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Going Hard screening @ Grand Union, Nov 4

2 November 2016

The Going Hard group screening is on at Birmingham’s Grand Union on November 4.

Presented by Mitra Saboury for the gallery’s Digbeth First Friday film screenings programme, the event comes as part of the London- and Los Angeles-based artist’s current solo exhibition running at the space, called Pulling Walls. Featuring works by artists Derek Paul Boyle, Aaron Graham,  Tamara Johnson, Paul Pescador, and Dominic Watson among others, the selection of films builds on the show where Saboury takes her background in neuroscience to explore “the physical and psychological impacts of space upon the body” through sculptural and video works.

Also included are pieces by Evariste Maïga, Alee Peoples, Mike Stoltz, Kelli Sims, Pascual Sisto, and Sabina Tupan, all screening in relation to the “subjects, materials and strategies” the artist herself used in the making of her own work.

See the Grand Union website for details.**

Derek Paul Boyle, 'It's All Good' (2011). Video still. Courtesy the artist.
Derek Paul Boyle, ‘It’s All Good’ (2011). Video still. Courtesy the artist.

Header image: Alee Peoples + Mike Stoltz, ‘Spotlight On A Brick Wall’ (2016). Video still. Courtesy the artist.

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Prem Sahib @ Grand Union, Apr 21 – Jun 3

19 April 2016

London-based artist Prem Sahib is presenting solo show, Grand Union at Birmingham’s Grand Union, opening April 21 and running June 3.

The show will see Sahib —who works with what he feels from the atmosphere of spaces where physical encounters happen and when there is potential to touch and be touched —make a series of new objects that are “in choreographed conversation with each other”.

Grand Union has commissioned writer Huw Lemmey, author of recent Chubz (2015) to produce a short story, dank and rare, which will accompany the exhibition with its title that suggests a vague kind of coming together. Descriptors ‘dank and rare’ sound like inflections of the words proximity, anonymity and touch, also used to describe Sahib’s work in the press release, making note of his interest in drawing public spaces like saunas and clubs.

See the Grand Union exhibition page for more details.**

Prem Sahib, Side On (2015), installation shot. Courtesy the artist and ICA
Prem Sahib, Side On (2015), installation shot. Courtesy the artist and ICA.
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Alice Theobald @ Focal Point, Aug 8

7 August 2015

Artist Alice Theobald has joined Focal Point Gallery for a three-week residency culminating with a performance at the Essex space on August 8.

The London artist joins ‘The Bear Pit‘, a purpose-built installation that operates as both studio and exhibition space, as part of a programme of events, exhibitions and residencies that each last three weeks. They’re curated by various artist-run spaces from around the UK invited to participate and for Theobald’s duration, the curator is Birmingham’s Grand Union.

Drawing from her research on ‘The Theatre of the Absurd’—a term coined by critic Martin Esslin in the 1960s and referencing a style of theatre that was consistent with Albert Camus’ existential view that “the human situation is essentially absurd in its struggle to find purpose and to control its fate”—Theobald will combine her interest in live performance, video, installation and music to explore the division between stage and life.

See ‘The Bear Pit’ page for details. **


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Events + exhibitions, Feb 16 – 22

16 February 2015

Exhibitions and events of interest are more globally dispersed the week starting February 16. Highlights include a remotely assembled exhibition by Kareem Lotfy and political satirist Andeel at Cairo’s Nile Sunset Annex and A Form is a Social Gatherer group exhibition, featuring the likes of Adam Cruces, Tiril Hasselknippe, Philipp Timischl in Zürich.

Around London, Future Brown is playing the ICA, Slade students – including Sarah Boulton, Cristine Brache and Olga Koroleva – are presenting at Fictional Symposium at The Showroom and Patrick Staff is presenting at Chisenhale Gallery. In other UK cities Benedict Drew “& Friends” are performing Salon Dyslexic in Nottingham and Mat Jenner has an exhibition in Birmingham.

As for Berlin, Mirak Jamal and Santiago Taccetti are hosting a second Stoneroses exhibition, including the likes of Martin Kohout and Katharina Fengler, while elsewhere Angelo Plessas has a new solo exhibition in Athens and Leslie Kulesh is showing online with CosmoCarl.

There’s more so see below:


Fictional Symposium @ The Showroom, Feb 17

Erika Biddle @ SLG, Feb 18

Future Brown @ ICA, Feb 19

Ruth Proctor @ John Jones, Feb 19

G I R L S @ The Star of Kings, Feb 20

X+1 @ MACM, Feb 20

PUWABA 9: Mount Mediocre @ Bola 8, Feb 20

Open Studios @ 3236 RLS, Feb 20

Future Contemporaries Fundraising Party @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Feb 21

Salon Dyslexic @ Reactor, Feb 21

Longing Disco @ Transition Gallery, Feb 21

Beauty School Dropout @ DKUK Salon, Feb 21

Keston Sutherland @ Cell Project Space, Feb 21

Anal House Meltdown @ The Glory, Feb 21

@ Holborn Library, Feb 22

Grab my hand and don’t ever drop it @ Vilma Gold, Feb 22


Angelo Plessas @ The Breeder, Feb 19 – Mar 28

Dominic Hawgood @ TJ Boulting, Feb 19 – Mar 7

Patrick Staff @ Chisenhale Gallery, Feb 19 – Apr 12

Rare Earth @ Thyssen-Bornemisza, Feb 19 – May 31

Leslie Kulesh @ CosmoCarl, Feb 20

Harm van den Dorpel @ American Medium, Feb 20 – Apr 3

Andrea Büttner + Brit Meyer @ Piper Keys, Feb 20 – Mar 22

Shana Moulton @ Galerie Gregor Staiger, Feb 20 – Apr 11

Mat Jenner @ Grand Union, Feb 20 – Apr 3

Jaakko Pallasvuo @ SVILOVA, Feb 20 – Apr 3

Heather Phillipson @ Opening Times, Feb 21

Andrea Crespo @ Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Feb 21 – Apr 11

Never Can Say Goodbye @ Belle Air, Feb 21 – Mar 8

A Form is a Social Gatherer @ Plymouth Rock, Feb 21 – Mar 29

STUDIO @ TAP, Feb 21 – Mar 22

Kareem Lotfy + Andeel @ Nile Sunset Annex, Feb 21

Stoneroses 2 @ Sandgrube im Jagen 86, Feb 22 **

See here for exhibitions opening last week.

Header image: Kareem Lotfy + Andeel @ Nile Sunset Annex.

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