Digbeth First Friday 4th May 6pm until late

Experience the incredible variety of events on offer this month, discover something new and enjoy the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer!

On offer this month:

Grand Union: Grand Union Spring Sale, 6–8pm

Grand Union is hosting a Spring Art Sale with a curated selection of independent makers, producers and artists exhibiting and selling their work. A number of local practitioners will present an array of products ranging from artists’ editions, prints, ceramics, zines and homewares. Grand Union Editions will have 25% off, and we will be selling some delicious food made by Kirsty Clarke and Jo Capper. Come along and grab yourself a spring bargain!

Centrala: Launch of Instagram Account – 100 Years, So What?, 6–8pm

Instagram account 100 Years, So What? led by Zofia Krawiec @Nuerotic Girl is part of an upcoming exhibition in June. We believe that Instagram is a natural development of the exhibition, which will present artists using social media and camera phones not only as a new means of expression but also as tools for making interactions, often with people outside of the artistic environment. Internet as a medium reaches the place where television, press or literature are not present. We encourage girls and women from around the world to enter into dialogue with us using the hashtag #100yearsSOWHAT.

Stryx: Katarzyna Perlak: Vulnerable & Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll: New Work, 6–9pm (performance at 7.30pm)

Stryx presents two exhibitions on the subject of the migrant condition by Katarzyna Perlak and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll. Perlak exhibits a sound installation entitled Vulnerable (2017), previously presented as a durational performance at the closing week of 57th Venice Biennale (2017), in the Diaspora Pavilion. Carroll shows for the first time the culmination of a three-year project, made in collaboration with Christoph Balzar, Mary Bosworth, Ludovica Fales, Emma Humphris, Jessyca Hutchins, and 300 anonymous artists.

Recent Activity: Best Wishes, Warm Regards, Many Thanks! Luke Dowd, 6–9pm

Recent Activity present Best Wishes, Warm Regards, Many Thanks!, a solo exhibition by Luke Dowd.

Fashion Communication Final Year Show (BCU) at Dig Brew Co: Shift + W, 6pm–late

A Digbeth First Friday, FIRST! Introducing some of the newest talent graduating from Birmingham City University, the first ever Fashion Communication student led exhibition highlighting the many skills gained from our degree including editorial styling, magazine curation, print design and more. With collaborations from all walks of creativity, this exhibition brings exciting young talents together to showcase the many faces of fashion.

HBVC at The Framers: Outside Looking In: An Exhibition Celebrating Diversity and Well-being, 12–6pm

For the past 8 months students from Heart of Birmingham Vocational College have met weekly at the MAC Birmingham exploring a range of art techniques and mediums. Sessions have been structured to allow students to develop their artistic skills in whatever way they choose. They discussed the possibility that art could take the form of an idea, manifest in a means of expressing their feelings, and above all gives them a voice to share their experiences with others. Heart of Birmingham Vocational College, a provision for students aged 19-25 with SEND & ASD needs.