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Best of Brum


There's been a lot of change this year, especially with the move to our new studio at 212 Space. It's turned out to be a fantastic development for Provide, and being a little off the beaten track has actually made collaboration and production much more fruitful. Although permanent high street retail isn't for us right now, there is still definitely a time and a place for Provide to have a more accessible presence, and today we launched just such a project.

Best of Brum shop

Best of Brum is a 2 month pop up concept in the Great Western Arcade, in which we have brought together a selection of the most exciting emerging artists and designers currently working in and around Birmingham to provide the City with a local, independent shopping destination with Christmas in mind.

Creators with work on show include Joseph Turvey, who recently relocated to Birmingham after 5 years in London; Hades, a women's knitwear brand and fellow 212 Space resident; homeware brand Copper + Solder and Naski, whose incredible, technical bags have been going down a storm since they launched with Provide a couple of months ago.

Copper and Solder

A first floor gallery above the shop will host a series of events in keeping with the ‘Best of Brum’ theme. Local comedian Joe Lycett will hold a homecoming book signing for his new release ‘Parsnips, Buttered’, and 212 Space co-founders Space Play will reveal five new works in their ‘Brutal Brum’ series. Imbue, once dubbed the Banksy of Brighton but now happily settled in Brum, will also exhibit a collection of his signature controversial artworks, with themes ranging from religion to social media.
Best of Brum pop up

We are having an opening party for the pop up on Thursday, 3 November, so please join us then!
Watch this space for more on the project.
Photos by Corina Esquivel.