Join The GAP’s Volunteer Team!

Become a part of our friendly volunteer team working together to support our mission of engaging young people and the local community through creative and cultural action!

The running of our venue and its important day-to-day operations is reliant upon a small team of committed volunteers. We’re now looking to expand the team as we re-open our space to the world once again and welcome back our community. We want people who share our vision, have initiative and ideas to share, and who want to get involved in a longer-term journey with us. In the spirit of mutual exchange, we’ll work together to design a range of volunteer benefits in return for your time, energy and commitment, which will include opportunities to get involved in a whole host of other ways.

We’ve outlined below the details of the current roles and how your involvement would support our vision.

To express your interest, fill in your details on our Volunteer Form by the 28th April. Link to form – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xot3p0Uy6EZKvQgImJMicennt1x-iuVCgmgB_nY45r8/viewform?edit_requested=true

We’ll then invite you to come along to an informal group session at The GAP where you can meet the team, see the space, share the vision and find out more details!

COMMUNITY HOSTS

This role is all about making sure our venue is welcoming, accessible and engaging for all our community.

You’ll be the first person our visitors come into contact with, making people feel comfortable, ensuring they’re informed about our work and what’s going on, and encouraging different types of engagement and participation. Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) welcoming and chatting with visitors, engaging them in the exhibitions, answering enquiries, signposting to our upcoming events or projects, collecting feedback, addressing accessibility needs, taking donations, signing people up to our mailing list, etc.

We want individuals who love to connect with and care about people of all ages and backgrounds, are confident and friendly, great communicators, have an understanding of accessibility needs, with a genuine enthusiasm for our work and a desire to get others involved. Ideally you’ll live in or around Balsall Heath.

CAFE CREW

By assisting us with the smooth running of our community cafe, you’ll be helping us to raise the vital funds needed to sustain our work.

Our cafe is a really important way of introducing audiences into our creative and cultural work, whilst also acting as a cosy hub for conversation and community exchange. As well as serving delicious food and drinks, our Café Crew play a very important role in creating a welcoming environment and ensuring our customers have positive experiences that make them want to come back. Responsibilities include greeting and seating, waiting on tables, serving drinks and snacks, and keeping things clean and tidy.

We want individuals who enjoy and are confident in customer service, who can commit to following COVID-secure hygiene procedures, and who are friendly and hospitable towards all different types of people. Ideally you’ll live in or around Balsall Heath.

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: 15/04/2021
Time: 8pm (running time approx 1hr)

Our YouTube channel where you will find us on the night: https://bit.ly/3gztK3S
Facebook event for info & updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/254562116322070/

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 2021

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.

Dates: 11am-5pm on 18/19th and 25/26th September

Website: http://www.birminghamopenstudios.com

Cost: £42 to participate. Free to visit.

Contact: Owen de Visser at studios@artsbrum.com

General Public

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.

Website: www.generalpublic.org.uk

Address: 69 Station Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SS

E-mail: generalpublicprojects@gmail.com

Phone: 07769 530 557

Maddalena Women’s Crafting Project

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.

Facebook: (Private group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1281740178856033

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maddalena_project_moseley

Address: Pachahouse Kitchen Garden at The Friends Institute, 220 Moseley Rd B12 0DG

E-mail: Naima Iqbal – naima.iqbal1@gmail.com

Phone: 07720 220 839

Hall Green Art Society

A local society whose members meet to paint, discuss art and develop their skills through a varied programme of demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions. Artists of all abilities very welcome.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hallgreenart

Address: Meetings at Chatterton Hall, 93b School Road, Hall Green, B28 8JQ. Exhibitions usually in Moseley, Kings Heath or Hall Green.

E-mail: mandywearing@btinternet.com

Phone: 0121 778 3811

Balsall Heath Local History Society

We organise displays and exhibitions, collect memories, work with schools, produce publications and perform street trails in conjunction with the Birmingham History Theatre Company.

Our most recent project is The Lost Children about the Middlemore Emigration Homes. The Society has a base in the Old Print Works with an excellent collection of resources.

Website: www.balsallheathhistory.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Balsall-Heath-Local-History-Society-105287126177313

Address: The Old Print Works, 498-506 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH

E-mail: val.hart@balsallheathhistory.co.uk

Phone: 0121 689 2584

Birmingham Open Studios

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:FibreArtist

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!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/flofibreartist

Instagram: https://instagram.com/flo.fibreartist/

E-mail: Flofibreartist@gmail.com

Phone: 07709 107 170

Jane Thakoordin Arts

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.

Jane is a practicing artist, manager of a University based mental health service and visiting lecturer in social work. She is founder of Birmingham Artivistas – combining creativity and political activism- two elements both very close to Jane’s heart.​

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

Website: www.janethakoordin.com

E-mail: thakoordin@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.thakoordin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janethakoordin_/

Balsall Heath CATS – Children Action Team Support

Balsall Heath CATS is a parent led organisation, set up to run play, leisure, sports, arts and recreational activities for disabled children, young people and families.

Arts activities include parents/carers coffee mornings, with creative and craft opportunities. Mental health well-being. Play and youth sessions with arts focus for disabled CYP.

Website: http://www.bhcats.org.uk/

Address: 110 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9LS

E-mail: Info@bhcats.org.uk

Phone: 07889 930 040

Saheli Hub

Sähëlï – A friend dedicated to improving community health and wellbeing by providing innovative services and solutions that educates, motivates, inspires and empowers.

Art activities include:

  • Talking through what’s on your mind using Art through movement
  • writing
  • photography
  • natures crafts
  • crochet
  • painting
  • printing

Website: Saheli.co.uk

E-mail address: Shebina@saheli.co.uk

Address: Saheli Hub, 257 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9LF

Twitter: @SaheliHub

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sahelihub

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saheli_hub/

Moseley Road Baths

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.

Website: https://moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/

E-mail: Emily Butler at emily.butler@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk

Address: Moseley Road Baths, 497 Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/Threadingtalestogether/
https://www.instagram.com/moseleyrdbaths
https://en-gb.facebook.com/MoseleyRdBaths/
https://twitter.com/MoseleyRdBaths

Misfits Music Foundation

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.

Website: https://misfitsmusic.org.uk/

E-mail: info@misfitsmusic.org.uk

Address: The Moseley Exchange, B13 8JP

Phone: 07458 306 508

Twitter: https://twitter.com/misfits_music/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misfitsmusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misfits_music_foundation/

Rachel Gillies – Film | Media | Heritage

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.

In addition to my Freelance practice, I am Secretary of the People’s Heritage Co-operative and currently manage our Represent project tracing post-WW1 issues around political representation. I am also Co-ordinator of Art Works, the Local Arts Forum for Hall Green Constituency and I manage Balsall Heath Neighbourhood News Online.

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!

Website: http://www.community-film-maker.org.uk/

E-mail: rachel@community-film-maker.org.uk

Phone: 07967 093 256

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelGilliesCommunityFilm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelgillies

Artist Slots & Open Slots, Theatre Mix @ Home

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)

More information and how to apply can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mzx2PhiNdjbnSzaYJwxoqrsTxS2j9IvoWFaSIUCTiLs/edit?usp=sharing

Open Slots:
Breaking down barriers for artists to try out new work and have performance opportunities.
First come, first served for each art form
Up to 5 minutes
Drink provided

Submission form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerp07wBjSN3zLGVJojlJBV_M6ADN5y0J8h9FX2rLmNXdrXNQ/viewform
Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 8th April (may close sooner if all slots are filled before this date). We will respond as and when each submission comes in.

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

Application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsUPxiYogo9n_Zb3KucK8EHbUGEgdGaeY7_DgP1ooXWmErEQ/viewform
Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 1st April. We will respond by 12pm on Monday 5th April.

Although this event is taking place online, we are committed to platforming local artists and, as such, are looking specifically for artists based in the West Midlands.

If you have further questions, would like help applying or want the submission form in another format, please email theatremixbirmingham@gmail.com

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.