Grand Union

Grand Union
Unit 19
Minerva Works
Fazeley Street
B5 5RS



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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


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Computer Dances (1995), Jennifer Pike

Holly Antrum: A Diffuse Citizen

  • 6 June — 26 July 2014 *on now

Join us for the opening of artist Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition. Working in a combination of 16mm and digital film and printmaking, Antrum draws upon the practices and interests of people around her, most recently collaborating with 93 year old artist Jennifer Pike.

The opening on Friday 6 June is part of Digbeth First Friday

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Workshop with Holly Antrum

Family Filmmaking Workshop : Holly Antrum

  • 26 July 2014 1-3pm

‘Camera Dances’

On the last day of ‘A Diffuse Citizen’ Holly Antrum will lead an improvisational film workshop suitable for all ages in response to her installation at Grand Union and the drawings ‘Computer Dances’ by Jennifer Pike.

Participants will be led with movements as well as leading their own exercises. ‘Dancing’ behind the camera considers the space, still and fixed points for the body that holds it, and how the camera captures further still and fixed points beyond it.

This workshop will include elements of drawing, body movements and sound recorders.

This is part of the Warwick Summer Fete, Digbeth’s canal-side party, which is now in it's third year. There will be lots of activity around Minerva Works, as well as Edible Eastside, so please do come along.

(Visitors need to consent to their inclusion in video footage during the event and in the documentation of the event.)

This is a free event but is limited to 12 participants, so please email to reserve your place.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Grubby Mitts Grand Union

The Grubby Mitts: The Politics of Friendship Tour

  • 1 August 2014 7-11pm

A Digbeth First Friday event with Special Guests Bobbie-Jane Gardner and more.

This Summer Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts will tour the UK performing only at artist-run spaces.

The band will use the form of the rock tour as a way of curating a series of events exploring the concept of friendship, and will be performing live a body of music they have been writing and recording for the last seven years.

The music is described as post-MI!MS: short loops, repeated phrases, post-everything, and non-hierarchical; a delicate balance of pessimism and optimism, irony and sincerity, electronics and melody, art and pop. The band perform with numerous objects, such as a marble, alongside a more traditional band line-up of guitars, drums, samplers, keyboards, and saxophone.

For this tour Andy Holden’s video projections will be combined with new projections by a selection of artists who are linked to the spaces in which the band will perform. For each event a designer has been commissioned to create a new poster, which will provide part of the archive of the project. The band will play nine artist-run spaces around the country, linking these together for the first time and transforming each space into part concert venue, part exhibition; with banners, posters, projections and specially selected support acts. The tour will be filmed as the basis of a new video work by Holden, also provisionally titled The Politics of Friendship.

To celebrate the announcement of the tour the band are giving away a free MP3, a re-mastered version of their debut single, To a Friend’s House the Way is NeverLong. There will be a new single and album released to coincide with the tour.

Link to free download
At Grand Union, Bobbie-Jane Gardner will perform her brand new composition “Many hands make light work”, with musicians James Douglas, Anton Clarke and Laurence Hunt. Not to be missed!

Tickets for the shows will be available with a pre-order of the debut CD for £7 and as stand alone ‘pay-what-you-can’ tickets.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Tickets will also be available on the door.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£7 with album purchase, or pay-what-you-can tickets.