Friction Arts make ‘art where you live’. They present the ‘arts in real world settings, outside and alongside arts and cultural institutions and along with a diverse range of people’. They are located at The Edge on Cheapside in Digbeth and are hosting some great events over the next few months:
26 February- Happy Artist Social Club – ‘a place to hang out with other artists without ignoring someone else’s art in the process, with dancing and having fun and lots of smiling and stuff – artists and their mates only (if you don’t have an artist mate, we’ll find you one)’ Sounds great!
27 February – Artists seminar by Diana Ivanova (Bulgaria) and Babak Salari (Iran/Canada/ Wetherspoon’s) who are launching a new book documenting their My Street project in Cuba – a great cross-cultural project.
6/7 March – Hacking stuff (don’t know much about this sort of thing but sounds fascinating!) from Fizzpop with a weekend of circuit torturing and a visit by US hacking guru Mitch Altman. More details here.
13 March – West Midlands Filmmakers for Haiti are putting on an evening of short films and a disco in aid of the disaster fund. More info here.
19 – 28 March – Friction Arts are hosting a residency by Jonathan Kay and the Nomadic Academy of Fools.