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100 Swimmers in Moseley! Were you there?

 Fierce aren’t the only organisation to be using the baths as a site of inspiration!

We have had Laura Delaney and Lisa Stewart, two Australian artists on a residency in Moseley using the area and the Edwardian baths for the last week.

Then this event happened on Sunday…

An event organised by Some Cities-a city-wide social project inviting photographers of all abilities to share their images of Birmingham with the world.

See below for information from their press release:

Over 100 swimmers from across the UK took part in a one-off photo event earlier today (Sunday 20 July), aimed at highlighting the plight of one of the Birmingham’s most important community buildings.

The 100 Swimmers, a project by photographer Attilio Fiumarella, saw the empty Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath filled with swimmers, photography fans, city heritage enthusiasts and community supporters; a reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015.

A final powerful and thought-provoking image emulating the famous Terracotta Army sculpture of Ancient China was captured, also completing a community photographic project entitled The Swimmers on show at the Old Print Works in Birmingham until Wednesday 23 July 2014.

Attilio Fiumarella is a recipient of the first Some Cities bursary scheme. He has been working to document the under-threat Grade-II Moseley Road Baths building over the past few months.


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SOUNDkitchen Series 2014 #02

We’re excited about this coming up on Friday!

Check it out:

SOUNDkitchen Series 2014 #02

SOUNDkitchen’s 2014 series contnues on

Friday 25 July at Vivid Projects, Birmingham


Friday 25 July, 2014

Doors open 7.30pm, Performance 8.00pm

Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS

Bringing audiences an eclectic line up of composers, sound artists and performers. For the second of SOUNDkitchen’s ‘New Collaborations’, composers Monty Adkins and Martin Clarke join forces to bring us a unique performance combining abstract spaces and environmental sound.

SOUNDkitchen are showcasing emerging artists from the Midlands throughout the series and are delighted to be presenting digital media artist Alan Brooker. Also on the bill is Australian sound artist Robert Curgenven and Greek composer Kostis Kilymis. This series is presented with support from the Sound and Music Composer-Curator programme.

Tickets £5 available from hXp://\



For the second in our New Collaborations project we bring together composers Monty Adkins and Martin Clarke. Adkins’ work is characterised by slow shi`ing organic instrumental and concrete soundscapes. His work focuses on encouraging a deeper immersive listening experience and his new works draw together elements from ambient, minimal electronica, acousmatic and experimental electronic music. Clarke is a sound artist, recordist and filmmaker. His work makes extensive use of environmental sound and video material to create layered, abstract, formal spaces which are o`en representational in appearance. For this collaboration, Clarke will be performing with environmental sound and Adkins will be performing a set of abstract and ambient materials.


Robert Curgenven is a composer/sound artist drawing on the physicality of sound – not just the physical impact on the body but the way in which the auditory can shape our percep<on of space and the flow of time, from architectural to open space. His works span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music—to these ears at any rate—lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”


Kilymis works on audio feedback systems and re-presentation. His practice touches upon music, performance, installation work and video – developed using a mixture of electronic and acoustic approaches. He has collaborated with musicians such as Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Leif Elggren, Phil Julian, Sarah Hughes and Patrick Farmer. He also runs the Organized Music from Thessaloniki music label.

For his performance at SOUNDkitchen he will be performing a set using field-recordings, electronics and live feedback manipulations.


Alan is a digital media artist with a background in Vjing, glitch aesthetics and creative coding. His work investigates live sounds and visuals gleaned from unusual sources both digital and physical, from the sonification of computer source code, electrical magnetic interference and use of forgotten technology. With Birmingham based Audio/Visual collective FreeCode, Alan has performed at the Fierce, Superbyte and Network Music Festivals.

During his performance at SOUNDkitchen, Alan will create a collage of mangled cassette tape ambience, pulsating tones controlled by water purity sensors and live coded bleeps and beeps.

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Fierce Festival seeks new chair of the board & trustees

Dominic Johnson, Human Salvage, Fierce Festival 2011 / photo: Briony Campbell

Fierce Festival seeks new chair of the board & trustees

Fierce Festival is an international festival of contemporary performance based in Birmingham, UK. The forthcoming edition runs from 2 – 12 October 2014. Fierce provides a platform for cutting edge, interdisciplinary performance; participatory practice and live art in unusual locations.

Our Values:
Provocation, vitality, risk-taking, curiosity, self-interrogation and the championing of outsider voices run through the veins of the organisation. Our international programme is developed in relation to the local culture and politics of the city and people of Birmingham.


About Fierce
Fierce is a lean, dynamic arts organisation which produces a 10-day festival and development programmes for live artists living and working in the West Midlands. Fierce commissions and co-produces work with national and international partners. Fierce has developed a committed, diverse young audience. We are a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England (2012 – 2015) and have maintained NPO status (2015 – 2018). Fierce Festival is a registered charity.

Fierce was founded by Mark Ball in 1998. Since 2009, as Joint Artistic Directors, Laura McDermott & Harun Morrison have reignited the festival, with the guidance and long serving chairmanship of Alan Rivett, director of Warwick Arts Centre.


Fierce now seeks a new chair of the board as well as additional trustees.

We are looking for motivated, dynamic people who support the aims of the organisation and who can give commitment and time to help us grow. We like to work with people who have strategic vision and strong leadership skills who will be willing to advocate for our work and increase its impact (with those applying for position of chair expected to have previous governance experience).

In order to balance the skills mix of the board we are keen to hear from artists, business entrepreneurs in the private sector, individuals with experience of working at a senior level in fundraising (especially individual giving), PR (especially broadcast media), digital innovation.

Fierce Festival holds four Board meetings a year and an away day, usually in Birmingham. Trustees are also involved in the work of the organisation outside of board meetings, for example in subcommittees or other project support. The role of Trustee is unpaid. We welcome applications from those across the UK, provided they can commit the time to travelling to meetings, for which travel expenses would be paid. We are actively seeking to improve the diversity of the board. As such, we would welcome applications from people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Please send expressions of interest by email to Sadie Newman at, including your CV and 200 words indicating your experience and reasons for wanting to be a trustee / chair by Monday 11 August.

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National Portfolio Status awarded 2015 – 2018

Fierce Festival and our board of trustees are delighted to confirm that our Arts Council England NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) status has been maintained for 2015-2018. The festival will shift to a biennial model – with editions in October 2015 and 2017. In 2016 we will run a programme of touring works and an artist development scheme for live artists in the West Midlands.

We are grateful to the Arts Council for their ongoing support.

The next edition of Fierce Festival will take place across Birmingham and Warwick Arts Centre from Thursday 2 – Sunday 12 October 2014.

Laura McDermott & Harun Morrison
Joint Artistic Directors, Fierce Festival

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Fierce FWD Sustaining your practice Talk #2 -How research sustains my practice

We had a great turn out and a fantastic talk from Lauren Barri Holstein, on Wednesday 18th!

Lauren spoke about her research, PHD studies, practice and experience within the Live Arts industry. With particular reference to her piece SPLAT!

After a detailed talk we had questions, thoughts and discussions from a mix of Fierce FWD artists, students and other practising Live Artists in the region.

Don’t miss our next one!

Weds 23rd July, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Thinking about the discourse around your work

Diana Damian James Smith  

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Fierce FWD Talk- Sustaining Your Practice Talk #1

It was a success!

Our first artist talk of the series with our lovely Fierce FWD participants and Mark Storer and Action Hero.

There was a lot of tea, beer, discussion, debate and of course some performance, including a shopping trolley bag, various phone calls on loud-speaker and some heart-felt words.

There were no projectors in sight, simply experienced artists talking  to emerging artists about How they ‘kept going’.

Some thoughts from our Fierce FWD group: 

Sian- ‘Interesting and Useful, Thank you.”

Bernadette- “ Mark was an inspiration, such a talented person. Action Hero were great too!”

Sophie- “I didn’t want to leave!”

We’re now looking forward to our next talk:

June 18th at Grand Union

See you there!

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Open Day at Moseley Road Baths Sunday 11th May


Fierce attended the Keep Moseley Road Baths Open Day on Sunday.

hosted by Friends of Moseley Road Baths

So interesting, see the images below.

People. Architecture. Water

This space has so much potential!

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Digital Divide? Exploring Digital Arts in Live Performance- Dancexchange

Fierce was invited to attend ‘Digital Divide?’ an event hosted by Dancexchange as part of their International Dance Festival Programme. The debate focussed on the exploration of digital arts in live performance.There were some interesting presentations from projects and organisations who play with the relationship between technology and live performance. Including Albino Mosquito, Coney HQ and Ars Electronica Futurelab.

A debate followed where members of the arts and performance industry were able to put forward questions and comments to the panel. These ranged from ‘what will the digital world look like in 15 years’ to ‘how do artists , slightly fearful of the pace of development in technology, access and establish collaboration?’.

It was an exciting and thought provoking meeting of two worlds culminating in performances from the  Aakash Odedra company who had worked with Ars Electronica to create a new piece utilising digital technology on stage.

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It’s moving from I to It. Performance. Eastside Projects. 6.30-8pm Tuesday 29th April

It’s moving from I to It – The Play

FormContent & Tim Etchells
29 April, 6.30-8pm

Fierce is really excited to be attending the performance of the final chapter of ‘It’s moving from I to It.’ Written and Directed by Tim Etchells.

The piece is commissioned by London-based curatorial initiative FormContent and is a new performance for two actors. ’It’s moving from I to It’ has taken shape through a series of commissioned text, workshops, exhibitions, readings and public events, including an exhibition at Eastside Projects in 2012.

Tim Etchells was invited to draw upon the dense body of voices and responded with a linguistically unstable performance, a subjective and playful reading of the thematics of the whole project.

For more information on FormContent and It’s moving from I to It see here

For information about It’s moving from I to It at Eastside Projects see here

A performance not to be missed- Tim Etchells is also Artistic Director for Forced Entertainment, who are featured in Fierce 2014!

See you there.

Tickets £5. Book by emailing Pay on the door.


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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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