When: Friday 7th October, 18:00-late
Where: various locations around Digbeth
This month, Digbeth First Friday returns with a new-season fervour, offering a huge variety of events to get your teeth into – along with perhaps some award-winning street food at Digbeth Dining Club afterwards:
THE FALL and WITHIN THE LAND
Free exhibitions at the Jubilee Trade Centre, Corner of Pershore Street/Sherlock Street, B5 6ND
The Jubilee Trade Centre (an honorary member of the Digbeth family) presents two exhibitions: The Fall is an exhibition of fine art from members of the Works Artists’ Collective, and Within the Land is a touring exhibition by Daphne Francis Gallery.
MITRA SABOURY PUBLICATION LAUNCH
Free event at Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, B5 5RS
As part of Mitra Saboury’s solo show Pulling Walls, Grand Union will be launching a digital publication at this late night opening, featuring writing by Anneka French, Dr Ben Parry and Cathy Wade. Anneka French, curator of the exhibition, will be giving an informal tour of the exhibition at 13:00-14:00 on Saturday 8th October (more information here).
LAUNCH OF FIFTEEN EXHIBITION BY SPACE_PLAY
Free event at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, B4 7XG
To celebrate Millennium Point’s 15th anniversary, a 3D framed sculpture created by Space_Play will be unveiled on Level 0. Refreshments and crepes will be available for those registering to attend in advance here.
LAUNCH OF REIMAGING DONALD RODNEY
Free event at Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, B5 5RS
Reimaging Donald Rodney is a programme of events exploring digital legacy and identity through the work of Black British artist Donald Rodney (1961-1998). This public preview celebrates the achievements of the Midlands-born artist – considered to be one of the most significant of his generation. The exhibition continues until Saturday 5th November (open Thursday-Saturday 12:00-17:00).
VISCOELASTIC MUTED CONTEMPT (SOFT APPLAUSE)
Free event at Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR
Eastside Projects presents a one-off performance by Beth Kettel which takes elements of the 90s game show as a starting point. This performance focuses on gunge and brings together text, sculpture, costume and sound. (More information here.)
NEITHER HERE NOR THERE and #FOXNEWSDISCO
Free event at Centrala Space, 4 Minerva Works, B5 5RT
Neither here nor there, an installation curated by David Miller, puts together the work of two radically different artists who use painting as the basis of their practice. Traditionalist Graham Burquest is clashed with haphazard bricolage by Ian Andrews to begin a conversation between their different approaches. This is followed by #FoxNewsDisco, with music and performance from: The Good Water, Juneau Brothers, and Health & Efficiency. More information here.
Free event at Stryx, 13 Minerva Works, B5 5RS
Short Circuit is an ambitious international travelling exhibition devised by independent curator Aly Grimes. Consisting of nine new media artists and collectives, displayed in three different locations (Birmingham, Copenhagen and Venice), the project is highly experimental and susceptible to failure. More information available here.
CLUB INTEGRAL MIDLANDS BRANCH
Ticketed event at The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, B12 OQH
20:00 onwards | Tickets available here (£4 online/£5 on the door)
London’s finest left-field music night finds a new home for the uncategorisable at the inaugural Club Integral in Birmingham. Featuring live music from Kamura Obscura, Dorcha, Seikou Susso, and Howie Reeve, there will also be South African culinary delights from Albert Smith of Ubuntu Foods. (More information here.)