Extra Ordinary People (EOP) is Eastside Projects’ Associate membership scheme, formerly known as Extra Special People (ESP). EOP works with artists, designers, curators and writers to support the development of work, ideas, connections and careers through a programme of events, opportunities and projects. Join and become part of a practice-led network and benefit from Eastside Projects’ regional, national and international contacts and extensive experience of the contemporary art world.
Established in 2008 at the same time as the gallery, EOP is one of the UK’s leading support and talent development programmes in the visual arts.
In Summer 2019 we decided to rename the programme, shifting from Extra Special to Extra Ordinary People. In response to ongoing conversations with members and other publics we had been questioning what it means to be ‘special’. We believe it should be a normal state of affairs for civic space to be populated with artists, ordinary people challenging and reimagining the world in extraordinary ways. The new name reflects this aspiration.
EOP is currently supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.
EOP has previously been generously supported by:
Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Diversity Art Forum