Art that connects people

Friction Arts have been making ‘art where you live’ for over 23 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.


Brief Encounter

In partnership with  Welcome to the Village festival in beautiful Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Friction Arts ran a very funky project to connect the volunteer team at the music festival with the community of Vrijheidswijk. Brief Encounter became a simple framework that connects strangers through the act of just being human together. We continue to work with the group from Vrijheidswijk on European editions of BE and are launching a series of UK Brief Encounters in Summer  2015.

Walking Over Coals

Walking Over Coals is our new training programme for ‘post-emerging’ artists. Many artists hit a wall soon after graduating, where they are often forced  to take work that takes  them away from their own practice or submit to endless unpaid artist ‘opportunities’. One way of taking back control  and  making the projects you want to, is to produce them yourself, something few graduates are prepared for. Walking Over Coals (‘cos that’s what it takes) is a group of 12 artists aged from 19-58 who we are training in the art of self-production. Over 8 months of weekly meetings, ‘Sunday Specials’ and one to one and cross-peer mentoring they will produce their own show at the Edge from July 9th-12th 2015.  You can find out more at their website at

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.



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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