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