Grand Union is an artist-led initiative that supports the development of artists and curators and aims to establish and nurture dialogue between contemporary visual artists, and local, national and international art organisations.
Established by a group of artists and curators in Birmingham, UK, Grand Union is a unique project that houses eight purpose built studios and a project space. The project space provides a platform for a diverse and exciting programme of events and exhibitions while the studios provide a professional and secure working environment.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Thursday to Saturday, 12–5pm during exhibition opening hours.
The Piracy Project
- 7 December 2013 — 8 February 2014 *on now
This winter the Piracy Project collection will be housed at Grand Union, accessible to members of the public during exhibition opening hours.
Through research and an international call for submissions The Project has gathered a collection of more than 150 modified, appropriated and copied books from all over the world. The collection, which is catalogued online, is the starting point for talks and work groups around the concept of originality, the notion of authorship and politics of copyright.
The Piracy Project is not about stealing or forgery. It is about creating a platform to innovatively explore the spectrum of copying, re-editing, translating, paraphrasing, imitating, re-organising, manipulating of already existing works. Here creativity and originality sit not in the borrowed material itself, but in the way it is handled.
Andrea Francke & Eva Weinmayr jointly run The Piracy Project, an international publishing and exhibition project around the concept of originality, the fluidity of authorship and the politics of copyright, as part of AND Publishing’s research programme.
Andrea and Eva will take part in a panel discussion with Cornelia Sollfrank, as part of Volume Art & Book Fair at the Library of Birmingham, 5–7 December, to discuss their practices and the legal frameworks that we engage with when dealing with each others’ work.
- Any age