Birmingham’s own visual pop culture happening is back this Autumn with a packed programme of free workshops and events, encouraging people from across the city to reclaim their lunch break and do something different.


Eye Candy Festival kicks off on 28th September, running for 11 days from its new home in Great Western Arcade. Badge making, temporary tattoos, jewellery, ceramic pot and decoration making, carbon poster printing and designing your own shopping tote bag are all on offer with the Eye Candy team employing the services of illustrators, ceramicists, artists and makers from across the UK to inspire and teach people new creative skills.


During the temporary opening visitors will get the chance to create their own piece of work as well as buy artist items from the store offering a temporary space for accessible art making and purchasing.


With limited edition prints by a range of illustrators, including an exclusive by Brumhaus (attached), artist produced homewares, gifts, cards, jewellery, clothing and books the store is offering creatives a chance to sell work in the city that rarely gets the opportunity to be seen.


Alongside the pop up store Eye Candy is also putting on an illustration and art fair at St Martin in the Bullring on Saturday 1st October where over 30 artists will be selling items.


Free to enter, the fair will give visitors the chance to try their hands at ceramics with Kate Andrews, make a fabric banner with The Crafts Collective, do some hand stitching with Sparklymouse, make their own Zine with Lewis Moran and get a Peruvian ‘chicha’ inspired portrayed drawn by Michelle Turton.


Later in the Autumn Eye Candy will be teaming up with Southside BID to commission several artists to produce new large-scale pieces of work in the district including a piece for The Arcadian Centre by illustrator Ben Javens.


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