Art at Work
“Art at Work” is an ongoing research led approach to work creatively and identify investment opportunities which will repair, regenerate and promote links between arts and commercial sectors. PAL is working to develop opportunities for artists to work in new ways with industries and communities. PAL invests to create new spaces and places for artists and commerce to work collaboratively.
In 1999 Jo Capper worked with Mary Butler, Steve Aylin, Margaret Anderton to develop Space Banana. Space Banana was an art gallery housed within BVSC’s (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council’s) conference and office space in Digbeth in Birmingham. Responding to an opportunity to deliver a programme of exhibition and artist residencies Space Banana delivered a series of projects over a 5 year period. Receiving Promoters and Presenters funding from the then Arts Council West Midlands the organisation developed an artist led response to presenting art work outside of conventional gallery spaces and developing new audiences for art. The programme included an artist residency by Karin Khilberg. In 2004 Space Banana was taken over by Cheryl Jones and Matt Westbrook and became Insert Space.