Following the huge popularity of Birmingham’s Artists Behind Bars events in 2017 and 2019, we’re doing it again on Friday 1st October
The Artists Behind Bars 2021 will be announced nearer to the event. Artists Behind Bars is an event concocted by Kitty Finer that brings together artists to build, install, host, and run their own bars.
For one night shift only, the bar is the work of art, the artist is the bartender, and the spectator is the punter. Long before the term “pop up” popped up, Kitty’s many and various makeshift shops, bars and galleries have appeared under the influence of interim interventions, the often illicit social spaces of raves, fiestas, carnivals and beach bars.
Examples of past bars include French Riviera’s purple rain bar (tribute to Prince), Louisa Robbin’s Hard As Nails Bar (nail bar serving watermelon cocktails), Brian Catling put himself behind literal bars – held himself prisoner whilst serving sprits, Benedict Drew served drinks from the inside of his jacket, Turner Prize winning Tai Shani served shots of sambuca, sans toga from a Greek column and Marcia Farquhar hosted a champagne speakeasy where punters could sit and hear a story or two.Join us for this legendary event to try drinks specially developed by some of the region's most exciting artists, from behind their bespoke bars, then join us on the dance floor till the small hours.
This event is 18+.
ACCESS: The venue is flat throughout and has a disabled toilet.
Refugees and asylum seekers go free and we are also operating a free 'skint list' for those without the funds to attend. Email email@example.com to confirm your place.
COVID POLICY: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The venue is large and we will space bars out, and has very good ventilation. We currently plan to ask all audience members to show evidence of a negative covid test (lateral flow or PCR) within 48 hours. We reserve the right to update this policy if the situation changes.