Artists’s Taking the Lead – thoughts?

The Arts Council recently asked for regional submissions to win a significant pot of money under the title ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ – linking into themes of the Cultural Olympiad, and leading up to the 2012 Olympics. The first selection process has happened, and details of the potential regional winners have been announced and can … [Read more…]

Broad Street vs. Birmingham’s Cultural Heritage

The lovely Ben Whitehouse made an excellent point on Twitter this evening – we spend time celebrating the various celebrities of Birmingham, but there are some terrible glaring omissions too. On the top of Ben’s list (by default, she’s the easiest to make a case for..) is Dame Barbara Cartland – BORN IN EDGBASTON!  Other … [Read more…]

Gallery 37 Arts Project Showcase

This Friday will see the culmination of three weeks’ creative activity by forty apprentice artists in Birmingham, as Gallery 37 hosts an arts showcase at Pavilions Shopping Centre. Now in its eleventh year, Gallery 37, the award winning Birmingham City Council backed arts training programme, offers young people from Birmingham aged between 16 and 24 … [Read more…]

Moving forwards..

So, as you may have noticed, all has been rather quiet on the CiB front.  This is partially due to me drowning in intense staff development at work (that is, my actual job) for the past couple of weeks, and also because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the future of CiB in … [Read more…]

Inspiration Bank: museums meet technology take two!

Following on from my previous post, I was alerted to another site focusing on the digitisation of collections, offering similar functions to the Pre Raphaelites site, but covering a greater range of collections. Inspiration Bank showcases rarely seen artworks and decorative objects from Midlands-based gallery, museum and library archives – currently including Birmingham Central Library, … [Read more…]