PRESS Release 2013
Southside prepares to welcome a second helping of Eye Candy
Talented artists from across the UK and beyond are bringing stunning visual pop culture to the streets of Southside from October 31 to November 3.
Local businesses are giving up walls, windows and frontages for four days of paintings and art installations as part of the eagerly anticipated Eye Candy Festival. Visitors to the free festival will get to see over 15 new artist commissions, buy affordable art at a Bicycle Basket Bazaar and watch films inside a beautifully restored Vintage Mobile Cinema. The festival will also include a new collaboration with Birmingham City University, which is offering a programme of inspiring talks.
Julia Chance, Southside BID manager, said: “Last year’s festival was a huge success and we welcomed over 12,000 visitors to the district across the weekend. We’re really excited to be bringing back such an inclusive and engaging festival and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s mix of handpicked artists, illustrators and designers.”
Back for a second year, Eye Candy is organised by the team behind Fused Magazine and Area Culture Guide and is jointly funded by Southside Business Improvement District and the European Regional Development Fund.
The festival is designed to not only bring greater footfall to Birmingham but also celebrate its rich cultural mix with a range of different activities such as workshops, exhibitions and talks available. West Midlands Stina Jones, a freelance character illustrator and Simon Peplow, co-founder of Birmingham Outcrowd Collective will be representing just some of the locally-based talent.
Kerry O’Coy, editor of Fused Magazine, Area Culture Guide and Eye Candy Festival co-ordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to unveil some exciting new artists for this year’s event but also the return of some of 2012’s most popular including New York-based illustrator Jeremyville who actually conducted his UK debut of his popular Community Service Announcements at Eye Candy last year. We’re also particularly excited as a number of this year’s sites have been specially selected to allow the art to remain in situ following the event giving even more visitors to the district the chance to enjoy some outdoor art.”
Further information and a full programme of events can be found www.eyecandyfestival.co.uk and to find out more information about Birmingham’s Southside district, go to www.enjoysouthside.co.uk. Pick up a programme at the festival hub, Le Truc on Ladywell Walk.
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Notes to Editors
Eye Candy is jointly funded from Southside Business Improvement District and the European Regional Development Fund through its Investing in the City Region project managed by Marketing Birmingham. Arts Council England has also help fund the Speaker programme.
About Southside BID
Southside BID was established in 2011 and was created following a ballot of local business owners. It is funded by a levy paid for by all qualifying business owners in the Southside BID area and operates on a not-for-profit basis.
Updated and additional programme information can be found at eyecandyfestival.co.uk
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Programme can be viewed online at: http://issuu.com/fusedmagazine/docs/eye_candy_brochure
Over 15 artists have been commissioned to produce new works around the district.
Artists taking part in the Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Le Truc: Jane Anderson, Stewart Easton, Meeno, Lizz Lunney, Husky Organic, Ben Javens, LumberJackJoe, Mini Moderns, Dawn Painter, Simon Peplow, Claire Scully, Keep and Share, Abject Records, Luke Thrush.
Alicia Dubnyckyj (Birmingham), Anna Garforth (London), Billy is Alex (Berlin), Jeremyville (NYC), Miss Led (London), Michelle Turton (Birmingham), Vicky Newman (London), Louise Brangwin (Hastings), Sam Pierpoint (Southampton), Stina Jones (Birmingham), Lana Knitting (Middlesborough), Simon Peplow (Birmingham), TankPetrol (Manchester), Kris Jones (Birmingham), Lizz Lunney (Birmingham)
Eye Candy is jointly funded with the Southside Business District and the European Regional development Fund through its Investing in the City Region project managed by Marketing Birmingham.
Additional event, workshop and screening programme funding is from Arts Council England.
The launch party is sponsored by Red Stripe.
For information about the 2013 Festival please contact Kerry or David on 0121 442 6663 or email kerry at fusedmagazine dot com.
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