March 6, 2011
An exhibition by members of The Lombard Method, curated by Sean Edwards.
Opening 15 March, 5 – 7.30pm
Margaret Street School of Art
Exhibition open 14 – 18 March, 10am – 5pm
Artists Magnus Quaife, Sovay Berriman, Joe Devlin, Paul Cordwell are currently using The Lombard Method as testing ground to explore working with the estate of another artist, Alex Bloom. The project is ongoing involving a variety of artists including Luis Alvarez.
Collectively we came together to make art and, as a group, we quickly became as concerned with what that might mean as we were with whatever we may have made. We had managed to build art together but never entirely lost ourselves, each of us maintained a presence. So when by chance the opportunity to manage the estate of the artist Alex Bloom presented itself it seemed as if we might finally be able to deny our own hands through adopting the roles of curator, administrator, and executor. It was with resoluteness and sobriety that we contemplated this act of self sacrifice before accepting the gift as it had been offered. We now come together at Lombard Method to consider the artworks, artefacts, and ephemera left in our charge and to start to form strategies for how we might work with the estate of Alex Bloom.
The project will continue at The Lombard Method until January 22nd.
January 3, 2011
From January 15th to February 15th The Lombard Method will be welcoming Polish Artists;
and culinary art group MASH/HER/DIP
working in residence as part of Post-Industrial Revolution, a curatorial project led by Roma Piotrowska and Kate Pennington-Wilson.
Post Industrial Revolution is an artistic residency exchange between the UK and Poland focusing on the cities of Birmingham and Gdansk, in particular the areas of Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard. The comparisons between Digbeth and the Gdansk Shipyard as post industrial sites are of significance, each city has at some stage been deeply affected by the demise of industry, its movement abroad, and more recently the development of cultural and leisure industries in these former industrial areas. The artists from Poland will begin the one month residency from the 15th of January, using it as a period for research and for the production of new art works directly responding to the district of Digbeth, its historical and social context. These newly created art works will be displayed in an exhibition at the Lombard Method from the 18th of February 2011.
Further information and updates can be found at;
Post – Industrial Revolution is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.
November 29, 2010
1 – 8pm
Saturday 4th December 2010
Organised by Alias and g39/WARP in collaboration with Cerbyd, Supersaurus and Surface Arts, Dense Cluster is a knowledge exchange event for self-organsied survival. Coming at a time when arts organisations across the country are being hit by cuts in funding Dense Cluster will bring together a range of examples of ‘what is possible’ through shared endeavour, interest and skills.
Invited groups from across Wales, the South-West and the rest of the UK will present, in the widest sense, a representation of their activity to include discussions, screenings, performance, installation and documentation providing a Dense Cluster of activity. A publication will be produced on the day, marking the events and exchanges that take place as well as creating a document of recommended survival tips for these hard times.
Presenting groups include Hand in Glove, Lombard Method, Redwire, An Endless Supply, Folded Glued and Printed, Project Space 11, Surface Arts, Supersaurus and Cerbyd with More to be confirmed.
The event will be held at the Bristol Diving School in Bristol on Saturday December 4th from 1pm – 8pm.
Coaches will be traveling from Swansea, Cardiff, Exeter and Taunton M5 services to take artists to the event; places can be booked for £5, ticket include a cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake on arrival. To book a place on the bus please contact email@example.com with the subject header Dense Cluster.
Dense Cluster is supported by Spike Associates and Bristol Diving School
Bristol Diving School, Albion Dockyard, Hanover Place, BS1 6TZ.
November 5, 2010
From 9th to 13th November, The Lombard Method plays host to an exhibition by artist Dan Auluk as part of the SHOUT Festival, ‘Birmingham’s Festival of Queer Culture’. Dan Auluk is an emerging artist graduating with a BA in Visual Arts at Birmingham City University in 2009. For the SHOUT festival (www.getreadytoshout.org) Dan will create an installation including text, sound, video and light, that responds to the film MILK (2008) directed by Gus Van Sant and the story of the titular Harvey Milk, an American activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. In addition to this selected works of international artists Steve Reinke and Anne Guest.
Tuesday 9th November 7pm – 10pm
Wednesday 10th – Saturday 13th November 12noon – 5pm
(Thursday 11th late night opening until 9pm)
October 4, 2010
Recently, over a hundred artists including David Hockney, Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin added their voices to the campaign to fight against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts.
Over 12,000 signatures were gathered on a petition in the first five days. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised there will be a Commons debate once 100,000 are achieved.
September 28, 2010
Last week we welcomed two new resident artists to The Lombard Method.
Matthew Brooks, recipient of the Lombard Method Graduate Prize 2010, has started his 1 month residency which will culminate in a public event in mid October. Matthew recently graduated from BCU with a BA in Fine Art.
Also Joining us is Malaysian artist, Sharon Chin, who has joined us for a 5 week residency as part of the Inter-Faith Inter-Cultural Artists Narratives initiative.
“IFICAN is new initiative from Difference Exchange that seeks to enhance debate and understanding of the relationship between art and faith. With a recently awarded grant from Arts Council, England (ACE), the project will invite five artists to make a new work placed with faith organisations in various parts of the world. The project will ask ‘in what ways would inter-faith relations change if an artist from one faith background was invited to develop ideas and make new work in an entirely different religious environment’. The aim, ultimately, is to promote inter-faith and intra-faith understanding through artistic dialogue and exchange.”
August 5, 2010
July 11, 2010
The British Racing Green collective are halfway through their two week residency at The Lombard Method, Birmingham.
If you’d like to keep track of their progress throughout the residency, they will be regularly updating our blog: www.goodeveningbrg.blogspot.com
On the evening of the 17th of July (between 5.30pm and 9pm) BRG would like to invite you to come along to the Lombard Method and see where they’ve ended up.
British Racing Green is a contemporary arts collective made up of artists, photographers, writers and a designer… so far.
BRG is dedicated to working on collaborative/ semi-collaborative projects. The idea is to put strong creative minds together to stage, take part in and curate events. Set up in late 2008 we are still young but going strong.
All of our members are highly active within their own fields and a common approach to the making of and, perhaps more importantly, thinking about work is the glue that hols BRG together.
BRG aims to be a UK wide collective, with no set venue or base. Our members so far are currently spread from London to Bristol to Cardiff, with ideas of spreading further in the future.
For more information about BRG please see their website at www.b-r-g.org