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.
HAND AND MIND
- 4 February — 25 March 2017 *on now
Artists Alex Cecchetti, Liz Magic Laser, Hanne Lippard, Jesper List Thomsen and Hagar Tenenbaum *embody* language and thought. Through painting, sculpture, choreography and performance they unsettle political, personal and theoretical channels of communication.
Every meaning that we transmit and receive is shaped by our bodies. We mediate communication sensorially in a complex and sometimes unconscious system of reflexes. Spoken language and physical gesture are expressed by separate parts of our bodies, but social forces often undo their communicative synthesis. The works in Hand and Mind alter our perception of these dynamics, or even project us outside them.
LIZ MAGIC LASER: POLITICAL THERAPY WORKSHOPS
- 11 March 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
In these workshops group therapy and meditation methods will be used to elicit the connections between personal experiences and political beliefs. Laser has enlisted drama therapist and actress Louise Platt to guide participants through activities to facilitate the expression and release of frustrations associated with Brexit and world events at large.
This event is free but booking essential as spaces are limited. To book a ticket, please visit our website.
JESPER LIST THOMSEN, HANNE LIPPARD: BODIES SAYING WORDS
- 16 March 2017 6:30-9pm
Avoiding The Genius by Jesper List Thomsen is a piece of writing to be read. To be re-embodied. Using language, and a strategy of accumulation, to lift eight sculptures from their original site in the Villa Giulia, Palermo, Sicily; Avoiding The Genius is made up of nice parts that brings a historical analogy to a contemporary body.
c u l8tr elevator by Hanne Lippard is a performance that deals with formality in communication and excessive excuses, deriving from the discussion about women being overly apologetic and discrete, and the make-up of politeness in language.