Creative Careers Festival – this week!

This Friday 28 January 2011, mac Birmingham will be the venue hosting a range of exciting FREE workshops at  Bright Space’s Creative Careers Festival . The workshops are open to anyone between the ages of 13-18 year old. We’ve got details of the FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHY workshops happening…

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Birds of a feather flock together in the RBSA Craft Gallery’s first exhibition of 2011! The Gallery is located on Brook Street in the heart of city centre, with this one-of-a-kind exhibition running until 8th April, 2011. ‘Flock’ the exhibition explores the use of bird motifs in contemporary fine craft, this show demonstrates how birds inspire both shape and form, as well as, pattern and surface design. Continue reading

Project Pigeon – Design a Pigeon Loft

When walking around Digbeth, or most notably the Custard Factory, you may have noticed a flock (or kit) of pigeons swooping overhead, causing you to run for shelter and protect your jacket from getting decorated with white streaks. These feathered formations are part of Project Pigeon, a pigeon-racing syndicate run and sponsored by many arts and media groups in the West Midlands.

The place the pigeons call home resides in the lock-ups on Floodgate Street, and while their colourful lofts have been a welcome abode for these homing birds, it is time to spruce things up. The Pigeon Project is calling out for you to help design a new loft that will uniquely reflect the cultures of Digbeth and Highgate, in the same way that pigeon lofts around the world reflect their culture.

Your thoughts and ideas can be shared at a number of Community Consultation Days, as well as at workshops which will be run through various organisations around the city. Continue reading

Paris Correspondance School


Until 28 January

Viewing by appointment; email for details

Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s Archive, Charlie Levine, TROVE’s Director, has created Paris Correspondance School. Continue reading

The Design Research Unit

Open until February 12th 2011, The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design’s International Project Space will be exhibiting work from design pioneers The Design Research Unit. The group formed in London in 1942 under the charge of poet and art critic Herbert Read. It pioneered a model for group practise, being the first consultancy in the country to bring together expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design. Continue reading

Ikon’s Vietnam Film Festival – this weekend

This weekend Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery will host a two-day film festival devoted to Vietnam. The festival entitled When The Love Doesn’t Come Back is programmed to coincide with the first UK screening of South China Sea Pishkun (2009), an animated film from Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. The film, which is the first animation by the artist, is inspired by the events of 30th April, 1975 at the end of America’s war in Vietnam. Continue reading