Grand Union is a gallery and artists’ studios complex in Digbeth, Birmingham. It is a welcoming organisation, bringing the public closer to art and artists. It hosts a free programme of public exhibitions and events, with many opportunities for discussion and the sharing of ideas.
Grand Union supports learning, creating numerous contexts for art and life to intersect. Its work places an emphasis on the importance of collaboration and artistic research. Many of these projects take place outside of the gallery, across the city.
Grand Union provides high quality, affordable studios for visual artists in the heart of a supportive creative community, with frequent opportunities for members of the public to visit behind the scenes.
Grand Union is a charitable incorporated organisation (Grand Union Arts CIO no. 1184473).
Thank you to Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Birmingham City University, Bruntwood and Architectural Heritage Fund for their generous support.
Grand Union is committed to expanding the way that it programmes and actively builds new audiences for art. Through our Collaborative Programme, Grand Union has been using its cultural capital to support and create visible platforms for critically thinking and engaging across sectors and disciplines: proactively responding to urgent issues surrounding social and ecological justice.
Birmingham, like so many city centres in an era of post-industrialisation, has become increasingly polarised, separated by those who ‘have’ and those who ‘do not’, some profit from privilege and wealth, whilst there are those that are really struggling to survive. We believe that art can be a tool for social change, but only when embedded within communities, with and for them. We work with other arts organisations, but more importantly across many other communities and organisations to connect cultural and community work.
Take a look at our Collaborative Strategy to see the work we are doing.
Grand Union Team
Board of Trustees
Grand Union is delighted to announce that Diandra McCalla, Faisal Hussain, Joyce Treasure and Julie Craig have joined its Board of Trustees.
The new appointments bring a range of experience and knowledge in visual and performing arts, finance and youth engagement, that will have numerous positive impacts on Grand Union Gallery & Studios, which is fast establishing itself as a leading contemporary art venue in the city.
Grand Union is always looking for reliable volunteers who are interested in contemporary art and who are motivated to help deliver its free public programme. Volunteers always get a fair deal in exchange for generously giving their time.
In addition to developing important skills, volunteers benefit from being right at the heart of a vibrant arts community based in Digbeth. You will have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with curators and artists, and take part in some amazing exhibitions and events.
Before volunteering at Grand Union, you will be invited along to the gallery for an informal discussion with Gallery Assistants, the Curatorial Fellow and the Programme Director.