, 6–9pm

Exhibition of new paintings from The Bond’s Artist in Residence, Paul Hirst whose work explores the notion of remembered elements of landscapes experienced through the act of walking.

A3 Project Space: You Are Here, Chris Paul Daniels, Final screening 6.15pm

Screening at 6.15pm You Are Here by Chris Paul Daniels, shot in Black and white 8mm film, Colour 16mm film & HD video, creates rapid portraits and glimpses of lives from residents and workers of the Digbeth and Bordesley.

The Edge: First Friday Frolics, 8pm–2am

Artists on The Edge have teamed up with Dorcha to bring you another evening of wondrous variety.

Expect more weird performances from the Fabarray family, accompanied by Albert’s delicious recipes, washed down with our cocktail cures.

  • Digbeth Community Garden: Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG, 5–8pm
  • Centrala: Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT. 6–9pm
  • Grand Union:Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS. 7pm–2am
  • Vivid Projects: Unit 16, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS, 6–8pm
  • Stryx: Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS, 6–8pm
  • HFWAS: Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS. 6–9pm.
  • The Bond Café Gallery: 180-182 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE, 6–9pm
  • A3 Project Space: Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, B10 0SA, Screening 6.15pm.
  • The Edge: 79-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH. 8pm–2am.

– Digbeth First Friday launched in May 2014 and takes place on the First Friday of each month. The next event will be on 1 May 2015.

– Digbeth First Friday is produced by a group of Digbeth-based arts organisations who are working together to create a critical mass of events and allow visitors to discover the exciting independent culture this unique part of Birmingham offers.

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