mac birmingham

Tuesday 17th July 2012

19.00 – 21.00

FREE ENTRY, Ticket required. Book through Sales & Information 0121 446 32 32


ALLOTMENT is an innovative programme that has been running in mac birmingham’s Arena Gallery since January 2012. The ground floor gallery has been equally divided into ten ‘plots’, each is tended by an independent Midlands-based creative practitioner. By providing a plot to manage and make their own, ALLOTMENT offers plot holders the space to identify, profile and nurture new and emerging visual art talent.


ALLOTMENT is an extension of ‘anticurate’, mac birmingham’s clever and highly successful take on the Summer Open, 2011. Guided by Trevor Pitt, several groups of ‘anticurators’ were invited to select works from the collected open submissions to curate a final exhibition that was displayed in the main gallery for one week.


This process of inviting in groups of people to work on exhibitions has continued with ALLOTMENT. Rather than focusing on ‘anticurators’, however, ALLOTMENT seeks to profile regional curatorial talent.


For one night only, each of the plot holders will be ‘in conversation’ with artist Trevor Pitt. Trevor will be speaking to each plot individually, highlighting their processes and thoughts behind their allotment plots.


Plot holders include:

TROVE, Birmingham based independent contemporary art gallery;

Dan Auluk, Birmingham based artist;

Moonbeams, an art project working with children aged 0-6;

Clarke Gallery, independent contemporary art gallery based in ‘Berlin, Birmingham and Beyond’;

mac staff, including some of the previous ‘anticurators’;

BCU MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice course, course leader and one student, both practicing curators;

Next Generation, mac birmingham’s initiative working with young arts practitioners;

Sparrow+Castice, Birmingham based artists;

Helen Foot, Shropshire based textile curator;

Dialogue, a Birmingham and Bordeaux artist exchange group.