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  1. The Club's Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked)


    Recent Activity, 80-82 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SR

    Opens 3 May, 6-8.30PM | 4 May - 1 June 2019


    Ryan Kearney and Intervention Architecture


    The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked) retraces the now-demolished past venues of Birmingham’s The Nightingale Club, which first opened in 1969.

    From a terraced house to a working men’s club to an anglers association, its previous sites reflect ongoing threats of regeneration, and the need to shift, occupy and adapt heteronormative structures for queer purpose. 

    Working in collaboration with those who attended the club’s three preceding venues, The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked) maps these spaces from recollections. Architectural plans and models accompany descriptions of walls, floors, doors and windows, replacing absent photographs and positioning both personal and collective narratives within archival significance.




    Digbeth First Friday: Opening

    Friday 3 May, 6-8.30PM

    Join us for the opening of The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked) to coincide with Digbeth First Friday.



    Campania, an explanation and a history

    Saturday 18th May, 2-4PM

    Distanced from the stigma associated with a queer identity in the UK, Campania was an imaginary kingdom that held court at The Nightingale Club. The nation had no set boundaries but queer colonies that went far beyond the club’s walls. During this workshop, participants will consider the characteristics of a queer country through brainstorming, sketching, mapping and conversation.

    This event is free, but booking is essential.