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.
Address: 69 Station Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SS
Phone: 07769 530 557
Eclectic mix of local, national and international live music on a monthly basis. Social, educational, cultural, musical, friendly. Warm welcome to all. World music lounge first Thursday of the month.
Address: St Columba Church (main church), B13 8DL
E-mail: Sophie Handy firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 07768 431124
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.
Address: The Moseley Exchange, B13 8JP
Phone: 07458 306 508
All activities aims to work with young people and local communities to make make sense of the world using creative and cultural action. There is a combination of one of projects that use a variety of art forms appropriate for the subject, and also one off events that are hosted by either the organisation or members of the community.
Address: The GAP, 498 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH
21 years of community music making for people with an interest in Afro-Brazilian percussion, music and dance (a.k.a. Samba). Based in B12, we offer tuition, workshops and performances in all areas.
Phone number: 07504 263 039
Misfits Music, founded in 2018, aims to bring people together through group music making and social activities.
Our flagship project, The Moseley Misfits is a community music group in South Birmingham for adults that play any instrument to any ability. Since the introduction of social distancing in March 2019, we have worked hard to move our activities both outdoors, into small groups and online to ensure we keep bringing people together through music.
Address: Misfits Music Foundation, The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP
Phone: 07458 306 508