Weekend Shift


Stryx and Back Lane West, Cornwall present ‘Weekend Shift’ – a four day creative exchange culminating in an exhibition of collaborative work made in response to each others’ respective rural and urban landscapes. The four artists selected by Back Lane West will be inhabiting the space for the duration of their stay whilst working alongside Stryx to make work and establish new links with artists in Birmingham. Join us for the opening night on Monday 19 August, 7 – 9pm.

BACK LANE WEST is an artist-led project space in Redruth, Cornwall. Its aims are to support and encourage critically engaged visual art practice and artists’ professional development while contributing to the development of a connected, critical, cultural community.

Warwick Bar Summer Fete

A moveable feast of food, art and culture




Join us for the Warwick Bar Summer Fete, a moveable feast of art, culture and food.

Experience Digbeth’s canalside afresh with street food, guided walks, visual art & performance, aerial theatre, music, family friendly workshops, and a pedal powered cinema.


Visit an exhibition celebrating the revolutionary nature of David Bowie; ponder the past and future of Digbeth as a site for the genesis of Birmingham; be amazed by aerial acrobatics; critique consumption; attend publication launches; cycle power a cinema in the banana warehouse; and browse food and craft stalls.


Plus, don’t miss your chance to address the burning question of our age: if Digbeth were a pie, what would it taste like?

Warwick Bar Summer Fete, Edible Eastside and Digbeth Dining Club announce a jam-packed line of unusual sweet and savoury treats to suit every appetite. The following stalls will be situated across sites at Minerva Works and Edible Eastside: Bushman Wood Fired Pizzas, The Meat Shack, Bournville Waffle Company, The Mexican Bean, Devenish Girl, Unbuntu Handmade Bread, The Bearwood Pantry, Sbragias, Wildside Handmade Preserves and Miss Apples Sweets.

Cultural contributions brought to you by Vivid Projects, Still Walking, Ayo & Oni, Grand Union, Ikon’s Slow Boat, Companis, Stryx, MSFAC (Margaret Street Free Arts Council), RoguePlay Theatre, Harris Moore, WEMAKE6, and VINYL.





Full Programme

(with more tbc)


Warwick Bar, Digbeth, Birmingham B5


A moveable feast of art, culture and food with…


Pedal-Powered Cinema by Flatpack & Bike North @ Banana Warehouse. &


Lip Service: Come on a lip-smacking journey through the delights of Warwick Bar with Companis. Let them chew you up and spit you out!


STATE of Presents: A set of four responsive durational performances and works that utalise Edible Eastside’s shipping container as a base to explore the nature of presents. With works and performances from: Elenor Cassidy Smith, Vicky Roden, Karolina Szpyrko, Aleks Wojtulewicz.


Another Television Ident by VINYL & Dan Fogarty @ Edible Eastside.


By the Canal guided walk led by Still Walking @ Streets, towpaths, land around Warwick Bar. 2pm.


Slain by the Cruel Blade of Post-Modernity Zine Launch (Issue 2, Grand Union)  by Ayo & Oni. Each copy of the zine includes a handwritten password, which allows access to their site-specific installation. @ Unit 2 Minerva Works.


Slow Boat Summer Launch with members of Ikon Youth Programme and artist Navin Rawanchaikul  @ Canalside, Warwick Bar, Minerva Works. 2 – 4pm.


Public Painting @ Harris-Moore Canvases, Unit 12, Minerva Works.


Consumption with Stryx, MSFAC (Margaret Street Free Arts Council) & WEMAKE6 @ Unit 13, Minerva Works. FREE.


Revolution 21: David Bowie with Leon Trimble, Chromatouch @ Vivid Projects, Unit 16, Minerva Works. 2 – 6pm.


Magic Eye exhibition with Goodiepal, Luke McCreadie, Plastique Fantastique, Alexander Stevenson, Jennet Thomas @ Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works.


Aerial Acrobatics by RoguePlay Theatre @ Minerva Works Car Park.


Edible Eastside Open Day includes:



Plant sale, mohito cocktail bar, The Digbeth Pie and an earth oven bread-making demonstation with Lizzy Bean



Miss Apples Sweets: An artisan bakery specialised in luscious handmade gourmet brigadeiros and custom designed cakes.



Wildside Handmade Preserves: Born from an enthusiasm for cooking, boating, waterways and hedgerows. Wildside Handmade Preserves uses the abundance of wild foods available on the canal towpath to make a variety of unusual Jams and preserves.



Sbragias: Based on Fazeley street Sbragias serve quality sandwiches both deli and traditional.




Bearwood Pantry: Bearwood Pantry will be selling a range of organic, seasonal and local food and provisions that food that are affordable for all.




Unbuntu Handmade Bread: A community bread baking service, and seeks to change communities reliance on shop bought bread and to teach people to bake their own bread which is often healthier and cheaper to make.



Devenish Girl: Making the finest handbaked cakes, cupcakes and tray bakes.



Digbeth Dining Club present:


The Mexican Bean: Delicious Mexican deep filled burritos and much more!


Bournville Waffle Company: freshly prepared Belgian Waffles made by street vendors with a sweet tooth



The Meat Shack: Burgers made from 28 day from aged beef sourced 20 miles from Birmingham and served medium. Served in hand made artisan sour dough buns and cooked to perfection.



Bushman Wood Fired Pizzas: Pizzas cooked the traditional way, in a hand-made wood fired oven. Cooked in less than 90 seconds at over 400 degrees centigrade, this is real fast food!








Artists’ Talks at Grand Union

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Join us for a talk and discussion event with Simon Senn and Holly Pester, artists in our current show A Small Hiccup.

6.30pm Simon Senn & Vasi Hasan
Swiss artist Simon Senn produced his video ‘Gulberg’, for our current exhibition ‘A Small Hiccup’, in collaboration with Birmingham based business man Vasi Hasan.

Hasan is the director of Rola, an advertisement video production company that has offices in both Pakistan and the UK. Simon hired Vasi to produce the video with his employees in Pakistan.

For this talk, Vasi will introduce his career, followed by a conversation with Simon Senn discussing their collaboration.

7.20pm Reading by Holly Pester, followed by a discussion with Dr. Gabriela Saldanha
Poet Holly Pester and translation theorist Dr. Gabriela Saldanha, discuss the subvocal, the political and the creative impulse in literary translation.

Holly’s work ‘News Piece’ is featured in ‘A Small Hiccup’. She will also be in residence at Grand Union from 24 to 30 June investigating linguistic malfunction and mistranslation to create new works and critical writing.

If you can’t make the talk, you can visit Holly at the gallery between 27 to 29 June, 12-5pm.

The gallery will be open from 6pm so you can see Simon’s film and hear Holly’s sound piece in the exhibition.

See our website for more details.

Kjersti G. Andvig & Lars Laumann: 999321

Image courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley

Grand Union proudly presents 999321 Kjersti G. Andvig and Lars Laumann’s first collaborative exhibition in the UK. Both works in the exhibition involve Carlton A. Turner, a Texan death row inmate whose prison number makes the title.

Comprising of a documentary video and a hand-knitted reproduction of Turner’s cell made in collaboration with him between 2006 and 2008, both works narrate the evolution of Andvig’s and Turner professional partnership and latter romantic relationship. Continue reading

New Art West Midlands exhibition at Grand Union


Grand Union is currently hosting an exhibition of new work by recent graduates from the region as part of New Art West Midlands, in collaboration with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Exhibition runs 15 Feb to 16 March, opening times Thursday to Saturday 12–5pm

Grand Union has worked with graduates Sophie Bullock, Corey Hayman, Rashid Khan and Stuart Layton to create new work for this exhibition that playfully explores aspects of perception and memory from four very different approaches. Continue reading

Winterfest Review by Will Davies

Read below for a review of Winterfest/Winterreise by Fine Art student, Will Davies:

Warwick Bar Winterfest.

Minerva Works is set to be a hot spot in Birmingham’s growing art scene. It already houses Grand Union and the newly formed Stryx, and on the 14th and 15th became the staple mark for a variety of galleries and independent artists to take over and create a beautiful and engaging symposium of works. Winterfest was an incredible transformation of the warehouses and derelict buildings towards the canal. Where the Ikon Slow Boat was moored operating as a symbol of hope on which the art scene in Birmingham could be able to move throughout the nation to become a great hub for contemporary practising artists.

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This series of sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley, Visual Arts Enabler, is intended to develop knowledge and understanding of the local, regional and national visual arts ecology and the place of the individual artist within this context. The sessions are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist. There are a maximum of 20 places per venue, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

Grand Union will be hosting a session on Tuesday 5th February at Warwick Bar. To book a place and to see other venues, see below:

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Stryx Presents: Exposure

Stryx Presents: The Exposure Event

Friday 14th December, 5–11pm & Saturday 15th December 12–6pm
Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS

Stryx will be opening their doors to the public for the first time to host The Exposure Event. Wrap up warm and prepare from some delightful Stryx Oddities. They will be presenting a multidisciplinary array of works responding to the very nature of their name. Food and drink will be on sale provided by the students of Margaret Street School of Art, and proceeds will be going to fund their degree show.

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Ikon Youth Programme Presents

Ikon Youth Presents

Friday 14th December, 5–7pm & Saturday 15th December 12–4pm
Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS

To mark the end of the second year of Slow Boat, members of Ikon Youth Programme organise a special event Ikon Youth Programme Presents:
Wrap up warm and join us to celebrate an incredible year. For one night and a day IYP present artworks and material created by them throughout the year.
This event is held at Warwick Bar, the permanent mooring of Ikon’s Slow Boat.

Slow Boat is a three-year project set up to explore an in-depth, sustained way of working with young people aged between 15 and 19. The project involves the Ikon Youth Programme (IYP), a group of Birmingham-based young people, and a converted canal boat that measures 72 feet in length.

Slow Boat is organised in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Sandwell Council. For more information visit