Warwick Bar is an area which lies ten minutes walk to the east of Birmingham city centre. Surrounded on three sides by the historic Grand Union Canal, Digbeth Branch Canal and the River Rea, the area was home to a complex of factories and workshops and now provides accommodation for a rich mix of heavy industry to arts and service sector agencies.


Looking to retain the richness of activity whilst fostering an environment that is adaptive and flexible, Warwick Bar seeks a steady growth approach to sustainable living and working. Unfolding over time, Warwick Bar will provide the setting for new relationships and networks that increase commercial and entrepreneurial benefits whilst creating social and cultural value for all its contributors.


As owners of Warwick Bar, Isis Waterside Regeneration  is committed to doing things differently with a focus on the flexible use and cultural life of their schemes. Together with key partners, commercial agents Colliers International and cultural programmer Sue Ball of Media and Arts Partnership (MAAP), they have developed a cultural-led approach working closely with the network of tenants to establish a creative, mixed-use neighbourhood which celebrates new ideas and facilitates innovation.


ISIS’s key development, Minerva Works, comprises a small industrial estate located on site which is made up of 21 units currently occupied by a range of tenants including artist-led initiative Grand Union Studios, Vivid Projects, Stryx collectiveHarris Moore Canvases with artist materials shop and online canvas supply, Birmingham’s aerial theatre company RoguePlay Theatre and Printbots printers.

At the north end of Warwick Bar, one of a number of listed properties is home to K4 Architects. Close by, Edible Eastside has converted a quarter of an acre of derelict canalside land into an edible park, maintained by a community of growers including local residents, social entrepreneurs, and artists. Curated by Hedge Enquiry, Edible Eastside regularly hosts some of Birmingham’s highest profile festivals including Fierce Live Art and Birmingham Food Festival on its canalside space.


With Digbeth as its hinterland, Warwick Bar is known as Birmingham’s cultural quarter and also home to Eastside Projects, a public gallery benefitting from an ambitious international programme of exhibitions, artists’ residencies and talks and the Custard Factory a hub for more than 500 artists, small creative enterprises and galleries.


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