As a starting point, this event takes an independent study of Warwick Bar and its Slow Architecture approach to canalside revitalisation which demonstrates a positive impact on the cultural and creative ecology. What is Slow Architecture, how can it be strengthened at Warwick Bar and could this approach be a force in determining the future of Digbeth? Please come and share ideas and actions to collectively shape Digbeth’s future.

Please find Warwick Bar Slow Architecture Study 2014 (exec summary) by Dr Rachael Unsworth here



Digbeth First Friday and Grand Union opening event

Marcia image
Please join us on Friday 5 September for the launch of Marcia Farquhar’s solo exhibition, Larger Than Life, from 6-8pm. We have a great line up of accompanying events throughout October and November:

Exhibition: 6 September – 7 November 2014
Launch event with performance lecture
Friday 5 September 6–8pm

Marcia Farquhar in residence
10–11 October 12–5pm

Day of the Dead doll making workshop
Saturday 1 November 12–3pm

Closing performance in association with Edible Eastside
Friday 7 November

Open Thursday to Saturday 12–5pm
Grand Union
19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street
Birmingham B5 5RS
0121 643 9079

Warwick Bar Summer Fete Saturday 26th July 12-6pm


Digbeth’s canal-side party, the Warwick Bar Summer Fete, returns for a third year. This edition is a celebration of cycling, creativity and good cheer with Pod Projects’ Bicycle Basket Bazaar – a unique array of retailers who will be cramming their wares into bike-baskets and pannier-racks – as well vendors selling handmade & homemade goods and vintage wares. The bazaar will take place in the convivial and lively atmosphere of the wonderful Edible Eastside garden project.


Continuing the cycle theme, Vivid Projects take over Warwick Bar’s impressive industrial spaces with a series of bike powered art experiments with the public providing their own sketches and pictures to create light projections on a massive scale. To counteract this technology, there will be a bike tea salon.


With Digbeth’s finest cultural agencies opening their doors, Grand Union, Stryx, Edible Eastside, Harris Moore Canvases and RoguePlay Theatre all offering a packed programme of workshops and activities for budding gardeners, filmmakers, painters and dancers, as well as exhibitions, film screenings, acoustic music and aerial acrobatic performances.


Newcomers to the event include PEA (Polish Ex-Pats Association) with a weekend event of screenings including films by provocative polish artist Artur Zmijewski. Martyna Lisiewicz is also programming an eclectic selection of acoustic music and to keep you fueled up for all the fun activity, there will be will an array of local fancy street food. With Master of Ceremonies Nonny Warn and live art performers Homes for Waifs and Strays welcoming the public, Warwick Bar Summer Fete is the place to be on the 26th July.

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Saturday 26 July, 12pm – 6pm
Would you like to take part in Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Warwick Bar Summer Fete?
POD Projects is looking for artists, makers and vendors sell their handmade, homemade, vintage, collectibles, upcycled items from their bike – kind of like art fair meets car boot sale. We are also looking for interesting artist projects and performances to be run from a bicycle. For more info email

Digbeth First Friday and Grand Union exhibition opening


Join us for the opening of artist Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition at Grand Union. 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. See our website for more details.

The opening coincides with Digbeth First Friday, when lots of events happen across Digbeth. At Minerva Works there are also events at Vivid Projects and Stryx. See for more details.

Digbeth First Friday


Time to try something new.

Digbeth is coming alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.

With different things to see and do each month anything can happen on a First Friday night out and visitors are invited to grab a Disloyalty Card and collect stamps from different participating venues to trade for treats as they sample the great independent culture this unique part of Birmingham has to offer.

See the Digbeth First Friday website for details of events happening Friday 2 May from 6pm.
There are lots of events happening at Warwick Bar with Grand Union, Vivid Projects, Stryx and Edible Eastside.

New exhibition opening at Grand Union 28 March 2014


Maia Conran: Here is the Yard
Opening Friday 28 March 6-8pm
Exhibition continues 29 March to 10 May 2014, open Thursdays to Saturdays 12-5pm

Grand Union is proud to introduce Here is the Yard, a solo exhibition of new work by emerging artist Maia Conran. The exhibition presents three works that transform short video recordings of brief moments filmed, or found by the artist, into a large scale panorama, a sculptural sound installation and a discrete video work.

Conran’s artistic practice moves between old and new media, from film to computer animation and from video to sculpture or performance. She has a fascination with the stage and screen, and these thresholds can be seen as a motif throughout her work.

A new publication featuring contributions by Steven Ball (artist and research fellow at Central St. Martins, London) and Gil Leung (writer, artist, curator and Head of Programming, LUX, London), will be available from Grand Union in April.

+ Artists Talk
Saturday 29 March 1.30pm
Join us for this in conversation event with artist Maia Conran and Gil Leung as part of Flatpack Film Festival.
Free event, all welcome.

+ Deep within the mirror we perceive a faint line
Friday 2 May 6–8pm
Join us for a drop-in performance by Maia Conran. A free event as part of Digbeth First Fridays.

See our website for more details.

Junction Works Works Party Video

Time-lapse video documentation of the Junction Works Works Party 19th December 2013



Event commissioned by MAAP with support from Isis Waterside Regeneration and Colliers International
Video by Lucy Barker