Unmasking || Remapping: Masked Ball and Making Workshops

As part of Grand Union’s Unmasking || Remapping programme, organised in collaboration with students from the University of Birmingham, we will be holding two exciting, drop-in workshops with Babeworld and Bunny Bissoux for June’s Digbeth First Friday! You’ll be able to stop by and make masks and deco keychains from 4-6pm at Plane Structure in Minerva Works.

⁠Then from 6-10pm we’ll be opening the dance floor for our Masked Ball, also at Plane Structure. Featuring performances by artists Naoibh McNamee and utopian_realism, as well as a live DJ set, the Masked Ball is designed as a celebratory and liberatory experience. We encourage attendees to wear the masks they made in the earlier workshop with Babeworld, and workshop materials will be left out in the space for latecomers to also create masks whilst supplies last.

⁠The ball riffs on the themes of Babeworld x utopian_realism’s current exhibition at Grand Union and encourages us all to embrace our authentic selves.

John Hall – Paintings

This recent series of work by John Hall explores pattern and abstract motifs found throughout the city on hoardings, torn and decayed billboards and peeled and layered graffiti. Paint is applied by layering torn and shredded acrylic paint skins onto ply. The dimensions of the works are proportionate to 4 sheet billboard advertising panels