Get down to Digbeth this weekend for the sale and exhibition of 1000s of vintage sneaks and fresh apparel brands all under one roof for the first time.

The Sneaks and Peaks event runs from 12pm – 7pm at Boxxed – an amazing venue at the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter.

There will be street food from the best of Brum’s providers, an exclusive street art exhibit, and a roster of local DJs to set the tone.

As a special treat, Boxxed are hosting the final of the Birmingham series of Secret Walls. Check it out to see the best of Birmingham’s street artists go head to head for the crown.


Moseley based Wild Ilk Design Studio have just launched a new self directed project in the form of a limited edition run of screen prints.

From Birmingham design duo, Wild Ilk, comes a limited edition art print based on the idea of a labyrinth. Labyrinths are amazing and ancient structures with many uses. The obvious one being the labyrinth that housed the minotaur on ancient Crete. More modern uses of labyrinths are recreational, for contemplation and reflection.

The structure of this labyrinth breaks with traditional and historic geometric labyrinth designs with the goal being less about finding a way through the maze and more about appreciating what the maze itself can convey.

The pseudo-geometric artwork has been developed by repeating processes of hand drawing and digital editing before being screen printed in two variations on GF Smith ColorPlan by Mission Print, Birmingham.

We asked them a few questions about the project:

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On 19th April the Secret Walls Live Illustration Final Battle takes place, after first rounds and semi-finals mid month. Birmingham has gained itself a reputation over recent years, winning and hosting some impressive artist battles.

The event takes place at Boxxed in Digbeth, and you can turn up and pay on the door, or buy tickets in advance through Eventbrite.

Madin: Some remains



Madin: Some Remains, photographs by Dave.
10/04/14 – 31/05/14

PROVIDE is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs documenting the remains of John Madin’s work in Birmingham.

‘Do the very best you can at the time.’

Madin was a significant figure of post-war Birmingham architecture. His work has been much neglected and is not highly regarded by the current political leadership within Birmingham.

Since Madin’s period of dominance in Birmingham there have been very few architectural practices able to match his commercial success at home and abroad.

PROVIDE can be found in Digbeth at the Custard Factory, and its walls regularly adorn the work of local talent. All framed 12 x 8 traditional prints will be available, and are limited to 3/3.




A little more about PROVIDE:

PROVIDE is an experiment. We’re following our passions, interests, beliefs and ideals wherever they take us and collecting curious, inspiring and talented people along the way.

We produce a graphic-led line of clothing and accessories which we sell alongside books, magazines and other things we love in our retail shop in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Once a year we produce a printed magazine celebrating the creative talents of our friends, and give it away for free. When we come across an inspiring or challenging film, we share it at one of our Cinema nights, and we host a monthly gig night in Selly Oak to showcase exciting new bands.

Everything we do is motivated by three simple choices; Choose Adventure. Embrace Failure. Defy Impossible.

The opening reception of Madin: Some Remains at PROVIDE is 6-8pm this Thursday (10th April), all welcome.

Refugee Boy



What do you get when you mix a polemic topic, a misunderstood community, two of Britain’s best poetic voices and the artistic directors at Birmingham REP? The answer is Refugee Boy – a heartbreaking and hilarious production brimming with hope, humanity and love.

This is an adaption of Benjamin Zepheniah’s novel of the same title. It runs from Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th April so order your ticket here before they get snapped up. It tells the story of Alem, a fourteen year old boy fleeing civil war with his family. After being smuggled into the UK, his Ethiopian father and Eritrean mother make the heartbreaking to decision to leave him in London whilst they return to their country.

Alem’s new life in London brings a host of challenges – he is shoved from pillar to post – between court hearings, children’s homes, and foster families. He decides to take control and become the master of his own destiny. He transcends his label and comes of age in circumstances too difficult for most of us to contemplate.

In this production, Gail McIntrye, Playhouse Associate Director, brings together the work of Lemn Sissay and Brum’s favourite dub-poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.

The play has received rave reviews. Many of them focus on the production’s seamless transitions between stages of Alem’s life and the poignant presentation of such a tough young life. The creative team behind it were supported by a local charity working with refugees, City of Sanctuary.

There will be a free curtain-raiser performance before the evening performance of Refugee Boy on 10th April

“A Place Called Home” by Bethan Marlow and directed by Erin Gilley tells the powerful, moving, and inspirational stories collected from a diverse group of refugees and asylum seekers who are all in the process of making Birmingham their home.

This is one not to be missed. The best of Brum’s creative talent coming together and raising awareness of a serious issue.

To mark the centenary year of the Rest House on Bournville Green, Bournville Village Trust are looking for local residents to enter their craft competition to help celebrate the building’s history.

The iconic building in Bournville was originally a gift to George and Elizabeth Cadbury by employees from Cadbury factories around the world to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

BVT would like creative interpretations of the Rest House. It can be anything from a painting, a cake or a photograph. Watch their Craft Competition video for ideas on which craft to use!


The deadline for entries is 7th April 2014 and the winners will be announced at a centenary celebration on 12th April.

To submit your ideas visit the BVT Website to find out more.

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Writing West Midlands support creative writers and creative writing throughout the region and this Tuesday sees the launch of their rebrand, the introduction of their Literary Map and their first event of the season. You are invited to join Writing West Midlands for an evening of conversation and performance hosted by writer, broadcaster and WWM patron Stuart Maconie. There will be three literary guests joining Stuart, Judith Allnatt, Liz Berry and Ian Marchant as well as live music from guitarist Paul Murphy formerly of the Balkan Gypsy group The Destroyers.

The event will run 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Tuesday 1st April at The Library of Birmingham and tickets are £6-8 available here.

Writing West Midlands will also introduce their Literary Map of the West Midlands that highlights the talent across the region. The map was designed/illustrated by Kerry Leslie (CiB Editor)

We commissioned the map because it’s our ambition to make sure the West Midlands is known as a writer’s region. We’re passionate about celebrating the writing of the West Midlands, both past and present.

Abigail Campbell, Acting Programmes Director



There is an incredible programme of events planned for the new season including Birmingham Independent Book Fair on April 12th at Ikon Gallery and we look forward to telling you about upcoming events for the new season.

For more information about Writing West Midlands take a look at their website, follow them on twitter or like their page on facebook.

Writing West Midlands produce the Birmingham Literature Festival, and today (March 31st) is the last day to submit your 2014 event proposals – you need to send them by 5pm. 


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This weekend Cannon Hill Collective (CHC) present What’s the Agenda? A festival of visual art, performance and debate.

Working with world-renowned theatre practitioners Stan’s Cafe and Creative Producers Amy Martin and Alex McCorkindale, the Cannon Hill Collective have planned, created and marketed the festival for members of the public as well as their peers. The diverse range of artistic and cultural backgrounds within the Cannon Hill Collective is reflected in the eclectic programming of the event, which will explore pressing social issues using mediums such as film, spoken word, photography and visual art. What’s The Agenda? will invite audience members to watch, engage and contribute to the varied programme of performances, workshops and installations. Attendees will also be encouraged to pledge their commitment to social change, both online and offline.

The festival launches Friday 28th 6pm-9pm.

As part of mac’s Art For Social Change series the What’s The Agenda? Launch Party will showcase film screenings, installations and visual arts exhibition Side View, along with talks from the collective themselves.

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You can download a full schedule of events here – or have a quick scan through on the What’s the Agenda? page on the mac’s shiny new website.