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We’re delighted to host British born Lucy McLauchlan. Lucy’s large-scale monochromatic paintings have covered multi-story buildings across Europe, gigantic billboards in China, windows in Japan, huts in The Gambia, Italian water towers, Norwegian lighthouse, Detroit car parks and abandoned NYC subway tunnels.

Implicit within her work is a deep respect for nature as she draws inspiration from her immediate environment; allowing it to inform and direct what is an intuitive and explorative process.


Within Lucy’s ongoing ‘investigation’ into some of Birmingham’s more unapparent areas, ‘Birmingham By Pass’ features new works referencing her days spent along the canals and waterways of Digbeth. Culminating in an installation at the intimate gallery space located just off the canal within Centrala.


Lucy’s residency runs from the 9th June to the 8th July, with works along the surrounding canal side.





Art gallery and creative space promoting Central and Eastern European art and culture

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We are a multifunctional venue for local and regional events and festivals. We celebrate and welcome music, film and performance art.

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Centrala offers space for meetings, desk sharing, workshop and conferences

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Our cafe at Centrala is the perfect place to come and take a break from the big city, relax and unwind with a tea or coffee by the canal, or if you're on the go, choose from our selection of organic drinks and ethically sourced snacks! We are open from 11-6pm, Tuesday to Friday, 1-6pm Saturdays.

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Venue hire

You can hire our gallery space, meeting room or our brand new Art Loft for your event and we can also help your organise it if you require a helping hand! Don't be afraid to ask.


Centrala is a destination place for artists, free thinkers and citizens just like you. The gallery aim to be an inspirational place and platform for building social ties and bridging communities.

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Behind The Curtain Film Festival

Eastern European Film Festival

Behind the Curtain Festival brings critically acclaimed films, new media and music from Central and Eastern Europe to Birmingham

Positive  and inclusive festival

Festival promotes a positive inclusive and super diverse image of the city nationally and internationally, which new Central and Eastern European Communities can belong to.


Opening times:

Tuesday- Friday





Gallery space

A modern day venue with a classic clean look. Our big white walls and concrete flooring create ideal place for Art exhibitions, music or film events and private parties for any occasions. The venue is equipped with a projector and pulldown screen, and you can benefit from free Wi-Fi and on-site parking.

Our gallery space has its own café were you can get yourself a cup of tea or coffee with a lovely slice of cake or get some Polish pierogi or one of our delicious sandwiches, handmade daily.

Feel free to contact us for any other requirements

0121 439 3050

Meeting room

We are offering a flexible meeting room that can easily be converted into training room, work shop space or a conference room.

It accommodates up to 16 people conference style and 25 in a theatre style. Our meeting room is fully equipped with projector, flip charts, white board.

Refreshments or full catering is available on request.

Our space is provided with free WI-FI and on site car park.

Prices start at only £10 (+ VAT) per 1 hour.

Email us at bookings@polishexpats.org.uk or call 0121 439 3050 for more information

Art Loft

Our BRAND NEW Art Loft is now open to the public, providing a large, open plan space perfect for any event or installation. Currently our Art Loft is open to the public hosting our latest Exhibition from Yelena Popova, Nika Neelova and Olga Grotova, ‘SEVENTEEN’. We have already hosted events such as Supersonic Launch Party and Sensateria in our Art Loft and are open to all kinds of applications for the space!