The Birmingham surrealist laboratory

Funded by the Communities and Culture Network+, the Birmingham Surrealist Laboratory is inspired by the life and work of Surrealist artist and thinker Conroy Maddox (1912-2005), who lived in Birmingham over the 1930s-1950s.

The project will draw on Maddox’s work in digital workshops with residents of Balsall Heath, the area of Birmingham in which Maddox held court as a champion of Surrealism over the 1940s and 1950s. The two workshops with local residents will take place in April and May 2014, and will lead to a roundtable event at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts on Saturday 5 July, with expert speakers to include Professor Elza Adamowicz and Dr Silvano Levy.

We are very keen to hear from adult residents of Balsall Heath who might be interested in attending the workshops. See the Call for Participants for further details.

Dr Saskia Warren
Dr Stephen Forcer

Call for participants

Earn £20 for taking part in a 90-minute digital technology workshop.

We are looking for adult residents of Balsall Heath to take part in workshops on Maddox's art, in April and May at the University of Birmingham. The workshops are intended to be enjoyable and informal, and will allow participants to express their own ideas about art using digital technology.

If you are interested please contact either Saskia Warren ( or Stephen Forcer ( or +44 (0)121 414 5985) by Monday 3 March.

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