BOM (Birmingham Open Media) is forging a new model of radical practice at the intersection of art, technology and science with measurable social impact.
By making sustained investment in a community of creative practitioners, who we call Fellows, and developing strategic projects and partnerships, we test pioneering ideas that investigate the transformative value of the arts across health, education and society.
BOM is proactively addressing barriers to cultural participation, by connecting world-class practitioners with activist research and communities. We are born from hacker culture. But unlike other hackspaces that are filled with tools and operate on a membership model, our building foregrounds public engagement with a free gallery and events space, and supports a curated community of practitioners to deliver our aims.
BOM is funded through a mixture of public and private partnerships. Our gallery is an evolving space filled with residencies, exhibitions and shared learning. This provides a critical, collaborative environment and an open forum for debate with public audiences for developing work during the R&D stage.
We believe in participation over all else, and feel that investing in the right people with the right support is key to developing transformational arts practices that enable society to fully participate in culture.
We ground our unique vision on an assertion of people, practice and participation:
- Invest in People
- Create Practice
- Re-think Participation
Our community of Fellows is a group of artists, technologists, scientists, producers and researchers who all fuel (and are fuelled by) BOM’s ethos, and help us to deliver our vision.
Birmingham Open Media is a Community Interest Company
registered in England and Wales, no. 8823230.