Homegrown – Live art and performance development programme


Birmingham-based live art initiative  Home For Waifs And Strays are on the look out for emerging and early career artists/performers/creative practitioners from across the West Midlands making or wanting to make work that is live and innovative. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Trust and Arts Council England, they have devised a new artist development programme designed … [Read more…]

Trinity – Frédéric Daty


A new exhibition of original wall sculptures from French artist Frédéric Daty launches at Castle Fine Art in The Mailbox on Saturday 2nd April, with the artist in attendance from 1-4pm. In his second ever UK solo show, ‘Trinity’ sees world-famous cities and iconic UK landmarks depicted in metal. Daty’s innovative sculptures strip these overrun … [Read more…]

Kern Baby, A Child For Sacrifice – Faye Claridge


  Until 7 June a giant corn dolly measuring 15 foot will stand in the foyer of the Library of Birmingham. The sculpture was created by artist Faye Claridge, who uses archives, folklore and reminiscence to examine our past relationships and our current sense of national and personal identity. Claridge was commissioned by GRAIN, initially … [Read more…]

Get messy, and help revive an ancient British tradition

Clipping the Church sketch, 2016. Tereza Buskova

In June artist Tereza Buskova will revive a 16th Century English tradition at a Church in Erdington; and she needs your help. Clipping the Church took place once a year when young apprentices and women in service were allowed to visit their families and their ‘mother’ church. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘clyp-pan’ meaning ‘embrace’ or … [Read more…]

RE:Present master class series


The RE:Present programme is a new initiative delivered by Lara Ratnaraja and Creative Shift aimed at developing leadership in emergent and established cultural producers and artists from diverse backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Birmingham. As part of the initiative there will be a series of master classes open to the public, part of an active programme to … [Read more…]

Happy 10th birthday Flatpack!

reactor1-by Jonathan Waring

It’s hard to believe that Flatpack Film Festival is ten. Spawned from short film nights at the Rainbow in Digbeth, the festival now takes over the city with screenings, performances, installations and happenings every year. This year’s festival kicks off slightly later than usual (19-24 April) and is a little shorter than previous editions. However, … [Read more…]

Arts Council Collection comes to Birmingham

Birmingham Museums Trust has been announced as one of three new National Partners for the Arts Council Collection, the UKs most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art. Over the next three years it will receive a £600,000 investment to host and curate new exhibitions from the Collection, giving more people in the Midlands the … [Read more…]

Reclaim Photography West Midlands


  Reclaim Photography West Midlands 2016 Reclaim is a photography project coming to Birmingham for the first time in 2016. Reclaim Photography West Midlands will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016, taking over public spaces with displayed photography pieces. Entries now open! Deadline 26th February 4pm.  Reclaim Photography started in Sweden during 2011 and is … [Read more…]