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Birmingham-based theatre company Little Earthquake have announced a new project: Young Producers, in collaboration with Black Country Touring.

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Over the 2014-2015 academic year, 150 pupils in five Black Country primary schools will become Young Producers, working with Little Earthquake and Black Country Touring to commission and create a brand-new piece of theatre for family audiences…

If you aren’t familiar with Little Earthquake:

Little Earthquake exists to create events that will surprise, entertain, inspire and intrigue. Led by theatre-makers Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman, the stories we tell invite audiences to scupper their expectations and escape the ordinary.

This sounds like a really exciting project – and I look forward to seeing the progress as it happens (over on the Young Producers’ blog), as well as the outcome at the very end of the project next year.

To find out more about Young Producers, visit the website (it has some lovely illustrations on it too!)

Saturday 6th September sees a host of the city’s top street art, street food and street wear fraternities transform Digbeth into a melting pot of creative revelry:

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City Of Colours

To kick things off, City Of Colours festival will be transforming Digbeth into one of the UK’s largest outdoor art galleries with an exciting new addition to Birmingham’s calendar of cultural events.

The event, being led by the team at Street Art Birmingham, involves a partnership of over 20 organisations including THE BENCH 504, The Custard Factory, GraffitiArtist.com, The Rainbow Venues, Alfie Birds, Under The Counter, Seedy Sonics, The Roots Yard, Brum Town Presents and many more!

Over 100 artists from across the UK and wider will transform this part of the city, including the likes of Inkie, Phlegm, GENT 48, Title, Alex Senna, Jimmy C, Chu, Lisk Bot, Hoakser, Tempo 33, Newso, Lovepusher, Lucy McLauchlan and many many more…

A celebration of urban art forms, alongside the live painting, will be 5 music stages with Live music, dj’s, b-boy battles, beat boxers, Street Food (Digbeth Dining Club), live illustration battles, market hall, affordable art sale, installations, cinema screenings (PROVIDE x City of Colours: Style Wars), spoken word performances & other innovative and engaging visual art forms. Aimed at all ages, graffiti, dance and music workshops will also be happening throughout festival.

For more information see:

www.cityofcolours.co.uk / www.facebook.com/cityofcolours /

https://twitter.com/streetartbrum / #cityofcolours

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Sneaks & Peaks

Edition 5 of Sneaks&peaks, the UK’s largest inner-city lifestyle festival also takes place on Saturday 6th September. Back once again bringing you the hardest to find kicks, leading fashion brands, street art and graffiti and a host of street food vendors.

The outdoor area will be transformed by Cubanisto Rum who will be hosting the outdoor bar as well as the outdoor stage, and will be offering you the chance to experience their brand new rum flavoured beer.

Performing on the day will be some of Birmingham’s best DJs alongside renowned festival favourites Troumaca with local talent The Oddysse, Kouben, OG HORSE and more in support.

Birmingham’s best city centre independent menswear shop – Liquor Store will be presenting Palace A/W 14.

Traders include: Dark CircleHuarache- centralProjekt21Note ApparelZoot’s Sign ShopSneeky Fox Apparel and more…

For more information & tickets see: www.facebook.com/Sneaksandpeaks / www.instagram.com/sneakspeaks

Between Us: Birmingham Portraits (Part One) by Geoff Broadway:

This is the first in a series of short films that I am currently making in and around Birmingham, England.

Through these films I want to explore what is happening in our culture, reflecting images of passersby and inviting them to share their thoughts with me. In this film I use only slow-motion and music to create the space and time to see what can be seen and felt in the faces of others as they move through our public spaces.

With this series of films I am returning to the street photography tradition of image-making that first inspired me to pick up a camera nearly 30 years ago. I would like to say something simple about our culture and share this with other people, and in doing so re-connect with the passion we can all feel when working freely with intent.

I am now busy working on the second film and as part of this I will be collaborating with a sound-designer/composer to develop the soundtrack. More details to follow…

For more information about this series of short films, and for other projects Geoff has worked on, visit his website www.intentional.co.uk

(you may already know To Be Home: Stirchley & In The Marvellous Moment: Birmingham Cathedral)

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In:Site graduate festival of creativity returns for its fourth year to Birmingham Cathedral Square, Colmore Row from the 8th to the 12th September 2014 (work is on show until Sunday 14th).

The festival sees a new group of recent graduates from across the country transforming the outdoor space around the cathedral using a wide variety of art forms and techniques.

The festival provides a valuable opportunity for new graduates to showcase their work as well as a chance for them to experience working on a live, paid commission as they begin their careers as professional artists.

Over the week, each graduate has a day to make their creative intervention on-site, turning the making process into a performance. The public will be able to contribute to the making of some of the artworks, which will include: a giant necklace made by a collective of graduates from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, even incorporating a section by Peter William Clark made of steel and concrete (work featured above). The cathedral and the surroundings will also be used as a mould to influence the shape of two other graduates work.

More info on the Craftspace & In:Site Festival websites.

 

Glug Brum MIDLAND MASTERS

Everything is coming together for Thursday’s Glug Birmingham MIDLAND MASTERS launch at Fazeley Studios, curated by Created in Birmingham and Inkygoodness.

Not only are we excited for the seven inspiring speakers, live drawing, screen-printing, magazine launch, BBQ, cakes and bar, but we’re really really looking forward to the pop-up art market, featuring all kinds of great Midlands-based designer/makers.

(I’ve already got my sights set on prints for my new studio!)

Here’s a handy visual of what to expect:

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We have one place available in our pop-up market due to a cancellation – if you want to have a stall please contact hello@inkygoodness.com today Monday 18th Aug (stalls are free of charge for our Glug Brum launch)

Tickets for Glug Birmingham are priced £7.50 and available on eventbrite: www.glug-brum.eventbrite.com and don’t forget your free Spot*Light after-party ticket!

First 100 Gluggers through the door gets an A2 Screenprint designed by Alex Fowkes, printed by White Duck Screenprint. 

Here are a few things to find out more about this Friday afternoon:

Birmingham Literature Festival

This week Birmingham Literature Festival have released their full programme, running from 2-11 October 2014. For updates and news follow them here.

Fierce Festival

The Fierce Festival programme is also now live, running from 2-12 October 2014. They recommend joining their mailing list for updates.

Plastic Fantastic at Ikon Gallery

On Saturday 23rd August join Ikon Gallery for an hour-long 80s inspired jewellery workshop by Working Clasp. Book online or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711.

The Gloaming Tales at mac birmingham

An Artist Rooms Project, The Gloaming Tales is going to be a spellbinding night of myth and legends told by storytellers around the campfire during the most magical time of day, twilight. Find out more here.

Glug Birmingham

We are on the final countdown to Glug, with less than a week to go! This week we have been sending out more flyers and beer mats, folding programmes and also released a promo video by Created in Birmingham’s Finlay Bell. It’s not too late to book tickets, visit the website to book.

Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters [PROMO] from Inkygoodness on Vimeo.

Local artists create edible flag to mark Indian Independence Day

Local artists Alexandria Robinson-Sutherland and Lexx Carby of Uneek Walls worked with ingredients at Birmingham wedding caterer and restaurant, Itihaas, to adorn the four-foot canvas. Using turmeric, basmati rice and coriander leaves the artists created the edible flag to mark Indian Independence Day.

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With just over a week to go, momentum is building for Glug Birmingham: MIDLAND MASTERS, an event curated by Created in Birmingham and Inkygoodness, in association with Glug, hosted at Fazeley Studios.

You may have already seen our promotional beermats and flyers around and about, as well as our beautiful (even if I do say so myself) riso print programmes, printed by Hato Press. The poster inside has been designed by headline speaker Alex Fowkes - pictured above) with the programme design by me.

There’s a fair bit going on as part of the evening event so we’ve broken it down for you:

Seven inspiring speakers:

Nine stalls in our pop-up market:

Live drawing from Brothers of the Stripe, taking place in the Fazeley Studios courtyard (where you’ll find the BBQ too)

Live t-shirt silk-screen printing from Waste Studio.

AMMO Magazine special edition launch party.

FREE screen print, designed by Alex Fowkes, printed by Whiteduck Screenprint (for the first 100 guests to sign in!) as well as tasty treats from Paisley Immy.

All of this will be taking place at Fazeley Studios, 6pm-11pm. To finish, we’re holding an after-party at Spot*Light, 10pm-1am.

Tickets are available on eventbrite, priced £7.50.

(There’s a free drink with your ticket too, not bad, hey.)

Hope to see you there!

 

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ART RAVE is a free art and music festival, being held at The Bond this weekend (Sat 9th & Sun 10th August.)

The exhibition will explore the notion of the pop-up parties of old, the music, the experience, the colours and its anti-establishment standpoint. Twenty artists will explore this theme through a diverse range of approaches such as painting, sculpture, video, installation and the act of drawing.

The exhibition is open 12pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. There’s an opening event on Saturday 9th after the daytime exhibition, which sees the exhibition joined with six live bands, a BBQ and a bar.

The launch event is 6pm-11pm on Saturday. The live band line-up and photos of some of the work being exhibited is available on the Transient Art website.

There’s a facebook event, and a twitter too.