Just a quick reminder that tomorrow night (Weds 29th July) we’re holding PKB – a Powered by Pecha Kucha event.

There are still a few tickets available here on eventbrite.


PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the speaker talks along to the images. 

The event will be taking place at Cherry Reds John Bright Street, Weds 29th July 6-8pm (6:30pm start) and you’d be welcome to join us for drinks afterwards.

Speakers include:

  • Lee Kemp (Vermillion Films)
  • Sian Hindle (Jewellery)
  • Steve Chamberlain (Sellotape Cinema)
  • Pete Ashton (Rabbits)
  • Chris Randall (Second Home Studios)
  • Jessica Rose (Authenticity)

We Make Collective



Birmingham-based Fran Stone from Fall for DIY (also Hobzy), has today launched We Make Collective!

I decided to start We Make Collective after meeting far too many people that don’t believe in their own creativity. Creativity is something we practice and learn. Not something we’re gifted with.

At We Make Collective we believe in learning through a creative lifestyle. We believe in experimenting and embracing our differences. That’s why our monthly subscription kits are not designed to make a single item, but to enable you to learn a technique and use your individuality to create something unique. We’re also bringing together the best bloggers to show you an array of exclusive skills each month.

There’s more information about WMC, and the kits mentioned above, on their kickstarter!


Moveable Feast

The Warwick Bar Summer Fête returns this Saturday. Expect food, music, workshops and the chance to see shows at the galleries inhabiting Minerva Works. For the first time, a flotilla of narrow boats and floating market will also be mooring up and offering a range of food, crafts, plants and antiques.

With the Beer Bash and Edible Eastside’s Wellbeing Weekend taking place just down the road, it will be a great opportunity to explore the area.

Vanley Burke at IKON



At Home With Vanley Burke, a new exhibition at IKON:

The project sees the entire contents of Burke’s flat in Nechells, north-east Birmingham, transported to Ikon’s main exhibition space. Referred to as the “Godfather of Black British photography”, Burke (b. Jamaica, 1951) is also a dedicated archivist and collector of objects relating to black culture in Britain. His flat’s distinctive interior is an embodiment of his compulsive acquisitiveness. Displaying a vast collection of printed material – posters, flyers, publications – clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items, it provides an invaluable insight into Britain’s African Caribbean communities. The countless objects that fill Burke’s space, serve as a portrait of religious and political beliefs, artistic activities, fashions, leisure pursuits, food, health issues and many other aspects of everyday life. This exhibition reveals Burke too as a subject of his own enquiry.

The opening is 22nd July, and the exhibition runs until 27th September 2015.

More information on the IKON gallery website.

JQ Festival



This weekend sees a celebration of the diversity and creativity of the Jewellery Quarter.

As well as live music, outdoor performances, vintage fair, food stalls and a helter-skelter, many of the brilliant industries that have their home in the area will be opening their doors especially over the weekend as part of an Open Studios event. These include graphic designers, sculptors, glass makers and etchers, filmmakers, photographers, jewellery makers, a brewery, game designers, and 3D printers.

The full festival programme can be found here.

Fancy exploring the Open Studios? The map can be found here.


Next Gen invites you to the Future C U R I O U S Launch Party taking place on Friday 31 July 6-10pm at mac birmingham.

Future C U R I O U S is a wide-ranging, free, open access development programme for aspiring and emerging artists, developed and produced by Amy Martin and Yinka Danmole, exploring future arts practice through artists talks, commissions, workshops, lectures, visits and labs.

More information on the  facebook event which you can RSVP to, or e-mail nextgen@macbirmingham.co.uk to book your free place.

Birmingham Weekender


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Seemingly born from the ashes of ArtsFest and Four Squares Festival, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Hippodrome bring you Birmingham Weekender “A free arts festival for all the family”.

Birmingham’s major arts organisations will celebrate the city through music, dance, theatre, food, fashion and much more. Birmingham Weekender marks the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and coincides with Style Birmingham Live and the Rugby World Cup.

Birmingham Weekender will embrace the brilliance of local and international arts and artists, providing an opportunity for residents and city visitors to enjoy two amazing days out. From dance performances at the top of the city’s car parks to a magnificent orchestra of bell ringing that will play out above the city to a large-scale musical picnic, visitors will find wonderful sights, sounds and tastes around every corner.

Several of the events were announced this week including:-

  • Requiem by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, to be performed in a shop window
  • Open Draw, a free-moving sketchcrawl (promo image above)
  • Imagineer’s Godiva Odyssey, a six metre tall puppet making its way across Birmingham

The full programme isn’t available online yet, but if you want to keep up to date with Birmingham Weekender you could like them on Facebook. Printed programmes will be available over the summer.


Last year, during the 50th anniversary celebrations for Birmingham University’s cultural studies department, the amazing photographs of Janet Mendelsohn were unearthed. Taken between 1967 and 1968, they are a snapshot of the streets and bomb-sites of Balsall Heath and Highgate on the brink of great change.

In advance of an exhibition at Ikon in 2016, for one weekend, the Old Printworks are showing a selection of Mendelsohn’s images alongside other documentation of the area.

The exhibition takes place from 11am-6pm, Friday 10 July – Sunday 12 July 2015 at the Old Printworks, Moseley Road. B12 9AH. The exhibition opening is from 6-9pm on Thursday 9 July.

Full information (including details of free associated talks and film screenings on Saturday 11th) can be found here.