Summer Camp 2022

Join us for the launch of the EOP Summer Camp Show. With live performances, film screenings, and artworks by over 50 artists it promises to be a fantastic evening with something for everyone.

Summer Camp is an opportunity for EOP members to try out ideas, collaborate, experiment, and take over Eastside Projects. This year’s artists include Crow Dillon-Parkin, Katayoun Jalilipour, Lucifer Sky / Indira Lakshmi, Alex Parry, Basel Zaraa, and many many more!

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi: The Same Track Film Screening

The Same Track uses archival footage of Commonwealth Games athletes, spectators, and administrators, cut together with promotional and other film materials. Through symbolic juxtapositions of scenes from different eras, and using tropes of public messaging, the work highlights both transformation and stasis through time.

Alternately playful and shocking, The Same Track works with the idea that the Games, including its current iteration, is implicated in an ongoing political project, centuries in the making.

It’s also your last chance to catch exhibitions by Rajni Perrera and Bijan Moosavi which both close on Saturday 6th.

Jon McCurley: Monsters of the World Tour Launch

What do you see when you stare at the Commonwealth connections of Birmingham’s industrial past? Monsters!

Descriptions of headless half-human people with gold-coloured skin, seen at the farthest reaches of the world, are in practically every ancient and medieval European document regarding monsters. For over 2,500 years, religious and political leaders, explorers, and scholars claimed that during their time in the ‘New World’, they encountered headless monster people.

These creatures, known as Blemmyes, have been seen climbing trees, hiding from people, talking softly, eating leaves, and generally being weird, and for one night only this Digbeth First Friday you will be able to spot them in Eastside Projects.

This project is part of our programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Canada House and Canada Council for the Arts.

Rajni Perera: Traveller Late Night Exhibition Opening

Join us for a late-night opening of our main gallery exhibition by Toronto based artist Rajni Perera.

This exhibition is part of our programme for the Birmingham 2022 Festival and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Canada House and Canada Council for the Arts.

Disco Islam: Commentary Performance

Bringing to life his ‘Disco Islam: Future Phantasmagoria’ installation, for one night only Bijan Moosavi takes on the role of Muslim entrepreneur and Islamic futurist, riffing off YouTube Commentary and Reaction videos to create a live interpretation of his sci-fi corporate Disco Islam film.

Bijan Moosavi, Disco Islam: Future Phantasmagoria

In a fictional Iranian nightclub in a not-so-distant dystopian future, ecological, socio-economic, and human rights issues caused by the expansion of neoliberalism in the Middle East start to unravel.

Bijan Moosavi’s largest solo exhibition to date centres around Disco Islam a sci-fi quasi-commercial video combining CGI, live-action, Islamic kitsch, and music, set in an immersive environment that references club culture, the desert, and the language of corporate advertising.

Join us to celebrate the launch of this year’s EOP Members show by London-based Iranian multimedia artist Bijan Moosavi.

Rajni Perera, Traveller

Everyone is welcome to join us as we launch our new exhibitions!

Toronto-based artist Rajni Perera expands on her visionary ‘Traveller’ series of paintings, pollution wear, and sculpture for a large-scale exhibition in Eastside Projects’ main gallery.

Perera has created a complex diaspora of climate refugees, set against rapidly transforming landscapes. Her Travellers are imagined as having escaped from a planet that is no longer able to support human life with each character occupying a future world with a noble confidence and intelligence, interconnected with others through self and community knowledge maintained and valued as a living culture.

Alongside projects by Rajni Perera, Jon McCurley and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Amy’s project is part of our programme for Birmingham 2022 Festival. Eastside Project’s programme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Canada House, Canada Council for the Arts and British Council.

Emii Alrai: The Courtship of Giants Celebration

Join us for a belated celebration of Emii Alrai’s brilliant and immersive exhibition (with no fire this time!!!)

Deep within Eastside Projects Emii Alrai is creating a world where medieval hunting traps meet museological dioramas.

Emii’s largest solo show to date folds together an intricate web of references including the legend of Gilgamesh, the capture and coveting of giant artefacts from Iraq such as the Lamassu by the British Museum, the theatricality of medieval hunting arenas, the etymology and history of courting, ancient gravesite constructions, arrows and how wounds have been romanticised by the Pre-Raphaelites, and their obsession with melancholia.

The nature of the installation means there will be reduced capacity in the gallery. We encourage all visitors to take care of each other by wearing a mask.

The Courtship of Giants: Emii Alrai – Exhibition Launch

Join us as we launch our new exhibition.

Deep within Eastside Projects Emii Alrai is creating a world where medieval hunting traps meet museological dioramas.

Emii’s largest solo show to date folds together an intricate web of references including the legend of Gilgamesh, the capture and coveting of giant artefacts from Iraq such as the Lamassu by the British Museum, the theatricality of medieval hunting arenas, the etymology and history of courting, ancient gravesite constructions, arrows and how wounds have been romanticised by the Pre-Raphaelites, and their obsession with melancholia.

The nature of the installation means there will be reduced capacity in the gallery. We encourage all visitors to take care of each other by wearing a mask.

Winter Art Fair + LOOP and Woven Tongue

This First Friday our Winter Art fair is back!

Grab yourself a mulled wine and a mince pie and explore stalls laden with affordable artworks, limited editions, gifts, trinkets, ceramics, clothing, and more by artists including Alex Billingham, Ambie Drew, Art Bank, Banter Skate, Kenizzi Yamalimbu, Laura Cooper, Luke Routledge, Rafal Zar, Round Lemon Collective, and Sherrie Edgar.

Cash is king and 100% of the income from sales goes directly to the stallholders, so support local artists, fill up your stockings and grab yourself a creative bargain.

It’s also (almost) your last chance to check out our two exhibitions LOOP and Woven Tongue which close on Saturday.