Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Vishwa Shroff installing at TROVE

Today the TROVE team installed Clarke Griffiths Levine's inaugural Artist in Residence, Vishwa Shroff's work for an exhibition of work in progress opening this Friday.  Here are some photo's from the day.

Lauren and Goto

Drawing on the floor

The artist, Vishwa Shroff, with Goto, Lauren and Dan

Afternoon snacks courtesy of Life in Flashback

Griffith's dog came to help

Tuesday, 29 May 2012



Preview: 15th June 2012 6-8pm 

Open: 16th June 2012 1-4pm 

or by appointment

email for further information

TROVE, Newhall Square, 
Off 144 Newhall Street, 

Artists include: Rosie Curtis & Steph Bryant, Emilie Crewe, Claire Davies, James Gill, David Lee, Maria Mattos, Duncan McKellar, Kate Morrison, Richard Peel, Daniel Salisbury, Kate Spence and Sam Underwood

In June 2012 TROVE, with Antonio Roberts, are hosting an exhibition about toys. This project leads on from the discovery that the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, where TROVE is based, used to produce more ‘toys’ than jewellery, guns or pens during the industrial revolution; all things it is now more famously known for producing. When researching what toys were produced in this area of Birmingham it was discovered that the term ‘toys’ was used to describe items such as buttons, cuff-links and belt buckles. 

With the misinterpretation of the word ‘toys’ TROVE are presenting an exhibition of the contemporary understanding of the word. With a mixture of performance (preview night only), film and modified/hacked toys, this group exhibition is lively, fun and playful. 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tim Shaw at Riflemaker

Last week I popped into the amazing Riflemaker Gallery, Soho, London.  This building is incredible, and has some lovely link's to TROVE/Birmingham, as it was the home to John Wilke's rifle maker's. John was one of the son's of the biggest gun manufacturer in the UK, the Wilke's, who were from and mostly manufactured in Birmingham.

On show at Riflemaker was Tim Shaw, his work, a combination of cute with a side of dark, and intense dramatic poses made this gallery feel more sweeny tod than contemporary art.

Here's the blurb:

Tim Shaw

Monday 23 April - Saturday 2 June

The sculptor Tim Shaw (b. Belfast 1964) is best known for his installation Casting A Dark Democracy depicting the horror of the Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad. Upon entering an unprepossessing house in Hammersmith, visitors found themselves confronted by the shock of an all too real simulation of the terror cell, an image made familiar by constant press usage - one of the signature images of the war.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Brink, Kenilworth

Today we went to Kenilworth, Warwickshire, to see what artist Tim Robottom is getting up to.  Tim has recently found a semi-permanent space for Brink, a contemporary arts programme he has been running for the past couple of years.

We missed by a matter of days the MOSAIC Festival, that took place all over Kenilworth, but were lucky enough to see some of the work as it was at Brink's space.

This is some classic Tim Robottom - more a few pictures down...

Italian artist, Elena Cecchinato

Also by Elena, a beautiful collage of the inside of envelopes 

This one room in Brink is call wood panelled - looked amazing with these newspaper headline billboard notices 

More of Tim's coloured plastic sculptures.

Brink's great outside space.

David Anthony Hall's smallest gallery.

Oliver Jones' hyper-real chalk drawing

Upstairs, in one of the 13 studio's Tim had started a new mural for their next exhibition, opening 9th June 6-8pm entitled Ashes2Dust

And here is another piece for that soon to open exhibition, this mural by Magicdesigns, Bristol.

Finally, a couple of Tim's sculptures dotted around the building.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Wings of Desire in Brum

Last week Victoria Square was home to a dance production based on the film Wings of Desire.  Here's the blurb and some pictures.
Wings of Desire - Starring: Goldie // 2Faced Dance Company // CIRCA // seeper
A love story bridging heaven and earth will unfold before your eyes in this outdoor spectacle, featuring the most amazing transformation of a Birmingham building ever seen.
Angels gather on rooftops as the whole of Victoria Square comes alive with jaw-dropping circus acrobatics and exhilarating dance.
Music resounds and surprises come from all corners as the intensity builds to the ultimate finale moment – a sequence of glorious technicolour projections, bathing the beautifully-restored Town Hall in magical moving imagery.
Australia’s world famous Circa meets Britain’s urban hot ticket2Faced Dance Company in this dramatic and awe-inspiring production, starring internationally-renowned film and TV starGoldie and featuring interactive performance experts seeper.

There were actual 'angels' on roof tops!
Amazing aerialist in between Town Hall pillars.

And the highlight? When the Town Hall blew up and then re-made itself via amazing projected graphics by seeper.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Vishwa Shroff in Birmingham Pt.1.

Vishwa Shroff is the current Clarke Griffiths Levine Birmingham Artist in Residence, and she is two weeks into her residency month.

Here is an update of her time so far, including some images from her sketch book and the experience in her words.

"I walk about, everything is familiar and yet I am lost, as if I had never seen it before. The familiarity allows me to locate my self but I remain disoriented, absorbing these somewhat new surroundings. A window here, a door there, I know this place. I used to eat my lunch on those steps and walked this route everyday. The fountain has a nickname and I know what it is. But just there was the sandwich shop and its gone now, replaced by something I know from somewhere else. The blue circular window catches my eye, I wonder if I have seen it before or is it the blue of the tiles that catch my attention? I am lost in this conscious game of memory and discovery. I keep walking, and as one day blurs into the next, so does this game. By the end of two weeks, I am not sure anymore of what is a memory from a long time ago and what it is I just found yesterday.

A disjointed landscape appears from these sightings and it is within these that I continue to play. Resembling a dollhouse, that game where many small pieces can be rearranged to make stories. The stories are different for everyone, and I wonder if a drawn landscape has the capacity to evoke memory for those who walk through it.

Memory is of course effervescent, a sensation that has the power to induce emotion as if it were right here right now. For the next two weeks of this residency I will experiment with this attributes to see if the installation resembles such a quality while allowing others to take some new memory away with them. "

Vishwa Shroff, 20th May 2012

Caitlin Griffiths and Vishwa Shroff at our first group session

Here are some images from Vishwa's past practice

Clarke Griffiths Levine have offered Vishwa a work in progress exhibition at TROVE at the end of the month/residency.  Find out more details HERE

Saturday, 19 May 2012

TROVE installing 3rd ALLOTMENT

TROVE installing their third cabinets at mac birmingham earlier this week.

Lauren and Kate unpacking Caroline Wright's amazing pieces.

Me unpacking Tim Robottom's collection.

Milk, Two Sugar cups we had to throw away due to too much damage via too much play!

Installing Daniel Salisbury's three periscope cabinets.

Me installing Tim's work. 

 Two in, one to go. 

Third one going in.

 Caroline Wright's pieces in place. 

Almost done!

Go to mac birmingham and check out ALLOTMENT and TROVE's new periscopes.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Vishwa Shroff Work in Progress Presentation

Vishwa Shroff Work in Progress Presentation

1st June 2012 6-8pm
Newhall Sqaure
Off 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham

Vishwa Shroff is the inaugural Clarke Griffiths Levine Birmingham Artist in Residence. 

For May 2012 Vishwa has been located in Birmingham and making new work about the city. 

Having previously lived in Birmingham 9 years ago for her MA Fine Art year at Margaret Street, Vishwa has been rediscovering the city, getting lost in all its new builds and being inspired by the new stories she has been creating on her walks.

During her time in Birmingham, and through regular meetings with Clarke Griffiths Levine, Vishwa has quickly developed new ideas and made new pieces of work.  As a result, Clarke Griffiths Levine are inviting Vishwa to present her works in progress at TROVE at the end of this month.

Clarke Griffiths Levine invite you to join Vishwa Shroff at TROVE on 1st June to see Vishwa’s work in development and make your own stories up about the city.

Clarke Griffiths Levine are Elly Clarke (Clarke Gallery), Caitlin Griffiths (LambWhite) and Charlie Levine (TROVE).

Clarke Griffiths Levine bring over 21 years of combined experience of working within the arts. Each has set up and run successful gallery ventures and worked with artists from all visual arts backgrounds, at all career stages from all around the world. Clarke Griffiths Levine have joined forces to promote Birmingham arts, locally and internationally, combining together their individual specialities and experiences to be a weighty force in the UK art market.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

TROVE call out

TROVE are offering you the opportunity to submit a proposal for a July 2012 exhibition at the old Science and Industry Museum in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

We are opening up this opportunity to any art form, from large group shows to one off events.  TROVE will open its building with the TROVE team there to support, help install and organize the preview event.  The TROVE team will help the invited curators/artists to negotiate the TROVE space and help market the project.

If you would like to apply please send TROVE:
-       CV’s of all participants
-       Artist Bio’s
-       Proposal of exhibition/event including technical requirements and timeline of activity
-       Images of work/links to websites/CD of films
-       £10 submission fee to cover TROVE admin costs*

Please post submissions and cheque (payable to Charlie Levine) or cash to:

c/o 100 Lady Byron Lane
West Midlands
B93 9BA

Deadline:  5pm Friday 8th June 2012
Show opening with TROVE between 6th and 27th July 2012

If you require more information please email

*please note, applications that arrive without the submission fee will not be considered.