Film Screening – Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

For March’s DFF, we will be hosting a screening of the 2016 film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. 

During the day we will be hosting a community activation day from 2pm. We invite our neighbours, friends and anyone concerned with Digbeth to help us map out the alternative community plan for Digbeth’s future. We will have soup and refreshments for us all to share. 

There will be an initial screening of the film 3.00 – 4.30pm. Please drop in.

We will have a second screening at 6.30pm, preceded by a short introduction. Join us for a chat and a drink.

The film is 1 hour and 32 minutes long and will be shown with subtitles.

‘Jane Jacobs was an American activist, and theorist who organised grass-roots activity campaigning to protect communities and neighbourhoods during the post-war ‘urban renewal’ of New York in the 1960s. It is important at this particular moment in time to retell Jacobs’ story and think about it in Digbeth’s current context – the intensive regeneration that has already begun in the area. The film echoes themes and questions raised by our previous exhibition, A Bedroom for Everyone, relating to the power of grass-roots activism and the rights of communities in the face of development and the ongoing housing crisis.’

Late Night Exhibition Opening and Art Sales

For the final time, the gallery will be open for a late-night screening of Ed Webb-Ingall’s brilliant film, A Bedroom for Everyone, from 6-8 pm. Alongside this, the film will be available to watch via our website across the weekend.

Lots of our studio holders will be opening their doors to the public for an open studio event, inviting visitors into our active art-making community. This will be a great opportunity to meet and chat about the work and practices of our incredible artists and to see inside the spaces they work from.

Alongside the open studios, we will have a Medical Aid for Palestine fundraiser stall, selling a wide range of artworks on a pay-as-you-feel basis. There will also be an opportunity to check out and buy products made by our Growing Project participants – such as the Digbeth Pot and Minerva Teas – which will help support the work we do and make for lovely Christmas presents.

Grand Union Christmas Party!

Please join us from 8 pm at Grand Union for our festive Christmas party!

We’ll be kicking off the holiday season with dancing, drinks, and festive vibes. Expect a roaring log fire, exclusive DJ sets by friends of Grand Union, and a bar fully stocked with Attic Brewery beers.

Late Night Screening of A Bedroom for Everyone

Join us for a late-night screening of A Bedroom for Everyone, an exhibition comprising a newly commissioned animation by filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall. The project explores the power of grassroots activism and organising in the face of the ongoing housing emergency; whilst making space for the camaraderie that unfolds in the community centres and meeting halls where this work takes place.

Following time spent with housing and migrant-support groups from Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool, Birmingham, and London, filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall has collaborated with members of these groups to co-write the script for this new animation, illustrated by lead artist Sofia Niazi and animated by Astrid Goldsmith.

Late Night Screening of A Bedroom for Everyone

Join us for a late-night screening of A Bedroom for Everyone, an exhibition comprising a newly commissioned animation by filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall. The project explores the power of grassroots activism and organising in the face of the ongoing housing emergency; whilst making space for the camaraderie that unfolds in the community centres and meeting halls where this work takes place.

Following time spent with housing and migrant-support groups from Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall has collaborated with members of these groups to co-write the script for this new animation, illustrated by lead artist Sofia Niazi and animated by Astrid Goldsmith.

Hildegard Von Bingen Society: Workshop and Performance

We are so excited for October’s Digbeth First Friday, where we will be hosting members of the Hildegard Von Bingen Society for a workshop and performance.

From 4.30-5.45 pm, artists Sophie Seita and Seda Ergul will be leading a workshop entitled ‘Listening to the Environment, from a Queer Perspective’. During this sound walk workshop, participants will focus on listening to the environment and creating an immersive experience. The short walk will take place along the Canal, making various stops at Grand Union gardening sites along the way.

No experience is required and all are welcome, but booking is essential for the workshop – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-listening-to-the-environment-from-a-queer-perspective-tickets-726647150187?aff=oddtdtcreator.

From 6.00 pm, artist Niya B will be performing ‘Umbilical Stories, Navel Sensualities and Reproductive Desires’ in the canalside Minerva Garden. In this intimate performance, Niya B will engage with her post-reproductive body and a deep sense of longing to nurture life. Revitalising her umbilical cord, she is looking to reconnect with the m-Other in a trans-interspecies temporality of care. No booking is required, just show up!

RESOLVE Collective General Assembly

We are looking forward to August’s Digbeth First Friday with RESOLVE Collective.

General Assembly will mark our first event with RESOLVE, as part of their FIELD Commission with Cooking Sections, Industrial Actions, celebrating histories of resistance, organisation, and reimagination by asking how sabotage can aid in critical community-focused work in Birmingham today.

At 7pm, a screening of Heather Powell’s 1988 film Paradise Circus made with the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop will be shown in conjunction with RESOLVE’s event in the gallery space. Paradise Circus documents the ways in which the city of Birmingham (its built environment and architecture) is perceived by women, living in an environment largely designed by men.

From 8pm, we will be hosting a celebratory gathering with music, food and dancing – all are welcome to join us in marking this first event with RESOLVE Collective as part of Industrial Action which we look forward to seeing evolve over the coming year.

Open Studios & The Growing Project Sale

Join us at Minerva Works where Grand Union studio holders will be opening doors to the public, welcoming visitors into our active art-making community. This will be a chance to meet and chat about the work and practices of our incredible studio holders and see inside the spaces they work.

Pottery studio and co-operative; Modern Clay will also be open to visitors and showcasing the collaborative work they’ve been doing with us on The Growing Project. Handmade terracotta pots and other Modern Clay editions will be available to buy and downstairs at the Bothy, in the Minerva Garden, participants from The Growing Project will be running a store selling Minerva ‘Teas of Resistance’, alongside other Grand Union wares.

Simon Says/ Dadda

Join us for a late-night opening of Simon Says/Dadda, an exhibition by Birmingham and London-based artist Beverley Bennett. Comprising a newly commissioned 3-channel installation, Simon Says/Dadda is a collaborative project exploring father/daughter relationships among Black and Asian women and non-binary individuals, highlighting the deep impact that structural inequalities have within wider society.

Working in partnership with Metal, Liverpool; LUX, London; and The Newbridge Project, Newcastle; Simon Says/Dadda is an ambitious large-scale film project developed through a series of gatherings across England, bringing to light stories that are currently not represented in the visual arts space.

Simon Says/Dadda

Grand Union is delighted to announce Simon Says/Dadda, an exhibition by Birmingham and London based artist Beverley Bennett. Comprising a newly commissioned 3-channel installation, Simon Says/Dadda is a collaborative project exploring father/daughter relationships among Black and Asian women and non-binary individuals, highlighting the deep impact that structural inequalities have within wider society.

Working in partnership with Metal, Liverpool, LUX, London and The Newbridge Project, Newcastle, Simon Says/Dadda is an ambitious large-scale film project developed through a series of gatherings across England, bringing to light stories that are currently not represented in the visual arts space.