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 Dutch Window, a solo exhibition by Seecum Cheung
- 5 May — 22 July 2017 *on now
Grand Union will host a single channel video installation, with a focus upon the national elections of The Netherlands, which took place on 15 March 2017.
Cheung has been conducting interviews since August 2015, collaborating with media representatives to collect footage from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Bulgaria and the UK, to map out the differing frames surrounding the rising surge of nationalism within Europe.
The Dutch Window refers to the cultural tradition in The Netherlands of having open and un-curtained front windows, thus exposing one’s interiors for all to see. This unique act has amassed theoretical speculation, centred on the Dutch ideal of having nothing to hide. The borders of the private become intimately blurred with the public, separating the outside from the inside, and uniting the two through reflection. Cheung uses the window as a metaphor for the ideology of liberal transparency and openness in Dutch politics.
Seecum Cheung: Artists' Roundtable Discussion
- 30 June 2017 1-2:30pm
As part of a series of free lunches hosted at Grand Union, artist Seecum Cheung will join visitors and gallery staff for a roundtable discussion on the themes of her current solo show "The Dutch Window." Exploring the role of proportional representation in Dutch parliament, and its relationship to Dutch values of openess, the film will be the starting point for the discussion.