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.
Hand and Mind Flyer

HAND AND MIND

  • 4 February — 25 March 2017

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.

Website

http://grand-union.org.uk/gallery/hand-and-mind/

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.
Alex Cecchetti, sketch for Dance Room, Grand Union 2017

HAND AND MIND: OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES

  • 3 February 2017 6-9pm

Conversation of the Arrows by Alex Cecchetti is a choreography for sorcerer’s apprentices, in which a dancer and a word-crafter fall into the trap of representation. They are doomed to chase each other represented as dogs, arrows, birds, stones, stars. For a moment, Cecchetti’s sculptures, become the spells that the apprentices cast against each other and the scenario for their labyrinthic roaming.

Website

http://grand-union.org.uk/gallery/hand-and-mind-opening-night-performances/

Hagar Tenenbaum, Abstraction end and things like that

HAND AND MIND: OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES

  • 3 February 2017 7:30-9pm

Hagar Tenenbaum works with text and hand gestures to create a relation between words and movement that allows these forms to have distinct trajectories. They can synchronise and resist each other at different moments during the performance. Every action is titled and described minimally, allowing her movement to find its way between accumulated words, stories, memories and facts. This poses a challenge to the moving body to stay receptive, attentive and at the same time, independent.

Where

Nicholson School of Dance
158 Fazeley Street,
11 Minerva Works,
Digbeth
West Midlands
B5 5RT

Website

http://grand-union.org.uk/gallery/hand-and-mind-opening-night-performances/

Liz Magic Laser, video still from Primal Speech

LIZ MAGIC LASER: POLITICAL THERAPY WORKSHOPS

  • 18 February 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 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.

Website

http://grand-union.org.uk/

Jesper List Thomsen, The boys the girls and the political

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.

Website

http://grand-union.org.uk/gallery/bodies-saying-words/

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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