Thursday, 09 July 2020 / Published in Events
Monday 20 July 2020 1pm – 3pm The West Midlands Culture Response Unit is delighted to bring this webinar to all the freelancers in our community. The webinar will be hosted by Alison Grade, author of The Freelance Bible and a WM-based creative industries specialist. Alison will chair the discussion with a panel who will explore the
Thursday, 09 July 2020 / Published in News
Festivals across the West Midlands are currently unable to welcome back visitors with many major cultural events and outdoor festivals such as Birmingham Pride, Download Festival and Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival in 2020 either cancelled or postponed, causing an unprecedented impact to culture across the region.   Whilst COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the sector, artists and organisers across the region have been busy finding innovative new ways of bringing
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 / Published in Events, News
To radically transform the West Midlands arts and culture sector. Galvanised by Black Lives Matter, there is universal acknowledgement from across the region’s arts and cultural sectors that much work needs to be done to make organisations truly reflective of our communities; in leadership, in governance, in programming and audiences. The time for action is
Monday, 06 July 2020 / Published in Events
Alternate Tuesdays 12 noon to 2pm. 14th & 28th July 11th & 25th August 8th & 22nd September This regular meeting is for anyone interested in practicalities of re-starting artistic activity and programming. The agenda usually includes: Update on national strategies Updates on sector/venue/activity action groups Focus on practicalities of social distancing, health and safety,
Monday, 06 July 2020 / Published in Events
Alternate Wednesdays 12 noon to 2pm. 8th & 22nd July 5th & 19th August 2nd & 16th September This regular meeting is for anyone interested in the creative narrative and coordination of artistic programme in the mid and long term. The agenda covers topics including: Online showcasing Creative Narrative Regional-local coordination of re-opening artistic activity
Monday, 06 July 2020 / Published in News
We are delighted that the UK Government are providing the arts and culture sector a £1.5bn support package, an investment that will provide much-needed aid to our industry in critical times.   Thank you to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Culture Secretary for recognising the vital role that the arts play for the nation.  Thank you also to the voices that have been working hard for the industry, this announcement enforces the power of collaboration and collective
Friday, 03 July 2020 / Published in News
On 23rd March 2020, along with huge swathes of the country, Covid-19 shut down our cultural life,  having a devastating impact on the national economy, communities and so many talented workers. Despite the gradual relaxation of the lockdown this decision continues to have a disastrous impact on the lives of individuals and organisations working in
Thursday, 02 July 2020 / Published in Events
Friday 17th July 10am – 11.30am This free webinar is for anyone working in the arts in the West Midlands, who would like to learn more about opportunities to work with the health and social care sectors, including providing arts and cultural interventions and social prescribing. There will be a particular focus on how the
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 / Published in News
Thousands of arts and culture lovers tuned in online to enjoy Midsummer Festival earlier this month. The free one-day festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands was held on Saturday 20th June, and featured over 12 hours of performances, from 33 companies around the region, including 13 never-before-seen works. Inspired by annual Midsummer
Friday, 19 June 2020 / Published in News
As part of the Midsummer Festival on Sat 20 June, we are asking for donations to a Freedom Fund for Black Artists in the region.  The fund will be used to respond to Black Artists’ individual self-identified immediate needs. We’re really grateful to MAIA, an artist-led cultural organisation; a platform for creative practice, critical thinking