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dirty nails (les ongles noirs) Exhibition

Fri 7th Jun 2024 to Sat 27th Jul 2024 (check key information for time details)

dirty nails (les ongles noirs) is a sticky experimental thing happening between Dakar, Senegal and Birmingham, UK.

This is an invitation to: play, grieve, hum; throw soil on white walls; dance, pray, touch and be moved by the unknown.

Stewards of the land (visitors, clay, little ones, microscopic insects, artists, soil, ancestors…) compose a space of transmutation, where spirit is summoned through sonic, embodied, and imagined yearnings. As we re-invest in the present with what we have how do we form alternative ways to call in freedom?

Audiences will be able to experience performances, workshops, and other events in the frame of the exhibition at Eastside Projects and across other locations in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Launch Night: dirty nails (les ongles noirs) and Idols of Mud and Water

Friday 7 June | 6 – 8pm

Come together in the mud for dirty nails (les ongles noirs), a sticky experimental thing which begins with live performances by melissandre varin with Geamhradhr/Winter, Jade Blackstock, Maria Muehombo / MIMI and Ban Workshop.

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Grief Circle and Nourishment

Saturday 8 June | 11am – 1.30pm

Come together in a ‘gentle space’ to connect and share around different aspects of grief and loss.

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Nourishing Sunday: M.I/L!K? digestive

Sunday 16 June | 2 – 3.30pm | Free, booking required | 18+

presented by FABRIC as part of the Transition + Transit programme for the Transform Festival, M.I/L!K? digestive expands Dirty Nails into another city, with an invitation to sit together, make clay vessels, share a warm drink and have conversations

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Darling Your Meat Suit is Leaking

Saturday 22 June | 2 -4pm | free, booking advised | 16+

Sym Stellium invites you to a liturgy made up of song, prayer and connection to the ground.

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itch. x dirty nails

Thursday 27 June | 6.30 – 9pm | 18+

Four performance artists based or born in Birmingham come together in the mud to offer and test new work that responds to the themes of dirty nails (les ongles noirs).

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Together in the Mud Family Workshop

Saturday 29 June | 10am – 12pm | Free, booking required

Come together in the mud and celebrate International Mud Day together! Spend the morning making clay offerings, mud sculptures and exploring the soil in Eastside Projects’ main gallery.

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Together in the Mud Sound Bath

Friday 5 July | 9.30 – 10.30pm | Free, booking required | 18+

Atmosphere-maker, melissandre varin and sound bath practitioner Manoj Yoga collaborate to create a unique, immersive, late night Digbeth First Friday experience.

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An invitation to throw mud against white walls

11 to 27 July | 12 -5pm (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)

Re-member, feel, be present, heal your inherent wholeness and let your feelings and emotions move through, transmute and take a different form as you throw mud against the white wall of Eastside Projects’ main gallery.

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Full Moon Food Offering

Saturday 20 July | 11am – 1pm

Come together in the mud for a sensory event activated with a food offering by artist-researcher Carmen Wong designed to prompt thoughts around cycles of growth and grief.

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Together in the Mud Walk

Saturday 27 July | 1 – 3.30pm | Free, booking required

Join atmosphere-maker melissandre varin for a special walk in the city followed by a workshop at Eastside Projects.

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Key Information

Exhibiton times are Wednesday – Saturday, 12 -5pm at Eastside Projects.


All events are free. Some require booking

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