AutoItalia, Sonia Boyce, Linda Brothwell, Alice Channer
Nicolas Deshayes, Des Hughes, Heather & Ivan Morison
Gabi Ngcobo, Performance as Publishing, Richard Woods…

What is the role of a gallery in the forging of a new city? Eastside Projects wants to be a productive force and work with others to invent new modes of production. We want to be used. We need to work with you.

From widgets to houses, from the gallery to the World, ‘Production Show’ is a public acting out of our impulse to develop and support the making of culture in challenging times, and an attempt to reclaim Birmingham as a city of production.

The gallery is a machine for the production of art only in collaboration with others. Taking ‘the artist and the engineer’* as a modus operandi, ‘Production Show’ is an evolving process – a programme of relationships, commissions, exhibitions and events spanning two years which explodes Eastside Projects as an active space of research, development, prototyping, manufacturing and display – bringing to the fore processes which are usually kept behind the scenes.

Download the press release HERE


Production Show
Public Preview: Friday 29 April
30 April – 16 July

Art can exist as part of market production, public production and household production – all three of which contribute to the well-being of individuals and society and create goods with multiple values. Art extracts raw materials, transforms them into social outputs that question and provide services and experiences. ‘Production Show’ will encompass multiple systems, materials and routes of production from industrial to digital, craft to DIY, hammer to i-phone.

Users of ‘Production Show’ are imagined as early adopters of our future Production City – a key part of a cultural landscape in which new user groups and producer communities will be created. It is by working with our hands on a micro scale that the large scale changes occur.**

* ‘The Artist and The Engineer’ is a 2013 publication by Eastside Projects, based on Birmingham’s coat of arms, which tells a new story of the two figures called ‘the supporters of Birmingham’. The Artist and The engineer work together to create a new motto for their city – Layered.
** from a text by Linda Brothwell.

More artists! Less borders!
1–24 June

On 1 June Eastside Projects will change the billboard on the front of the gallery for the last time. Artist Kathrin Böhm's campaign artwork will ‘EU-ify’ our name as part of a month-long national artist-led campaign.

EU-UK is a national artist-led campaign seeking to diversify the EU Referendum debate. On 1 June EU-UK launch a month-long national referendum countdown including events, calls to action and open-source posters designed by international artists. Initiated by artists Rosalie Schweiker, Kathrin Böhm and designers An Endless Supply, the campaign offers an open and inclusive debate that encourages humour, complexity and empathy amidst the increasing media polarisation of the referendum.

Combining a low-fi atheistic and witty language, EU-UK adds a cultural voice to the ‘Remain’ campaign by offering campaigning material - open-source posters, clever slogans, easy and impactful actions and fun games - all of which can be downloaded for free. Materials can be submitted and shared by anyone, reflecting the collaborative and collective nature of the EU that inspired Schweiker and Böhm to take action.

EU-UK aims to encourage the nation to instigate their own personal EU debate, both online and offline. GET INVOLVED TODAY!!! Share or instigate your personal EU debate online or offline by sharing campaign materials, organising your own event or contributing to the online poster library.

Find out more HERE

ESP Production Residency I: Chloe Ashley
17 May–4 June
Exhibition showing 4 June–18 June

Artist Chloe Ashley was awarded the first Production Show ESP Residency. During the three week residency Chloe transformed the second gallery/workshop at Eastside Projects into a dark room, developing large scale site responsive photographic works from 17 May – 4 June. The outcomes of the three week residency were then shared with the public on Digbeth First Friday on 3 June.

Chloe is a studio holder at AirSpace gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Loughborough University in 2013. Recent projects and exhibitions include Tracing PAPER Mentoring Scheme, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (2016), Assemblage, Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent (2015), Nottingham Castle Open 2014, Nottingham (2015) and Beyond, QUAD, Derby (2014).

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Dylan Spencer-Davidson: No Fear
Screening: 1– 16 July

No fear

In a generic, institutional courtyard, a group of people have gathered to perform a dance. Against a backdrop of barbed wire, scrap wood and garden furniture, they whirl, twist and sway, their limbs gyrating in perfect synchronicity. In this, not entirely convincing, virtual world the parameters have been altered and the relationship between bodies and their subjects destabilized. The ceremony we witness oscillates between empowerment and phoniness perhaps a ritual, a protest, a performance or a self-help experience.

Performance 1 July, 7–7.30pm

For July’s Digbeth First Friday we are delighted to present a new performance by Dylan Spencer-Davidson. This multi-sensory, live event will fuse music, choreography and found texts, reformatting them into an open-source, self-help guide to contemporary survival.

Digbeth First Friday is a monthly event which sees Digbeth come alive with art, performance, music, screenings, streetfood and more. For full details check out

Dylan Spencer-Davidson was born in Washington D.C, USA and lives and works in London. His work incorporates music, text, performance, online media and video. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions, performances and screenings include JETZTZEIT, Athens, GR (2016), Open Film 2016, Outpost, Norwich (2016), Recommended 4 errbody, Art Licks Weekend, London (2015), Ariel 2.0, Bold Tendencies, London (2015) and Kunstnacht Konstanz & Kreuzlingen, Kreuzlingen, CH (2014). He has been selected to take part in Syllabus II, an alternative learning programme developed by Eastside Projects in partnership with New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and Wysing Arts Centre.