The Edge is our studio, located on the border of Highgate and Deritend, a stone’s throw from Digbeth and Deritend High St, and a ten-minute walk from New St station and Digbeth Coach station. Originally a boiled sweet warehouse, in the 12 or so years we’ve been here it’s been transformed into an Aladdin’s Cave of artworks, and the traces of many events and exhibitions, including a genuine red telephone box and a (tuned) piano and even a pump organ – it is very much not a ‘white cube’ or a ‘black box’.

The space is equipped with a full kitchen, accessible WC and there is an accessible entrance – we’re continually improving access to enable as many people to enjoy the space as possible. We have a full PA, a moveable stage, lighting and projection equipment and lots of eclectic furniture, making the Edge suitable for all kinds of events, from experimental music nights, like Club Integral, to theatre performance¬† – we’ve even had sleepover cinema nights. Capacity is 80 seated, much more with seating removed.

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A wedding party

The space is ideal for performance rehearsals and we see companies like Women and Theatre returning time and time again – often borrowing some of our collection of bizarre and practical items as props or set. We’re also often hosting all kinds of groups for meetings, presentations or get-togethers – the Edge is a comfortable, welcoming space, you won’t be stuck in reception next to a water-cooler here, once you’re in, you’re in.

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An artist talk

We hire out the space on flexible terms, whether you’re funded or unfunded, a professional or a community group, we’ll work out a deal that’s best for both of us – we take skills swaps or other non-cash reciprocal agreements when money isn’t an option. We’re always interested in helping out new or younger groups – our Lead Artists have about 60 years ‘in the business’ between them and are always keen to pass on their experience to those who will pick it up and run with it.

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A meeting

To find out more or make an enquiry, send an email to info@frictionarts.com and we’ll get back to you.

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