Black Hole Club is Vivid Projects’ artist development programme, fostering new dialogues between early career and established practitioners. We are open to collaboration, space for sharing skills, testing ideas and reaching audiences through live and online platforms. The cohort is selected from an annual open call, and is supported by producer Cathy Wade and company curatorial associates. Black Hole Club is a developmental space for practice that operates on the basis of mutual aid – free and supportive for practices and conversations.

In 2021 we are focused on facilitation for the cohort to share their practices and research, utilizing space onsite and online to test new work and build their networks and audiences. Areas to be explored in 2021 include: ART_OFFICE_DOC an online platform for ongoing processes, conversations & collaborations with invited guests that explores how artists can inhabit and bend office documents and cultures. DOOM a co-authoring of works for the longest day of the year focused as guttural outpourings, performance, propositions, annihilation and utter despair. The testing of work and its dissemination is a critical outcome for the Black Hole Club Cohort. The ongoing life of the practices and projects Black Hole Club engages in are co-authored by the group on a shared online platform that is open to individual and collective interests.

Black Hole Club’s recent projects include Cut Copy Remix a series of artistic interventions, exhibitions and events with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery & Cold War Steve. Guest editorship of Artists Newsletter #1: The 1980s, an exploration of topics from artist’s working rights and identity politics, to activism, digital arts practice, and accessibility and production of the Mayday Reader an online documentation of practice and exchange.

We recognise that this year working with Black Hole Club takes place in a time of uncertainty. We understand how important access to space is, and this year we will work both online (via zoom and other platforms) and at Vivid Projects at Minerva Works in Digbeth as conditions permit. Following the roadmap of opening dates for the sector, we are planning for onsite activities from the late spring.

The 2021 Black Hole Cohort are: 

Adwoa Owusu-BarniehAlis Oldfield, Ambie Drew, Ambience Factory, De’Anne Crooks, Eleanor Morgan, Emily Scarrott, Jacob Carter, Jas SinghJoseph Winsborrow, Kühle Wampe,Larissa Shaw, Leanne O’Connor, Lily Wales, Rosa Postlethwaite and Sharon & Roo,

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Schüle Wampe x Black Hole Club at Gallery Zero Nottingham Contemporary, 2019, Photo Cathy Wade

Black Hole Club, Under Different Stars, 2019, Photo by Marcin SZ

CUT COPY REMIX, Leanne O’Connor Pick and MIx workshop, 2020, Marcin CZ