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Theatre Mix @ home

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: 11/03/2021

Time: 8pm (running time approx 1hr)

Our YouTube channel where you will find us on the night: https://bit.ly/3gztK3S

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.

Free to watch (donations welcome)

Suitable for 14+ (sometimes pieces contain swearing)

For more information contact theatremixbirmingham@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/718966215436443

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.

Gush Theatre’s Theatre Mix @ home – slots available

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 11th March 2021 at 8pm

More information and how to apply can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cmPBM8-6em8aRY6F5sN4j_Hua0fTSoDa3x-dI1AA5D4/edit?usp=sharing

Contact: theatremixbirmingham@gmail.com

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Craft workshop – inviting women to imagine a cultural event for Moseley Road in 2022

A 1.5 hour stitching/drawing/writing workshop with artist Shaheen Ahmed facilitated by Craftspace on Zoom. Participants will receive a craft pack but must live locally in or around the Moseley Road.

Calling women residents who live or work on or around the Moseley Road in Balsall Heath.

Have your say about a local cultural celebration in 2022 when the Commonwealth Games comes to Birmingham. Birmingham City Council wants to ensure residents across the city collaborate with artists to create a range of high-quality cultural experiences during 2022.

Craftspace is inviting women and girls in Balsall Heath to take part in a consultation about developing arts-led cultural activity to take place in and around the Moseley Road area.

There are two ways to participate:

Take part in free 1.5 hour craft workshops with artist Shaheen Ahmed on Zoom. Participants will receive a craft pack but must live locally around the Moseley Road/Balsall Heath area.

  • Sunday 14th February 3-4.30pm
  • Monday 15th February 5-6.30pm.

Captions available. 10 places available for each workshop.

OR

Download and print an illustration by Shaheen Ahmed to write, draw or stitch your thoughts in response to these questions. You can also answer the questions using the online form.

  • What does the word or the idea of ‘Commonwealth’ mean to you?
  • What ‘common’ ‘wealth’ (cultures, resources, people, spaces, skills) do we have in Balsall Heath and want to share and celebrate as a community?
  • What sort of cultural activity/community event involving artists would you like to be involved in?

For more information on the project or any enquiries about the consultation, please contact Craftspace directly at d.figueiredo@craftspace.co.uk .

Job Opportunities from Unlimited

Unlimited, a disability-led arts commissioning programme, are currently transitioning to being an independent organisation.

We are recruiting for a full-time Artist Support role who will help support Unlimited artists and coordinate, deliver, and evaluate Unlimited activities, alongside the team, helping develop and working within the new organisation’s guidelines and policies. The position is open for applicants based anywhere in the UK.

The salary for this role is between £23,000 and £25,000 depending on experience. 
Deadline to apply is 12 noon Friday 12 March 2021.


We are also recruiting a Visual Identity brief. We are looking for someone/a team who will work with us on a freelance basis to create a visual identity which: 

  • Can be used to launch the new organisation, signify its evolution into a new organisation, and to mark this next stage in Unlimited’s development 
  • Reflects Unlimited’s new mission and values 
  • Is designed with accessibility at its heart, meeting the highest accessibility standards and created for and with the involvement of disabled artists 

The fee for this contract is£5000 including VAT. Deadline to apply is5pm on Friday 26 February 2021.


We encourage people from any background to apply to either roles. We are committed to creating a team which is representative of our society, and to bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences to help shape what we do and how we work.

Full information on the roles, including job description and how to apply, can be found here: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/new-roles-want-to-work-for-advise-support-unlimited/

Moseley Misfits Choir

Register your interest in The Misfits Choir.

The Misfits Choir (Birmingham, UK) for adults will meet for fun weekly sessions. You’ll sing the songs you love, connect with others and learn breathing techniques that will help you to feel great.

These techniques will also help anyone managing conditions such as Long Covid and other respiratory problems on their road to recovery.

Register your interest now via: https://misfitsmusic.org.uk/the-misfits-choir or email rob@misfitsmusic.org.uk

Who cares? At what price? The hidden costs of socially engaged arts labour and the moral failure of cultural policy.

An interesting paper by Professor Eleonora Belfiore on how Artists involved in community based work should/could be supported.

We really welcome an open discussion about how Artists in our area can be supported to do their best work and engage with local residents in a meaningful way. Often that means that Artists themselves need to be supported with plenty of opportunities for development and nurture. Professor Belfiore’s paper is a really welcome contribution to this discussion.

If you wish to direct people to papers, articles, websites, organisations, courses or conferences then please share generously – we’re very happy to publish contributions here!

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1367549420982863

Request for schools, colleges and exhibition venues within Hall Green

Hall Green Families, as part of Accord Housing, have been awarded NHS England funding to recruit young people to co-design covid, winter & mental health messages.

Our young people are age 11 to 18 who live, study and work in Hall Green locality, which includes Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Moseley, Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and Hall Green. We work in subgroups, which enable us to make the most of our time, resources and skills.

We are looking for schools and colleges to collaborate with. Ideally this will be within your school curriculum as part of, not limited to, art, ICT or design.

The aim is for your learners to produce something  that can be exhibited or interacted with, hopefully in the public, to showcase their work and achievements. We want young people to set the agenda, hence why we haven’t outlined what will be created.

We will work together to map out the right questions for your young people, as everyone as different needs.

We would love for this exhibition to highlight the voice of young people and their Covid experiences in 2020.

We are also looking for venues within Hall Green to exhibit the final work.

If your school would like to be involved, or if you are interested in showcasing the project, please contact Project Manager Simarjeet.Kaur@accordgroup.org.uk.

Public Health Arts Commissions

Public Health are seeking to work with a series of creative arts providers to develop arts based COVID-19 messaging, particularly through different cultural mediums, to engage with different ethnic communities. This work will support the COVID champion programme which currently has 523 members across the 69 wards in the City. 

We are looking for Arts based programmes that will engage residents in activities which contribute to the protection and health and wellbeing of Birmingham residents. Arts and Health interventions capture the public’s attention, meet them where they consume information and convey reliable messages in ways that are accessible across languages, ages, cultural affiliations and education levels. The Arts have been shown to be an effective and efficient means for communicating health information to larger audiences. This method enhances emotional engagement with messages and optimises social learning patterns and motivation to change behaviours. Arts in Health Education is used to create memorable messages with outcomes which will be enhanced by strategic approaches of multiple modes of communication.

The provider(s) will be required to have relevant track record of delivering Creative and/or Art’s based projects.

A Contemporary Music with under 25’s
B African and Caribbean Music
C Central and Eastern European Music
D Asian Music
E Visual Arts with 30 to 50 year old’s
F Spoken Word and Poetry with 60+
G Spoken Word and Poetry with the under 18’s
H Theatre with intergenerational families

Please note that Bidders may express an interest in one, multiple or all Lots under this tender.

The Council will be using its free to use e-tendering system (in-tend) for the administration of this procurement process and potential suppliers must register with the system to be able to express an interest. If you wish to express an interest in this opportunity please click on the following link to access https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/ and submit your details to register. You will then be sent details on how to log on which will enable you to download all relevant quotation documentation. 

If you are unable to register with In-tend or have any questions or problems on how to use this web site please either email us at: cps@birmingham.gov.uk or call CPS Helpdesk on 0121 464 8000.

Your completed quotation submission should be returned by noon on 5th February 2021 via the ‘in-tend’ system https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc

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!