Eye Candy – A visual pop culture happening
Selecting exhibitors, speakers and designers from across the globe Eye Candy showcases illustration, art and design through a programme of events (exhibitions, expo, meet-ups, interventions), a talks program (with industry heavyweights) and creative workshops.


-NEW artist shop and creative pop up space opens in Great Western Arcade on 28th September

-FREE lunchtime and afterwork creative workshops for 11 days

-Illustration & Art Fair at St Martin in the Bullring on 1st October

Eye Candy returns on the 28th September with a packed programme encouraging workers in the city to reclaim their lunch breaks and learn something new with 11 days of free workshops at a new pop up space in Birmingham’s 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, 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.

Co-curator Kerry O’Coy commented, “Eye Candy is about celebrating and giving due credit to the amazing skill and creativity of talented artists and making it accessible to as many people as possible; and what better way than in the heart of one of the city’s favourite shopping arcades and the iconic St Martin in the Bullring.”

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.

For further information and a timetable visit eyecandyfestival.co.uk.

Eye Candy is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme. It is also supported Southside Business Improvement District. 



The event takes place in Birmingham, UK.

Mid September to late October 2016.

The event is FREE to attend.

Eye Candy presents MUCHO BRUMCHA for Birmingham Weekender
A mix of workshops, performance and music inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations

See our video here by Paul McHale:
2014 event

See videos of the events that took place in 2013 by Craig Bush:
2013 Festival


See videos of the events that took place in 2012 by Craig Bush:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Brothers of the Stripe


Eye Candy gratefully acknowledges the support funding via Arts Council England and the continued support and funding by Southside BID.