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:


We have one place available in our pop-up market due to a cancellation – if you want to have a stall please contact 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: 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!


ART RAVE at The Bond




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.


On a stifling morning two weeks ago, I went on a long overdue exploration of the Jewellery Quarter. There was a jazz band playing in St Paul’s Square and people were already lazing on blankets on the grass. I started my journey at the stylish Saint Kitchen café. Who better to meet there than Joe Schuppler, founder of Independent Birmingham, a blog and rewards card championing independents that is just about to celebrate its first anniversary.

Joe went to University in Liverpool. There, he made friends with the founders of Independent Liverpool. After finishing, he returned home to the West Midlands. Having enjoyed exploring the independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in Liverpool, he was eager to discover similar in the second city. He asked his friends whether he could start the same scheme in Birmingham. They said yes.

The Independent Birmingham website is a great central point to discover places to eat, drink and shop that you may have missed. Joe is eager that the website is not just a listing or reviews site. He also takes all the photographs. He says:

Instead of being a food critic I tell stories to make people inspired to visit. It’s a personal journey through Birmingham, but also an invitation for people to join in.

As independents don’t necessarily have the pulling power of the big names, Joe thought the card was the perfect way to get people in – supporting independents and also be rewarded.

Food independent Birmingham

Having built up over the last months, the card currently boasts offers from almost 40 independents (including cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and shops across the city) with more being added each week.

So why should we all get an Independent Birmingham card? Joe says:

It’s the perfect way for you to rediscover your city, support local businesses and be rewarded at the same time.

The Independent Birmingham card is available here.


We Are The Loft Bham

‘We are The Loft Birmingham’ is a celebration of the work and achievements of The Loft, marking the conclusion of a six month residency on Priory Walk as a pilot project in a pop-up in retail space.

This will be the last exhibition at The Loft and it features a selection of past work from new/emerging West Midlands based artists ‘taking a trip down memory lane’ with highlights of previously exhibited work at The Loft.

For more information visit their website, twitter or facebook.

The exhibition launches Saturday 2nd August – 2pm – 7pm.


Birmingham Literature Festival returns later this year for ten days of high quality literature events, conversations and activities. Festival events already on sale include:

They’re currently looking for volunteers to work on the festival:

What they are looking for:

People who are passionate about literature of any kind, who are confident working in a team (sometimes under pressure or at a relatively fast pace) and people who have initiative and drive. They don’t mind whether you have previous voluntary experience, how old you are (as long as you are over the age of 18 by 1 October 2014) or whether you have any qualifications in English or creative writing.

There are several opportunities available:

Event Stewards –includes ushering & making sure audience members know where to go, assisting where necessary with set-up and the breakdown of events, assisting with catering and looking after writers and speakers (where necessary).

Event Runners –includes assisting with the logistics and production of events, moving props and books between venues and meeting writers and speakers at train station/car park/hotel and showing them to their events.

Photo & Videoing Assistants – photographing and videoing the events to create podcasts/a digital record of the Festival.

Ticket and Book Sales Assistants – assisting with the book sales for each event and ticket sales where necessary.

For more information please visit the Birmingham Literature Festival website.

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I CHOOSE Birmingham



Back in October last year, we wrote about a brand new newsletter hitting inboxes across Birmingham. Since then, ICHOOS Birmingham has gone through a facelift courtesy of Claire Hartley, and now the weekly publication is known as I CHOOSE Birmingham.

After a short publishing break I CHOOSE Birmingham returns to subscribers inboxes this Friday. The free e-magazine highlights the very best things to do in and around Brum and includes restaurants, exhibitions, galleries events and much more.

It’s the creation of Tom Cullen the multi award-winning former editor of It’s now almost 50 issues old and boasts over 3,000 subscribers across the city.

You can subscribe and read previous issues at