Photo by Julian Lister

Lesley and Julian from the Axisweb team recently had a flying visit to Birmingham. There they discovered a vibrant, multi-layered art scene which includes organisations as diverse as established galleries, artist-led studios and nomadic arts projects. Here we give you a by-no-means exhaustive overview of the most interesting contemporary art projects and spaces across the city.



We talk to Elly Clarke about moving beyond the confines of the white cube and her attempt to stimulate Birmingham's commercial art scene with her new project FRAME_.

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Recent graduate Aly Grimes tells us about running one of Birmingham's newest artist-led spaces.

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Grand Union

What do you do if there aren't enough studios? Set up your own of course! Cheryl Jones talks to us about getting things done at Grand Union.

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Eastside Projects

Eastside Projects is the main hub for contemporary artists in Birmingham. We spoke to Associate Director Ruth Claxton about setting up and maintaining such an important artist-led project.

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The Lombard Method

With the emergence of newer artist-led spaces in the city of Birmingham, The Lombard Method are coming of age and establishing themselves as an organisation dedicated to supporting younger artists through residencies and exhibitions.

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IKON gallery

Founded in the 1960s and celebrating its 15th year in Brindleyplace, IKON gallery is the most established contemporary art space in Birmingham. Newly appointed curator Stuart Tulloch gave us the the low-down on the kind of artists and projects they work with.

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A3 Project Space will launch a programme of projects, exhibitions and events in May 2013, curated by Trevor Pitt and Cathy Wade.

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Working without a permanent venue, Vinyl is a project that moves between spaces, bringing artists and organisations together in ways that challenge their existing methodologies.

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Craftspace have been developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft for 26 years. They continue to showcase the most exciting craft practices through a programme of touring exhibitions and participatory projects.

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The University of Birmingham‘s Artist in Residence programme

Providing artists with a studio on campus and a unique chance to engage with the diverse range of cultural collections held there.

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Vivid Projects

Based in Minerva Works, Vivid Projects' main focus is the exploration of film, video and performance through their exciting interdisciplinary arts programme.

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Ort Gallery

Keep an eye out for Ort Gallery, the new community engaged art space and cafe in Balsall Heath.

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