Friction Arts/Reality Estates Birmingham U.K.

Our counterpart in Birmingham, England, is an artist-run company encouraging the making of art and the expansion of its boundaries from the predictable. They are passionate about the importance of the artist in the wider world and advocate this role through producing “interventions” outside the traditional places where art is “supposed'” to be found. Our collaborative exchanges are ongoing, allowing both organizations the rare opportunity for peer exchange while fostering dialogue on organizational development for community-based arts. Their recent project Reality Estates was inspired in part by Touchable Stories and The Bobby Mendes Peace Legacy http://www.realityestate.co.uk/2007/08/.