Get Crafty

There has been a recent renaissance in the craft movement that seems to be based around DIWYM (Do It With Your Mates) rather than DIY. Whether knitting, jewellery-making or drawing the social aspect of ‘doing’ and ‘making’ has seen groups pop-up all over.

Old England

Old England
A solo exhibition by Richard Heeps
Three White Walls, The Mailbox, Birmingham
Until – 10 May

Richard Heeps’ latest exhibition, ‘Old England’, is about looking to the past with a new resonance, not nostalgia. His creations manage to encourage engagement from the audience through their distinctive style and highly saturated colours – even though the subject matters covering domestic interiors and industry can, at first, seem mundane.
Spanning a photography career of more than 20 years Heeps’ work has been described as ‘pictorial structures’ rather than just photography helping to demonstrate a key empathy for the subject that he portrays.

You can also see another exhibition of his work at the Lighthouse in Wolverhampton.

Katie Pinner

May issue of the Culture Guide

We’ve been very busy at AREA CULTURE GUIDE central making sure you know all about the amazing things happening around the West Midlands and so here is our MAY edition. Get yours from the usual distribution points.

The Special Edition that we produced on behalf of Visit Birmingham will be available from the new mac which is launching this weekend so make sure you get down a pick yourself up a copy.

mac opens this weekend

With the launch of mac this weekend we had a sneak preview of the building last week and we absolutely LOVE it!

Gorgeous artwork, great open spaces and an amazing opening weekend line-up ensures a fab time will be had by all visitors.

We had a chat with the woman who has been at the helm for some time now – Dorothy Wilson – here is what she had to say:

NOT MY TYPE: An Out of Character Experiment

We love the idea of this typographical exploration of 26 letters (and a few sneaky characters) by 35
different illustrators, designers and artists, all displayed as one alphabet.

Stylistically the show is really diverse, ranging from folk such as Jon Burgerman, I Love Dust, Sam Pierpoint, Lewes Harriot, Dan Westwood, members of The Outcrowd, amongst others will be participating and working across a range of media.  Continue reading

Join Speech Fewapy for Recod Store Day

Speech Fewapy are hosting an instore gig at Swordfish Records on Temple Street in Birmingham for Record Store Day this Saturday 17th and have a cracking line-up:

The Traps, Greg Bird & Flamingo Flame, Goodnight Lenin, Tom Peel, James Rea

They will all to do one acoustic song each and will be selling compilation cds on the day with the profits being spli 50:50 between Speech Fewapy and Swordfish.

Go on down and support your local musicians and store!

Beer Festival at The Victoria

Today sees the launch of a Beer Festival at one of our favourite watering holes. The Victoria will be hosting 15 cask ales to compliment their lovely homecooked food from today 8th April until Saturday 10th April.

Last year’s event went down a storm so the venue have re-introduced it again for, what we hope, will be a regular occurence.

And while you are busy sampling the ales on offer why not check out these great events too at the venue:

THU 8th
COMEDY AT THE VICTORIA PRESENTS – MATT KIRSHEN – From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Radio 4’s Bigipedia – 8pm doors, 8:30pm show, £6/£5con

FRI 9th
M4TP – MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE – A night that YOU control, bring tunes to the CD cloakroom and party to the people’s choice – 8pm, FREE ENTRY

SAT 10th
SOUND OF CONFUSION – THE SECOND FLOOR (Spectrum without sonic boom) + TWO SKIES + NIGHTWORKER REVIVAL – 8.30pm, £4adv


Artistic Director Rachel Sambrooks is bringing Blossom Theatre Company’s unique blend of new writing and site-specific theatre to The Public art gallery in West Bromwich.

Blossom Theatre Company is holding a competition to write 15 minute scripts, inspired by The Public’s permanent exhibition of interactive artworks.  Each writer will receive a £50 payment to encourage them in their professional aspiration. They are looking for imaginative uses of the artworks, bringing to life in innovative ways. Four winning entries will be performed live at The Public Gallery on May 2nd, by professional actors.

It’s a unique opportunity to see work by the public performed at The Public in a landscape of the imagination. Visit the exhibition and choose one of the interactive artworks for inspiration or simply come along on May 2nd to the performance which proves to be a truly exciting experience. See the works and opening times at

The closing date is April 17th 2010.