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.

2019 event

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 we are aiming 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 and Jim of Seven 9 Signs) to free workshops and guided photo walks (by Tom Hicks of Black Country Type) – there will be a range of activities for people to enjoy.

Free workshops, which will run through mid June and early July, are 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 will spread joy and kindness to the town.

Before Do Fest, and as part of the West Midland Mayor’s Community Weekend on the 29th June, we invite everyone to join us for a pop-up one-day Paint Dudley exhibition at Gather. From 10am you can pick up your FREE art materials (we’ll have paper, canvas, pens and paint) or grab your camera, and get inspired by your surroundings.

Don’t worry about your ability – this is for anyone of any age.

You will have 5 hours to come up with a piece of ‘art’ or something ‘creative’ that you would like to exhibit in the exhibition.

Then bring your friends and join us from 5pm for refreshments and the launch of the town’s first ‘Exhibition in a day’ event. See your work hanging on the walls of Gather.

If you would like to know more email kerry@fusedmagazine.com or just turn up and have some fun with us

 


Eye Candy gratefully acknowledges 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