SOUP Birmingham #2

WELL DONE to the second Birmingham SOUP winners Soul City Arts who won the most votes on Saturday taking the £474 door takings for their new venue.

The project with the most votes was presented by Emily Jones from Soul City Arts, raising funds to re-open Mohammed Aerosol Ali’s alternative arts centre in the heart of Sparkbrook in Birmingham. This important community venue is called The Hubb, which means love in Arabic.

SOUP was visited be the first winner Elliot Lord whose cardboard beds for the homeless project is going from strength to strength with more partners and important exposure in national press.

SOUP is a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project. See the website for more information.

BFI LOVE SEASON at Moor Street Station

Brief Encounter.jpgThe BFI are sharing love stories with the nation and hoping to rekindle our passion for some of film and television’s most enduring love stories.

They’ll be heading to Birmingham during December as part of their UK-wide season that includes 1,000 screenings at 100s of cinemas, special one-off events, new and rare releases on DVD and the BFI Player. David Lean’s British Classic, Brief Encounter will bring 1940s railway romance to the city with a high-impact pop-up screening in historic Moor Street train station providing a perfect chance for film fans to meet their stranger in a railway station.

This will be the fitting finale in a series of events screening the rereleased classic film across the UK throughout the season to celebrate the films 60th anniversary.

4, 5, 6 December
Moor Street Station, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7UL
Tickets £10 from

SALON contemporary art for sale

Dean Melbourne - Consider her Ways.jpgThe latest exhibition organised by New Art WM features the work of 75 artists and is giving art-lovers the chance to buy and collect new work starting at just £20.

SALON features paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, drawing, books and film from some of the West Midlands’ leading artists and galleries. Ikon, Grand Union and Division of Labour will showcase their portfolio of limited edition prints and artworks from internationally-known artists including Gillian Wearing, Bedwyr Williams, Vanley Burke, Stuart Whipps and BAZ.

Also selling work is photorealist artist Oliver C. Jones, whose drawings were recently exhibited in Los Angeles. Artist duo Juneau Projects, illustrative embroiderer Stewart Easton, Coventry painter George Shaw, Illustrator Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Stourbridge rising star Dean Melbourne (pictured) are all ones to look out for.

Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
13 November – 23 December, Tue-Sun 10am-5pm | @newartwm 

THIS MORTAL COIL > this weekend


Vivid Projects continues its exhibitions, talks and live events exploring representations of death and the macabre delving into the darker side of the relationship between art and the body.

From a collection of images, stories and sounds around illicit recordings using X-Ray plates lifted from hospitals during the Soviet era (Saturday 21st November, 12-5pm) to a talking ‘Death Salon’ (27th November) and a Death Drawing event from Art Macabre (27th November, Tickets £12.50).


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Yesterday (19 November 2015) marks the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz. Just five days after the devastating Coventry attack, Birmingham suffered four nights of consecutive heavy bombing and this tragic period is being commemorated through an illuminated multimedia art installation, created by Birmingham Hippodrome and award-winning arts organisation, Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

Artist Sophie Handy has been working with members of the public making over 1000 lanterns that will carry the names citizens who lost their lives in World War Two in this dramatic re-telling of this important moment in the city’s history.

2,241 Reasons to Remember will be open and free to the public until Sunday 22 November. Members of the public will still have an opportunity to help make the remaining lanterns by attending free workshops to be held at St. Martins Church in the Bull Ring on tomorrow Sat 21 November from 10am – 4.30pm.

The installation will be located adjacent to the Tree of Life Birmingham Blitz memorial on Edgbaston St opposite Bull Ring Markets in Birmingham city centre.

Adagio Aparthotel Birmingham

There’s a welcome addition to the city’s thriving hotel offering with new Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre which had its official opening last week.

Situated in the historical Beorma Quarter of the city (just opposite St Martin’s in the Bullring) the new Aparthotel is ideal for longer stays in the city thanks to the multi-sized flexible apartment style rooms and handy kitchens with a ‘just like home’ experience for travellers to Birmingham.

The signature red rooms feature stylish furniture, unfussy decor and views across the city’s Eastside making it a great place to stay if your heading to any of Digbeth’s many festivals, clubs & bars or if you just want to check out the latest shopping offer from the Bullring and Grand Central.

At the launch attendees were treated to an event on the theme of ‘Beorma:  Past, Present and Future’.  The idea was for guests to understand more about both the historic past of the Beorma Quarter, but also more about how this part of Digbeth continues to develop and is rapidly becoming a new centre for Birmingham, a centre for the creative industries, new businesses, colleges and great places to eat, as well of course as home to the new hotel.

WIN a pair of tix to BAMMA 23 this weekend at Barclaycard Arena

Europe’s Leading Mixed Martial Arts Promotion presents ‘Night Of Champions’. Presented by David Haye and Andy Shepherd and broadcast around the world, BAMMA will make history on Saturday 14th November with 5 titles on the line in one night!

Returning to the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, BAMMA 23 features one of the most action packed Mixed Martial Arts cards of the year.

The headline bout sees two of Europe’s heaviest hitters going head to head, as BAMMA Heavyweight Champion Mark ‘The Hand Of’ Godbeer defends his crown against number 1 ranked German Heavyweight challenger Ruben ‘The Viking’ Wolf.

Guaranteed to be packed full of action, adrenaline and entertainment, BAMMA 23 is not to be missed! Continue reading

SHOUT Festival 2015, 12 Nov-22 November

AudienceParticipation-RHPSBack for its seventh edition, SHOUT 2015 encompassing the best in live performance, theatre, comedy, music, visual art, talks and film that explores Queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and LGBT themes.

Here’s our pick of what to see… Continue reading

AREA GUIDE > November-December issue


Check out the latest edition of AREA GUIDE – if you haven’t managed to pick up a copy yet you can read it online here.

This issue features the usual mix of Art, music, comedy and film previews alongside festive days out and cocktail features, fashion looks for A/w 2015 and our handy gift guide.

NOVEMBER Comedy round-up

David O'DohertyThere is a plethora of funny people heading to Brum over the next few weeks. Ian Thomas picks out the best of the bunch here…

David O’Doherty
12 November
mac Birmingham 
£16 (£14 conc.)

We Are All In The Gutter But Some Of Us Are Looking At David O’Doherty
:- Fresh from delighting the Edinburgh Fringe for the 14
th consecutive year the lanky Leinsterman, self-proclaimed “Lidl Enya” and former Perrier award winner hits the mac with an evening of exuberant humour and wistful musical numbers played on a tiny 1980s keyboard. Continue reading