Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Song of Highbury light the parade

Tiger Skins of Sunlight, a collection of movers, shakers and magic makers present 'The Song of The Woods'.  With a community willow lantern parade and singing from Ark Tindal Primary Academy and King's Heath Primary school choir, we are holding a beautiful winter celebration in local parks Cannon Hill and Highbury, with a live open air film screening of a shadow puppet story featuring the song 'The Woods' by The Phlox of Pink.

Join us for the last performance Thursday 27th November at 6pm (prompt) -7pm in Highbury Park, King's Heath (meeting by the High Street entrance).

Our finale evening event will be held at The Old Printworks 06/12/14 with a final screening of our film and live performance by The Phlox of Pinkstarting at 9pm (18+ £3) A full moon, stunning celebration showcasing the work of the community and all of the artists involved!!!

Useful info:

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Commemorating World War 1

Big Brum Theatre in Education are organising a special event on the evening of 11th November 2014, to mark the centenary of the First World War. The event takes place in the historic setting of Highbury Hall, Moseley, from 6.30 to 9.00 pm. Highbury Hall, historic home of the Chamberlain family,was established as a 140 bed temporary hospital by the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in 1915.

Big Brum will talk about their 5 year World War One project and there will be a performance of 'Home Front - Front Line', Big Brum's first WW1 play that follows a young man who leaves his home & family to serve in the trenches of the Western Front. This is the first in a series of commemorative plays about the First World War and its legacy.  Big Brum will also demonstrate some of their workshop practice that is used to engage young people in deep questions about the conflict and its consequences.

There will also be a contribution from Nikki Thorpe, Education & Outreach Officer from Birmingham Archives & Heritage.  We very much hope that you will be able to join us.

If you are interested in attending please contact Matt Hinks: or call 0121 464 4604

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Autumn Play at Half term

Looking forward to welcoming your children over the half term holiday. Please can you  confirm your booking ASAP by email or by phone.  There will also be a family twilight Halloween event in Albert Road Play Park on Friday 31st- between 2.30 and 5.30 more info to follow

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Song of the woods

This November and December, Balsall Heath, King’s Heath, Moseley, enchanting local green and woodland areas, come join us to sing The Song of The Woods; our celebration of nature, trees and the planet!

A collection of artists; film-makers, animators, musicians, technicians, engineers, willow weavers, foragers, fruit-pickers, concocters, hoopers, dancers, fire-starters, instigators, dreamers and believers come together with the local community to create 3 nights of beauty, magic, stories and song.

A great family activity and opportunity to get involved in The Song of The Woods project. Free Workshops Lantern Making in Kings Heath Library, Saturday 1st November 10-4pm

All of this will be followed by a stunning finale and live performance by The Phlox of Pink at The Old Printworks, Balsall Heath December 6th (18+)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Moseley Art School Consultation

We are developing an application for Lottery funding and would be very interested to hear your views on how this important building could be best used.  Please come along to either of the two open days 1st and 2nd October between 11.00 and 7.00 and also please pass this invitation on to anyone you think may be interested.

Carl Franklin Project Organiser

CEF Cultural & Educational Funding Advice regarding the development of Heritage Lottery projects, funding applications, strategies & business development

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Kings Heath brings generations together

HGA were there for another great Kings Heath Residents Forum event bringing generations together, followed by the last of Parks4Play's fantastic Carnival of Play at Kings Heath Park, which have been running all summer across Kings Heath, including playing out on National Playday

For more news and views from Kings Heath, take five minutes to listen to what residents think the most important thing we can do to make things better (audioboo below).  Also visit Kings Heath Residents Forum to keep a closer eye and what they're up to.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Art, music, stories with a cuppa, and stuff to buy and sell, all in Graham & Pam's back garden, Saturday 6th September, 1 to 4pm:

You are invited to come along to a new community sale in the garden of 19 Springfield Road, Kings Heath, on the corner of Woodfield Road. There will be a range of stalls with second hand stuff, arts and crafts, produce etc. There will be some live music and free stuff from people who don't want a stall.

You will be very welcome to come along, we hope that it will be successful enough for us to want to repeat it occasionally. We have a lot of cover in case the weather is not that great but the garden is plenty big enough with easy access from Woodfield Road.

We still have space for more stalls so if you have artwork, crafts, junk or garden produce to sell please get in touch by contacting Graham or Pam on 247 7607 or email If you want other information, just get in touch.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Archiving the Arts

As part of Archiving the Arts networking afternoon today at Library of Birmingham I presented on 'Digital Archives: The Hall Green Arts Story'

It was a 14 minute presentation demonstrating digital archiving in action - please see below:

Great to be asked to present on digital archives, to see the other great presentations, and to meet so many archiving arts types, from London and the West Midlands.

To find out more see National Archives, Archiving the Arts

Friday, 25 April 2014

Juneau Projects – I Am The Warrior

We are excited to announce that ORT will be working with Juneau Projects in May for an instalment of “I Am The Warrior” an exhibition that may feature your work:
You Bring It We Show It!
Be part of this totally open Exhibition at Ort Gallery by bringing your work to the gallery from 10th May onwards. All creative work wanted*!
Dates for your diaries:
Saturday 3rd May – Board Painting & Wallpaper Workshop with Juneau Projects
Saturday 10th May – Opening
Friday 6th June – Closing Party
TBA – a.a.s. Performance
Josephine Reichert

Saturday, 22 March 2014


As part of Hall Green District’s contribution to the city-wide showcase of arts, we are holding a free to attend conference called Art Works on 29th March at the Balsall Heath Church Centre, 100 Mary St. B12 9JU.

If you are an involved with the arts or events in your local area (or would like to be), then this is the event for you. To book your free ticket go to

Want To Know More? @HallGreenArts #Artworks, Ian Edwards 0121 464 4376 or Ian Sergeant   0121 333 2418

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Swan Corner Workshops begin

Freya and Turtles admire their
artwork  at Swan Corner
Yesterday (11th March) we began workshops at Swanshurst School with 30 young volunteers eager to improve our environment - making it safer and bringing people together to discuss parking, traffic and other issues, thanks to funding from Near Neighbours, as part of Hall Green Arts & Kings Heath Centre for Space Exploration project.

Not too surprisingly, young people raised similar concerns to other local residents about what the problems are - here's a summary of the problems they identified:

The group also had a good grasp of some of the problems local residents have already identified.  Here is a summary of what they thought problems residents would have:

Given the problems have been around for a long time what difference can we make?  Well, I suppose that's where a group like Swan Corner Community Group, newly started, could be influential in bringing about the conversations, raising issues with appropriate bodies, and getting out and doing things.

The Swanshurst Group will be making a big impact straight away in bringing about may of the Community Group objectives over the coming months by:

  • Improving the local environment, creating a garden space for people to use
  • Talking to local residents and finding out what's important to them through surveys
  • Creating a dance performance outdoors at Swan corner, for residents and locals
  • Adding wood sculpture to complement the gardening, improve the environment adding value to Swan Corner
There's a lot of other parts to what Swan Corner Community Group will be doing to make a safer, nicer Swan corner for everyone who uses it - our next meeting on 25th March will include Councillors, representatives from the Police and Sustrans, as well as local people and Swanshurst school to discuss parking, traffic and road improvements.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Cancelled! - Art Works Conference Sat 1st March @ Balsall Heath Church Centre, Edward Road

Dear Colleagues, due to unforeseen circumstanced the proposed Art Works Conference scheduled for 1st March 2014 has been postponed until the end of March 2014.We will be posting further information shortly about the rescheduled event. 

In the meantime can I draw your attention to the forthcoming Birmingham City Council event:

The Cultivating Culture Symposium - Library of Birmingham, March 18th from 12pm – 7pm

The Symposium will be an opportunity for local arts organisations, and all those involved, to meet and share case studies and discuss issues and challenges that have emerged over the past 3 years. It will also be an opportunity for Local Arts Fora & Arts Champions to reflect on how arts development can overcome barriers to participation and engagement. 
The Cultivating Culture Symposium is an afternoon of debates and discussions for local people, arts organisations, policy makers and anyone who is interested in developing amazing arts activities at a grass roots level.
The days starts at 12noon with a networking lunch and is kicked off with a Keynote Speech from the Cultural Programmer for Derry Londonderry 2013. There will also be small group discussions and the chance to see performances and presentations of the work done by Birmingham's local Arts Fora and Arts Champions.
Culture on Your Doorstep is a key pillar of the City’s Cultural Strategy and has focused particularly on adult engagement (19+); creation of new work presented to the public; promotion and presentation of arts activities to the public and projects which develop adults as creators, participants, audiences and leaders. 
The Arts Champions Scheme has been very successful in fulfilling this area of strategy and case studies from the Scheme will reveal data, models of good practice and clear examples of activities which have been built up over 3 years to leave a legacy with residents in each District – some of whom will be present on the day to present examples of this activity.
Tickets are free but places are limited. Tickets can be booked at
For further information go to the following link: