This flyer caught my eye last week:



“An exhibition bringing to a close the 2015 academic year for artists on the Arts-based Masters. The exhibition will take over the beautiful School of Art building and will showcase an array of emerging artists and art-based practitioners.

Exhibition Opening Times:
PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 4th September, 5pm-9pm.
The exhibition continues until Thursday 10th September.

Scalarama 2015



Back for a fifth year, Scalarama is an international celebration of cinema taking place during September.

For 2015 there are more events than ever in Birmingham. Highlights include:

  • Live text and sound mash-ups at Vivid Projects with Repeator – Material World.
  • A chance to see the Birmingham Camera Obscura in action.
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo – one of Woody Allen’s greatest, playing with the fuzzy boundaries between fantasy and reality.
  • Video Strolls – a leisurely wander, exploring the curious relationship between psyche and place in a series of shorts in the comfortable surroundings of the Wellington.
  • A showcase of the work of Reel Access, including a film made with homeless charity SIFA Fireside starring local homeless people in a tale of life and love in the city.
  • Dots & Loops – the return of Flatpack’s short film night + special guests.
  • Watch short films introduced by the people who made them, or even show your own at Magic Cinema.


Love Modernist and Brutalist architecture, or just interested in the buildings of Brum? This nifty map is for you –



Stirchley Baths is looking to commission a Birmingham-based, emerging or early career craft practitioner to develop and produce a ceremonial key inspired by the heritage of the building. When the building was opened in 1911 a beautiful ceremonial key was presented. The 2015 key will be used at the opening event of the building, and both the 1911 and 2015 key will be on display within the building on long term exhibition.

The successful craft practitioner will include a digital element to the commission also, meaning the 2015 key have a wider use than just a physical key, it will have a digital presence too.

Applicants should send up to 300 words about their practice, photographs depicting examples of previous work and an ideas on how you might approach the project to

Fee: £500, plus up to £500 material costs (expenses paid on receipt on delivery of work).

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 September 2015.
The commission must be completed by Friday 16 October 2015.

There are a few other events taking place at Stirchley Baths over the next few weeks:

  • Activities as part of the annual Stirchley Summer Bash in Stirchley Park
  • The Pool Party

More info on the Stirchley Baths website and newsletter.


Workshop Birmingham



Workshop Birmingham aims to enable artists, designers, architects, makers and others to explore practical processes, develop skills, innovate and make work.

Through projects, proposals and collaborations we hope to unlock some of the incredible resources and expertise which exist in the city; create substantial new facilities which position Birmingham as a national centre for the production of art, design and craft; and connect and inspire a diverse community of individuals, companies and organisations able to support and contribute to this vision.

They put a call-out on twitter which caught my eye:

BOM need your help!


bomBOM (Birmingham Open Media) is a great space, less than a minute’s walk from New Street Station. Amongst its offerings are… flexible co-working, production and shared studio spaces, support and skills sharing through its community of Fellows and R&D residencies, a gallery and events that result from creative collaborations and practice-based research with art, technology and science.

They are currently crowdfunding in order to renovate one of their studios into an education & community room. Once done up, they will be able to host workshops, lectures, small exhibitions, meetings and much more.

They have some great projects coming up for young people, including creative drop in workshops for children using Raspberry Pi’s, Makey Makey and Occulus Rift and a Summer Camp where seven to eleven year olds can spend a week learning to solder, build and program objects that respond to commands. The renovation of their studio will enable them to build on this work and offer more for the community.

Donations can be made via their IndieGoGo page here.



PIND is an international art project, organised by the independent cultural producer Jaanika Okk and the Polish Expats Association.
The project focuses on site specific art and collaboration. The aim of the project is to create a platform for international relationship between artists from Tallinn and Birmingham. Generating discussions and exchanging experiences as well as knowledge for mutual growth.

The catalogue contains documentation of PIND project preparation, production and installation. Also interviews with the artists.
8.00 pm – Voyager Kaleidoscope Afterparty Deep Emotions Collective
Gambeat, Pi, Minivolt, Pawel, Zakaree
more info @

Free entry

Birmingham based Washington Green Fine Art has announced the list of artists for IN:SIGHT 2015, its campaign to cultivate the rising stars of today’s visual arts world, the shortlist include Hope Chapman a Birmingham-based artist.

Born in Oxford, Hope Chapman relocated to Birmingham to study Fine Art at the Margaret Street School of Art in 2010. Working in Pitt ink pen on paper, Hope creates detailed pointillism portraits of unnamed models photographed by the late fashion photographer HelmutNewton. Hope’s other influences include contemporary artist Laurie Lipton’s drawings and traditional Tibetan mandala designs.

Hope said: “Newton’s photographs are a luxurious documentation of past decades. Fashionable, empowering, elegant women are portrayed in semi-erotic settings, inspiring me to create luminous, vivid portraits. I have combined the forceful aesthetic with detailed, structured drawings using the accuracy and patience of traditional Tibetan mandalas. For me, dot work is a meditation.”

The exhibition is on at Castle Fine Art until the end of the month.