Banner Making for families at Moseley Road Baths

Join the People’s Heritage Co-operative this Half Term to find out more about the history of our rights and representation and make your own banner.

During October Half Term, families are invited to Moseley Road Baths to a free drop-in workshop to make a banner to go alongside banners created by community participants as part of the Represent exhibition.  Taking inspiration from stories of how people have historically made change in their communities, in our city and further afield, this is a chance to get creative and make your voice heard.

Whatever the issue closest to your heart – social justice, our environment, education, healthcare, inequality, animal welfare, safer streets – come and follow in the footsteps of Brummies of the past and express your ideas for the world to see!

Date and time: Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th October, 2pm-5pm

Venue: Gala Pool, Moseley Road Baths, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath B12 9BX

Booking: None needed, turn up on the day and staff will direct you to the Gala Pool

Contact: rachel@peoplesheritagecoop.uk

Women from Saheli Hub raise their banners as part of Represent’s community heritage project

We hope that this project sparks conversations and ideas about political organisation and representation a century ago and in the present day. Share your thoughts with us on Social Media by using the hashtag #RepresentBrum.

Represent is a project by the People’s Heritage Co-operative, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, examining these questions through archival research, co-learning and creative responses with community participants from Saheli Hub and the Monday morning coffee group at Edgbaston Community Centre. It is supported by The Active Wellbeing Society and the Library of Birmingham’s Archives and Collections service.

Please note that the Gala Pool is accessed by steps leading into the pool, therefore we regret that it is not fully accessible for people with limited mobility. In terms of Covid-19 safety, the Gala Pool is a spacious and well ventilated area. We strongly encourage visitors to make use of hand sanitiser provided and respect the space of others.

Balsall Heath Second Saturday – 9th October 2021 to 12th March 2022

Balsall Heath Second Saturday.  A monthly festival celebrating community, arts, heritage, sports, and food in Balsall Heath.

A festival celebrating the rich community of Balsall Heath; praising its history, diversity and creativity each month and firmly putting us on the map as a destination for families to enjoy.

Over the next 6 months, Second Saturday aims to highlight the work of leading arts, heritage and community organisations based on Moseley Road who want to join together and promote their shared values of raising the profile of Balsall Heath. 

We aim to bring people from different faith and ethnic backgrounds together and sing the praises of Balsall Heath, a deprived area of our city. 

Kick starting on the 9th October, our mini festival for families and residents who will expect to experience local food, heritage buildings, well-being, arts, and literature. 

Firmly putting our often overlooked neighbourhood on the map, celebrate the diversity found here and promote community cohesion. 

Each ‘Second Saturday’ takes place from 10am-10pm on the following dates:

  • 9th Oct
  • 13th Nov
  • 11th Dec
  • 8th Jan
  • 12th Feb
  • 12th Mar

The organisations involved and who will host Second Saturday’s program of events are:

  • The Darkroom
  • The Gap Arts
  • Moseley Community Hub
  • Moseley Road Baths
  • The Old Print Works
  • ORT Gallery

For more details contact: Sadim.garvey@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk

EXHIBITION – ‘Drawing Connections ~ Stories of Community Spirit in Balsall Heath’

This exhibition shares a series of illustrations by local young artist Haseebah Ali that celebrate some of the social spaces and sites of community spirit that can be found in both the past and present of Balsall Heath.

Commissioned by us at The GAP Arts Project, each of Haseebah’s illustrations responds to a specific story drawn from oral history interviews that we conducted with eight members of the Balsall Heath community throughout 2020, excerpts of which are displayed alongside the images.

Taking place within barbershops, convenience stores, youth centres, Carnival, garden centres and more, these illustrations and the stories contained within them highlight the community connections between people living in the area and how these threads are weaved across time and space.

We’re inviting all our visitors to respond to the exhibition by creating a postcard design that shares your own personal stories, memories and experiences of Balsall Heath’s social spaces and community spirit. Draw and write on one of the blank postcards provided, then add this to our collection by hanging it up in our cafe display area for others to view!

Free. All materials provided. Self-led activity. All ages welcome! Take part at any time during our opening hours.

Where: The GAP Arts Project, 498 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH

When: 13th September – 16th October

Website: www.thegapartsproject.co.uk

Contact: ella@thegapartsproject.co.uk

Lok Virsa: Good Vibrations-Buttons, Beads and Birds

Sonia Sabri Company are running a workshop on Saturday 20th February at 3pm. Using the rich colours & shapes of birds & other animals depicted in Persian Folk art, we’ll be making our own bold, bright & sparkly craft!

Using the rich colours and shapes of the birds and other animals depicted in Persian Folk art, we will making our own bold, bright and sparkly bird, and abstract shape hangings that we can display in our windows; hopefully bringing a bit of colour and sparkle into our homes.

Please have a look around your house, and gather any scraps of material (felt or cotton is best- but anything will do) wool, ribbon, string, beads, old bits of broken jewellery, sequins you can find. You can use old tea-towels, socks or anything that you know is no longer needed- the more colourful the better. If you have any old bangles or empty rolls of sellotape please hang onto them too- they will come in handy! You will also need a fork.

Workshop will be delivered on ZOOM Pro. All times are GMT.

Please could you ensure that you provide the correct email for us to contact you on to send the link to the workshop. You will receive an email from us at 5pm GMT the day before the workshop. If you do not receive an email in your inbox please check your junk and spam folders.

Any problems please email info@ssco.org.uk

Thank you.

Events may be subject to change.

We also have fantastic dance workshops for all ages on our Facebook page across the week so make sure you check the full festival schedule, join in and have fun!

YOU WILL NEED:

Please have a look around your house, and gather any scraps of material (felt or cotton is best- but anything will do) wool, ribbon, string, beads, old bits of broken jewellery, sequins you can find. You can use old tea-towels, socks or anything that you know is no longer needed- the more colourful the better.

  • Scissors
  • Scraps of ribbon or string
  • Sewing thread
  • Needle
  • Old bangles or empty sellotape rolls
  • Beads (the bigger the holes the better)
  • Sequins or anything sparkly
  • You will also need a fork.

Commonwealth Co-design

The Gap Arts Project are working with 3 local arts organisations, Craftspace, Ort Gallery and Celebrating Sanctuary, to plan a large scale project in 2022 which will feed into the Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games cultural programme.

To to kick it off they will be conducting 2 online sessions where we want to hear from you things such as what common wealth means to you, and what you would want to see as part of an arts project that looks at the themes that common wealth brings up. They will take all that information and co-design a project that you want. It will be a great opportunity to have a real say in the activity that happens in your area!

Session dates and times:

Monday 25th January 2021, 5 – 6.30pm

Monday 8th February 2021, 5 – 6.30pm

​A great opportunity to get involved in shaping a large scale future project in Balsall Heath!

​Want to get involved, drop a line to arron@thegapartsproject.co.uk with your Name, Age, Post Code, and a short sentence of why you want to get involved!

Sound Tapestry Creative Workshop Series

The Gap Arts Project are inviting 12 – 18 year olds in Birmingham to join artist Meera Shakti Osborne and producer A.G. in a FREE creative workshop series exploring self-expression and healing through sound.

Through 6 fortnightly online sessions, you will work with the artists and other young people you meet on the programme to create a Sound Tapestry. This Sound Tapestry will be a collaborative artwork made during the Zoom sessions through sound recordings based on our feelings. The work will be exhibited at The GAP later in 2021 as part of a touring exhibition.

Sound Tapestry is an opportunity to be part of a collaborative art making process, to learn about sound art, and to meet new people.

Who: 12 – 18 year olds living in Birmingham. We especially welcome young people from working class backgrounds and/or who are Black or a person of colour.

Where: Online via Zoom

Date: 13th January – 24th March 2021

When: Every other Wednesday

Time: 5 – 6.30pm

Interested?
Drop an email to ella@thegapartsproject.co.uk with your Name, Age, and Postcode
Spaces are limited so get in touch soon to reserve your spot!

Funded by Arts Council England Project Grants.