On Friday 24th May, a group of us, comprising Marie, Sarah, Hamish, Nikolay (our trusty photographer) and I, attended the opening of 'A Small Hiccup', at Grand Union, Minerva Works. The gallery was also celebrating its third birthday.
Grand Union is both a gallery and studio space in Digbeth, which is run by, and supports, artists and curators. ‘A Small Hiccup’ is their latest exhibition. Running from 25 May to 5 July, it showcases artists’ responses to diseased language. We were fortunate to be able to attend the opening, hear the introductory speeches and then peruse the new exhibition (the enticing samosas provided were an added bonus). In addition, we were able to view the eight studios of local contemporary artists that also occupy the space, which gave us the opportunity to be able to see the artists in their studio setting and witness the new, exciting art that they are each working on. We were able to discuss with the artists their inspirations, aspirations, techniques and mediums they are experimenting with in their art. We had a fascinating discussion with artist Harminder Judge about the research he is undertaking for his latest project.
Whilst at the exhibition we found plenty of people willing to be vox popped, some of whom were the artists themselves. Visitors to the exhibition, both those that live locally and regularly attend events in Digbeth, and individuals who had travelled specifically to attend the event and were thus experiencing the area for the first time, also shared their impressions of Digbeth with us. All in all, we were grateful to be able to record the diverse and stimulating perspectives of the artistic community that seems to be thriving in Digbeth.
Hannah Squire, Project Volunteer