Junction is a new canal arts project happening between April and June 2019 on a stretch of the waterways that runs through Digbeth in Birmingham.
The idea behind Junction is to promote access to the public spaces found along the canal and to see if we can collectively re-imagine this historic stretch of waterway. All around the canals the city is being re-made Junction provides an opportunity to reflect on the areas past whilst we move forward.
Junction embraces the natural way that the space has evolved and its visual landscape so the project focuses on the colourful graffiti and street art found on the canal between Belmont Row and Camp Hill Locks.
Junction offers a mixture of activities delivered collaboratively with our partners and local artists.
Join us for a special two hour guided graffiti walk along the Digbeth canal where we will take a slow ramble.
The walks start at the Old Lock Keepers Cottage on Belmont Row and exits the canal by Bordesley Station. The walk then takes a journey through several streets in Digbeth before ending at the Custard Factory.
Spring Walk Dates
Sat 20 April 10.30-12.30pm
Sun 5 May 5-7pm
Mon 6 May 10.30-12.30pm
Location: Old canal Cottage
Free access - if you study, live or work near to Curzon Street rail development you can access events for free using code JunctionHS2 proof of eligibility required at the start of events.
As part of Junction we are working with Flatpack Film Festival to offer a mixture of graffiti walks and films.
Bombin (1987) dir: Dick Fontaine. This is arguably the first documentary about the hip hop seen in the UK during the late 1980s. The film will be followed by Q&A with Hanifa McQueen Hudson aka B-Girl Bubbles who features n the film.
Sun 5 May 7.30pm
Cost £5 booking via Flatpack Festival
We are hosting a month-long photography competition titled Urban Canal Art in partnership with IGers Birmingham which is open now until 27 May 2019.
We invite you to summit entries that show us the way you see the canal around Digbeth, by exploring the theme of urban street art and graffiti. People have been painting and writing curious messages down on the waterways for decades so we invite you to get creative photograph the urban street art in a way that makes it extraordinary and reflects the character of the waterways.
The competition is open to everyone and free to enter.
Only submissions of photographs taken on the stretch of canal from Belmont Row to Bordesley will be permitted.
The shortlisted photographs will be judged by acclaimed documentary photographer Vanley Burke where around 10 images will be selected to be included in a pop-up exhibition at Centrala as part of the Junction Weekender being held over the 7-9 June 2019, including one overall winner selected by Vanley Burke.
Join us for an exciting talk on how to creatively photograph the street art and graffiti which lines the walls of our canals. People have been painting and writing curious messages down on the waterways for decades. The team from IGers Birmingham will talk to you about the history of urban art photography and how best to capture the urban street art in a way that makes it extraordinary and reflects the character of the waterways.
Artist Talk with: Vanley Burke
The session will include an artist talk with the acclaimed documentary photographer Vanley Burke who’s thought-provoking photographs have captured the evolving landscape, social change, and stimulated debate in Britain for over four decades. During the session Vanley will reflect on his own work to enable participants to consider their own photography and the important role of the photographer to capture the ephemeral painted walls in the city. These documenters don’t merely capture the photo of graffiti or street art, they portray the quirks of a city, the action of painters, the atmosphere and contemporary life.
The session will include a Q&A with Vanley.
The talk is presented in collaboration with the Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the Bside Hip Hop Festival and is part of the wider Junction arts project on the canal surrounding Digbeth.
Location: Birmingham Hippodrome
Free access - if you study, live or work near to Curzon Street rail development you can access events for free using code JunctionbrumHS2 proof of eligibility required at the start of events.
Junction June weekender will take place across the weekend of Friday 7 to Sunday 8 June 2019 click below to check out the programme.