500 – 504 Moseley Road
Gallery / Cafe / Factory
Ort Gallery is a separate organisation from Ort Cafe – the art and community cafe based on the ground floor, just below the gallery and The Old Print Works – the factory space that houses both Ort Cafe and Ort Gallery but is also a charity in it’s own right.
Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm (during exhibitions)
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Unfortunately the access to Ort Gallery is via stairs only and we do not currently have the resources to install a lift. However we will host regular events in the cafe and in other venues that are more accessible.
Please see above regarding the difference between cafe, gallery and factory space before contacting us
Who we are
Programme Manager (Utsav Project)
Harpreet is a cultural consultant who is joining Ort Gallery as a Programme Manager for the Utsav Project part of Birmingham City Council’s Year of South Asian Arts.
Ian is a Curator and producer of Visual Art and Cinema. He is the director of Kalaboration. At Ort Gallery Ian advises on the programme and curates exhibitions. @iashent
Josephine is a Curator and Producer of Visual Arts. Co-founder of Ort Cafe and founder of Ort Gallery. At Ort Gallery Josephine programmes, fundraises and curates exhibitions and events.
Research and Volunteer Coordinator (Janet Mendelsohn Project)
Rachael is a producer who is joining Ort Gallery for a new project looking into the history of immigration and social housing of Balsall Heath.
Ridhi is a local networker with a passion to change communities from within.
Ridhi is a co-founder of Ort Cafe. At Ort Gallery Ridhi is responsible for ensuring that are programme is as diverse as Birmingham.
Tim is an independent theatre and events creative producer specialising in built environment. At Ort Gallery Tim supports our partnership work in the city and beyond.
Ort Gallery is an artist-led exhibition space in Balsall Heath, Birmingham with the social mission to facilitate dialogue in the community.
Through our work we explore what role an international programme of contemporary art can play in community strengthening. We exhibit ambitious and daring new art work in an old factory space and ensure every exhibition has a strong impact on the local area and it’s residents. We work with socially engaged internationally acclaimed artists (previously Ellie Harrison, Leah Gordon, Juneau Projects, Paul O’Kane and Pil and Galia Kollectiv amongst others) in order to ensure that the art-work is not just shown but lived through our audiences. This is done in a variety of ways such as workshops, poetry events, walks, talks and by the audiences becoming part of the projects. We are an approachable venue, inviting new audiences to the space and celebrating the diversity of Balsall Heath and Birmingham.
Ort Gallery’s curatorial programming is concerned with bringing world-class art to an area lacking cultural activity and engaging the audiences in an organic and meaningful way. Balsall Heath is considered a deprived neighbourhood, and our aim is to raise the profile of the area through cultural events as well as promoting community cohesion and quality of life. Our engagement programme grew organically out of events we hosted for the community.
The artists we work with are dedicated to social change and deal with issues found in Balsall Heath within their practices. We aim for the artists we work with to represent the diversity of people in our immediate area. We believe quality is achieved in many different ways, one of which is to give up and coming artists a platform to exhibit their work and to kick start their career. Ort Gallery pays all the artists we work with a fair wage based on a-n guidelines.
Artists are welcome to submit proposals for future projects. For more information please e-mail: info (a) ortgallery.co.uk with a short introduction.