Most of the artists on display have been guests at one or more of the Flat 8 dinners. At these dinners they have talked about their inspiration and creative process before passing their work, where possible, around the table. The interaction between artist and viewer changes the experience of viewing art. Instead of it being a passive process, in which the artwork and written explanation may leave the viewer unsure and divorced from the work, sitting across from the artist and knowing the effort that has gone into the work gives it greater meaning and context.

Birmingham, the Black Country and the West Midlands has a strong history of art and artists, as well as craftsman. This continues today with innovative and novel artists, trained at the many schools across the region, who either grew up here, or studied here and decided to stay. Flat 8 also has work by Latin American artists in both photography and traditional art. Flat 8 gives an open invitation to all artists to come and sit around our table, show work to other artists and guests, and meet those who would support you in your striving.

Kaye Winwood


Over the last 9 years Kaye has been producing food-related art experiences which explore food as an artistic medium; a visceral and emotive tool to heighten sensory experience. Her research is concerned with ways in which art practices using food - and more broadly dining - contribute to new knowledge in gastronomy, performance and visual culture.

Kaye is a studio holder at Grand Union Studios in Birmingham’s Digbeth area, an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, and reviewer of the journal FEAST, as well as being a producer at the IKON gallery.

Philip Singleton


Philip is applying his passion for making images which started when his father gave him a heavy Russian Zenith SLR film camera in the 1970’s and he set up a pop-up darkroom in his parents' kitchen on winter nights.
The Pause Project is Philip’s personal but shared relationship with the city of Birmingham and its spaces and places. He is now reaching into other towns and cities. The images capture a reflective, meditative, intimate view of Birmingham’s buildings that are in a pause state, life has left them, they await death by demolition or new breath through new use. Often the marks and scars of use are recorded on walls and surfaces, but human life has departed. The body of work is growing as each building is accessed through careful negotiation and recorded as a memory to be shared. Philip sees this as an important gathering of memories as Birmingham once again embarks on the growing pains of massive regeneration.

Mauricio Samayoa


I am a Salvadoran artist, born in 1989. I cut, twist and tear paper to create expanded drawings that represent both my escape from anxiety and the repetitive obsessive modern society behaviour, searching for relief. I create a clear open space that needs to be filled with a new meaning.

Julie M O’Neill


Julie M O’Neill is a UK based transdisciplinary artist, working with sculpture, photography, live art, and movement. Methods of deep listening and mapping architectural landscapes feature in her methodologies, as does collaborative practice. Her work has been exhibited nationally in the UK and internationally, including public works and artist exchanges.
Julie’s ongoing research areas are concerned with the subjects of Memory, Violence and Architecture, which include addressing themes such as residual memory in domestic dwellings, surfaces and cavities and their relationship with objects, history and narrative.

Jay Taylor


Jay Taylor is a contemporary artist, living and working in the U.K. His work has been shown internationally, including in New York and Colorado, and nationally throughout the UK.
Jay’s work addresses everyday anxiety triggers and is executed in mixed media form. Good and bad, right and wrong, chaos and calm, existing together in a cacophony of marks that embrace the idea of whatever happens during the process, just happens.

Roma Piotrowska

Art Historian

Roma Piotrowska is a gallery professional with a depth of experience, ranging from managing exhibitions and registration to producing publications and curating. As the Exhibitions Manager at Ikon (Birmingham) she manages the successful implementation of Ikon’s temporary exhibitions, publications and commissions. Alongside her work at Ikon she has also developed a freelance writing, curating and producing career. She worked on the development of Iraq Pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2012 she worked as the Curatorial Assistant for the 4th Guangzhou Triennial (China). She has managed and curated many different types of exhibitions, ranging from solo shows to group surveys, commissions, offsite projects and festival strands. Her recent projects include Clipping the Church by Tereza Buskova (2016), Artloop Festival (2015) and Soon Everything Will Change: Joanna Rajkowska (2014). She was a Programme Curator and Co Director of PEA (2010 – 2014) where she developed the concept of its gallery Centrala, focused on showing artists from Central and Eastern Europe in the UK. She has authored several articles concerning art in magazines and exhibition catalogues. She also regularly produces content for her Youtube channel.

Frederick Hubble


Frederick’s current practice encompasses ideas surrounding gesture. Working with the residual, the vestige of an art practice Frederick investigate an idea of time, the continuing ruptures/ reformation/ the nonsensical to the sensual, in a multiplicity of forms and ideas.
Frederick is interested in the cultural and natural histories of places, the forms we find in them, the presence we find in them, and how these presences resonate through creating artwork on the sites. The site becomes a lens through which to view art and become a new language through which the site can speak.

Attilio Fiumarella


Attilio Fiumarella is a visual artist interested in the social environment. He works using different approaches and mostly base his work within the documentary and architectural photography. His body of work, ``The Swimmers” has been awarded the first prize at RBSA Urban Life 2015 and recently he was finalist at Aesthetica Art Prize and Head on Portrait Prize.
Attilio's work is held in a number of private collections, in the UK and abroad. His work has been displayed in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Georgia, India, Australia and UK in both group and individual exhibitions.

Dominic L Garcia


My work shows that the search for love and the sexual exploration of gay men are passionate, romantic and endearing. As a gay man the search for love and intimacy can be confusing, the standards of heterosexual society shame homosexuals for their “promiscuous” behavior. This over stigmatized view of gay men relationships has created many barriers in which effect the equal treatment of our community. The views created by heterosexual society imply that homosexual men engage in ``unnatural`` sexual activities. My Photography is created to positively encourage moments of intimacy and sexual exploration without shame. Although searching for love can often be chaotic, it should not stop homosexual men from experiencing imitate meaningful relationships with another men. My photos capture moments from my lived sexual experiences which are more than physical; they are moments of my personal search for love.

Fraser McGee


``In my work as a photographer, I mainly focus on the human condition, through portraiture, documentary, and street photography. My images aim to capture raw moments that convey a sense of time, atmosphere, and emotion through their subjects and composition. I shoot exclusively in black and white in an attempt to maintain the focus of the viewer on the subject and the composition. I believe this format helps to remove distracting elements, such as colour, which may result in the image losing focus. My work mainly explores life in my current hometown, Birmingham, where I shoot day-to-day life on the streets for a long-term street photography project while also working on shorter-term documentary projects that focus on particular areas of the city where I explore themes of change.``

Fraser McGee is a freelance photographer, a director of Instagramers of Birmingham, and a co-founder of the Birmingham Photography Festival.

Ruth Millington

Art & culture blogger/writer

Ruth Millington trained as an art historian, specialising in modern and contemporary art at the University of Oxford. She started her career by working in museums and galleries including the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (Oxford), the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (London) and Connaught Brown (London).

Today, she is a freelance arts writer and blogger. She contributes features on modern and contemporary art, the art market and art collecting for various publications. She has written for the Daily Express, the i newspaper, BBC Arts and the Telegraph, amongst others.

She also writes content for museums and galleries, including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the RBSA Gallery, Argentea Gallery and Rise Art.

Working directly with artists, Ruth can create copy for websites, press releases, social media and exhibition catalogues.

She can often be found with a cocktail in hand and attended the inaugural Flat 8 dinner.

Tom Hicks


Tom is the artist behind `Black Country Type`, an ongoing photography project that explores type, street graphics and words in the urban environment. His photos are taken across the Black Country region.

His work has appeared in Fused and Provide magazines and he has recently exhibited at the city-wide Birmingham Design Festival.

His debut photobook ´Black Country Type` was published in September 2018.

Claire Buckerfield


Concerned with drawing in the expanded field, Claire’s practice explores line,
space and form using non-traditional drawing methods and materials. Her
current work is a site-specific exploration of the familiar but often overlooked
areas that exist around us. These are re-presented and perceived anew
leaving the viewer to consider his or her own relationship to them.

During the making process, architecture and existing materials inevitably
become incorporated into the work. The composition itself is constructed
around historical marks and imperfections that exist on the surface area. As a
result each configuration is unique allowing the work to feel alive and in the

Tereza Buskova


Clipping the Church

‘Over two years ago I learnt about the British tradition of ‘Clipping the Church’. As a Czech immigrant it struck me as a great way to literally bring people together to celebrate important things like baking and our mums. In North Birmingham we made this happen with over 200 people, 13 days pre-Brexit. Ironically BBC Panorama filmed one Erdington resident sat in the Church that we clipped, saying that he voted leave because migrants like me only come here for the money and don’t care about British traditions. One Polish art commentator Dominika Mackiewicz noticed that the combination of Bohemian wedding celebrations with UK rituals in 2016 Birmingham created somewhere that wasn’t just Erdington, so I produced these prints (Erdingtonia) as if they were limited edition postcards to the mythical town of Erdingtonia, where leave voters and EU migrants live hand in hand.’