Theatre Mix @ Home is a live-streamed, cross-artform performance night for West Midlands artists. It features performances from a range of West Mids-based artists and creatives, all live-streaming from their own homes.
It’s completely free via YouTube Live, and there will be a donation link on the night for anyone who wishes to donate, with all donations going towards the running of future nights like this.
ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Date: 15/04/2021 Time: 8pm (running time approx 1hr)
Grab yourself a treat, pull up a couch cushion and enjoy some local creative talents.
This event has been made possible by funding from The Society for Theatre Research, Arts Council England Project Grants and support from The GAP Arts Project.
Audience: Sometimes there is strong language, so aimed at 14+
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Birmingham Open Studios returns bigger than ever before, now covering even more of the city. Dozens of artists exhibiting and selling their work from their own homes and studios. Meet creators at work and buy direct. Free to visit and family friendly.
Weekends of 18/19th and 25/26th September 2021, all 11am-5pm
Pick up a guide book from various locations across the city, or visit website to use interactive map. Artists can sign up until 15th July online.
General Public is the collaborative platform of artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman. Broadly speaking, they devise large scale public art projects that incorporate elements of fiction, myth-making, local history re-invention and heritage rebooting.
Often this process involves re-working or inverting an established model or institutional structure. Their approach is interdisciplinary and collaborative: they produce artworks (writing, film, print), devise collaborative frameworks, organise events, curate / commission other artists.
Previous projects have included:
a re-interpretation of the biennale concept in inner-city Birmingham (Balsall Heath Biennale 2011 – 2013),
a science fiction themed light festival exploring the politics of regeneration (Longbridge Light Festival, 2014),
a community competition resulting in 4000 new coins for an inner city area of Birmingham (Handsworth Currency Competition 2014 -15)
an 18-month strategic touring exhibition that uses the migratory movements of hop-pickers as the conceptual basis for a tour (The Hop Project 2016-17).
In 2017/18, they conceived & produced The Endless Village, an apocalyptic sitcom that investigates life in an imagined post-Brexit Britain of the future. This was presented as exhibitions at Eastside Projects and Aspex Portsmouth.
Over the 2018 summer holidays they delivered the ‘Heathland Festival, a ‘children’s festival of ideas’ that occurred at Birmingham Community libraries.
During 2019/20, they were artists in residence at the University of Birmingham where they developed ‘The Pomology Project’ (a reimagining of British orchard traditions in an urban context).
Their current project Let Us Play explores the history of the Adventure Playground movement in Birmingham. The oral histories and archive material generated through the project will be presented in 2021 as part of a series of exhibitions, events and a publication.
A women only, crafting safe space. We teach knitting, crochet and sewing with the view to empowering women through skill sharing and breaking down social barriers.
We understand the issues faced by women and the forms of abuse and trauma they experience. We donate our makes to charitable causes also. Women coming together from all different backgrounds to help one another and their community; local and global.
Birmingham Open Studios returns this September, bigger than ever before, and now covering even more of the city.
Dozens of artists and creators exhibiting from their own homes and studios on the weekends of 18/19th and 25/26th September. Artists who cannot exhibit from their own homes can buddy-up or use a community space. The event is run like an art trail, and is free to visit and family friendly. The public can pick up printed guide books with maps from across the city, or follow the interactive map and guide on our website www.birminghamopenstudios.com
The event allows artists of all calibre to display and sell as much work as they like, all commission free! The interactive element between the artists and art lovers brings a personal element, and promotes community spirit. The event welcomes experienced and brand new artists of all calibres and styles. However, all art must be tangible and non-performance.
Artists can exhibit between one, or all 4 days of the event. The event runs 11am-5pm each day. The membership fee is £42 for the event regardless of how many days they participate.
If you wish to know more, please visit our website and read our About Us and FAQ sections, and sign up online. The deadline for submissions is July 15th
Any questions, please use the contact us form online
Flo is a self-taught vibrant crochet and fibre artist from Birmingham. She took up crochet over 10 years ago and has never looked back. After covering all her family and friends in crochet she then took to the streets, bringing colour wherever she goes. Flo is inspired by nature, feminism, pop culture and whatever is on her mind at the time. Check her out for commissions and make your world a softer place too!
Jane is a participatory artist and mental health professional, combining the two in her practice.
Jane is a participatory artist of British and Guyanese heritage. Jane qualified with a degree in Visual Arts from Lancaster University and has many years experience of reseaching, facilitating and evaluating arts projects, workshops and events.
Following a career as an arts administrator, Jane built on her community arts experience by qualifying in Social Work from Glasgow University. She went onto to manage a number of community based mental health services both in Glasgow, and more recently in Birmingham. She has a commitment to creativity and engagement and has been recognised nationally for her work in creative approaches to organsiational change and consultation. She delivers learning and engagement opportunities with diverse groups of adults, young people and older adults.
Jane has a Masters Degree from University of Birmingham. Her research interest was the creative relationship between Survivor Artists and social work students. In December 2016, Jane co-authored an article published in The International Journal of Social Work.
In 2016, Jane established The Black and Blue Collective– a collaborative live arts organisation that works in co-production with artists and people with lived experience of mental health issues
The Ashiana Community Project, improving the quality of life for people living, working and volunteering in Sparkbrook and surrounding areas. Activities inclide Yoga, Journaling, Craft Sessions and Gardening.
Moseley Road Baths is developing a programme of health, wellbeing and creative activities through their ‘Moseley Road Baths Alive’ work. They are also developing space for Arts activities.
Their ‘Threading Tales Together’ project started in March 2021. They plan to offer yoga, drum’n’bounce, yoga for kids, wim hof meditation, cross stitching, poetry, hip-hop and photography, depending on the interests and stories of participants.
Misfits Music is a Birmingham based charity providing musical and social activities for adults who play any instrument to any ability.
We provide a place for musicians to connect with each other, either online and in-person. We play a variety of repertoire including arrangements of well-known pop songs and film scores alongside collectively written pieces from the group.
Misfits currently run the Moseley Misfits instrumental group, Capo Guitar group and The Misfits Choir.
I aim to nurture curious citizens, confident in their heritage, rooted in their communities, through developing and delivering creative participatory media and heritage projects.
I create film, media and heritage project which tell important and personal stories, that can shape our ideas about the world and lead to positive social and political action. At the heart of this is participatory practice, firmly rooted in using tools for collaboration and co-creation.
I work with arts organisations, youth groups, community projects, schools, charities, advocacy groups and do community-based work in the public sector across the West Midlands. I am particularly interested in exploring projects connected to people’s heritage, community action, oral histories, social justice and urban wildlife.
I am currently developing my participatory practice and leadership as a Fellow on the Gulbenkian Foundation supported Creative Communities Fellowship – hosted by National Art Strategies based in the USA and Derby Museums in the UK.
For more details or even if you would just like to discuss my practice in more detail, please get in touch!
Theatre Mix @ Home is a live-streamed performance night for West Midlands artists – scripted, devised, music, spoken word, cabaret and more. We’re open minded! We have Artist Slots and Open Slots available for our next event.
Where? Your place When? Thursday 15th April 2021 (evening)
Artist Slots: For more developed work. Programmed by organisers Holly and Lisa 15-20 minutes Fee: £100 for a solo act, £200 for a duo Duos can be in a bubble, or we can facilitate two performers remotely on the screen
Note: You will need a stable internet connection and a device to record from (smartphone, laptop etc). GUSH Theatre welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, religion or disability. We are particularly interested in working with people who consider themselves to be from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts sector. Supported by Arts Council England, The Society for Theatre Research & The GAP Arts Project.
Each piece in this exhibition was submitted as an entry to the Youth Rules Lockdown 2021 competition. This competition was run throughout January and February through schools, colleges and community organisations across the Hall Green locality. It was run by a youth project called Youth Covid Challenge that, with NHS England funding, has been working with young people across the same locality to retell Covid messages in a way that relates to them.
The competition required participants, aged 10-18, to respond to the brief: ‘how have you stayed safe and positive throughout lockdown?’, through artwork, digital skills, or writing. As you can see, the results have been amazing and incredibly diverse. It is a testament to the wide variety of lives and experiences of the pandemic throughout this unique corner of Birmingham. The two age categories (10-14 and 15-18) each have three winners respectively, bronze, silver and gold, and were decided on by a panel of young people from the local area who have participated in Youth Covid Challenge on a weekly basis since December.
The Runners Up
The Winners (10-14)
Tallulah (Bronze), Ryan (Silver), Isobel (Gold)
The Winners (15-18)
Jago (Bronze), Akram, Kishore and Deneal (Silver), Cherry (Gold)
Threading Tales Together is a project exploring connection and healing through story. Taking place between March and June, the series of conversations (over a platform that most suits the individual) and Artist guided workshops encourage gentle sharing of stories and a range of creative activities, including textiles, illustration, photography, hip-hop and poetry.
This project is particularly (but not exclusively!) aimed at those who have been shielding during the Covid-19 pandemic and their families, carers and loved ones.
For more information contact Emily.Butler@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk or ring 07926 999 442. Supported by the ‘Moseley Road Baths Alive’ project, with support from BVSC and Moseley Together.