Exciting artist-run space that's breathed new life into one of Birmingham’s old industrial buildings, showing a number of experimental exhibitions
While Birmingham’s industrial life is largely something of the past, a number of the empty warehouses and factories left behind have been co-opted by creative types looking to utilise them for artistic, rather than practical, reasons. That’s most obviously the case in Digbeth, where a former cabinet maker’s on Heath Mill Lane has been transformed into Eastside Projects, one of the city’s most exciting artistic spaces.
Founded in 2008 by a collective of artists that includes Gavin Wade, Ruth Claxton and architect Céline Condorelli, this vast building is the complete opposite of a cosy gallery space. The project’s early statement: ‘We do not make art for the public. We are the public that make art,’ expresses its aim to democratise the world of art.
It has two galleries, hosting four or five exhibitions in each every year – some of which utilise multimedia elements. Artists who’ve exhibited at the space include Cao Fei and Bill Drummond, and the way in which exhibitions are put up and taken down means pieces of former displays often find themselves co-opted into new exhibits, forming a link between all of the works that have appeared in the space. Entry is free, but make sure to take a jumper if you’re visiting in the colder months.
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