Every Saturday evening in August at The Wig in Ladywood, Minervala Market, a post-apocalyptic public market and trading point created by Birmingham-based artists Jonathan Charles Graney and Dale Hipkiss will take place.
There will also be parties with music. Entertainment on the opening night will be a special playback of the Minervala Market soundtrack by sound recordist Rowan Piacestelli. The second event will feature sound immersion from Ben Peers, and third will be a tribal trance evening DJ’d by Michael Lightbourne. The parties are designed to give respite from the ground zero of Birmingham’s city centre to the traders, artists and members of public who gather at The Wig on those Saturdays.
Both alumni from the Birmingham School of Art, Jonathan Charles Graney and Dale Hipkiss have been working in collaboration for a year. Minervala Market is a follow on from their ‘Caravan’ installation last year. ‘Caravan’ discussed the importance of how art and artists can survive in increasingly hostile environments. Planners and architects were looking at Digbeth and Eastside, an area of Birmingham particularly popular with grassroots collectives,one organisation, Homes for Waifs and Strays, were evicted from their home in Minerva Works last year. ’Caravan’ focussed on dealing with the themes of the encroaching expansion of the city centre, and artistic survival in the face of high rents, government-cut funding for the arts and gentrification.
Minervala Market takes place at The Wig, on every Saturday Night in August: that’s 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of August between the hours of 7-10. Rear of 55 Great Tindal Street, Birmingham, B16 8DR
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