Creative Writing!

Are you writing a short story, or novel, or memoir?

I am a critically acclaimed author who lived in Balsall Heath for many years, and has written about the area extensively. I have taught as a Visiting Lecturer and for The Arvon Foundation and The Literary Consultancy. I’m offering manuscript assessment and tuition in Creative Writing that can be delivered in-person or online. Prices are negotiable; please drop me a line, and let’s start working together!

More info at https://www.charliehill.org.uk/teaching or e-mail charlie.hill@hushmail.com.

10 April 2024: Collage Club Social

Think of it more like a studio or social than a formal workshop. I’ll be there to answer any questions and give you some tips, tricks and starting prompts but ultimately its a chance to play, have fun and create through cutting and pasting with collage. Any level of collage skill welcome! Even if you’ve never done any before- I can’t wait to introduce you!

Each session will have a slightly different theme where we explore different techniques and exercises. This session will be abstract themed! All materials are provided! There will be some shorter warm up exercises and time for longer prompted pieces.

Hosted by Jenny- a multidisciplinary creative and collage artist who revels in a hands-on approach using analogue mediums. The venue is Chai Ra Coffee House (formerly known as RA coffee) in Kings Heath. This independent cafe is kindly lending out their upstairs space to us! The coffee shop will be open as normal with hot and cold drinks available to purchase.

For tickets, which cost £11, go to Eventbrite Collage Club Social.

Get to Springfield this half-term for family fun

Children can take part in free creative activities at the Springfield Centre, Sparkhill this half-term.

Get down there to make, play and be inspired at the Creative Families Festival. There will be artists, performances and workshops for you and your children aged between 0 and 11-years to explore your creativity and enjoy together.

The fun will be happening on Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November, 10am-3pm at The Springfield Centre, Springfield Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9NY.

Get your FREE TICKET from reception. Call them on 0121 777 2722 or email info@springfieldproject.org.uk with any questions

Missing a swim? Missing books? Come to the Exchange in Balsall Heath

What: The Exchange Festival – a free two-day event for everyone who loves Balsall Heath

When: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November

Where: Moseley Community Hub, Schools of Art, Balsall Heath

Why: Because Balsall Heath Library is closed and won’t re-open until 2025. This will give you the opportunity to reimagine the Library, connect, and actively participate in making sure the Library is the place you want it to be.

Yes, but what will I actually be doing??? Comedy, family activities, watch films, take part in Sufi poetry discussions, make felt bookmarks, learn about Urdu typography and much, much more. See the Exchange Festival programme.

Exchange Festival is part of the Diving In project, made possible through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project has given Moseley Road Baths the creative space to explore how both the Balsall Heath Library and Moseley Road Baths can continue to serve the needs of local people.

16 September 2023: acrylic landscape painting workshop

Acrylic landscape painting workshop with Julia Borodina from the Sky Arts Landscape Artist series.

Julia Borodina, as seen in Sky Arts Landscape Artist series 7, will be doing an acrylic landscape painting workshop.

  • Saturday 16th September
  • 10.30am to 4pm
  • Chatterton Hall, Church of the Ascension, School Road, Birmingham B28 8JQ
  • Cost – £35

To book and to pay, please contact vicmartalben@blueyonder.co.uk. Details of what you need to bring, will be provided.

21 July 2023: Art Works gathering and AGM

Event where we imagine together how we can nurture the arts within Balsall Heath, Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Springfield, Sparkhill and Hall Green.

Artists, makers, community convenors and those interested in the power of making art are invited to a space where we can share our work and what we would like to happen in the coming years.

The workshop and pot-luck lunch will be at Highfield Hall Community Centre, 127, 129 Highfield Rd, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 0HS on Friday 21 July from 10am to 1pm.

Who we are

Art Works Hall Green connects artists, community groups and people who are passionate about the arts across the Hall Green Constituency. We want to see our neighbourhoods of Hall Green, Sparkbrook, Springfield, Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath thriving with creativity. We are made up of a voluntary steering group and a part-time coordinator, funded by Birmingham City Council.

Event agenda

  • Introduction to Art Works plus AGM (less than 20 minutes)
  • Making some art
  • Imagining future arts activities together
  • Sharing a pot-luck lunch

Questions we will be asking

  • How might we make our neighbourhoods viable places to make and create art?
  • How might we engage more people in community arts and making?
  • How might we ensure that local artists can pursue meaningful creative careers?
  • What do we want from this community and what can we give?

What to bring

  • Yourself, just as you are
  • Some food to be shared, if you would like to stay for lunch

9 May 2023: Spread your Wings – wellbeing course for young women

Spread your wings

Spread your Wings is a creativity and wellbeing drama project for young women aged 18-25 with mental health support needs.

Participants will work over seven sessions, starting on Tuesday 9 May, to create characters and a story using lots of creative processes including fabric printing with natural dyes, and designing costume jewellery to represent their character. Jewellery making will be led by acclaimed artist, Farwa Moledina.

They will then record a short video portrait each, in character and wearing their item of costume, and these will fit together to tell a story. Our eight session will be a sharing of the videos and artwork.

Participants will also have the opportunity to complete a Discovery Level Arts Award as part of the project.

The sessions will be held on Mondays at the EcoPark, Hob Moor Road, Small Heath – a beautiful, natural setting.

Our approach

We will be using Systemic Constellations, an individual and group therapy technique to create a safe space and gently connect with our participants, and this approach will underpin the whole project. Our lead facilitator, Maria Pattinson, is a theatre director as well as a qualified and experienced Systemic Constellations practitioner.

Who we are

Spread your Wings is delivered by Mimar Collective CIC in partnership with the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSNHSMHFT) at EcoPark Small Heath.

Mimar Collective CIC is a community arts organisation serving diverse audiences in inner city Birmingham through an integrated arts and wellbeing approach.

The BSMHNHSFT will manage the registration process. It is asking for referrals of young people who will most benefit from this programme.

Further information

If you know of a young woman who could benefit from this programme, call 07985 883324 or email claireterrington@nhs.net.

Blossom picnic in the park

We’re teaming up with Kinmos, The National Trust and our wider Local Arts Forum family as ‘Number 11 Arts’ to host a picnic in Kings Heath Park this April.

We’re teaming up with Kinmos, The National Trust and our wider Local Arts Forum family as ‘Number 11 Arts’ to host a picnic in Kings Heath Park this April.

Pack a picnic and join us for drumming, crafting, facepainting and family fun.  We’re crossing everything that the blossom will be out and the sun will be shining!  Look out for the gazebo!

Saturday 15th April
11:00am-1:00pm
Kings Heath Park

Finding Your ‘Writer’s Voice’ Online Workshop with Abda Khan

This workshop will navigate you through the process of trying to locate and harness your ‘inner’ writer’s voice.

We will explore ‘voice’ vs style and look at each aspect in detail, and there will short writing exercises.

Your voice is unique to you, because no two people ever see the same thing in exactly the same way. Come and learn more and discover how you can delve into your life’s experiences in order to recognise and nurture your writer’s voice.

Copies of the slides and notes will be emailed to attendees after the workshop.

Date and time: Monday 12 December 2023 7pm-9pm via Zoom

Suitable for: Anyone who writes or wants to write

Booking and more information: Book through Eventbrite

Cost: £15

Contact e-mail: abdakhan@aol.com

ALT TEXT: Woman sat at desk writing, logo, date and time of workshop

Winter Craft Market The GAP

Pick up some unique handmade items whilst supporting local young makers!

Sat 12th Nov & Sat 11th Dec both 11am – 5pm.

Each date will feature totally different stallholders selling an exciting array of gifts and goodies, including crochet fashion, jewellery, mehndi, toys, original artworks & prints, cards, stationary, books, candles and more!

Our market will sit right next to our bustling, cosy cafe as well as The Old Print Works’ own craft market happening at the same time – all in all a great day out.

The GAP, The Old Print Works, 498 Moseley Road, B12 9AH

Back Home – Friction Arts

Back Home is an exhibition of black and white portraits of diverse Brummies, captured by legendary photographer Vanley Burke, at places across the city where they feel at home.

Friction Arts are bringing their ‘Back Home’ project to the Old Print Works, Balsall Heath.

We all have a ‘back home’, whether it’s Mombasa, Karachi, Kingston or Smethwick, there’s somewhere that we recognise as being where we originate from. It may be where we live now, or were born, or even somewhere we’ve never been. Back Home is an exhibition of black and white portraits of diverse Brummies, captured by legendary photographer Vanley Burke, at places across the city where they feel at home.

You can hear stories attached to each photograph about people’s ‘Back Home’ simply by scanning the QR code beneath the portraits with your smartphone camera and clicking the link that appears – for the best experience we advise you to use headphones, where possible.

Back Home explores what it means to belong somewhere, and how people feel about where they are now, and celebrates the individual stories of people in our Brummie melting pot.

How were you? – How are we?

Since May 2021, we’ve been visiting places where people meet in Birmingham like in the street, the markets and local shopping centres and asking people ‘How Were You?’ to find out about people’s experiences of the last couple of years. Whilst we chat with people, artist Ben Jones draws cartoon portraits of them, then adds their words, thoughts, and ideas to the finished portrait. You can see some of them exhibited here.

It’s been an extraordinary privilege to hear people’s stories of our recent times. We’ve been finding out how the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and the wider political landscape have affected their lives, and how they’ve managed to navigate their way through.

We are now asking ‘How Are We?’ continuing open conversations on where we are all now and what people think ‘a’ future looks like.

Exhibition and event dates: The Old Printworks, 498-506 Moseley Road B12 9AH

October 4th-14th 2022 Open Monday-Saturday 12pm-4pm. There will be a special free event on Friday 14th October 6:30-8:30pm talk and discussion with photographer Vanley Burke, and artist Ben Jones. Please book/RSVP your free place via info@frictionarts.com.

IKON’s Migrant Festival – Balsall Heath events

IKON Gallery have their fourth annual Migrant Festival coming up. There are three events happening in Balsall Heath.

IKON Gallery have their fourth annual Migrant Festival coming up. There are three events happening in Balsall Heath.

Artist’s talk: A Joyful Noise with Faisal Hussain

Artist’s talk: Osman Yousefzada and Ian Francis

Mosaic Road photo studio  

From City of Empire to City of Diversity at Moseley Road Baths

Join Sampad at Moseley Road Baths as they take you on a visual journey, exploring how Birmingham changed from being a City of Empire in 1889 to the City of Diversity it is today.

Join Sampad at Moseley Road Baths as they take you on a visual journey, exploring how Birmingham changed from being a City of Empire in 1889 to the City of Diversity it is today.

The city’s changing population is shown through images from the Library of Birmingham’s important collections, including captivating portraits of people photographed by the Dyche studios over several decades.

The exhibition includes personal stories of migration and settlement by those who came to Birmingham and put down roots in the city.

In the year that sees the city host the Commonwealth Games, From City of Empire to City of Diversity explores how Birmingham’s connections to the British Empire have shaped it’s past, present and future.

Opening Times can be found here. This is a free exhibition, no booking required. 

Tappay Tales Showcase ‘Sada Chiryaan da Chamba’

Showcase performance of a project about Pakistani culture and heritage explored through creative writing inspired by old folk songs.

Showcase performance of a project about Pakistani culture and heritage explored through creative writing inspired by old folk songs.

Join Abda Khan, the creative writing participants of the Tappay Tales Project, actors Jaya Khazaei and Ravneet Sehra and poet Sharena Lee Satti for a unique event, with nostalgic music, enchanting storytelling, moving drama and emotive spoken word, exploring the connections between traditional old folk sounds and Pakistani culture, history and heritage.

19th July, 7pm, Hexagon Theatre, Midland Arts Centre (Tickets £6)

20th July, 1pm, Moseley Community Hub (Free event)

21st July, 1pm, Highfield Hall Community Centre (Free event)

Our Social Fabric drop-in workshops

Help to create a large-scale, fabric installation in the Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths.

Help to create a large-scale, fabric installation in the Gala Pool at Moseley Road Baths.

Join us for weaving, crochet and embroidery. Family fun with no experience necessary!

Daily Thread, The Old Print Works (Front Entrance, 1st Floor)

Saturday 9th July and Saturday 13th August

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Part of Balsall Heath Second Saturday.  Supported by Birmingham City Council’s ‘Celebrating Communities’ fund as part of Birmingham 2022.

www.artworkshallgreen.co.uk/our-social-fabric

hello@artworkshallgreen.co.uk

Breaking Bread

A photographic journey of cooking and companionship in Birmingham immigrant communities.

A photographic journey of cooking and companionship in Birmingham immigrant communities.

An exhibition by Francesco Falciani

Darkroom Birmingham
The Old Print Works 
506 Moseley Road 
Balsall Heath
B12 9AH

Evening reception Thursday 30th June 7-9pm
Exhibition runs until 20th July,
Tues-Thurs 10-3,
Saturday 9th 11-4 and by appointment.

One of my earliest memories with my mother was when I was small enough to have my hand round her leg and feeling the motion of her body as she was chopping and cutting food ingredients. That is a beautiful memory!

Sadie, Spring 2022, Change Kitchen

Breaking Bread is an ongoing, research led, documentary photography project by Birmingham based photographer Francesco Falciani. He writes: 

‘Sharing food has always been an obsession for me. I have always seen this as a way to reach people, an integral part of how I communicate my love and affection, how I try to inspire trust. Being an immigrant has made this aspect of my character even more important, an instrument to remember who I am and where I come from but also a way to integrate in the country I choose to live in. ‘

Through photography and interviews I have been exploring the way people feel the emotional and ritual element of cooking and eating together.’

This project was developed through the 15 Frames exhibitions programme at darkroom Birmingham, and in association with Change Kitchen CIC.

Art Works gathering and AGM 2022

This is a space where artists, makers, community convenors and anyone interested in the power of participatory arts can come together to help build our creative community over a relaxed pot-luck lunch.

This is a space where artists, makers, community convenors and anyone interested in the power of participatory arts can come together to help build our creative community over a relaxed pot-luck lunch.

What can you give this community? What do you want to get out of this community?

We’ll be asking:

  • How might we make our neighbourhoods viable places to make and create art?
  • How might we engage more people in community arts and making?
  • How might we ensure that local artists can pursue meaningful creative careers?

In the spirit of sharing generously, all attendees are invited to prepare a 3 minute presentation on their work so we can all get a flavour of what others in our area are up to. You can be as creative as you want – present in person, prepare a powerpoint, perform something you’re working on, show us your finest work, pre-record a film…

We also are welcoming contributions to our pot luck lunch. This would ideally be lovingly homebaked soulfood, but we also have no issue with food foraged from the Lidl across the road!

Art Works Gathering and AGM

Save the date!
Art Works Gathering and AGM
The Old Print Works, Friday 8th July, 12noon-3pm

Save the date!
Art Works Gathering and AGM
The Old Print Works, Friday 8th July, 12noon-3pm

This July we are bringing together creative folk for an afternoon of community and connection.  This is a space where artists, makers, community convenors and anyone interested in the power of participatory arts can come together to help build our creative community over a pot-luck lunch.  We’ll be asking:

How might we make our neighbourhoods viable places to make and create art?

How might we engage more people in community arts and making?

How might we ensure that local artists can pursue meaningful creative careers?

In the spirit of sharing generously, all attendees are invited to prepare a short (3-4 minute) presentation on their work so we can all get a flavour of what others in our area are up to.  More details on the format of the day, plus booking details, will follow soon.  In the meantime, do get in touch with ideas or questions.

Stage2 free drama workshops

Stage2 are proud to present two FREE Workshops at Brandwood Centre on the 9th April.

We have collaborated with Birmingham City Council on the Celebrating Communities Project, looking at our local identity and what community means to us. We have produced two commissioned pieces and are now offering totally free workshops to anyone aged 7-21, of any level of experience.

The workshops will consist of fun drama games and exercises that will allow you to get to know other young people, and explore the question ‘What does Community mean to me?’.

The workshops run from 1-3pm and 3.30-5.30pm: you can do just one or you could even do both of them if you like!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK