General Public

‘Very Civil’ Rights March
- Longbridge Light Festival 2016

The Hop Project - 18 month strategic touring project 2016 - 2017; 15 venues including mac Birmingham

Longbridge Light Festival 2014
Curators, Commissioned by WERK

'Good Money': A New Handsworth Currency
Soho House
/ New Expressions Commission / Residency 2014 - 2015

The Balsall Heath Biennale 2011 - 13
The Balsall Heath Biennale was a two-year contemporary art project in Balsall Heath, an inner city area of Birmingham.

Biennale Publications:

The Balsall Heath Biennale (2014). Featuring essays by Dr Saskia Warren & Derek Horton

Biennale Newspaper (2013)

Balsall Heath A-Z Colouring in book (2012) (Purchase here)

[The project also featured as a case study as part of Birmingham University’s AHRC-funded Cultural Intermediation: Connecting Communities in the Creative Urban Economy]

Project funding:

Arts Council England (2012 & 2013) / Birmingham City Council Cultural Commissioning / Near Neighbours / The Police Property Act Fund / Community First Foundation


The Biennale has had a number of other interesting outputs. Building upon the platform and networks established by the Biennale project Decorate Your House or Garden Competition - Surreal Theme, academics at Birmingham University have secured funding to investigate whether surrealism is culturally coded -

Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference - Art in Public Space / Virtual Museum, August 2014

Balsall Heath Biennale Talk - Ort Gallery, July 17th 2014

Public Art Shares, Oriel Davies Open 2014


Events / Performances / Commissions:

The Regeneration Game
- Newbridge Project April - May 2016 

Vote BAZ – Pigdogsandmonkeyfestos, Airspace Gallery, Stoke

The Quartic Rides Again, Longbridge Light Festival 2014

There Ain’t No Party Like A Polytunnel Party, Rhubaba Gallery & Studios, Edinburgh, November 2013

Artworld Raffle, Eastside Projects 5th Birthday Party, October 2013

Blackmarket Biography Auction, Pitt Projects Worcester, July 2012

Blackmarket Biography Auction, The Caretakers Flat (Tether), Primary, Nottingham, May 2012

Curate Me Out, The Event, Birmingham Contemporary Art Forum 2011 (Curate Me Out + Mills & Koons)

Writing & Publications:

Art World Primitivism, writing for ‘The Hecklers’ publication, The New Art Gallery Walsall, July, 2013

Take London (Regional Art Scene Hooliganism), Art & Music Magazine (Saatchi Gallery), May 2013

Mills & Koons - The Event 2011

BAZ #1 - The Event 2009

The British Artists Football Cup - tournament fanzine


A3 Works, A3 Project Space, Birmingham, June 2013

The Fiction Show, Tramshed, London, April 2013

Frieze Art Fair (Eastside Projects 'Bread and Cookies') / October 2012

Liverpool Biennale 2012 (Birmingham: the Magic City) / September 2012

Where's the Toilet? Glasgow International (ESP Castling project) / April 2012

Shit Show / Malgras|Naudet, Manchester / February 2012

The Event, Birmingham, October, 2011

Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, July 2010


The British Artists Football Cup

2009, national artists football tournament organised by BAZ



Fine Art MA, Distinction, Birmingham City University, 2006 - 2008

Film Studies BA, 1st Class Honours, Warwick University, 2001 - 2004

Projects & Commissions 2012:

Fear & Loathing in the West Midlands
/ Road Trip West Midlands Commission / Supported by Turning Point West Midlands & Writing West Midlands

Hooky Street Press - a series of programmed talks and events that explored the use, value and potential of humour within art-writing. Supported byArts Council England.

- Symposium: seriousness & humour in art writing / Nov 2012 / Eastside Projects / David Burrows, Andrew Hunt, Gavin Butt.

- Comference: What’s the difference between Andy Kaufman’s ‘Mighty Mouse’ and Gilbert & George’s ‘Singing Sculpture’? / Oct 2012 / The Hare & Hounds / Dr Paul Mcdonald, Rattigan T. Mullarchy / JoJo Smith

- One Applination Under A Groove (12 hour application writing all-nighter / ‘extreme writing event’), Friday August 31st 2012, Grand Union

Papers / Talks:

Stray Cats of Balsall Heath: Origins, History, Usage
, Balsall Heath Biennale, August 2013

Fear & Loathing in the West Midlands & Incongruity
, A Comic Darkly: Art and Humour Symposium, October Gallery London, January 2013

EUFRAD, Glasgow School of Art, September 2009

Selected Group Shows:

The Artists Wakes, Bury Art Gallery, August 2010

Headers & Volleys, Jaguar Shoes (curated by Rhys Coren), July 2010

Marxism 2010, University of London, July 2010

SALE, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, January 2009

Art Sway Open, December 2008

Rhys and Hannah present, Bristol, December 2008

Zoo Art Fair (with Eastside Projects, Royal Academy, London, October 2008

North and South, Southampton City Art Gallery July 2007

Stink Bomb, Limbo Arts Project Space, Margate, April 2007

Art Vaults, aspacearts, Southampton, July 2007

What Do People Do All Day?, Mailbox, Birmingham. Birmingham Artists Show, May 2006

PEACE CAMP, Brick Lane Gallery, December 2006


Boiler Room FC

with Rhys Coren


Solo Shows:

The Rob Ring Foundation, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London 2009

Group Shows:

Video Progetto, 26cc Rome / Grand Union Birmingham, May 2010

I Heart Video Art, CAFKA, Kitchener Canada, February 2010

Other Projects, Grants etc:

This Fish is Reversing, Conference paper (& video), Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless In Performance, Queen Mary’s University, 2010 (see Sounds and (Non)sense, Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2012

Perform Or Else (chris+keir V Melville Mitchell), Grand Union, February 2011

The Rob Ring Foundation (collaborative project with Canadian artist Rob Ring):

Action Research Bursary, Longhouse / Multistory, June 2008

FADE Research Grant, Sept 2008

R & D Grant, Arts Council England, Aug 2008 Flatpack Film Festival, March 2009

Unity Panda, Coventry Art Space Bursary, August 2009 (with Jonnet Middleton)

Project Our Pubs (pub nationalisation project at The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath) and Digital is Dangerous (residency at Jibbering Records, Birmingham) 2008. Supported by Arts Council England

Flat / Screen, New Generation Arts, (residency in a city centre flat), 2006. Supported by NGA & BBC


Roland magazine 7 features as interview with chris+keir and Louis Moreno from Urban Laboratory exploring workshops they devised in response to the ICA’s main programme during 2012/13. chris+keir have also run workshops at UAL (Camberwell & Wimbledon), Greenwich University & Tate Britain.

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