Assembly – Birmingham 2018

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WHEN:11am 7pm Friday 15 June 2018

COST:Tickets are free for a-n members and 5 for non-members. Lunch and refreshments are provided as part of the day.

ABOUT: The second of a-n's Assembly events for 2018 will take place at Eastside Projects in Birmingham, an artist-led gallery space established in 2008. Working in collaboration with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, Assembly Birmingham will address the increasing amount of development taking place across the city and the Midlands as a whole, exploring both the opportunities and the challenges this presents for the visual arts community in the region.

In 2017 Arts Council England invested 90 million in Birmingham-based National Portfolio Organisations, while the governments multi-billion-poundinvestment in high-speed railway HS2, which is due to open in December 2026, will reshape the citys landscape. Numerous artist-led galleries and commercial creative industries, including Eastside Projects, have established a presence in the Digbeth area of Birminghamin recent years, taking advantage of low rents, large spaces and close proximity to the city centre. While an ongoing redevelopment scheme for Digbeth and the wider city reflects the citys ambition to grow and regenerate, what impact will these changes have for artist residents?

Through a mix of presentations, discussions, artist film and a specially commissioned soundwalk through Digbeth, Assembly Birmingham will explore these competing tensions, reflecting on the opportunities artists have already built for themselves, and consider what investment and change could mean in the future.

HOW TO BOOK:Book your ticket and see our programmehere.

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