B’HAM OPEN STUDIOS X GWA
Birmingham Open Studios
23-24 September + 30 September – 1 October | Times: Sat: 11am – 5pm | Sun: 11am – 3pm
Great Western Arcade has recently cemented its commitment to local independent businesses and creativity with a series of curated markets and other ongoing events. We are now set to play host to eight artists over two weekends, as part of Birmingham Open Studios.
Open Studios is an annual, city-wide art trail which this year showcases a total of 169 artists and makers in studios, homes and other venues across Birmingham. Great Western Arcade is acting as one of this year’s main ‘hubs’ where several artists exhibit their work together.
You can pick up a free guidebook from various shops throughout the Arcade, showing the location and details of each artist so you can plan your perfect route, with the chance to meet and talk to artists at every stop.
Great Western Arcade’s featured artists span an eclectic mix of media including oil painting, ceramics and even taxidermy! Several of the Arcade’s vacant units will be transformed into galleries where you can view:
Boglárka Tóth – colourful abstract pieces and decorative objects
Juliet Guillon – oil painted landscapes, portraits and still-lifes
Mike Martin – functional and decorative wheel thrown stoneware pottery
Carrie Moore (Beetles Bones and Butterflies) – ethical taxidermy and entomology artist inspired by gothic and Victorian styles
Elaine Ridler (Dead Zoo) – morbidly cute ink on paper drawings capturing the weird and wonderful skulls of extraordinary beasts
Ginger Dan – graffiti artist creating androgynous characters with bold colour schemes, influenced by Queer identity, comics and illustration
Vanessa Sulek – portraits incorporating acrylic pour mixing and mixed media
Rajvi Padia – meticulously detailed and visually captivating miniature art pieces, including collectibles like fridge magnets, keychains and jewellery
Each artist will be at the Arcade during the Open Studios weekends so you can come along and browse their work, chat and even buy directly from the artists themselves.