A3 Project Space is an artist-led gallery in Digbeth Birmingham. A responsive and evolving programme of exhibitions, projects and events will support contemporary artists, designers and makers to experiment and take risks with their work and their relationships with audiences.
Director, Trevor Pitt
Curator, Cathy Wade
Operations, Oliver C Jones
Connect / Exchange artist residencies
2 - 23 February 2014
A3 Project Space will host an artist from the North East region
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NewBridge Project, Newcastle will host an artist from the West Midlands and North West regions
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Connect/Exchange is a national exchange initiative for six artists with a moving image, digital or screen-based practice. It will provide six artists with three weeks time and space to undertake initial research and development for a new work / project, connect and exchange ideas with artists and curators in other regions, expand professional networks and present practice to the public via an artist's talk or screening.
Northern Film and Media are looking for artists who have ambitious new or early stage projects and who would benefit from the specific skills, knowledge and networks host organisations can provide to test out ideas and undertake research for the project's development. Artists could be emerging / early career, or be looking to explore a new angle / approach to their practice.
Exchanges will take place between Newcastle and the North East, Liverpool and the North West, and Birmingham and the West Midlands, whilst a further exchange between Newcastle and Edinburgh will be announced at the end of November, subject to funding.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 6th December.
Connect/Exchange is a Northern Film & Media initiative. This initial call is in partnership with The NewBridge Project, Metal and A3 Project Space, and is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, The European Regional Development Fund, and a-n The Artists Information Company.
The Room Next To Mine: 3 artists, 3 study days
A3 Project Space is delighted to host The Room Next To Mine, a new project by Marlene Smith.
The Room Next To Mine is a series of artist study days, each series bringing together artists who share common ground and each event focusing on the work of one artist.
This series will focus on:
Barbara Walker Saturday 16th November
Amanda Holiday Saturday 30th November
Claudette Johnson Saturday 7th December
Booking is essential as seats are limited:
Each event (£10 waged / £8 unwaged)
For full series (£25 waged / £19 unwaged)
'Amanda Holiday, Barbara Walker and Claudette Johnson all use figuration and potraiture in their work. Each of them has been making work for well over a decade and each has a very particular use of and commitment to, drawing. I worked with both Amanda and Claudette in the 80s and 90s have exhibited alongside them and shown their work. I first came across Barbara Walker when I moved back to Birmingham from London in 2001.
The aim of each day and of the programme overall, is to bring critical attention to this work. In this, I have been mindful that in 2013 there is a still prevalent tendency when discussing the work of black artists, to focus on the socio-political rather than art-historical aspects of their practice. These study days are an opportunity for a small group of artists, curators, educators, historians and activists to discuss the work, how it is made and in doing so, how it relates to art that precedes it and where it fits with contemporary practice. Each of the participating artists has agreed to be the subject of one study day (allowing me very privileged access their work and personal archives) and to take part in the study days focused on their peers. 'The room next to mine' is thus as pertinent an idea to their practice as it is to my own.
The materials created for and presented at the study days, and the material generated through discussion at the study days will feed into my own curatorial projects and hopefully inform the artists' practice and the participants.'
For more information visit theroomnexttomine.co.uk
Jesmonite on Paper
20 - 28 September 2013
Rachel Adams / Luca Bertolo / Samantha Donnelly / Graeme Durant / Andrew Maughan / Mike Pratt / Miles Thurlow / Matt Welch
The works in the exhibition develop from and engage in their own materiality as stuff is manipulated in to things. The things are constructed through kinaesthetic processes, trial and error and experimentation, and the human qualities (mistakes, slippages, imperfections and unexpected results) become integral both to the form of the work and the viewers' reading of it.
Curated by Newcastle based artist Andrew Maughan the exhibition has been re-worked for A3 Project Space in collaboration with A3 Curator Cathy Wade
19 - 27 July 2013
Brian Duffy / Juneau Projects
Electronic instruments created by Brian Duffy for his musical ensemble Modified Toy Orchestra and the electronic guitar, keyboard and drum made by Juneau Projects for their band Juneau Brothers are assembled in their original stage settings. Devoid of sound and giving the viewer a rare opportunity to appreciate their object qualities close at hand the musical instruments are arranged in the formation of a live performance of Modified Toy Orchestra's album 'Plastic Planet' and for Juneau Brothers' latest project 'Blackbird in Infospace'. Listening stations are set up to hear how the instruments sound when played by the bands and the A3 office is temporarily become a 'gig merchandising stand' selling their albums and paraphernalia.
The exhibition also includes instruments made by MTO for their Stockhausen composition and their Aldeburgh collaboration with composer Richard baker along with hand crafted instruments made by Juneau Projects as part of the Stanley Picker Fellowship.
28 June - 6 July 2013
Larry Achaimpong / An Endless Supply / Jivan Astfalck / BAZ / Simon & Tom Bloor / Kathrin Böhm / Nicholas Bullen / Elly Clarke / Paul Cordwell / Rhys Coren / Beth Derbyshire / Keith Dodds / Stewart Easton / Stuart Edmundson / Mark Essen / Alec Finlay / S Mark Gubb / Lesley Guy / John Hammersley / David Helbich / Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards / Toby Huddlestone / Mahtab Hussain / Kevin Hunt / Roddy Hunter / Andrew Jackson / Ben Javens / Oliver C Jones / Juneau Projects / Serena Korda / Adrian Lee / Hayley Lock / Alexandra Lockett / Jo Masding / Andrew Maughan / Mini Moderns / MSFAC / Kate Pemberton / Simon Peplow / Pil and Galia Kollectiv / Trevor Pitt / Magnus Quaife / Jo Roberts / Liz Rowe / Kevin Ryan / Sparrow and Castice / Clare Thornton / Miles Thurlow / Mark Titchner / Amy Twigger Holroyd / Martina Vermorel / Cathy Wade/ Edward Wakefield / Mo White / Rich White
A3 Works brings together the work of over 50 artists who each approach the dimensions of the A3 paper scale as a limitless possibility. The curators, Cathy Wade and Trevor Pitt, invited artists they have previously collaborated with along with those they are developing new relationships to be part of the opening exhibition of a new art gallery for Birmingham. The exhibition includes new and existing works by contemporary artists and designers working nationally and internationally.
A3 Project Space and Studios
Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street
A3 Project Space is on the second floor of a Victorian canal-side warehouse and access is via stairs only. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to install a lift, however, we can supply detailed information and images of our exhibition and events digitally.