A new artist-run project space with contemporary gallery and studios will open next month in Birmingham.

Called Odox, it will exhibit contemporary art and design and has four studio spaces for local artists alongside a programme of workshops, talks and events.

The space has been created in Great Hampton Works, a grade II-listed former brass factory in Great Hampton Row, close to the Jewellery Quarter, and is the brainchild of artists Rob Hamp and Jay Taylor.

The pair, who lecture in fine art and illustration courses at Coventry University, said they hoped to make Odox "a destination for artists, designers, collectors and creative entrepreneurs".

Former brass factory Great Hampton Works has provided a home for Odox
Former brass factory Great Hampton Works has provided a home for Odox

Mr Taylor has previously worked as a professional illustrator for clients such as the Guardian, Virgin and Channel 4 and has exhibited across the globe while Mr Hamp is an author and artist whose practice spans film, installation and sculpture.

All four studio spaces have already been filled and one of the first to sign up is Thomas Parry, known for his Birmingham brand 'Made on the Canal' which features illustrations of the city's landmark buildings, structures and monuments.

 

Mr Parry featured in BirminghamLive's 30 Under 30 campaign last year which highlighted the work of some of the city's most inspiring young people.

Mr Taylor said: "Our ethos is to encourage a lively community of practitioners across disciplines, supporting the development of emerging and more established practitioners.

"We want to create a welcoming community and a more transparent and inclusive art world.

"We welcome multi-disciplinary practice, including fine art, illustration, design and animation, with the aim of expanding the definition of exhibition practice.

"We will invite a range of practising professionals from a diverse range of disciplines to offer creative workshops.

"It will encourage an exchange of skills, ideas and creativity between local and international artists, designers and makers, curators, illustrators and animators."

Odox will open its doors over the weekend of February 8 and 9.