Gallery that also provides studio space for local artists to work, giving a chance for visitors to catch work-in-progress displays
Forming part of the burgeoning artistic community in and around the Minerva Works in Digbeth, Grand Union (named after the canal that runs nearby) is a free gallery that also includes eight purpose-built studios for Birmingham artists to use as a base.
As befits the art that’s been flooding out of Eastside these past few years, the work on offer is multidiscipline – from video to sculpture to audio work. The great appeal of Grand Union, though, is that it’s a living, breathing space occupied by working artists beavering away behind the scenes.
This carries through to the work-in-progress exhibitions that give visitors the chance to look at artistic work in its nascent stages. The artists who occupy the studios help to promote the gallery too – either by documenting events, designing flyers, or cementing the building’s ethos as a community-led space – and the gallery shop offers limited-edition artwork from a number of artists who have exhibited there in the past. As with other galleries in the area, opening hours are related to when an exhibition is on, and you’ll need to use the buzzer to get in.
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Fazeley Industrial Estate, Fazeley Street