Balsall Heath Biennale

Overview

The Balsall Heath Biennale was a two year (2011–13) project in Balsall Heath, an inner city area of Birmingham (where we lived at the time). … read more

The Balsall Heath Biennale was a two year (2011–13) project in Balsall Heath, an inner city area of Birmingham (where we lived at the time).

It’s output was wide ranging and included:

Exhibitions: International Open Submission, Cat Gallery
Artworks: Public Art Shares,  Public Sculpture Colouring in Posters
Events & Competitions: Street PartiesDecorate Your House Competition: Surreal Theme, Tourist Information Centre, Talks Programme
Other Activities: A community garden and a local contemporary art school

Three publications chart the evolution of the project. The A-Z colouring in book presents detailed research into Balsall Heath conducted during 2012, the newspaper develops a series of propositions and ideas for the ‘live’ period of the project that ran during the summer of 2013, whilst the Balsall Heath Biennale book documents and reflects on the realisation of these projects and provides a general overview of the wider project. It also features essays by Derek Horton and Saskia Warren (included on this website).

Academics at Birmingham University used the Balsall Heath Biennale as a case study as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Urban Economy’.

www.balsallheathbiennale.com

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