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 to share food and 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 a welcoming organisation, bringing the public closer to art and artists. It hosts a free programme of public exhibitions, events and participatory engagements.
Working with and for our communities, we are committed to developing and supporting quality artistic activity beyond the gallery space.
Our purpose-built studios are a key part of our organisation and bring together an ambitious community of individual artists and creative practitioners.
Grand Union explores new sites and contexts for the public to engage with art, connect people and practices – artists, curators and audiences – to exchange and engage with each other.
Grand Union’s collaborative programme uses its cultural capital to support and create visible and transformative spaces to support projects that work for social and environmental justice.
A multiplicity of voices contribute to, and participate in, our programmes and organisation.
We work with an impressive network of partner organisations in the city who form part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio – BE Festival, BOM, Capsule, Centrala, Craftspace, Eastside Projects, Fierce, Flatpack Festival, Free Radical, Friction Arts, Shout Festival, Stan’s Cafe and Vivid Projects – to position Birmingham as THE ARTIST FRIENDLY CITY. We do this by sharing programmes and learning and working as a network to support talent and develop artists, producers and organisers. This group also works with Culture Central to emphasise this and articulate the city as the place for artistic development across disciplines (visual art, theatre, music, art and technology).
We also collaborate with a range of diverse community partners, charities and corporations, including – St. Annes Hostel, Crisis, Spring Housing Association, SIFA Fireside, Birmingham Mind, Slow Food Birmingham, Spring to Life, EAT MAKE PLAY, The Feast, The Real Junk Food Project, Bearwood Community Hub, Bruntwood, Digbeth Access Group, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.
We are always looking for reliable volunteers who are interested in contemporary art and who are motivated to help us deliver our free public programme. We ensure that our volunteers get a fair deal in exchange for generously giving us their time.
In addition to developing important skills, our 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 with us you will be invited along to the gallery for an informal discussion with our Gallery Assistant and Programme Director.