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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 sadie@wearefierce.org, 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 james@eastsideprojects.org. 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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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]wearefierce.org to receive more details.

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

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We are pleased to announce the 12 artists taking part in the first stage of the programme:

Demi Nandra

Kate Spence

Justin Wiggan

Emily Mulenga

Bernadette Louise

Anna Horton & Sophie Bullock

Kayleigh Cottam

Sam Underwood

Sian Macfarlane

Alek Wojtulewicz

Beth Bramich

Selina Thompson

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.

Sustaining Your Practice Talks

These are FREE and open to all, not just the Fierce FWD beneficiaries.

Fierce FWD Talk Series:

Weds 21 May,  6.30 – 8.30pm: How I’ve kept going?

Action Hero  &  Mark Storor

Performance duo James Stenhouse and Gemma Pantin of Action Hero and Birmingham based artist Mark Storor, share their personal experience in staying motivated, inspired and staying afloat financially.

Location: VIVID projects

Weds 18 June,  6.30 – 8.30pm: How research sustains my practice 

Dickie Beau & Lauren Barri Holstein

These artists share the vital role of research in their practice; in both formal and informal contexts, shedding light on how the activity that happens behind the scenes informs their work and methodologies.

Location: STRYX Studios

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

Diana Damian James Smith  

 Writer Diana Damian and online magazine editor James Smith, discuss the relationship of public writing to practice. They will share some examples of writing projects they have been involved in as well as exploring how to communicate your work online.

Location: A3 Projects

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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