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Following the huge popularity of Birmingham’s first Artists Behind Bars event in 2017, we’re doing it again on March 1st as part of Digbeth First Friday.
The Artists Behind Bars 2019 are: Kitty Finer, Alex Billingham, Adam Carver, Sebastian Hau-Walker, Marcus Keating, Elinor Coleman, Lacey-Lou, Pablo Pakula, Louisa Robbin, Emily Sparkes, Cathy Wade, Jacob Williams.
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 oftentimes illicit social spaces of raves, fiestas, carnivals and beach bars.
Examples of past bars to have popped up at Artist Behind Bars events include French Riviera’s purple rain bar (tribute to Prince), Brian Catling put himself behind literal bars – held himself prisoner whilst serving sprits, Benedict Drew served drinks from the inside of his jacket, 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 regions most exciting artists, from behind their bespoke bars, Then join us on the dance floor till the small hours.