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.
Following the latest advice on the actions we can take to limit the spread of COVID-19, Vivid Projects has made the decision to provide limited access to our space when possible, and make our public programmes accessible for engagement online. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, visitors, artists and colleagues.
Please keep an eye on social media with regards to local lockdown restrictions.
Please read the following guidelines which describe what you can expect when visiting as and when government restrictions are eased.
Please ring the buzzer on arrival. You will be met by staff and guided to the hand sanitiser station. You will be required to wear a mask or suitable covering for your nose and mouth when in the building unless this is not possible for medical reasons – please alert staff if this is the case. If you forget to pack your mask, we can provide face masks.
Social distancing is required – two-metres from others and please observe floor signage indicating distancing in the space.
Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell and notify us of your cancellation.
Please note that we will not have toilet facilities available – please email us if you have specific needs in relation to this.
We will collect contact details from visitors to help the NHS Test and Trace service in the national effort to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus. Within GDPR guidelines, we will store this information for 21 days, after which will be safely deleted.
We’ll continue to review and manage any risks and to respond to any changes in Government guidance,
Unfortunately there is no lift access in our building and due to the owners future plans for the site, this will not change in the near future. Please contact us in advance if you need help accessing the gallery, or to find other ways to see our work.
Throughout 2021 we will monitor progress to ensure our work continues to be fully reflective of our city.
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 capacity is 120 people. Please note we do not hire the space for parties or weddings. 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.
Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Director
Vicky Roden, Programme Coordinator
Cathy Wade, Black Hole Club Producer
Charlotte Holmes, Laura Milner, Lara Ratnaraja, Ian Sergeant
Vivid Projects is supported by