Eye Candy Festival

A visual pop culture festival that takes place annually in Birmingham, UK.


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EYE CANDY COMMISSION: Lana Knitting keeps the Arcadian warm and toasty with her chunky knit installation.

EYE CANDY COMMISSION: Lizz Lunney’s Lost Pets. Search twitter for #EyeCandyLostPets to search. A reward is available for those lucky enough to track them down.

EYE CANDY COMMISSION: Anna Garforth’s beautiful geo fox. Loft Lounge, Bromsgrove Street.

Le Truc Live Draw: Artists wanted!

We’re looking for artists to come and get involved in our Live Draw event this Sunday.

We’re looking for images of Marianne; the national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason.

"Marianne is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honour in town halls and law courts. She symbolises the “Triumph of theRepublic”, a bronze sculpture overlooking the Place de la Nation in Paris. Her profile stands out on the official government logo of the country, is engraved on French euro coins and appears on French postage stamps; it also was featured on the former franc currency. Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic.

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Comic artist Lizz Lunney has lost some of her favourite pets around Southside. From the 31st October she will be putting up missing posters around the area so please help in the search to find these creatures by using the hashtag #EyeCandyLostPets on tumblr, twitter, instagram.

Upload your photos of any lost pets you find. Best photos get a reward! http://www.lizzlizz.com/ http://eyecandylostpets.tumblr.com/

Sign Painters Screening - Friday 1 November, BCU Parkside Campus

We’re delighted to be screening one of the only UK dates of Sign Painters the movie at BCU Parkside (next to Millennium Point). Sign up here.

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand­lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-­fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-­designed, die­cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

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Kristian Jones - #LostInTheCity

Kristian Jones is taking to the streets of Southside dropping 15 pieces of limited edition artworks in various locations. If found first you can decide to leave or take away Free for you to own. Follow the #lostintecity via facebook, twitter and instagram to track down each piece for your chance to own a rare edition. The art will be a mixture of prints, originals, framed and unframed and all signed.

Making Faces Screening and talk by Richard Kegler: 29 Oct 5-8pm.

'Making Faces' is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). You can sign up for free to see the screening at BCU’s Parkside Campus here.

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Unity House Illustrations - Sneak Peak




Illustrators Vicky Newman, Louise Brangwin and Michelle Turton look to sensitively decorate and adorn the derelict ‘Unity House’ building on Bromsgrove Street with illustrations telling the story of the building and her varied past. Creating a female character that sits central to the narrative sharing and displaying her love affairs and memories over time. The hope is that this would not only be relevant to the building and its history but call to mind her future.

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Launch Party at Le Truc 31st October, 6-9pm. Sponsored by Red Stripe

You are invite to join us to celebrate the launch of Eye Candy this Halloween with food, drinks and music at Le Truc. RSVP here.

Sponsored by Red Stripe.

Le Truc Eye Candy Menu

Le Truc are offering a special deal for Eye Candy visitors this year. Keep yourself fueled and warm while checking out the festival.

Le Truc, Ladywell Walk, The Arcadian, Southside

Art is Easy at Eye Candy - Sunday 3rd Nov, 12-4 at Le Truc

As part of the Eye Candy festival, local neer’dowell Danny Smith is offering a free taster session of his forthcoming Artiseasy drawing lessons that will be starting in November.

The session will introduce you the joys of line, and the drama of tone with class demonstrations, quick drawing exercises, and one to one supervision. All in the achingly cool confines of LeTruc, art *is* easy, but it’s a hell of a lot easier with a drink in your hand.

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Eye Candy Programme 2013


Check out this year’s brochure here or pick up a copy around Birmingham including Visitor Centre’s and Le Truc.

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