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