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The show must go on…and on…. : Everyone has talent, what’s yours?

Drama and Some CIC would like to invite you to participate in ‘The Show Must Go On and ON’ taking place on Friday 3rd June 2022 from 1.30pm at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, Langley High Street, B69 4SL.

Talents can be anything from knitting or crochet to spelling or telling a funny story? What’s your talent?

Come along to have the chance to join in with their drama inspired workshops and you could showcase your talent and have fun.

What will happen in the workshops:

  • You will find your voice and share your stories! Find your funny stories, make friends and discover hidden talents.
  • Using fun exercises, we will build confidence in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
  • The workshops are led by Rachel Sambrooks writer, comedian, performer, published poet and Suzan Spence a writer and performer.

Who is it for?

  • The workshops are aimed at people who want to discover their talents.
  • You should be aged 18 or over.
  •  Sandwell residents.

Our aim

  • To improve mental health and confidence through fun and laughter.
  • We hope to build up a group of enthusiastic volunteers to join in the interactive parts of the main show.
  • During and after workshops we will talk to you and support you in sharing your talents and stories.

I am interested so what do I need to do?
Email Suzan at dramaandsome@gmail.com for more details and to confirm attendance on the workshop as places are limited.

If you play a musical instrument please bring it with you.


An Exhibition of Self Discovery!

Without Shape Without Form is an arts organisation that explores the mind and wellbeing. Without Shape Without Form is a touring exhibition  – Journey of the Mind @The Library of Birmingham until the 4th December.

The exhibition will allow attendees to really explore the journey of the mind and how to deal with stress, anxiety etc. which unfortunately has been exasperated by the global pandemic and is especially important in the business world. If this of interest please follow this link to book.

Alongside the exhibition there is an array of FREE workshops and events to reach as much of the community as possible:

The Inner Monologue is aimed at working professionals and how to keep the mind still in this busy world and especially the workplace. Spaces are limited so please click here to book your seat.

Art of the Mind:
As part of the BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2021, this panel discussion connects art, spirituality and mental wellbeing through the exploration of the mind. Panellists include Sikh artist Kanwar Singh, ex Vogue/Dazed creative and the curator of Journey of the Mind Deep Kailey, along with Navi Kaur, an artist and arts educator based in Birmingham. Spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to book.

Discover the Mind (aimed at families/children):
Journey through a fun-filled creative afternoon of exciting activities to discover more of the positive aspects of the mind. Engage your artistic side in creating a giant tapestry! Make gifts for children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital! Wind down to a calming storytelling session! Click here to book.

Without Shape Without Form hope to see you at as many events as possible.


New Podcast Called Black Country Stories – Voices of the Fairground

Black Country Touring, have released a new podcast called Black Country Stories! Their first work, Voices of the Fairground is now available wherever you listen to podcasts or on Black Country Stories website.

Summer. It’s late in the evening and it’s warm. You’re walking through the park,
under the trees, you take a seat on your favourite bench and you look out… but tonight, things are different… the park has changed.

A whole new world has been transported into it, as though dropped from outer space. A blur of flashes and noise. Mechanical limbs reaching upwards, flinging and Rotating. It’s the fair – appearing as if by magic. But it’s not magic is it? It doesn’t come from nowhere. It doesn’t materialise from thin air. There’s real graft involved and real
people behind it. People with stories, lots and lots of stories. Welcome to Voices of the Fairground.

Listen to Episode 1 ‘Building up’ here – https://bit.ly/VoicesoftheFairground


Calling Sandwell Schoolchildren!

Would you like to become a Sandwell Student Art Champion and represent your school?

Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership is looking for students from across the borough to open a conversation and allow discussion around arts and culture.

They are looking for five students per school to become Sandwell Student Arts Champions, form a group and meet on four occasions between January – May 2022.

The programme, run with support of the British Art Show 9 (BAS9), is open to Primary and Secondary schools and participants will be grouped by age.

The programme will include:

  • Exploring WHAT IS ART?
  • Visiting an arts and cultural venue
  • Meeting an artist from the British Art Show and taking part in a workshop
  • Evaluating the Arts and Culture they are exposed to in and outside of school and within the local area, and what they would like to explore more of.

To Apply
All they need is the name, email address and contact number of the school contact leading the group, plus two short paragraphs (one by a supporting teacher and another by a child who wants to take part) answering the question: Why should we choose your school to be part of this programme and what could it do for your school and the students?

Please email rachel@sandwellcep.co.uk to apply, or for more info.


Creative Corner Networking Group

SCVO are keen to establish an arts, creativity and community forum that explores ‘How creatives and communities can work together in Sandwell?’

We are looking to hold our first Creative Corner Forum on Wednesday 17th November 2021, 10.30am via an online platform (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts and creativity including individuals, community organisations, arts practitioner’s charities, community interest companies and businesses, who want to share information, make new connections and develop creative projects within Sandwell.

Creative Black Country’s Arts Advisor Rich Franks will be at hand to share insights and information on what is happening via Creative Black Country.

Guest speakers to be confirmed at a later date.

We’ll be encouraging:

  • both community and creative organisations to share their experiences and / or examples of successful arts projects in the community,
  • information sharing on potential funding opportunities available for creative projects,
  • participants to network with other like-minded attendees and
  • opportunities to collaborate on new projects.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to reserve their FREE place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Once registered SCVO will email the joining instructions nearer the time. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary.


Volunteers sought for Arts Charity

Persona Arts are looking for volunteers with experience or a knack for admin, community engagement, leafleting and advertising. Persona Arts will be a brand-new West Midlands Arts charity, staging high quality opera, classical and choral music, workshops, performances and productions for the benefit of communities in the West Midlands and the UK.

Persona Arts grew out of BJ Music Events

From community venues to schools, Persona Arts aim to encourage and inspire new audiences across a wide and diverse demographic. The organisation are committed to providing opportunities for singers, musicians, orchestras and creative artists to perform and develop their craft in a supportive and educational environment.

The charity want to showcase the wealth of urban and community talent to the highest level and to champion diversity, equity and inclusion for children, young people and adults.

Over the next five to 10 years, Persona Arts aim to deliver a programme of events to fulfil this mission in collaboration with existing local and national arts organisations.

For further information, please email Byron Jackson at byronjackson68@hotmail.com.

 


Our Commonwealth: People of Sandwell

We are delighted to announce our new Arts Council England and SMBC-funded project Our Commonwealth. The Living Memory Project is teaming up with Sandwell Advocacy to celebrate the rich diversity of Sandwell using story, photography and film and we want you to get involved.

To mark the staging of Commonwealth Games 2022, we will be creating a new photographic exhibition and an accompanying film to highlight the extraordinary contributions made by ordinary people across Sandwell who make it the rich and vibrant place it is today. In particular, we will be working with individuals and communities who have links to countries from across the globe.

What’s happening?

Photographer Anand Chhabra will work with 25 community-nominated participants to produce a series of contemporary portraits and recorded stories that will be exhibited at venues across Sandwell in May/June 2022

Filmmaker Joseph Potts will produce a new film with individuals and groups across Sandwell to explore themes of community, belonging and commonwealth.

A series of creative workshops with community groups and local schools to explore aspects of photography, family history and personal artefacts.

Call for nominations

We are looking for nominations for 25 individuals who have contributed to making Sandwell the warm and supportive place it is today. Their contributions could be in the area of family, caring, education, sports, the voluntary sector, health, the emergency and welfare services, or something else!

Do you know someone who you think should be recognised for who they are and what they do? You can nominate yourself!

What will happen

25 individuals will be selected from all the nominations who will be invited to have their portrait made with Anand and to record some of their life stories with the project team.

Do you know anyone who should be nominated?

Please view the website to completed a very simple form below or if you prefer, email – geoff@livingmemory.live


U Island Touring Exhibition

U Island CIC and arts organisation Juneau Projects have been working with families from Russian speaking countries as well as Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the UK to create imaginative sculptural birdhouses telling their stories of migration to Birmingham and the Black Country and sense of home.

The touring exhibition features five amazing exhibits that all have a unique story to discover, enjoy, share, and celebrate with others.

For more information please visit: en.u-island.co.uk

Thimblemill Library – Saturday 11th September, 10am – 4pm
Thimblemill Road, Smethwick B67 5RJ
0121 569 4943

(Please call the library in advance of attending to avoid disappointment, as Covid safety rules may affect access. Further information can be found here capitadiscovery.co.uk/sandwell/home)

Lightwoods Park and House – Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th September, 11am – 4.00pm
Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick, B67 5DP
0121 569 4141

Covid Safety Measures – Venues continue to ask you to wear a face covering inside their buildings and respect other people’s personal space. Please use the sanitisers provided on entrance and before exiting. Please check with venues and our social media channels as Covid safety rules are subject to change and may affect access.

This has been made possible thanks to Arts Council England, SCVO Vision 2030 Fund, Creative Black Country and Discover Sandwell.


Free Story telling Workshop on Zoom

Have you always wanted to tell stories and perform? Do you want to be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival? Would you like to write and give your words to another person to perform?

Join Jasmine Gardosi and Kuli Kohli from Deaf Explorer for a workshop about storytelling and performance. Find out about a brand new creative project that aims to be fully accessible, and bring people together

Tickets are free and no experience necessary – everyone is welcome.  This event will have a BSL interpreter

The date of workshop is Thursday, 17 June 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm, via Zoom.

Link to booking workshop on Zoom


Creative Corner Forum

SCVO are keen to establish an arts, creativity and community forum that explores ‘How creatives and communities can work together in Sandwell?’

We are looking to hold our first Creative Corner Forum on Friday 2nd July 2021, 10.30am via an online platform (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

The forum is open to anyone interested in the arts and creativity including individuals, community organisations, arts practitioner’s charities, community interest companies and businesses, who want to share information, make new connections and develop creative projects within Sandwell.

Creative Black Country’s Arts Advisor Rich Franks will be at hand to share insights and information on what is happening via Creative Black Country.

We’ll be encouraging:

  • both community and creative organisations to share their experiences and / or examples of successful arts projects in the community,
  • information sharing on potential funding opportunities available for creative projects,
  • participants to network with other like-minded attendees and
  • opportunities to collaborate on new projects.

Anyone wishing to attend will need to reserve their FREE place via Eventbrite by clicking here. Once registered SCVO will email the joining instructions nearer the time. So be sure to pencil the date into your diary.


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