About

Capsule is a cultural alchemist: an innovative curator initiating, producing multi disciplinary work, this encompasses festivals, cultural events, and artist development through partnerships with a range of organisations. Capsule crafts extraordinary cultural projects for curious audiences; we seek to reveal the otherwise indescribable connections between art forms. Our aims are to introduce new audiences to our programme of activity, provide a platform for new work sonic/visual practice, expand the opportunities available for artists to develop and champion the unclassifiable. We have a unique ability to present the highest quality experimental work in a playful and imaginative way in different contexts, allowing us to reach out to diverse audiences. We create a context and critical mass for new work.

From hand crafted wooden structures designed by the award winning Studio Myerscough which acted as a billboard for the opening of the largest library in Europe to an immersive installation with remote control cars with styli attached, which raced across a track constructed from 1000’s of disused vinyl records nestled under a giant viaduct, to a stupendous procession of unexplored rhythms, unsung songs, unexplainable creatures and un-mythical beings set on a village green in Stoke on Trent.


What people say about Capsule

‘Maverick’ The Guardian

‘connects, challenges and inspires’ The Skinny

‘The Birmingham-based Supersonic Festival,  has a distinct identity in the UK’s increasingly crowded festival calendar – but it’s also commendably hard to sum that identity up in a few words.’
Frieze Magazine on Supersonic Festival

‘Contrast, without which we cannot perceive the world, is a phenomenon that defies homogenisation, where pleasure is relief from pain, and pain can be a prime for pleasure; where art is opposed to commerce, and the mundane is pushed back, often all too temporarily, by creativity. Capsule, the curators of the annual Supersonic Festival clearly understand this: from the coarse granularity of its urban, industrial environment so strongly set apart from the fallow fields of most other  festivals, to the finer details of its handpicked programme of new music, installations, workshops, walks and talks, all deftly juxtaposed across a long weekend, the festival never fails to nurture new connections and rupture old ones.’
Musique Machine on Supersonic Festival

‘Its squalid bogs and towers inspired the landscape of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and, during the seventies, it became the concreted ‘Detroit of England’ which galvanised Justin Broadrick to pioneer industrial metal. There was also that sentient, superhero-car called Brum. But let’s not focus on the far-away or recent past – alongside these aforementioned institutions another name should be added to Birmingham’s ‘Star Walk’ that genuinely lines its crippled pavements. And that name is Capsule.’ The Quietus

‘Fiercely independent, outward looking and highly collaborative’
Mark Ball, director of Lift Festival

‘a willingness to escape the traditional’
Spencer Hickman, Rough Trade/Death Waltz Records

‘The work with Capsule has been incredibly rewarding. Home of Metal has been the most successful festival in the Black Country in recent history. Bringing some of the highest visitor numbers to the region for an event of this kind, attracted more press, media and braodcast coverage than any other event or festival and created more political and local authority director interest than any other events programme – all due to Capsule’s diligent and hard efforts. I would recommend Capsule to others as an organisation that do go that one step further and really make a difference’
Max Bailey, Black Country Arts Partnership

‘The personal approach as real enthusiastic members of the fanbase of the music they are curating, as well as being the curators themselves, provides a level of respect and integration which has continued to be a pleasure to encounter’
Stephen O’Malley, artist and musician

‘I’ve performed at Capsle organised events / Supersonic a number of times and every time has been an invaluable experience.  I’ve also been invited to take part in large scale participatory projects with internationally renowned artists which have been some of the most inspiring and rewarding musical experiences I’ve had.’  Katharine Eira Brown, artist and musician

‘Capsule are responsible for initiating an array of consistently diverse and engaging projects, including projects in which I have played a role. Each occasion has been facilitated by an openness to communication which has assisted in the development of the project and has been marked by their wanton enthusiasm and determined professionalism which create an ideal environment for collaboration.’
Nicholas Bullen, artist and founding member of Napalm Death

‘I like to think of Capsule as the peristaltic pump of the independent music scene , a reliable heart pumping blood to the tips  and branches of good music wherever that might be.’
Geoff Dolman, Static Caravan

‘a highly visual festival experience with some of the most eclectic, deconstructed musical minds on the planet.’
Clash Music on Supersonic Festival

Evolving, challenging music that demands interaction from the audience is Supersonic’s speciality.
Stool Pigeon on Supersonic Festival

‘the most consistently brilliant and forward-looking festival in the UK, if not the world’
Vice
on Supersonic Festival

‘memorable to me and I’m sure to each and every attendee, was the richness of the events. The visual art was extraordinary, the Birmingham Museum show alone was something that a few of us thought of hiding out at for a few weeks, the movies, the MUSIC!!’
Professor Deena Weinstein on Home of Metal


Team

Artistic Director/CEO: Lisa Meyer
Executive Producer: Felicity Alwell
Home of Metal Project Manager: Kate Andrews
Finance Administrator:
Neisa Reid

Capsule also work with a range of regular freelancers on different projects including:
Production: 
Urban Audio www.urban-audio.co.uk
Photography:
Katja Ogrin www.katjaogrinphotography.com
Filming:
HTF Media www.htf-media.blogspot.co.uk
Design and illustration:
David Hand www.alongbirdalley.co.uk / Keith Dodds www.portfolio.keithdodds.com
Website:
Jacob Masters www.gabba.net

volunteers

Volunteers
There are plenty of opportunities to be a volunteer at Capsule and join our team, you are able to gain an overview of how our projects work, and to contribute real input and value to what we do. In addition we have a number of intern opportunities during the lead up of Supersonic Festival. Get in contact via  volunteer[at]capsule.org.uk

 


History


Vacancies

Programme Assistant
Fixed term freelance contract,
3 days per week + 5 flexi-days (134 days max) until 30 November 2017 Birmingham
£10,720
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 6 December 2017
Interviews: Wednesday 14 December 2017
Start Date: Monday 9 January 2017

At a pivotal point in Capsule’s 16-year history of crafting extraordinary projects for curious audiences, we are looking for a Programme Assistant to help deliver our vision. This opportunity comes at an exciting time in the organisation’s growth, having secured funding from HLF for a new phase for our ground breaking heritage project Home of Metal and the re-imagining of Supersonic Festival in 2017. Working with the Artistic Director and Executive Producer is a key role for someone who wants to make their mark by helping translate the Capsule vision into action, ensuring the smooth running of our projects throughout our year-round programme.

Capsule seeks a motivated and enthusiastic Programme Assistant to support the delivery of its year-round programme. The Programme Assistant will focus on marketing and promotion of Capsule’s programme and provide administrative support to the team. For the company’s flagship festival, Supersonic 2017, s/he will undertake the role of Artists’ Liaison, overseeing all the logistical needs of the festival’s artists.

The successful candidate will be an organised and proactive individual with an excellent understanding of social media and marketing and good administrative and copywriting skills. A good knowledge of experimental music and arts is also required as the Programme Assistant will contribute to programming.

For an application pack please email info@capsule.org.uk with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the subject.


Board

Debbie Kermode
Debbie is the Artistic Director/CEO of mac 
Previously she was the Deputy Director at Ikon, an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham, prior to which she was the director of Bright Space, an arts education charity that delivered the Creative Partnerships programme for Birmingham and developed cultural opportunities for children and young people. Debbie’s curatorial background saw her lead Ikon’s off-site programme and work with organisations including Fierce Festival, Birmingham Opera Company, RSC and Capsule, bringing programmes as diverse as opera, live art and heavy metal music to younger audiences and innovative public situations.

Anna Russell

General Manager for the Bristol portfolio of properties for National Trust and part of the strategic lead team for development of National Trust in cities. Anna is currently leader of a team of 60 people across three main sites. “Home of Metal is absolutely the sort of project that the National Trust should be championing in the future. Coming to Supersonic and Capsule gigs since the beginning of time … and have loved every minute of it.”

Gina Crane
Gina has worked in the grant-making sector for nine years, and is currently Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Gina works with grant-holders as well as the Foundation itself to help them understand, talk about, and increase the impact they have on those they work with, on their sectors and on decision-makers. Before joining the Foundation in 2007 Gina worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art, literary and talent agents PFD, and as a fundraiser and Alumni Officer at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Gina is also a marathon runner and the Melvins’ biggest fan.

Sarah Ellis
Listed by the Hospital Club as one of the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries in the UK in 2013.  Sarah Ellis is currently Digital Producer for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In partnership with Google, she recently produced Midsummer Night’s Dreaming. In 2012, she produced myShakespeare for the World Shakespeare Festival. In 2011, she was the producer of the RSC’s Adelaide Road, which mixed live performance with an app and website map. As a producer, she has worked with the Old Vic Tunnels, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham REP, Contact, Freeword, Improbable, Southbank Centre, Soho Theatre, and Shunt. She has been Head of Creative Programmes at the Albany Theatre and Programme Manager for Apples & Snakes, England’s leading performance poetry organisation.

 


Contact

Please note our new postal address:

Capsule
Unit 316, Custard Factory
Gibb street
Digbeth
Birmingham UK
B9 4AA

0121 7730402

info(at)capsule.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @supersonicfest

Please note, we welcome new artists to send samples of their work for future consideration however Capsule receive a lot of emails and letters from artists and whilst we endeavour to look into everything that’s sent our way, we cannot guarantee a personal response.


Support

Capsule gratefully acknowledges the support we receive from Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

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