Vivid Projects is a non-profit company supporting media arts practice. Founded in 2012 and based in Birmingham, we encourage innovation, risk and experimentation in artistic practice. We are committed to a diversity of practice and encourage historic and contemporary engagement with cultural and sub-cultural histories. Our work is made public through an ambitious programme of events and exhibitions on and off-site, created in collaboration with artists, producers, thinkers and researchers.
This core focus informs everything we do and is embedded in our rationale, history, management, curation programme ethos and content. In 2014, this was the impetus for the development and commitment to the core creative development programme, Black Hole Club, created to support artists who did not fit narrow art form spaces within the regional creative community. Originated by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford and curated by one of the inaugural members, Antonio Roberts, 2015-19, and now Cathy Wade, the programme provides access, mentoring and a public platform, driven by sharing culture and collaboration. Alongside this runs Vivid Live, a platform for new producers supporting specialist live practices with artists who make work that resonates with issues that are at the forefront in the current social/political landscape. The project is currently curated by Associate Alex Billingham, a genderqueer artist/curator based in the West Midlands. Alongside this, we have the long term Birmingham Media Archive Project, exploring the tape and print archives of 1980s trade union and media resource centres and collaborations between the labour movement and emerging community filmmakers, photographers, designers, academics and publishers.
To help keep our visitors and artistic community safe, we assess the actions we can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 on a monthly basis. Vivid Projects remains open with safety precautions in operation.
- To protect everyone’s health and safety, for some events, in order to protect participants who are vulnerable, we will require all attendees to wear masks/face coverings unless exempt.
- There are hand sanitisation stations at the entrance to the building, and at our doorway.
Bookings can be made in advance for those who would prefer to visit in a reserved time slot.
Our programme will also continue online in order to reach audiences for whom the venue is not accessible, for those who are disabled, clinically vulnerable and for those who are unable to travel.
Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have any Covid symptoms.
We’ll continue to review and manage any risks and to respond to any changes in Government guidance and update here.
Please contact us in advance if you need help accessing the gallery, or to find other ways to see our work.
Vivid Projects is a not for profit company limited by guarantee no. 8116990.
Vivid Projects works with private and public sector partners to develop activities and raise funds to support future work. Supporters to date include Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation, Paul Mellon Centre for British Arts, mac, Wellcome Trust, Birmingham City Council, AHRC – British Music Project, Birmingham Heritage Week, Birmingham Museums Trust and Collecting Birmingham, The Estate of Donald Rodney, The Estate of Rose Finn-Kelcey Art & Science Festival at University of Birmingham, Public Engagement at University of Birmingham, Birmingham Centre for Cultural and Media Research at Birmingham City University and BFI.
Hires of the venue are occasionally available when the space isn’t being used for public programmes or artist production.The space has been regularly hired by a wide range of creative companies, musicians and artists including ACM Ensemble, Flatpack, Fierce, Capsule, SOUNDkitchen, universities, Scalarama … and famously for Peaky Blinders casting!
The space is 3600 sq ft in total and is based on the first floor. Unfortunately there is no lift access in our building. Due to the owners future plans for the site, this will not change in the near future. Our maximum seated capacity is 90 people. Artists and students who need support to develop production or test work in progress, please contact us for advice on reduced costs.
In the first instance email firstname.lastname@example.org with your event details including the basic format of your event, running time (inclusive of set up and derig) and anticipated audience numbers. We will check availability and advise you of estimated costs. Please note that a 25% deposit is required from new clients.
Please note we do not hire the space for parties or weddings.
Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Director
Vicky Roden, Programme Coordinator
Cathy Wade, Artist Facilitator, Black Hole Club
Charlotte Holmes, Laura Milner, Lara Ratnaraja, Ian Sergeant, Linda Spurdle
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