Digbeth First Friday July 2018

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: Inherited Premises: Publication Launch, 6–8pm Join us this Digbeth First Friday for the launch of a publication accompanying Inherited Premises, a two-person show by Rami George and Tako Taal. Featuring contributions from the artists and curator, Seán Elder, the material presented in this publication intersects with both the production and dissemination of newly commissioned work currently on show at Grand Union. Examining points in the contemporary that points to historical and cultural associations, these contributions will be available to purchase for a special launch price of £3. The Grand Union bar will also be open late with its usual selection of beers and wines.

Centrala: Gut Feelings, 6–11:30pm (6–8pm: Opening of 100 Years, So What? / Downstairs, 6–11:30pm: Gut Feelings / Upstairs) Indulge your senses and join Thinking Flesh and Centrala for Gut Feelings, a sonic and visual celebration of the guttural feelings society usually forces us to hide. Our bodies are messy, complex vessels through which we experience the world. However, for marginalised and non-conforming bodies, they are also a site of tension and provocation. Artists and performers Nicole Goodwin, Lizzie Masterton and Liberty Antonia Sadler unsettle social norms through film screenings and live art performances exploring Black female identity, shameful and non-normative desires, body dysmorphia and queerness. With DJ set and drinks.

Stryx: Landscape/Room Art Exhibition 3, 6–9pm Room Art is moving to Stryx this Digbeth First Friday! Room Art will showcase their 3rd exhibition including works of 13 local artists and work “Locus” by Anum Jamal an artist from Karachi, Pakistan. All works will be exploring concepts of Landscape. The viewer will be able to travel through various ‘Landscapes’ to see what it means to different artists and how they use it to create a narrative in their works. See website (http://www.stryx.co.uk/) for live music performance times.

Recent Activity: Laura Yuile: Obsolescent Vibes and Me, 6–9pm Recent Activity present a new solo exhibition by Laura Yuile.

Eastside Projects: mixrice: Migrating Flavours/General Public: The Endless Village, 6–8pm After the huge gallery relaunch last Dff, Eastside Projects will be opening its doors. If you haven’t seen our current shows by mixrice and General Public, c’mon in, check them out and hang out in our new also-space ‘Another Reality’.

Friction Arts: Odmansbox EP, 8pm (Tickets: £5 OTD or £4 from https://bit.ly/2LKSEN4) This event is a launch gig for Odmansbox’s EP “I’ve Got Nothing”, which will be released on the day of the event. Odmansbox will be supported by The Nature Centre (https://thenaturecentre.bandcamp.com/).

Access Creative College: End of year bash!, 6–10pm Celebrations are in order as we slide into the summer and what better way than an end of year bash! Whether you will be leaving us forever, back next year or starting for the first time in September … we want to celebrate what a great year it has been!

Vivid Projects: Another Dimension!, 6–8pm Join us for Another Dimension, an exhibition reflecting on ways in which optical illusions alter how we perceive the physical world. Featuring: Alex Billingham, Carol Breen, Dinosaur Kilby, Edie Jo Murray, Emily Roderick, Libby Cufley, Michael Dring, Pete Ashton, Sarah Walden, Vicky Roden