BOM (Birmingham Open Media) is a  gallery and collaborative workspace for art, technology and science.

BOM opened after a modest £70,000 building refurbishment financed by a mixture of private and public funding, transforming a previously derelict building into a dynamic new creative space, less than one minute’s walk from Birmingham’s New Street Station.

As a community driven non-profit organisation, BOM offers flexible co-working, production and shared studio spaces for artists, technologists and scientists and supports skills sharing through its active community of Fellows and R&D residencies. BOM’s gallery and events space hosts free exhibitions and events that result from creative collaborations and practice-based research with art, technology and science.

Our building refurbishment was made possible through financial support from the Conygar Investment Company PLC, Arts Council England, Biffa Award, UnLtd and DLA Piper. BOM’s building design was led by Alessandro Columbano, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Birmingham City University and Coordinator of Co.Lab.

Nomad is BOM’s in-house Restaurant Partner. We are actively working with local universities and education initiatives to support lifelong learning with creative and digital skills. In particular, Birmingham City University is BOM’s Creative Enterprise Partner, and University of Birmingham is our Research Partner.

BOM’s research and development was supported by Coventry University’s Centre for Disruptive Media, the Library of Birmingham’s GRAIN Photography Hub Network and Lara Ratnaraja.

The Team

Karen Newman, Director Karen

Karen is the Founder and Director of BOM. She is responsible for BOM’s artistic vision, commercial operations and overall management. Previously she was Curator at Open Eye Gallery (2010-12) and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool from 2005 – 2010, as well as a contributing curator to Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 and the Liverpool Biennials 2006 – 2012. She is passionate about supporting practitioners’ creative development through experimental R&D, and has personal interests in digital activism, open culture and DIYbio.

Email: karen@bom.org.uk


Louise Latter, Head of Programme

Louise joined BOM in November 2015. She joins us from FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool where she managed the young people and learning programmes. Louise manages BOM’s programme from exhibitions through to school projects and public programmes. She is interested in exploring curatorial and learning environments, tools and structures. Her personal interests include mental health and technology, feminism and pop(ular) culture.

Email: louise@bom.org.uk



Susan Kruse, Gallery Assistant

Susan joined the team in May 2015 and is an artist, illustrator and maker. She looks after our gallery space, welcoming visitors and facilitating the day to day activities as well as helping us with our digital marketing. She studied fine art at York St John’s University graduating with a first in 2005. When she’s not at BOM, she can be found tinkering with an eclectic mix of materials including wind, rain, smoke, yarn, felt, blood, and more recently (since working at BOM…) digital media.

Email: susan@bom.org.uk



Omar Khan, Digital Content Assistant

Omar joined BOM as Digital Content Assistant in November 2015, after working as a freelance writer & director for just over a year. He studied Journalism at the University of Derby before pursuing his passion for video & photography, spending three months in South Africa working to help rehabilitate gangsters & drug addicted youths using sport & photography. Since then he has worked on a number of short films, music videos & adverts. At BOM Omar captures our events through video, photography and live-streaming, helps deliver our education programmes and manages our digital content online.

Email: omar@bom.org.uk



Simon Bolton

Simon Bolton is an internationally acclaimed designer and innovation consultant, and also Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art his work has been exhibited in the Design Museum London, Axis Gallery in Tokyo and the Pompidou Centre in Paris among others. He is a global thought leader for Procter and Gamble and BSkyB.


Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw is an award-winning photographer and educator who makes use of science, technology and engineering, frequently designing, building and customising cameras to explore representations of space, time and movement. Jonathan is also Co-Director of Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab and Associate Head of Department for Media (Innovation, Profile and Research) in the School of Art and Design, Coventry University where he led a team that pioneered free and open photography educational resources.


Heather Corcoran

Heather Corcoran is Executive Director of Rhizome, a leading organisation to support contemporary art and technology, and an affiliate-in-residence at the New Museum, New York. She also leads Rhizome’s annual art-meets-tech event, Seven on Seven. She comes to Rhizome from FACT, the UK’s leading centre for new media, where she was  Curator; and the artist film commissioning agency, Film and Video Umbrella, where she was Deputy Director. She has held specialist positions at art and technology organisations internationally, including Interaccess in Toronto and the Barbican Centre in London.


Michael Sutton

Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1974 but has spent the majority of his working life in engineering companies in the Midlands mainly in the aerospace industry. Multi national groups he has worked for include Lucas plc, General Signal Corp., Pre Cast Corp., NCH and Williams Holdings plc. In addition to jobs as a Finance Director he had a central role in an MBO from Williams Holdings plc which was followed by a full listing on the LSE.