Ways of Learning, programmed with Lucy Lopez

7 Sep 2018 – 1 Dec 2018

Event times

Various, see website

Cost of entry


Grand Union

Birmingham, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Train Stations: nearest is Moor Street 10 minutes walk 20 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street

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Ways of Learning foregrounds forms of knowledge production that stem from anecdote, informality and collectivity, in contrast to increasingly marketised formal educational systems.


This project will engage with Grand Union as a site for learning, providing a context for a rich programme of events, artworks and communal sharing of knowledge.

Departing from three key works by artists Alex Martinis Roe, Uriel Orlow and feminist action group Mujeres Públicas, Ways of Learning draws from feminisms, generational alliances and indigenous knowledges, as well as forms of solidarity and allegiance which intersect with queer culture.

Ways of Learning is programmed by Lucy Lopez with Grand Union staff. Lopez is Grand Union’s Curator-in-Residence 2018-19.

Learning Space:

The gallery will host a working and learning environment designed and built by local architecture practice Intervention Architecture.

The gallery will be open for anyone to use and share with us. We will have seating with a work space, WiFi and tea and coffee throughout the project.

Central Works:

Alex Martinis Roe’s film work explores genealogies of queer, feminist and working class action.

Uriel Orlow’s films depict enduring culinary and herbal practices in distinct communities.

Mujeres Públicas present posters and printed material responding to sexism and domestic labour in Latin America.

New Commissions & Extended Programme:

Sean Burns reimagines queer periodical In The Pink, from Birmingham’s LGBT archives (presented with SHOUT Queer Arts Festival)

Artists’ duo Cooking Sections will be in residence during Ways of Learning, exploring the food and material histories and ecologies around the canals and the wider West Midlands.

Artist & Grand Union Gallery Assistant, Kirsty Clarke, will host a series of workshops with local groups in her mobile research kitchen, based at Grand Union throughout the programme.

We will present newly-commissioned writing on alternative pedagogies and collective thinking.

Check our website for an updated schedule of our weekly series of events.


Lucy Lopez

Exhibiting artists

Alex Martinis Roe

Mujeres Públicas

Kirsty Clarke

Sean Burns

Cooking Sections

Uriel Orlow


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