Art that connects people

Friction Arts have been making ‘art where you live’ for over 16 years. Friction listen to people, work with them and then translate their thoughts and ideas into high quality contemporary artworks which communicate to the wider world whilst remaining true to the voices of the people they originate with. These artworks may be performances, installations, interventions, publications or whatever is appropriate to the context of the project Friction firmly believe in the transformative nature of the arts, with communities and individuals, and are committed to expanding the reach of the arts into places they have not been before.

Township Cafe

The Afrovibes festival comes to Birmingham this October and Friction has the exciting job of transforming the back bar at mac birmingham into a Township Cafe. It’s the perfect excuse for the team to spend time meeting people in the many African cafes all over Birmingham. Not only that but we’re going to bring co-conspirator Anthea Moys, with whom we worked on our One Mile Squared Johannesburg project in 2009, over to Brum to create a series of exciting public realm interventions around Birmingham before and during the festival.


Brief Encounter

In partnership with  Welcome to the Village festival in beautiful Leeuwarden, Nederlands, Friction Arts is running a very funky project to connect the volunteer team at the music festival with the community Vrijheidswijk. A crack team of volunteers from WttV and the ‘Wijk are going to create a special backstage environment for volunteers to meet and mingle – with a Frictional twist on how that will happen. We hope that by the end of the three day festival instead of a team of 600 volunteers there will be a community of 600 friends.

Walking Over Coals

Walking Over Coals is our new training programme for young creative people, starting in September. It’s open to young people aged 16-25 with an interest in any art form(s), strong nerves, and the will to get stuck in. After some initial training, participants will have the opportunity to propose public events they want to put on in our space. A small number will be picked to receive further mentoring to make their events happen!

Yard Talk, Then & Now

For our next season of Yard Talks, we’re going to be looking back to look forward through a series of discussions, practical workshops and demonstrations to see our present with new eyes by examining our shared past.  From book-binding to engineering, DIY and ‘make and mend’ to Brum’s music history, we’ll be examining aspects of all these and more, and seeing what we can take into the future with us.  All accompanied by the usual Yard Talk conviviality.

Friction have a unique ability to engage with people, particularly those who may not have engaged with the arts before and are able to immerse themselves in a situation, in order to take those they work with on a challenging journey.  We are driven by our ethics and our belief in social justice, real equality and that by working together we can all have a better quality of life, whatever our material circumstances.

Next ‘Yard Talk, Then & Now’ is Saturday 13th December, 2-4pm. 

The theme this month is Christmas, our fabulous Art Club will be transforming The Edge into a winter wonderland and chatter will revolve around the festive season.


2 Responses to Friction Home

  1. Lisa Karim says:

    I am an ex-resident of Highgate with a family history in the area from 1952. My Grandfather was the first Kashmiri in the area.
    I have set up and run Old HIghgateonians which is a facebook community group, a website and an individual display show for history events.
    Looking forward to working with the great team at Friction Arts in the future.

  2. Mary says:

    I like a lot of your work. Congratulations

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