Birmingham Wholesale Market could rightly be said to be the birthplace of the city. It’s now being closed to make way for the largest regeneration project in the city since the Bullring – bringing huge changes to Brum and changing the city forever. There have been markets on the site since the 11th century, it’s the site of the original manor house and has huge historical significance, not least since its people have been feeding the rest of us for centuries. The market has a unique culture all of its own, which is unlikely to entirely survive the move to its new home in Witton.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate the closure of our historic Wholesale Markets and to herald some of the biggest changes to our city for decades. Everything Must Go is a performance and an exhibition, providing a snapshot of almost 900 years of the site’s history and with an eye firmly on its future. Walk with us through this incredible site, steeped in history and hard work, surrounded by a soundtrack (designed by Matt Eaton (Pram) and Natalie Mason (Kamera Obscura), using ambisonic recordings of the working site while exploring exhibits inspired by two and a half years of intensive research within the cavernous market halls.

Featuring artwork by Dan Burwood, Glenn Anderson, Chris Plant (Colourburst), Chris Keenan (Prime Objective), Georgia Chapman, Nita Newman, Friction Arts and many more, Everything Must Go promises to be an event that will remain in your memory long after Everything Has Gone.

Friction have been making artworks and projects at the market since 2001, and since 2015 have been intensively recording, photographing and filming this special place, and working with the city archives and Birmingham Museums Trust to ensure its people and culture are remembered by future generations of Brummies.

Everything Must Go will take place after the market has closed forever on:


Wed 30th May: 6pm-7.30pm


Thu 31st May – Sun 3rd June: 6pm-7.30pm & 8.15pm-9.45pm


Tickets are available from our Eventbrite page at a cost of £10/£5 concessions and are free to traders and their families.


Or click here – Eventbrite - Wholesale Memory: Everything Must Go


This is your last chance to experience this unique place and it’s history before it changes forever and Everything Has Gone.

Wholesale Memory and Everything Must Go are supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council. 




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