Evening Exhibition Opening: dirty nails (les ongles noirs) and Idols of Mud and Water

Come together in the mud for ‘dirty nails (les ongles noirs)’, a sticky experimental thing by melissandre varin with Ban Workshop, Jade Blackstock, Maria Muehombo aka M I M I, Ibrahima Ndobe, Bronwyn Katz, Sym Mendez aka Sym Stellium and Carmen Wong.

And in the second gallery take in ‘Idols of Mud and Water’ by Australian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and discover his exuberant multi-limbed, fertility, protector, joker and warrior figures.

Together in the Mud Soundbath with Manoj Yoga

Join us just after dusk as sound bath practitioner Manoj Yoga creates a unique, immersive, late night experience in dirty nails (les ongles noirs).

Sound baths offer a collective experience which induces calmness, relaxation and peace, increases energy, vitality and creativity, and allows relief from stress, worry and anxiety.

Manoj will bathe the main gallery in sound using a range of instruments including
Earth, Symphonic and Synodic Moon gongs and a series of crystal singing bowls which are tuned in 432hz – the natural frequency of the universe.

You are welcome to experience the sound bath in whatever way is most comfortable for you. Advance booking is strongly advised.

Please note, visitors will not be allowed in once the Sound Bath has begun

Launch Night: dirty nails (les ongles noirs) and Idols of Mud and Water

Everyone is welcome to join us as we celebrate the launch of two new projects.

Come together in the mud in the main gallery for dirty nails (les ongles noirs), with live performances from 6.30–8pm by Maria Muehombo / M I M I, Jade Blackstock, Ban Workshop and melissandre varin with Geamhradhr/Winter.

And in the second gallery take a first look at Idols of Mud and Water by Australian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

Tour of Digbeth First Friday

Join us for a tour of Digbeth first Friday venues. – the perfect introduction if you are new to our monthly micro festival!

You’ll find out a little about each space and their event and get a sense of where venues are.

Meet outside Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, at 5.15pm.

Duplicate Publishing Fair

Come along and immerse yourself in the world of DIY and small scale publishing.

Check out the work of artists, illustrators, zine makers and small-press publishers from Birmingham and beyond who are congregating for two-days of DIY and indie publishing activity and distribution.

Exhibitors include: Planet Brill, Less Than 500, Press, David Armes, Pittville Press, Bunny Propaganda, Inked Shrew, Jessika Green, The Little Prints, Rumbidzai Savanhu, yamahighway, Roo Dhissou / Jalebi Press, Bobo Books, Lunchtime for the Wild Youth, William Luz, BCU Photography, Studio Platitude, Katharine Wade, Em—Dash, Rosalie Schweiker, Adam Wynn, Yifan Hu, Leah Hickey, BUNNY BISSOUX, SK Schäfer, Birmingham Photo Book Club, Book Works, Issey Illustrates, Juneau Projects, Mixed Rage Collective, Unknown Publishing Thing, Charlotte with Ink, Generous Waste, Rabbits Road Press, Jonathan Mcgarry, BeeTheIllustrator.917, BCU Illustration, 2B Or Not 2B, Neoliberalizard.

And from 6–8pm join Natasha Taheem in the second gallery to Lino Print a Sticker, Swap a Sticker! Learn how to carve your designs, print custom stickers, and exchange them with fellow artists to curate your perfect pack. Suitable for ages 18+, no previous art or print experience required.

Explore self-publishing, get your hands on amazing artworks, support artists and designers and small scale publishers.

Duplicate was started in 2019 by Sofia Niazi, Gareth Proskourine-Barnett and BAAAD Press and is co-organised with a committee of students from BCU’s Illustration course.

Artists Behind Bars


In collaboration with Fierce, for one night shift only ‘Artists Behind Bars’ is an event concocted by Kitty Finer that brings together artists to build, install, host, and run their own bars. The bar is the work of art, the artist is the bartender, and the spectator is the punter.

This event is 18+, non-alcoholic options will be available.

Cylinder, Figure, Gem, Spectrum and Stone

Screening across Eastside Projects on continuous loops, and including works by Robert Ashley, Clémentine Bedos, Verity Coward, Assia Ghendir & Holly Hunter, David Blandy, RCalcos, Ryan Christopher, Bill Daggs, Damon Packard and John Smith, this polyphonic programme of short films has been selected by artists who are working with Eastside Projects in different ways.

For one night only experience an activation of the programme through short performative responses by Composition and Experimental Performance students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

EOP Winter Art Fair

Complete your Christmas shopping list, bag a bargain, and get that special someone their most memorable gift this year! Whether you’re looking for artworks, handmade accessories, or novelty items, our EOP stall holders will have a plethora of unique presents to choose from.

Stallholders Include:

Yifan Hu ; Harry Martin ; Adam Wynn ; Natasha MacVoy ; Luke Routledge ; Neoliberalized ; Larissa Shaw ; Danielle Phelps ; Mengxia Liu ; Chris Alton ; Qianhui Yu ; Ambie Drew ; Joanna Grochot ; FREE HOUSE ; Sofia Niazi ; Kathrin Bohm.

Some stallholders will be able to take card payments, but cash will be king for others.

DANK_Th0ughts – an evening with HONEY, BF, Amy and Gary

Join us this Digbeth First Friday to check out our two exhibitions – U & I and dankEconogy1_ALIENVillage – and experience one-night-only readings and performances by Amy Ching-Yan Lam, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Sahjan Kooner and Sophie Chapman.

HONEY and BF are pleased to host you this evening in their alternate forms…

We are for a practice of cross contamination. Expanding interconnected constellations of worlds, people making alongside one another, through this moment together. We are a set of mutations, intensifications and extrapolations waiting for you in the near future. Linking time, space, material and place across portals into our moment held together here. This evening is for us, as ectoplasmic hauntings to be thrown back into the light where you stand, our performance is your ritual…

Visitation order for the evening:

Gary Zhexi Zhang

Video will be playing throughout the evening …

The Tourist (2023)

The Tourist tells the story of Zanzibar, China, and Ali Sultan Issa, a man at the centre of an uneasy marriage between Afrofuturism and Sinofuturism. It explores a shifting geopolitical atmosphere from the cosmopolitan optimism of the “Bandung Spirit” declaration, signed at the first large-scale Afro-Asian Conference in 1955, to the uncertain alignments of today.

Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer whose work explores connections between cosmology, technology and economy. He was born in Suzhou and works in London. He recently edited a book of fictions, essays and interviews about finance and time, Catastrophe Time! (Strange Attractor Press, 2023). The opera he co-created with Waste Paper Opera, Dead Cat Bounce, premiered at Somerset House in 2022. His last solo exhibition, Cycle 25, documented events that blur the boundaries between speculative belief and the material world, like natural disasters, scam nations and cosmic economies. Recent group shows include Katabasis, Totalab, Shanghai; Liquid Ground, UCCA Dune, Beidaihe & Para Site, Hong Kong; The Principle of Hope, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing.

Sahjan Kooner

Performing throughout the evening inside a cardboard box …

Phantom Terraforming (2023)

Inside a cardboard box, fortunes for a future terraforming arrive, handed to each audience member who elects to receive one. All fortunes written by ClaudeAi

Sahjan Kooner is an amalgamation of inherited worlds and speculative futures, they work in a freelance capacity to support their practice and owe a great deal to their family, they are a student of the dream state. Using video and installation, they create expansive worlds that explore the traces of love, hope and imagination that make our lives possible, along with examining a debris of questions around the technological, social and racialised structures that augment life.

Amy Ching-Yan Lam

6.30pm reading near the scaffold platform …

Reading from Baby Book (2023)

Direct and humorous, Baby Book stacks story upon story to explore how beliefs are first formed. From a family vacation on a discount bus tour to a cosmogony based on cheese, these poems accumulate around principles of contingency and revelation. 

Amy Ching-Yan Lam is an artist and writer. She is the author of Looty Goes to Heaven (2022) and her poems have been published by Book Works, Montez Press, and yolkless press. Baby Book is her first collection of poetry. Lam’s exhibitions, performances, and public artworks, both solo and as part of the collective Life of a Craphead, have been presented at Seoul MediaCity Biennale, Eastside Projects, and Art Gallery of Ontario, amongst others, and she has participated in residencies at Macdowell and Delfina Foundation. She lives in Toronto, which is Mississauga Anishinaabeg treaty territory, as well as the land of the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. Lam was born in Hong Kong.

Sophie Chapman

7pm performing on the scaffold platform …

Tiger Helix (Oblivion) (2023)

Scrambling around inside a tiger print spandex morphsuit, Sophie Chapman is trying to wrestle (in the dark) with current collective feelings of apocalypse and oblivion – getting in knots in the process. The performance explores morphological processes of transformation, trying to grapple with Western ignorance, queer, contemporary and urban entanglements with nature, and change.

Sophie Chapman is an interdisciplinary artist and organiser based in London. I follow sprawling research connections across science, philosophy, queer and feminist theory, pop culture, music and community organising, to produce experimental performances, films, sculptures, drawings, texts and sounds. Often in collaboration with other people, I make art as a way to learn. Through processes of combining, coagulating and layering our experiences and ideas, to try for a more complex and plural way of being. I run a queer, experimental sharing night called MINCE – get in touch if you’ve stuff to share.

U & I Exhibition Launch

Drawing from actors working with stunt performers and body doubles, this exhibition is centred around two films that represent the various ways Natasha learnt, adapted and changed the fabric of the world to provide an invisible support structure for her children.

The films speak to the intricate preparations and rehearsals that go into everyday activities when caring for someone who is socially anxious, autistic or has pathological demand avoidance.