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Digbeth First Friday


We are excited to see the start of Digbeth First Fridays next month.

The area will  be buzzing with activity so be sure  to follow the events here


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Dina Rončević research trip to Birmingham

The first half of the week saw us hosting the Croatian-born-Netherlands-based artist Dina Rončević in Birmingham.

Dina at Spaghetti Junction

During Fierce 2014 (2 – 12 October) Dina will orchestrate 8 – 10 girls dismantling a car to its constituent parts over the course of our opening weekend. The work is the latest in an ongoing series of ‘deconstructions’ that have previously taken place in Sarajevo, Vienna, Split in Croatia and Zagreb. Below is a photo from a ‘Car Deconstruction’ in Kupio, Finland.

'Car Deconstruction', Kupio, Finland

We introduced Dina to Gavin Wade at Eastside Projects, the gallery is neighbour to a mechanics’ garage specializing in taxis. We paid them a visit as a potential site for the project. Dina also met Kate Self, Learning Co-ordinator at IKON, who talked about ongoing and upcoming IKON learning projects.

Car Mechanic next door to Eastside Projects with Gavin Wade and Laura McDermott

We’re now on the look out for an old car that someone might be interesting in donating or selling cheap. Older models are best as they dismantle into more pieces and can be taken apart manually.

We’ll be making a call out for participants later in the summer if you know a girl who might be interested between the ages of 10 – 13 please email us at contact[at] to receive more details.

You can see more of Dina Rončević’s work here.

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Fierce FWD is an artist development programme conceived and produced by Fierce Festival supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The programme is targeted at emerging artists living and working in the West Midlands (outside of full-time education) or those with strong ties through study or growing up here. In keeping with Fierce being a live art festival this scheme is aimed at those developing projects for live performance.

The programme has two stages:

Part 1

We will distribute 12 micro-bursaries of £400 each in Spring 2014.

To apply please send a submission of no more than 2 sides of A4, which may include, text, diagrams, photos or video-links outlining an action, research meeting or artistic experiment you would like to make to develop a live performance or intervention.

Documentation of activity from successful proposals will be presented online at the FierceFWD micro-site, which will also provide a space for profiling your practice as an artist more generally.

Part 2

We will select four artists from the 12 recipients of the micro-bursaries to receive a larger bursary of £1500 in 2014/15. In addition to the bursary, these artists will receive mentorship (we will attempt to secure a suitable artist mentor for each FWD artist in dialogue with them) and producing and curatorial support to develop a site-specific project for Fierce Festival in October 2014.

DEADLINE FRIDAY 28th February.

What kind of projects and artists are we looking to work with?

We welcome proposals that expand the idea of what live performance might be. A good guide to the kind of work Fierce supports and develops can be gleaned from downloading the last two previous Fierce Festival brochure pdfs here.

Key Dates and contact

Submissions can be made from now until Friday 28th February.

Please send submissions and any questions to
Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 2nd March 2014.

Fierce Festival will run from Thursday 2 – Sunday 12 October 2013

Sustaining Your Practice Talks

During 2014 Fierce will curate a series of talks looking at different aspects of sustaining and developing your artistic practice. These talks will be led by different artists whose work will feature in the forthcoming festival and are open to all local artists, not just beneficiaries of the Fierce FWD scheme.

About the identity: designed by Cody Lee Barbour. Cody was on the previous incarnation of Fierce’s emerging artist development scheme Platinum.

Fierce FWD is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England.

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Live Art UK Associates Gathering October 4th 2013

The following texts, videos and photographs aim to give you a sense of the Live Art UK Associates Gathering 2013 at mac Birmingham.

Live Art UK Gathering 2013, Photo: Katja Ogrin

October 4 2013 saw the second Annual Associates Gathering, an opportunity
to network and share information about activities, issues and models of best practice
regarding experiential and experimental practices with presenters and producers from
across the UK, and with key representatives from Higher Education, Arts Council
England and other funders. The first Associates Gathering took place at BAC, London in 2012 and looked at the idea of Live Art in ‘unfamiliar places’ by reflecting on the extraordinarily diverse range of contexts in which Live Art is now thriving in the UK.

Coffee Break, photo: Katja Ogrin

Curated and produced by Fierce Festival in collaboration with Live Art UK, this second day-long Gathering brought together over 150 Associates representing some of the most significant organizations from across the UK who engage with aspects of Live Art within their wider work.

Morning session, photo: Katja Ogrin


The title for the day was “Live Art in 2113″, and the programme consisted of 5 strands:

1 – presentations from invited artists, thinkers and activists, offering visions of the future from their subject areas, including Jayne Bradley & Cathy Wade on food production; Steve Shaw on civic activism; Mariana Viada on cyborgs; Antonio Roberts on internet culture; Dr Cath Lambert on sociology; Heather Cassils on the body; and Tamar Kasriel on the future.

Artist Heather Cassils presenting at the gathering, photo: Katja Ogrin

2 – themed breakout discussions moderated by representatives of Live Art UK members and guest contributors considered the relation of Live Art to alternative economies, the city and networks, the body, emergent technologies and education.

3 – three specially commissioned short films by Tania El Khoury, Mamoru Iriguchi and Deborah Pearson exploring the representation of the future(s), Live Art in 2113, the shape of the world to come and how we might have greater agency in the creation of that future.

Actions Against an Apocalyptic Future by Tania El Khoury from Fierce Festival on Vimeo.

4 – an opportunity to see the exhibition Fun With Cancer Patients conceived and facilitated by Brian Lobel.

5 – a final reflection session in which highlights from conversations across the day were gathered and shared with the full group, and two new Live Art UK supported publications were launched, I See A Fake Moon Rising on Live Art in the public realm and Forest Fringe’s festival in a book, Paper Stages.

Please download a PDF with full details of the Gathering and contributors’ biographies here.

Live Art UK is a national network of 24 venues, festivals and facilitators who collectively
represent a range of practices and are concerned with all aspects of the development of
the Live Art sector across the UK. The network works together to create new models and
partnerships for the promotion of Live Art; explores new ways to increase the national
and international visibility of Live Art; initiates strategies for a more sustainable future
for Live Art practitioners and promoters; and aims to provide a representative voice for
the Live Art Sector in the UK.

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Blood Moon Feast – Fierce 2013 launch

All photos Katja Ogrin.

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A Sculpture for Birmingham


A few months ago Birmingham City Council made a call for a discussion about a new public sculpture in the city. There was lots of debate. Where could it be sited? Does it need to be attention grabbing? How might it define a city? One current of thinking strongly emphasised place-making, Angel of the North style. Where as one panelist referenced an artist who made a dent in the ground, that would become a puddle in the rain!

We have proposed a possible solution with Denis Tricot’s Scultpture for Birmingham.

Denis Tricot creates intricate looping structures from strips of poplar wood. His delicate interventions create new ephemeral relationships with their site. In the past these structures have been used as instruments with wire strung between them, stage sets for dancers to interact with and even set on fire.

A Scultpture for Birmingham can be seen on the exterior of Birmingham Town Hall until Wednesday 9 October.

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Fierce 2013 kicks of tomorrow!

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Fierce Archive


Last week What Happens at the Festival Stays at the Festival, Fierce’s archive exhibition opened at ARTicle Gallery at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design’s School of Art documenting 15 years of activity. The exhibition continues until Wednesday 16 October.

Don’t forget Fun With Cancer Patients is on at mac birmingham until Sunday 6 October. If you fancy getting creative over the weekend Worktable at Unit 4 Minerva Works, is a free drop-in participatory installation open from Friday to Sunday 12-5pm.

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Make Your Weekend FIERCE!!


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Worktable @ Minerva Works

On Friday Worktable opens at Unit 4, Minerva Works, a free live installation open on a drop-in basis from 12-5pm over 3-6 October.

Worktable takes place in a series of rooms – you must sign in to enter, and can stay as long as you like. Once inside you are given instructions, equipment and safety goggles so you can get to work – it’s up to you to decide how things come apart, and how they come back together.

Pop down and get creative!


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