About

Eye candy is an ever-changing celebration of illustration, design and sign writing that takes place in many guises.

From pop-up design-led shops to outdoor street works (including commissioning a 20ft wooden geo fox) we select exhibitors, speakers and designers from across the globe to showcase the best in illustration, art and design through a programme of events (exhibitions, expo, meet-ups, interventions), a talks program (with industry heavyweights) and creative workshops.


2020 events

For 2020

we are delighted to announce our creative partnership with CoLab Dudley.


2019 event – Paint Dudley

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For 2019 we’re concentrating on type and sign writing with a new pilot project called PAINT DUDLEY.

With our partners Gather and CoLab Dudley our aim was to start to ‘brighten up the town centre’ with a range of community interventions. From new type-based commissions shaped by community input (by artists Dan Griffin-Hayes below, and Jim of Seven 9 Signs above) to free workshops and guided photo walks (by Tom Hicks of Black Country Type) – there was a range of activities for people to enjoy.

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Free workshops, ran through mid June and early July, and were available for all ages and abilities culminating in a celebration at Do Fest; a 2-day festival on the 19-20 July of fun and street experiments on the High Street that helped to spread joy and kindness to the town. Including our very own Parklet pictured below.

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Before Do Fest, and as part of the West Midland Mayor’s Community Weekend on the 29th June, we invited everyone to join us for a pop-up one-day Paint Dudley exhibition at Gather. From 10am FREE art materials were made available (paper, canvas, pens and paint) and Black Country Type’s Tom Hicks invited people to grab their camera, and get inspired by thesurroundings.

We gave people 5 hours to come up with a piece of ‘art’ or something ‘creative’ that could be exhibited in the exhibition.

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At 5pm we invited people for refreshments and the launch of the town’s first ‘Exhibition in a day’ event. People submitted sketches, illustrations, painting and photography that we hung in Gather.

If you would like to know more email kerry@fusedmagazine.com.

 


Eye Candy 2019 gratefully acknowledged the funding support via Arts Council England #AceSupported.

Eye Candy and Paint Dudley gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and the Community Fund.

Past events

2016
Artist shop and creative pop up space opens in Great Western Arcade with FREE lunchtime and afterwork creative workshops. Plus an illustration & Art Fair at St Martin in the Bullring and artist commissions in Southside.

2015
Eye Candy presents MUCHO BRUMCHA for Birmingham Weekender
A mix of workshops, performance and music inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations

2014 See our video here by Paul McHale:
2014 event

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

2012

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