Director and Artist-Curator, Eastside Projects
Gavin Wade is an artist-curator and founder of Eastside Projects, an artist-run multiverse in Birmingham, and is also Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City University.
After living and working in London from 1991-2004 Gavin returned to his home town Birmingham with his family in 2004. He proposed a new artist-run space as public gallery and Eastside Projects was launched in 2008 as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England in partnership with Birmingham City University, with Gavin leading a team of collaborative artists, designers and architects. Since then the organization has grown from strength to strength and in 2010 Gavin received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award for exceptional cultural entrepreneurs.
Gavin’s major exhibition ‘In the Midst of Things’, across Bournville Village in 1999 was heralded as ‘perhaps the most intriguing example of a site-specific project I’ve seen in Britain’ by Tate Britain Director Alex Farquharson. Gavin’s diverse sites for commissioning art include a Naval Frigate, Portsmouth Cathedral, Greenham Common, Clumber Park, London Underground, and Dudley Zoo. He is currently working on co-designing the new Smithfield Market of Birmingham through the process of artist-engineering.
Gavin has made art and curated exhibitions around the world including Guangzhou, Johannesburg, New York, San Francisco, Bergen, Amsterdam, Sharjah, Dublin, Berlin and Venice. He is publisher and author of many books including ‘Strategic Questions’ founded in 2002 – an ongoing series of artworks as publications that answer the 40 questions you need to know the answers to in order to solve all the worlds problems! He is a life long fan of the comic book form, plays football once a week and is a singer songwriter just releasing his 2nd album, Songs of the Modern World: Volume 2, with New reality Records. He is on social media as @eprjcts and @gavin_wade_