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Mental health support for the arts sector

Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies are offering online training and supervision for arts professionals working in arts and health in Birmingham.

These FREE sessions are aimed at supporting your own mental wellbeing whilst delivering activities in challenging circumstances.

For more information, there is a short video available on YouTube.

Further information can be found at http://www.bcat.info.

To book, please contact dawndurrant@bcat.info.

Women and Theatre – Taking Steps

20 & 21 January 2022 

7.30pm (1.30pm matinee on 20th) 

BSL Interpreted Event: 20 January at 7.30pm

Tickets £10/8 

Available here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/taking-steps/

It takes a village to raise a child…but how are they supported into adulthood and beyond?

Step into the world of care leavers with this entertaining, impactful and insightful drama which follows three Leaving Care Workers, and through their work, shares snapshots of the lives of the young people they support.

Developed from research and inspired by real conversations, the production is both funny and moving, featuring live performance and a dynamic soundscape of spoken word and original music.

Shining a light on the realities faced by young people, the piece will promote discussions around their support needs and the steps that we can take forward together.

As part of this professional theatre production there will be discussions co-facilitated by care experienced young people, identifying steps to bring about lasting systematic change.

TAKING STEPS has been developed as part of Women & Theatre’s Moving On project which began in autumn 2019; a 2-year collaboration with care leavers with different experiences and backgrounds, to produce new creative work which informs developments to services and supports children in care in preparing for leaving care. The project is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and delivered in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Covid Safety 

The safety of our staff, participants and audiences is our number one priority and we have designed Taking Steps to be covid secure. We are running the production at a reduced capacity to ensure that audiences are able to socially distance. Hand sanitiser will be provided and audiences members will be required to wear masks (unless exempt). We will also be following the Hippodrome Covid safety guidelines which requires all audiences 18+ to demonstrate their Covid-19 Status in order to watch a performance, you can find out more here:  https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/covidsafety/

Job Opportunity – Arts Administrator

Application Deadline – Monday 31st January, 5pm

The Gap Arts are looking for an emerging/early career arts administrator to join our small creative team at a really important and exciting moment in The GAP’s journey.

We need an ambitious, motivated and caring individual to support our core team of artists during this transformational moment. The appointed Arts Administrator will play a crucial role in the successful delivery of our cultural programmes by ensuring the smooth running of the organisation’s daily operations. As a new role, the successful candidate will take responsibility for designing and implementing new administrative systems, working closely with the core team to identify how best to support our activities. We are also offering a package of training to further the successful candidate’s development, which will be tailored to their specific interests and needs.

​This role has been created to the support the development of arts leaders who identify as being from an ethnic or cultural minority, as LGBTQI+ and/or disabled.

For full job description and how to apply, visit https://www.thegapartsproject.co.uk/artsadminjob

ICF x Ort Gallery Partnership

Ort Gallery have announced a new partnership with two emerging curators.

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the International Curators Forum (ICF)  to appoint 2 emerging curators to work with us and selected artists on a new project called ‘Emergence(y)’ during 2022. Following the turbulent year of 2020 and the ongoing covid crisis, the curators will explore the themes of Emergence, Care and/or Warmth. They will bring their own research interests and working methodology with them and they will also decide how they want to work together or what they want to create, whether that be an exhibition, an event, something online, a partnership with another gallery, or any other format of their choosing. 
 

Orphée Kashala is a Birmingham based curator. His curatorial practice promotes care, inclusion, empathy, equality and understanding by telling stories that explore and challenge our collective perception of the human experience.

Since 2020, Orphée has taken on the role of Creative Producer at Maokwo(a Belgrade Theatre springboard organisation based in Coventry) as part of the young leadership programme for emerging young artists from migrant backgrounds. Currently, Maokwo have partnered with the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, where Orphée is co-curating an exhibition exploring key national collections, co-organising artists’ lead workshops, developing project ideas and curatorial skills, whilst also co-creating a new provision for artists in Coventry. In September 2021, he curated his first exhibition titled “Survivor’s Guilt” for the Coventry Migrant Centre, as part of Coventry City of Culture; which was an exploration of the bittersweet memories and lived realities of African migrants living in the UK via photography, videography, installation and poetry.

Sarah Francis is a Leeds based Artist Curator who focuses on bringing under-recognised artists and narratives to the public, using empathy and warmth to build self-confidence in creatives left behind by the mainstream system. Fascinated by complex possibilities lying dormant in ‘familiar’ environments, setting a challenging dialogue between cultural identity and the inner worlds which we as artists manifest within our work. This conceptual framework draws parallels between artists from differing socio-cultural worlds, whose work follows similar lines in metaphysical realms. Francis’ interpretation of the curator is that of a caretaker of other worlds, working in collaboration as the tour guide and storyteller, bringing these converging manifestations to our physical spaces.

Francis’ artwork centres around her neurodiverse and queer identity, building her own language and worlds to explore and understand ‘how I made me’; a reference to an early body of work that investigated her inner trauma and re-articulation of her current self. Her work has been shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery’s Art of Giving Prize, selected by Richard Billingham for Curator’s Choice Noise Young Talent 2009, and recognised in Aesthetica’s 100 Best Contemporary Artists in Europe. In addition to her work, Sarah Francis is the Founder and Director of Aire Place Studios, Leeds.

Tye Ford Pop Art Exhibition Opening

What better way to start the new year than with a member artist exhibition? Join ORT Gallery to share and celebrate the opening of our very first exhibition of 2022. 

Date: 20th January 2022

Doors open: 5pm

Duration: 1.5 hours, Free Entry

Venue: ORT Gallery, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath

About It’s A Pop World

A Pop Art exhibition by popular Birmingham Artist Tye Forde aka TFA, exploring how the modern world has become split during the Pandemic. Expect lots of colour, stormtroopers, talking points and some installations. 
 

About the Artist
 

Tye is a 49-year-old self-taught artist from Birmingham. 
 

“I always liked drawing mainly copying cartoons from magazines Superman and Judge Dread 2000AD. In the mid 80’s I had a keen interest in rise of Hip Hop in UK and also the early graffiti movement. I would be off doing “Tagging” around Birmingham and getting into trouble with the local police. After several arrests, community service and the threat of being chucked out the house by parents I decided its time to stop. So after a 20 year plus break, I got involved in Art after speaking to some other artists in The Cube Community Arts Centre located in Erdington. I rented a space at the Cube and then it all took its journey. I started studying all different types and styles of art from the masters and travelled all around Europe visiting art galleries, exhibitions and museums. After studying all the styles I decided I loved Pop Art and wanted to develop as a Pop Art Artist creating fun, strange funny pieces. I have great admiration for Renaissance Art, particularly artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael. I also have respect for all art and especially graffiti artists who produce incredible pieces on difficult surfaces, in difficult conditions not using brushes and at incredible scales. I try to create pieces that people will enjoy and look at and hopefully not forget. I also wanted to keep Pop Art movement alive in Birmingham.”

Curiosity Productions seeking Kickstart trainees

18-24 and on Universal Credit? Work with us!

It’s a really exciting time at Curiosity at the moment, as we start creating and building partnerships across the Black Country and Birmingham, and so we’re looking for three new Kickstart trainees!

We need :

💥 2x Creative Projects and Events Assistants

💥 1x Trainee Performer (with Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre)

The roles are for 25 hours per week, and are at the National Minimum Wage. Find out more about us, Cloud Cuckoo Land and what’s on offer at our website below – and ask your job coach to refer you. The deadline for applications is the Monday 24th January, so apply now!

Spread the word!

The Play House – Recruiting Artistic Director

The Play House is recruiting for a new artistic director to take the company on the exciting next step in its journey. They are seeking someone creative, ambitious and determined with a track record of directing, devising and producing education and/or community programmes/performances.

The Play House Theatre in Education Company creates unique and thrilling participatory work delivered in schools and community settings with the aim of creating meaningful participation for every child. Putting young people at the centre of their work, they look to expand children’s aspirations and inspire their curiosity no matter what theme or story they are exploring.  

Deadline for Applications: 12pm, Wednesday 19th January 

Further information: Recruitment packs (including recorded and large print copies) can be found here theplayhouse.org.uk/post/artistic-director-opportunity 

Commonwealth Natural Wonders in Music.

​Creating a Commonwealth-wide video celebrating the natural wonders of the Commonwealth through music & art.

Musicians, artists, photographers, creatives & composers – every age, ability, instrument & art form welcome!

This video will feature a ​new piece of music created by Commonwealth musicians, composers & creatives and illustrated by Commonwealth artists & photographers,
to demonstrate the variety & wide array of incredible wild & scenic locations around the Commonwealth, celebrating & sharing the diverse environmental riches in the Commonwealth.

​A contributor doesn’t have to be a performer – you could be an artist or creative illustrating the video, you could be involved in composing & creating the music, you could be a performer on the video.

Your music could be recorded natural sounds, traditional music from your country or practised performance from notated music provided by us.

There are 5 ways to be involved
Click on the coloured title for the application page

1) Submit recordings of Indigenous or Traditional Music from Your Commonwealth country
(eg ethnic drumming or panpipe groups, Haka, traditional chanting etc) 
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2) Submit recordings of Sounds of the Natural World from Your Commonwealth country (eg wind through the trees, bird song, the sounds of the waves & waterfalls) 

3) Submit Artworks & Photographs of Natural Wonders from Your Commonwealth country

4) Composer – creator of this new piece of music

5) Performer – musicians: instruments & vocals, any instrument, any ability, any age

This will be a Commonwealth celebration of outstanding local nature around the Commonwealth, released in time for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June 2022

​FAQ

  1. You must be currently resident in the Commonwealth country of your nationality
  2. Only individuals can apply, no groups
  3. You can be a contributor in any section that you want, you don’t need to pick just one
  4. You must have access to a smart phone or other video recording device or scanner so that you can get your submissions to us electronically
  5. If you are under 18, a Parent or Guardian must sign the permission form for you to be able to participate
  6. Everyone’s submissions will definitely be featured in one of the project’s videos
  7. This is voluntary, all participants will need to sign a release/permission form for their contributions to be used
  8. Email us with any questions at commonwealthmusic@hotmail.com

Sharonjit Sutton

I am a Birmingham based multi-disciplinary artist and graphic designer who is interested in exploring the communal benefits of art, craft and design. A large part of my creative practice over the past two years has been working on educational, heritage, arts and community projects in the West Midlands, where marginalised communities benefit from the outcomes – such as having a platform to share their stories and/or access creative outlets that are not usually accessible to them.

Website: www.designsloading.co.uk

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

E-mail address: sutton0sharon@gmail.com

Women and Theatre – Lead Artist Practitioner

Award winning company Women & Theatre seeks a highly motivated, experienced individual to join our Artistic team.

Part-time – 28 hours per week including some evenings and weekends

12 month fixed term contract, with the potential for extension

Salary: £25,000 (Pro Rata)

Women & Theatre is an award-winning theatre company with over 35 years’ experience of working with diverse groups to create exciting drama projects about things that matter. Working in a range of contexts across arts, health and community sectors, our work is united by core values of inclusion and empowerment, giving a voice to those who are not usually heard. We deliver drama activity including workshops, performances and participatory drama projects in a range of settings including theatres, hospitals and community centres. The company also works digitally; delivering creative workshops and projects via platforms like Zoom, and engaging with digital audiences through films and podcasts.

The Lead Artist Practitioner will support the delivery of W&T’s Artistic Vision, working alongside W&T’s core team as well as freelance artists. The role will include some project delivery during evenings and weekends.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with W&T target communities, workshop facilitation, directing, theatre making and project management.

If you have the relevant experience and are interested in working in a friendly, supportive environment, please download an application pack below.

Closing date: 12 noon, Thursday 13 January 2022

First Interviews: W/c 24 January 2022

Women & Theatre welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly interested in increasing the diversity of our team and welcome applications from people of non-white British backgrounds and disabled people who are currently under-represented in our core team.

Connect & Create – Birmingham’s Arts & Health Network event #4

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, MAC, Cannon Hill Park Birmingham, B12 9QH

When: 10am-4pm, Monday 28th Feb 2022 

Who is it for? 

Anyone working in the health and social care sector in Birmingham looking to enhance their knowledge of arts activities which deliver social care outcomes. 

Connect with: artists; activities; conversations; ideas; people; spaces; taster sessions; venue tours 

Create new: contacts; skills; experiences; knowledge; networks; friendships; ideas; passions; partnerships.

Further details to follow in 2022. 

For more information email: Artsandhealth@birmingham.gov.uk 

Balsall Heath Second Saturday – December 11th

The Cultural Activity Zone brings you Second Saturdays in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

This monthly mini festival brings together families and residents to share and experience food, heritage, sport, arts, artisan products and literature. Bringing community organisations and businesses together for a regularly recurring event is a deliberate move to put our often-overlooked neighbourhood on the map, celebrate the diversity found here and promoting community cohesion.

Calling Community Connectors!

OPUS (Outdoor Places, Unusual Spaces) are wanting to engage with Community Connectors as part of plans to develop festival sites across Birmingham as part of the Commonwealth Games. A fee of £2,000 is available.

We’re creating front rooms to enjoy the Commonwealth Games across Birmingham. If you’d like to help make this happen, we’re looking for community-based organisations to collaborate with to develop the Birmingham 2022 Neighbourhood Festival Sites.

OPUS poster Community Connectors

We have a particular interest in speaking to groups from these areas / who work in these areas:

  • Castle Vale
  • Edgbaston
  • Handsworth
  • Sparkhill
  • Ward End
  • Yardley

To find out more information, join us at our briefing session on Zoom on Thursday 9th December 2022 at 2pm. Please register via Eventbrite HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/b2022-neighbourhood-festival-sites-community-connectors-briefing-session-registration-217530468487

For more information `about the opportunity and to submit your expression of interest, visit www.opusartsevents.co.uk or e-mail Diandra@opuseartsevents.co.uk.

Printmaker / Visual Artist Required: Birmingham Schools Commission £5000

To celebrate the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, six Birmingham schools are working collaboratively in partnership with six schools from Trinidad and Tobago on a project that explores and celebrates the connections and links between our two Commonwealth countries.

The Birmingham cluster of schools are Billesley Primary School, Raddlebarn Primary School, Kings Heath Boys’ Secondary, St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Highters Heath Primary and Woodthorpe Junior an Infants School.

For our project, we are seeking to commission a printmaker or visual artist to work with a cohort of pupils from each school towards creating a fine art exhibition, and a launch event, that will celebrate Trinidad and Tobago culture. We envisage our chosen artist to be able to facilitate and focus on a different process or medium with each school, for example, textiles, lino, dry point, mono print, different painting processes, collage, or digital art techniques.

Each school will adopt one of the following themes from Trinidad and Tobago to explore and then present through visual art:

  • – Geography
  • – Language
  • – History
  • – Food
  • – Climate/ Biodiversity
  • – Music
  • – Culture and Carnival
  • – Sport

By collaborating with the artist, the pupils in each school will contribute to an exhibition that will tell a story of Trinidad and Tobago culture through visual art. The artist will liaise with all stakeholders, and together with the teachers, work towards bringing a high-quality, gallery style, final exhibition together in the summer.

Successful applicants will be accomplished in their professional practice and clearly be able to demonstrate projects within formal education. The total commission is for £5000 (to include travel) at a daily rate of £200 per day. This equates to 4 x days with each of the six schools, a half day to attend planning meetings in January (at least 1 meeting in person with all schools attending) and a further half day for the final event itself. It is anticipated that the schools will be able to supply art materials and/or order anything in that they do not have in stock.

To be considered, applicants must hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate (with barring) or be willing to undergo a new check at their own cost (approx. £50). If you are interested in applying, please email your CV, images of your professional work and work with schools (max email size 7MB) and a paragraph that clearly outlines your skills and your response the brief, to Angie Watson on a.watson@billesleyschool.co.uk by no later than 5th January 2022 at 5pm.

The Birmingham Allotment Project – New General Public Project!

The Birmingham Allotment Project is an exciting new project by General Public exploring the heritage of allotments in Birmingham from the 1960s to the present day.

Working closely with Birmingham and District Allotment Confederation, allotment associations and plot-holders city-wide, the project will present an alternative social history of Birmingham via its allotment culture. Birmingham has 113 allotment sites, more than any other local authority, and this project aims to inspire, engage and encourage people to learn about allotments, their history and their place in the city today. The project includes:

  • A major exhibition at the Library of Birmingham from October to December 2023.
  • Working closely with six local schools to train young people in making oral histories.
  • Volunteering opportunities: training in how to make oral histories and the chance to help shape the project.
  • Recording memories and stories: 45 oral histories with plot holders and members of allotment associations.
  • Creation of a website, publication and Birmingham allotment archive.
  • An education pack.
  • A touring exhibition visiting allotment sites.

GET INVOLVED

Please get in touch if you are interested in being included in the project!

Your contributions could feature in:

  • A project book and website.
  • An exhibition at the Library of Birmingham in 2023.
  • The project archive.

Birmingham 2022 Festival: GENERATIONS Photography Project

Birmingham 2022 Festival, working with GRAIN Projects and Multistory, presents GENERATIONS, taking place in Birmingham and the Black Country, in celebration of the city and region’s communities during the time of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The first project of its kind in Birmingham and the Black Country invites four and five generation families to take part and be photographed for exhibition during the Birmingham 2022 Festival, a six month celebration which will spotlight creativity and culture in the West Midlands as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

GENERATIONS celebrates families, individuals, diversity and the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands in large-scale photographic portraiture.  Based on the format of the family portrait the artist will use a large format camera to work collaboratively with families of four and five generations from across the region.    The photographs will be displayed largescale, will capture details and provoke questions about our life and times.

Artist Julian Germain is seeking to work with four and five generation families from across Birmingham and the Black Country.  If you are interested in your family taking part and being photographed for GENERATIONS contact the team at hello@grainphotographyhub.co.uk   

The group portraits present people at different stages of life; new-borns, infants, children, teens and their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great great-grandparents. Fundamental questions are raised that relate to us all; life, death, time and the effects of time, where do we come from and where will we go? 

The project will be exhibited largescale in prominent spaces in the public realm, including on billboards, poster and exhibition sites in the region throughout the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Running from March to September 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Birmingham 2022 Festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more. Find out more and register for the latest updates at birmingham2022.com/festival.

GENERATIONS is generously supported by Arts Council England and National Heritage Lottery Fund.

B’opera – Musician Opportunity

B’Opera are seeking a Musician to support their ‘More in Common’ project with Art Works at The Springfield Project in Sparkhill.

Organisation: B’Opera and Art Works Hall Green

Production: More in Common (working title)

Time period: Some rehearsal dates TBC and performance (22nd February 2022)

Hours and fee: As this project in in a R&D phase, this will be decided following an initial conversation with B’Opera. The fee will meet the Living Wage standard of at least £10 per hour.

Location: In rehearsals in Edgbaston, Ladywood, Hall Green and Sparkbrook, Birmingham

The Role: To play for B’Opera’s newly commissioned piece More in Common at The Springfield Project on 22nd Feb 2022, attending rehearsals beforehand.

Person Specification

  • We are particularly keen to hear from people local to Sparkhill where the project is taking place and we actively encourage applications from those who reflect the demographic of those who access The Springfield Project’s services.
  • You are an experienced instrumentalist/musician.
  • Some experience working with children and families, or desire to gain some
  • You may play more than one instrument and be happy to perform on both
  • You may be happy to use your singing voice to add harmonies
  • A positive attitude with a high level of self-motivation and ability to work on your initiative, reliable

How to Apply: Please email a short biography along with any relevant links to your work; and either of the below detailing why you are interested in the role to hello@artworkshallgreen.co.uk

  • A cover note OR
  • A maximum 5-minute voice note
  • Deadline: UPDATED from previous advertised deadline to 5pm on Friday 14th January

For more information about B’Opera, go to www.bopera.co.uk

For more information about the project, go to http://artworkshallgreen.co.uk/bopera-more-in-common

B’opera – Apprentice Artist Opportunity

B’Opera are seeking an Apprentice Artist to support their ‘More in Common’ project with Art Works at The Springfield Project in Sparkhill.

Organisation: B’Opera and Art Works Hall Green Production: More in Common (working title)

Time period: From devising (December 2021) to performance (February 2022)

Hours and fee: £10 per hour for 37.5 hours (to be confirmed with B’Opera on appointment)

Location: In meetings/rehearsals online and in Edgbaston, Ladywood, Hall Green and Sparkhill, Birmingham

The Role: The Apprentice Artist will gain all-round experience tailored to their current skills and needs, to include workshop-leading or shadowing, devising, performing, project administration, marketing and contributing to the evaluation. We will also make available CPD and training, for example through the Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium, Sounds of Play. There will be mentoring available, allowing the shadow artist to talk through and reflect on their experiences on the ground, with a structured framework to think about them in ways that will deepen and further their learning. Involvement in this project will give the shadow artist valuable networking opportunities within the sector with the potential to lead to future independent professional opportunities. Art Works will actively seek opportunities to support a Shadow Artist through our networks and other programmes across Hall Green.

Person Specification 

  • We are particularly keen to hear from people local to Sparkhill where the project is taking place and we actively encourage applications from those who reflect the demographic of those who access The Springfield Project’s services.
  • Some music/singing experience 
  • Some experience leading workshops, or desire to gain some
  • Some experience working with children under 5, or desire to gain some
  • Some experience of using social media and creating graphics and posts to communicate effectively
  • Open and honest communication
  • A positive attitude with a high level of self-motivation and ability to work on your initiative

How to Apply: Please email a short biography along with any relevant links to your work; and either of the below detailing why you are interested in the role to hello@artworkshallgreen.co.uk

  • A cover note OR 
  • A maximum 5-minute voice note 
  • Deadline: Friday 26th November, 12 midday

For more information about B’Opera, go to www.bopera.co.uk

For more information about the project, go to http://artworkshallgreen.co.uk/bopera-more-in-common/

FREE Craft Fair stalls for young makers

The GAP is holding a Winter Craft Fair on Saturday 11th December (11.30am – 4.30pm) and we’re offering young makers the opportunity to apply for a FREE stall to showcase and sell their products.

The GAP gallery space will be transformed into a mini market of all things hand-made – jewellery, textiles, ceramics, art prints, zines, gifts, etc… you name it! The craft fair will sit right next to our bustling, cosy cafe and will form part of Balsall Heath Second Saturday – a monthly mini-festival celebrating culture and community in the local area – so we’re sure to draw lots of visitors.

Applications are open to all young people (aged 25 and under) living in Birmingham, and we’d especially love to involve those living in Balsall Heath.

“Why is there an age limit?” As a youth arts organisation, our work is focused on generating opportunities for supporting the creative lives and livelihoods of young people.

To apply, simply fill in this application form – https://cutt.ly/nTuuTYJ

DEADLINE ~ Mon 22nd Nov, 5pm

We have a limited number of stall spaces and so will only be able to accept a small number of applications. We will notify you of the outcome by the end of Tues 23rd Nov.

For more information about The GAP, visit www.thegapartsproject.co.uk