Digbeth First Friday July 2019

This July, get out and about, discover something new and enjoy the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer!

On offer this month:

Centrala: Late night opening of ‘Przemek Branas – I is somebody else’ & Mothwasp Gig,6pm til late

A late night opening of ‘Przemek Branas – I is somebody else’ and ‘Stories behind the concrete wall’ – two-part exhibition as a part of Home of Metal. Accompanied by a live performance of Mothwasp at 8.30pm. Mothwasp – noise duo which is combining the brute force of drums and guitar, experimental film soundtrack techniques and audio-responsive video experiments derived from defunct analogue projection apparatus, they sculpt movies for the ears and soundtracks for the eyes.

Cheap Cheap: Emily Scarrott, 5–9pm

Can I offer you a nice egg in this trying time? A sound installation thinking about the femxle and the unfertilised egg as an absurd double act, the delivery of punchlines and some video work that never happened.

Eastside Projects: Frankfurt–Birmingham: Heavy Metal Compositions, 6–8pm

A Collaboration between Musikhochschule Frankfurt and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with new compositions developed by a group of composers and instrumentalists from both institutions. The project will be mentored by Michael Wolters (Birmingham), Orm Finnendahl (Frankfurt), Karin Dietrich (Frankfurt) and Marcus Dross (Dramaturg at Mousonturm Frankfurt) with a return visit to perform in Frankfurt later in the year.

Grand Union: Meet the Artist, 4–5pm and Hard Hat Tour, 5-5.30pm and 6-6.30pm

Join artist Joyce Treasure for a conversation about her current exhibition Hymns and her Bruntwood residency over tea and cake. This is a drop-in event at Cornerblock Building, 2 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DL. Followed by: Hard Hat Tours at Junction Works, 106 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS. This is the site of a long term research project, The Empire Remains Shop–Birmingham, by Cooking Sections. In collaboration with Grand Union, this franchise speculates on the possibility of selling back the remains of the British Empire today. This acts as a platform to question networks and infrastructures between created centres and imposed margins. Please RSVP to one of the time slots by contacting birmingham@empireremains.net, spaces limited.

Modern Clay: Nomadic Vitrine: Eunice Cornejo, 6–8pm

Recent Activity is pleased to present the latest iteration of ‘Nomadic Vitrine’ featuring new work by Eunice Cornejo. Cornejo uses photography and installation to investigate the parameters of image making and image seeing. Outlining material boundaries and expanding narratives through compositions of images that play with the vernacular and the abstract. Held at Modern Clay.

Recent Activity: On-the-go – a new solo exhibition by Alex Frost, 6–8pm

Recent Activity present an exhibition of new work by Alex Frost.


City Garden Project will act as an opportunity to create research & artwork around the themes of ongoing changes in Birmingham city centre, particularly Digbeth and discover how these changes affect artists, artist run and community spaces existing and thriving in the area & their audiences / customers. This project is to raise awareness of the importance of green spaces in the city with particular emphasis on the gallery’s role in linking /reconnecting the public with nature, by production of artist performances focused around the act of growing, cultivation, bonsai, watering and harvesting opening the opportunity for discussions on our changing attitudes to green spaces in developing cities.

The Jubilee Trade Centre: The Jubilee Trade Centre Annual Artists Exhibition 2019, 5–8pm

Group exhibition by studio holders of ‘The Works artists collective’ from the Jubilee Trade Centre. Featuring sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and film.

Artists: Sarah Fortes Mayer, Jamie Fowkes, Viv Harrison, Nita Newman, Shaun Molloy, Christine Gordon, Paul Langford Paul Newman and guest artist Prabhat Basu. Friday 12, 19 and 26 July, 12-5pm. Other times by appointment.

Vivid Projects: Watt’s Orbit – Artist’s Residency with Bobby Bird – Open Studio, 6–8pm

Sonic artist Bobby Bird will be in residence at Vivid Projects, creating a surround sound installation and developing his transcendental performance work Watt’s Orbit, which features the rhythms and sounds of 250 year old steam driven beam engines designed by the 18th century Scottish inventor James Watt. Newly captured recordings of Watt’s Smethwick Engine will be combined with three previously recorded engines to create a work suitable for installation. The residency provides a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist, hear work in progress, and get an inside view of the artistic process involved in creating this unique piece.