All Ears

Capsule were invited to curate an exhibition of new works responding to innovations in early music technology, using the Birmingham Museum Trusts archive of Victorian music boxes as a starting point, the exhibition was hosted by Millennium Point. The mechanisation of sound creation began as soon as technology allowed it. In the 19th century, mechanical musical […]




Capsule gigs

Over the last 16 years we have brought some of the most adventurous musicians to Birmingham, whilst also championing an array of regional talent. The key to our programming is that we have eclectic and diverse tastes. We haven’t got stuck with one type of genre, we stay curious, searching out the most exciting artists, challenging […]




Moog Sound Lab

As part of our artist development programme, Capsule partnered with the internationally renowned Moog Sound Lab and Birmingham City University over the summer of 2015 to create a four week residency programme, based at the Parkside campus. The Moog Sound Lab focused on organic experimentation and created a unique opportunity for artists to explore analog […]




Supersonic Kids Gigs

  Ever since Schoenberg and Kandinsky became pen pals back in 1907, avant-garde art and experimental music has been attempting to find some common ground. But, it’s not been easy. Here’s Capsule’s pioneering contribution towards a solution: Supersonic Kids Gigs ‘Big Sounds for Little People’. If you couldn’t guess from the snappy title, it’s a […]




The Grand Cross Fayre

Capsule were invited to curate a festival of new music and performance as part of Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent. We worked in partnership with the Hanford Residents Association to create a magical event. Appetite’s mission is to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts, working with a range of local and […]




Who Wears The Trousers – RSC

Capsule were invited to curate an exhibition for the Royal Shakespeare Company in response to the Roaring Girl Season, we worked with the Girls Who Draw, a group of female illustrators from across the UK. Inspired by the Swan Theatre production, they playfully explored the tradition of cross-dressing in theatre and how clothes are used […]




Bring to Light

As part of the Discovery season Capsule produced and curated  a weekend of adventurous music, celebrating the very best in new music and performance. Which saw performances from visual artist turned sonic performer Dinos Chapman, South Africa’s Shangaan Electro, the ‘brain pulse music’ of Masaki Batoh, Josephine Foster, and more. The programme saw performances in the industrial space of the […]




Library of Birmingham Opening Season

From September right through to December 2013 Capsule were appointed to curate, produce and manage the Discovery Season – a four month programme of  dynamic events, activities and performances for residents of and visitors to Birmingham on the theme of Discovery,  celebrating the opening of Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe. This […]




Supersonic Festival

“a celebration of the expressive, challenging and generally out there” The Times “Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival occupies an exalted position at the vanguard of the festival circuit. And rightly so. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has maintained a staggeringly focused and intelligent curatorial policy, transcending the music and art worlds to present a […]




University of Birmingham artist residency

Capsule are delighted to embark upon a new partnership with the University of Birmingham, supporting an artist to make and display work in response to the university’s fascinating and varied collections. Sound artist Sarah Farmer will be working with both the Lapworth Museum of Geology  and the Winterbourne botanical collection through spring 2013. Farmer will […]




Home of Metal – 40 years of Heavy Metal and its unique birthplace

‘Birmingham begun with the production of the anvil, and probably will end with them. The sons of the hammer, were once her chief inhabitants’. William Hutton b. 1723. First historian of Birmingham. Home of Metal – 40 years of Heavy Metal and its unique birthplace was a major exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. […]




Home of Metal

  “I’m really proud to be a Brummie and to call Birmingham my home, that’s why I’m supporting the Home Of Metal events and message. Your surroundings and experiences influence your music  so it’s important for people to know where that music came from.” Tony Iommi Black Sabbath After over 5 years of dreaming, planning, […]




You Should Be Living: The Visual Language of Heavy Metal

The global influence of Heavy Metal reaches beyond music, the heritage of the region seeping into all corners of culture. At Wolverhampton Art Gallery You Should Be Living: The Visual Language of Heavy Metal, Capsule explored the impact Heavy Metal has had on visual art.    




Mark Titchner – BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION

BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION was a major solo exhibition at New Art Gallery Walsall by internationally renowned artist and former Turner prize nominee, Mark Titchner. An artist hugely inspired by Heavy Metal, Capsule invited Titchner to talk at the Metal Symposium in 2007 and have maintained a strong relationship with this artist throughout the […]




Sonic Graffiti

Walking the streets near to Supersonic Festival, the ubiquitous signs of neglect passing you by. Set into a decaying wall there is a headphone socket. You unplug from your own music and plug yourself into the city. The sounds you hear are of and from this place, dark and decayed. Sonic Graffiti was a co […]




Architecture Week

As part of this event, Capsule were invited to produce a series of installations and exhibitions that explored the relationship between art and architecture. This programme included an installation of ‘skate-able’ structures, a portable wooden museum and an exhibition of sculptures created with disused skateboards. These projects were based around Birmingham city centre’s Mailbox, dynamically […]




Unafied Family Exhibition

Capsule presented Unabomber skate label’s first public celebration and show of the underbelly of artists involved at the company. Past, present and future were represented by the likes of Pete Fowler, Toby Paterson, Adam Neate, Nick Taylor, Will Sweeney, Tom Barwick, Pete Hellicar, Harry, GFM, Darryl Smith, Wig Worland, Rich Holland, Marjie De Hass, Foz, […]




GIANT

Capsule held the first UK exhibition outside of London for artist Shepherd Fairey aka GIANT in 2000. Unique silk screen prints were exhibited alongside prints most commonly seen billboarded on the streets of American cities. Fairey plays with society’s worship of corporate icons and logos in an experiment in phenomenology. The exhibition took place at […]