Grand Union

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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Thursday to Saturday, 12–5pm during exhibition opening hours.

Admission charges

FREE

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
pleasureisaweapon

Pleasure is a Weapon, a solo exhibition by Susie Green

  • 1 September — 18 November 2017

Working in a range of media across sculpture, performance and painting, this presentation celebrates the body as a site for pleasure and politics. The exhibition will be punctuated with a public programme of performances, screenings and conversations.

The installation of sound, objects and painted works that make up Pleasure is a Weapon probes at feelings and recollections surrounding both immediate and remote sexual intimacy. Green creates an environment in which these feelings are inhabited through the ornamental and physical properties of material. Not only an exercise in re-presenting desire but also an attempt to indulge corporeal pleasures, the space of the exhibition invites a sensual encounter between artist, object and viewer.

By staging an intimate exchange between bodies and things, Pleasure is a Weapon trades in an economy of pleasure. Green’s typically economic use of materials enmeshes with her preoccupation with fetish and form. Simultaneously ephemeral and decadent, the works seemingly revel in the excesses of desire. Such excess is written through with political potential.

gallerytour

Pleasure is a Weapon: Gallery Tour with Susie Green

  • 21 September 2017 6-7:30pm

Pleasure is a Weapon is the first UK solo exhibition by artist Susie Green. Working in a range of media across sculpture, performance and painting, this presentation celebrates the body as a site for pleasure and politics. The exhibition will be punctuated with a public programme of performances, screenings and conversations.

The installation of sound, objects and painted works that make up Pleasure is a Weapon probes at feelings and recollections surrounding both immediate and remote sexual intimacy. Green creates an environment in which these feelings are inhabited through the ornamental and physical properties of material. Not only an exercise in re-presenting desire but also an attempt to indulge corporeal pleasures, the space of the exhibition invites a sensual encounter between artist, object and viewer.

splashaddict

Splash Addict performance: Fierce Festival

  • 18 October 2017 7-7:30pm

Inspired by shared romantic, filthy sensibilities and a love of ‘90s dance music, Green performs commanding, melodic vocals over Bayliss’ synth basslines. Splash Addict is a collaboration between Susie Green & artist Simon Bayliss, inspired by shared romantic, filthy sensibilities and a love of ‘90s dance music, Green performs commanding, melodic vocals over Bayliss’ synth basslines. The duo’s first video Love Immersion features the artists dancing in swimwear, together but alone, punctuated by clips of hands smacking bare backsides.

Presented with Fierce Festival for their ‘Very Fierce Grand Opening’
Fierce Festival Hub (Quantum, 30-34 River Street, Birmingham, B5 5SA).

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Fierce Festival Hub
Quantum, 30-34 River Street
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 5SA
England

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
thebrilliantstate

Pleasure is a Weapon: The Brilliant State Performance

  • 1 September 2017 9-10pm

Pleasure is a Weapon is the first UK solo exhibition by artist Susie Green. Working in a range of media across sculpture, performance and painting, this presentation celebrates the body as a site for pleasure and politics. The exhibition will be punctuated with a public programme of performances, screenings and conversations.

The show launches with an evening of music, vocals and movement performed by The Brilliant State, a collaboration between Green and artist Rory Pilgrim.

manodestra

Film Screening: Mano Destra

  • 5 October 2017 6-8pm

A film by Swiss filmmaker Cleo Übelmann, Mano Destra (Italian for “right hand”) is an elegant study of erotic objectification which depicts one woman tying up another woman in a lengthy act of consensual bondage. All films have been selected by Charlotte Procter (Collections Manager of LUX & member of the Cinenova Working Group).

Screening: Mano Destra, (1986), Cleo Übelmann, 53 minutes.
A selection of shorts will precede the film, followed by an informal discussion.
Free, ticketed.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Grand Union
Unit 19
Minerva Works
Fazeley Street
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 5RS
England

Website

www.grand-union.org.uk/

E-mail

info@grand-union.org.uk

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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