World TTV Day

World TTV Day is this Saturday Feb 17th. Photographers are encouraged to take their two cameras out and go TTV crazy for 24 hours in their area. But what is TTV? And what does it have to do with Birmingham? © harri b Through the Viewfinder is a photography technique that started to gain popularity … [Read more…]

Ten4 Five

Issue 5 of Ten4 magazine, the creative industries publication produced in Birmingham, will be in the stores on Thursday. You can buy it from Borders or Virgin nationally or pick it up free at various outlets and bars in the city including the Custard Factory, Jibbering Records of Moseley and The IKON. Look for the … [Read more…]

Si Peplow

Simon Peplow is an illustrator and graduate from BIAD. His clients include Surburban Bliss Clothing, Pointer Footwear, Capsule, Plan B, Lodown, Sidewalk, Ten4, Polished T, Rant, Modart, Good For Nothing, Fused and The Illustrated Ape magazine. He’s recently been invited to exhibit at the Australian design expo Semi-Permanent. “My inspiration comes from a number of … [Read more…]

Radio To Go

Radio To Go is a regular podcast featuring music from the West Midlands selected and presented by Robin Valk, a broadcaster and software consultant who, according to his bio, worked for BRMB in the 70s presenting amongst other things their rock show. Which makes perfect sense as his astonishing voice really evokes that era of … [Read more…]

Fine Art Chameleon

Found this on the Rhubarb Rhubarb news page: Fine Art Midlands are holding an exhibition of their work at the Chameleon Gallery, Walsall from 21st to 24th of February. The group of former University of Wolverhampton students are of mixed ages and backgrounds, whose aim is the cultivation and furtherance of self-expression in the visual … [Read more…]


Straightheads is a forthcoming feature film co-financed by Screen West Midlands and filmed on location in the area. Due for release in April the trailer emerged last week and has gone down very well on YouTube, presumably because the film stars Gillian Anderson whose online fanbase is not insubstantial. A dark and sexually charged thriller, … [Read more…]

The B.E.A.S.T. Unleashed

The Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre, aka The B.E.A.S.T., is one of the city’s secret gems. Based at the University of Birmingham’s music department it’s essentially a speaker system taken to an extreme level, comprising of 30 speakers separately amplified and individually controlled from a custom-built desk. This allows the performer to “create an infinite number … [Read more…]

Temper Cubed

Arron Bird, aka Temper, has become the first graffiti artist to be commissioned to create a piece of public art – a centrepiece sculpture for the central atrium of The Cube development behind the Mailbox. Interestingly he’s never worked with sculpture before. Having started doing illegal art with graffiti crews in Wolverhampton in the 80s … [Read more…]