About us

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
Charity Commission registration number no. 1184473
VAT no. 387 1352 78

Thank you to Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Bruntwood, Homes England and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership for their generous support.

COLLABORATIONS

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.

People

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.

Read the full press release here.

Volunteering

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.

Please fill in the Volunteer Application Form and send to info@grand-union.org.uk to register your interest.

POLICIES

Equity and Inclusion

Grand Union has signed up to the More Than A Moment pledge, the West Midlands Arts sector’s promise to take radical, bold and immediate action, to dismantle the systems that have for too long kept Black artists and creatives from achieving their potential in the arts and cultural industries.

At least one member of Grand Union’s senior management team and two Trustees attend quarterly meetings lead by Culture Central and the More Than A Moment team.

Grand Union has been reviewing and improving an Equity & Inclusion Policy and Action Plan which can be downloaded below. At each of our quarterly Board of Trustee meetings, the action plan and progress against targets is reviewed, and adjustments made as necessary.

Grand Union aims to be an actively anti-racist organisation and everyone that works with it signs up to our values and commitments which can also be downloaded below.

We acknowledge that we make and have made mistakes and that we are in a continuous process of learning, reflecting and progressing. We commit to being open and receptive of feedback and criticism and finding constructive ways to make a safe working environment where everyone can thrive.