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PRESS INFORMATION 16 JANUARY 2013 VIVID PROJECTS LAUNCHES! Vivid Projects will launch a new art space in Warwick Bar, part of the Eastside/Digbeth creative quarter in Birmingham, UK, on 22 February 2013. This new agency led by the curatorial team behind ‘VIVID’ which ran an acclaimed seven year programme in Digbeth from 2005-2012 has been awarded a crucial grant from Arts Council England to boost a two year programme of work in Birmingham. In a changing cultural landscape, Vivid Projects first aim is to create vibrant and challenging programmes that demonstrate the crucial place of artists and filmmakers in society.


The opening multi-media season 33 REVOLUTIONS will be a dynamic and sometimes challenging 8month programme that asks the question; can art and culture be a catalyst for social change? Thought provoking encounters between new works and archive from 1960s to the present will address the ways in which film makers and artists from a diverse range of cultural situations and societies have protested. 33 REVOLUTIONS takes the audience on a journey through film, print, performance and song, celebrating personal acts of protest and resistance from the dance floors of 70’s NYC to the antiinstitutional spirit of 1960s - 70s Britain right up to the simmering Arab Spring and Occupy!. Director of Vivid Projects, Yasmeen Baig-Clifford says: ‘We will be bringing work from film makers, activists and artists from a diverse range of cultural situations spanning the US, UK, the Middle East and Asia, right to the heart of Birmingham. Professor Roger Shannon, Board of Directors, Vivid Projects: “Following a challenging period of structural development in a difficult economic climate, this development is a fantastic boost for the new agency. We thank Arts Council England for their investment in us.” 33 REVOLUTIONS runs from February - September 2013 and launches with Revolution 01, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, How Long Will They Last?” at 7pm, Friday 22 February 2013. For more information on the opening season #33revs follow us on Twitter at VIVID_ and www.facebook.com/VIVIDbham. Press enquiries should be sent to laura@vividprojects.org.uk and interview requests to yasmeen@vividprojects.org.uk. ENDS. Note to Editors: 1. Vivid Projects1 is a collaborative agency dedicated to exploring the convergence of film, video, performance and interdisciplinary practice, and is based in Birmingham, UK. 2. Yasmeen Baig-Clifford is Director of Vivid Projects and has a 15-year track record in media arts. From 2002 - 12 with VIVID she generated over 120 projects, including 27 international residencies and exhibitions, with commissions presented in the UK, Europe, Japan, US, Australia and at prestigious festivals including Venice Biennale, Frieze and British Art Show 7. 3. Additional key support for the 2013 programme is from The Henry Moore Fund and Paul Mellon. 4. For information on the forward programme and hi-res images please contact Programme Manager laura@vividprojects.org.uk. Requests for interviews should be made to yasmeen@vividprojects.org.uk


Press Release: Vivid Projects Launches (16 Jan 2013)