A Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts is another of those seemingly niche events at the NEC that, on closer study, turns out to be rather more substantial. It’s not on until August 16-19th but already there’s a lot confirmed including grassroots quilting, studies of traditions going back thousands of years, surveys of international quilting movements and more, … [Read more…]

Underwater Love

The British Underwater Image Festival takes place at the NEC on March 16-18th. Covering all levels of ability from professional film makers to amateurs with compact digital cameras the only criteria seems to be that the lens must be beneath the water line. Maybe I’ve been in landlocked Birmingham too long but I’m surprised by … [Read more…]

The Big Freeze

One thing I’ve learning about the Arts world is that it’s endlessly concerned with funding, and that funding is the most fickle of mistresses, coming and going like the wind. A phrase that popped into my consciousness recent is “the coming ice age”, meaning, I think, the sudden and cruel termination of a decade or … [Read more…]

Open Art Show

The Birmingham Open Art Show runs from 10th Feb to 29th April in the Gas Hall and features 150 works by emerging local talent from the West Midlands. The art was selected by a panel of judges comprising of Kathleen Soriano, (from gallery Compton Verney), Terry Grimley (Arts Editor at the Birmingham Post) and Max … [Read more…]

Film Locations database launched

There’s been a lot of activity from Screen West Midlands and Film Birmingham to push the area as a good place for film and TV companies to do their work, emphasizing advantages such as centrality and low cost along with the variety of urban environments and countryside and resulting in a 40% increase in filming … [Read more…]

BIAD Postgrad Open Day

Tomorrow has a Postgrad Open Day at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) covering the departments of Visual Communication, Architecture, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design, Theoretical and Historical Studies, Media and Communications and Art. This has been your absurdly-short-notice post for today. via D’log.

Rhubarb Bursaries Deadline

The Rhubarb Rhubarb Festival dates have been set for 26th – 29th July 2007 and, along with the Arts Council, they’re offering eight bursaries for photographers from the West Midlands intended to help then prepare their portfolios and exhibit at the festival including six 20 minute sessions with international reviewers. The deadline for applications is … [Read more…]

Fierce is coming

It’s still a bit of a way off but dates for the 10th Fierce Festival has been confirmed, running for three weeks from 18th May to 4th June. In 2007 Fierce celebrates its 10th festival with our most ambitious programme yet. Get ready for three weeks of eye-popping, stop you in your tracks performances and … [Read more…]