Home For Waifs And Strays - 'Born To Be Wild' Feminist Art Exhibition Birmingham

I went to the Home for Waifs and Strays Gallery, a part of Digbeth First Friday and as usual it was doing everything as expected for a great art events for one evening of the month. This particular first Friday was a celebration of Grand Union’s fifth birthday. I felt a part of the atmosphere and the vibe among the crowd of talented and gifted artists displaying new art work in many forms.

This art being shown, was work in progress, a taster or a double delight of a rare performance. Seeing this work is a new discovery taking a simplest form of a practice and taking it to a new level in art. This is what I came across going to the Home for Waifs and Strays Gallery. But this gallery did something new and showed the exhibition 'Born To Be Wild' in total darkness with just the visual art performance shown on different television sets and flat white walls using a projector.

All the artists were female and collaborated in this raw and edgy group exhibition.

(c) Gina Smith 2015

The Home for Waifs and Strays Gallery


Home For Waifs And Strays Co-Director Kate Spence invited some of her favourite female performance artists to submit video of their work to be screened at Aprils Digbeth First Friday, coinciding with the opening of STRYX’s feminist residency programme that runs through April and May.

Come and see some of the most exciting female artists creating work and making waves from Newcastle, Bristol, London and Nottingham.

We want to shine a light on them, give you a taste, a taste for more.


Katy Baird @katy_baird
Nicola Canavan @NicolaCanavan
Liz Clarke @LizGClarke
Rachel Parry @ParryArtist
Maria Sideri @mariasideri1806

April 2015
HFWAS at unit 9 Minerva works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
'Born To Be Wild' Exhibition