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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, Age, Post Code, and a short sentence of why you want to get involved!
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 email@example.com with your Name, Age, and Postcode Spaces are limited so get in touch soon to reserve your spot!