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Bruntwood Artists-in-Residence

1 January 2019 – 1 January 2025


the residency

Joyce Treasure, Hymns, exhibition at Bruntwood Cornerblock Building, 2019.

Grand Union and Bruntwood are working in partnership to offer opportunity for Artists to be in residence in Bruntwood’s Cornwall Buildings in Birmingham city centre each year.

Now in its third year, the scheme provides a free and specially designed studio space for artists who would be interested in working in residence within the frame and environment of another organisation. Artists Laura Cooper and JJ Guest are currently in residence at Cornwall Studio, producing new work and exhibitions, developing research and undertaking commissions.

As Birmingham approaches an unprecedented surge in growth, it is vital that the city’s arts and culture scene continues to be supported, as well as developing the city’s home-grown talent. Bruntwood is a leading property developer across the North of England and Birmingham. As a group, Bruntwood has a long-term commitment to creating thriving cities, and recognises that both arts and culture are key components to a city’s quality of life, as well as being powerful economic drivers.

Grand Union is committed to providing access to spaces for supporting and advocating for artistic practice in Birmingham and wider social contexts. This artist residency and studio space initiative, in partnership with Bruntwood, further compliments Grand Union’s existing provision of 12 artists’ studios, Modern Clay (a ceramics facility offering open access to artist and community groups in the region) as well as a Birmingham City University graduate scheme offering 4 graduates the opportunity to co-work and develop their emerging practice in a supported environment amongst other artist practices in the city.

the Artists

Current Artists-in-residence

Eating up The Sky, Film Stills, Single Channel Video 2018 (28mins)


Laura Cooper is a British artist and filmmaker. Through film, performance and installation, her work explores how we relate to others, reaching towards unknown territories, exploring the human-animal and attempting to inhabit a less anthropocentric reality.

Visit Laura’s website here

In Shirts Not Sinning, 2017. Digital 


JJ Guest is a multidisciplinary artist who subverts images and objects associated with masculinity, reappropriating them to provide queer narratives. Working predominantly with industrial materials such as concrete and metal, the masculine form is presented as something constructed and disjointed as opposed to something inherently powerful.

Visit JJ’s website here

Former Artists-in-residence

2018 – 2019