WE AIM TO SURVIVE! SUPPORT! ATTRACT ATTENTION! CENTRE THE ARTIST! MAKE CIVIC SPACE!
Eastside Projects is an artist run multiverse, commissioning, producing and presenting experimental art practices and demonstrating ways in which art may be useful as part of society. Eastside Projects provides vital infrastructure, supports best practice and works to expand the role of the artist run space.
Alongside imagining, testing and modeling a free public gallery, we are engaged in an expanded range of public activities – we make art, curate exhibitions, programme events, devise public art strategies, serve as commissioning agents, create production facilities, produce public art projects, generate and apply research, develop talent, train future art leaders and create structures to support artists locally, nationally and internationally. Our ESP programme supports and exercises new models for artists and curators to research, produce and thrive, and develops regional talent positioned in productive local and national contexts with an international viewpoint.
Eastside Projects is a practice, a process and a tool. We believe in working collaboratively towards change and do so to support the cultural growth of Birmingham. Our programming aims to create active audiences by generating opportunities for deep engagement where individuals have agency and are able to contribute and co-produce, rather than simply consume culture. Since 2008 we have brought world class art to our city, now we want to activate Birmingham as a centre for artistic production and create a new movement of artists to live and work here; a constellation of practitioners who, with us, will explore and expand the role of the artist in public life, support our city and contribute to its development
We do not make art for the public, we are the public that makes art.