LONDON, United Kingdom, 28th October 2015.- As part of the cultural programme of the Dual Year celebrated between Mexico and the United Kingdom, the cultural residence exchange takes place, in the framework of this programme, amid the SOMA Institute of Mexico and the Grand Union Gallery in the United Kingdom.


The collaboration between SOMA and Grand Union consists in the cultural residence exchange with the participation of artists, writers and curators from Mexico and the West Midlands, the selected participants will be spent one month in residence at their respective country.


Each organisation will provide a residency tailored to their available facilities, and both will give the selected practitioner the opportunity to explore their practice in a new culture of production, critical discourse and social engagement.


SOMA is a non-profit organization, founded in Mexico City in 2009, conceived to nurture discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art and education in Mexico City. SOMA’s mission is to provide a forum for dialogue between Mexican and international artists, cultural producers, and the public at large. Through various programs we build platforms to collectively investigate what art can become and how it can function in different contexts. SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection, where students and participants have the opportunity to critically analyse their proposals, and where revisiting creative processes is encouraged. SOMA maintains an independent status from other cultural institutions, allowing for flexibility with regard to subject matter and event format.


Grand Union is a gallery and studios, based in Digbeth, Birmingham’s cultural quarter. Its aim is to create an experimental and active site for the production of new artistic and cultural work.


For more information about the programme of activities of the Dual Year between Mexico and the United Kingdom, please visit its official website.