Beat 13

Beat 13 are a collective of artists and musicians based in Birmingham who’ve been doing stuff since around 1999. Founded by Matt Watkins and Lucy Mclauchlan the emphasis appears to be on Lucy’s work which you’ve probably seen about the place at some point or other. While they were very active in 2006 the website … [Read more…]


This summer Stripsearch, the project that seeks out and nurtures comic and graphic illustration talent in the West Midlands, is running a bunch of free professional illustration courses under the banner Com-Motion. Budding cartoonists aged 13 to 19 can create their own comic or animation with professionals including John McCrea, Hunt Emerson and The Brothers … [Read more…]

Inspiration Sessions deadline

The deadline for applications for the 4Talent Inspiration Sessions is coming up on April 2nd. “Each event will have just 15 attendees, who will spend an entire day working with at least four top creatives – sharing ideas, discussing working practices, and learning from the best in the business.” The events take place in Birmingham … [Read more…] Launched

Creative Birmingham, not to be confused with this blog, is a new site masterminded by Stef Lewandowski of 3form that’s now ready for public consumption. The basic concept is to act as a one page snapshot of all the activity going on in Birmingham’s creative community, combining feeds from sites like this one, events listings, … [Read more…]

60,000 Creatives

The Birmingham Post reports that the Creative Industries are Booming in the West Midlands with 60,000 people working in the sector, expected to increase by 7% over the next year. All good. Except D’log wonders where exactly they’re getting their figures from. It’s a fair point. Where do you draw the line on what counts … [Read more…]

Made in Moseley

Moseley has always had a reputation for having a vibrant creative community and the Moseley Community Development Trust have put together Made in Moseley, a directory of local creatives and businesses across a wide range of categories. As well as being online it’s also available as a small booklet which I picked up in the … [Read more…]

New Generation Arts Festival

The New Generation Arts festival brings all the various UCE arts graduate shows under one banner for two weeks in this summer. It’s a neat idea allowing them to make more of an event of their varied shows and really push the creatives involved. It’s still early days but the website looks to be adding … [Read more…]


Clusta is a digital creative agency based in Digbeth now in their 10th year. They’ve got a very impressive client list, from local businesses to international brands all of which is innovative and, dare I say it, cutting edge. Their animation for last year’s Plus festival is probably the best introduction to their style. Click … [Read more…]