Monthly Archives: January 2013

Fierce Festival: Fierce FWD: a development scheme for emerging artists in the West Midlands.

Fierce FWD is our forthcoming emerging artist development scheme for those out of formal study and living across the West Midlands.

City of Birmingham's Crest

Over 2013 we will be offering a series of micro-bursaries to enable the trial of new ideas and experiments – with a focus on performance.

A selected number of the recipients will be invited to develop larger projects supported by Fierce in 2014.

These opportunities will run parallel to a series of talks, workshops and networking events.

Please look out for more details in mid February.

Fierce FWD is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Birmingham Hippodrome and ‘The Trocks’ go LIVE!

Following on from the success of our other live streams of our Panto Launch and Dirty Dancing cast warm-up we are very pleased to announce that this Friday (1 Feb 2013) we will be bringing you yet another live broadcast. From aprox 4.15pm we will be broadcasting a LIVE video feed from one of the [...]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Baths Threat

It happens every few years, but it never gets less urgent. Birmingham’s Moseley Road Baths are under threat of permanent closure again. Stan’s Cafe has a particular affection for these baths as they were the site of one of our earliest productions. Canute the King was made twenty years ago with a ridiculous degree of optimistic innocence on an absurdly low budget. The staff of the pool were fantastically friendly, helpful and patient.

Central government is cutting allocations to city councils giving them massive budget pressures, but to see the end of the Moseley Road Baths would be a terrible shame, it’s a beautiful building historic building and a great community asset. There is a petition here for those who want to save the baths.

mid * point: Opportunity at BE Festival 2013 – deadline 30 Jan

Dates: 2-7 July, 2013 in Birmingham, UK


“When money dries up and there are still needs to be met in society, people come up with creative ways to meet those needs” (Peter North, senior lecturer in geography at the University of Liverpool)

BE FESTIVAL’s visual arts programme is a two year cycle exploring a particular issue. In 2013-2014 we aim to gain insights in to concepts such as money, value, transaction and alternative currency. We propose a laboratory where artists from different disciplines and cultures can explore the conjunction of arts, politics and economics, in an attempt to find innovative and experimental strategies that challenge obsolete systems and dominant conventions. More than ever, art practice has to be critically analitycal and creatively emancipating, in order to question the world we have been sold and why we have bought it. It is at times like this that art must come into its own to inspire new alternatives.

BE FESTIVAL proposes both a space in which ideas around money and its alternatives can be interrogated, and an innovative model for non-commercial artistic production. As in previous years, the success of the festival will rely hugely on alternative currency. Organisations will offer physical and human resources; local residents will offer their time, energy and space; artists will offer their work and ideas. And we will offer valuable alternative currency in return: professional development and skills training, new encounters and collaborations, exposure to new work, a lasting legacy.

BE FESTIVAL aims to devise a collective experiment that combines utopian aspirations with critical awareness. With this purpose, we open a bi-annual call for project’s submissions of:

a/ UK-based Visual Artists’ Exhibition (July 2013)
In an attempt to explore the ‘borders’ between performing and visual arts, we will programme work from three UK based visual artists whose work explores the themes of money, transaction, value and alternative currency. The three artists whose work best embodies the programme’s theme will be selected. The visual artists will be selected from different disciplines, and will exhibit their work at AE Harris and MAC Birmingham to international audiences. Their approach to the theme will serve as a catalyst to one of the panel discussions at the festival, in which all three artists will take part.
Selected artists will be provided with accommodation, meals, transport in Birmingham and free access to all festival performances, workshops, feedback sessions and discussions. There is money available for material costs to be discussed as part of your proposal and a fee of £500 for each of the three projects.

b/ European Visual Artist Residency (July 2013 – residency and exhibition in 2014)
Following the success of this initiative in 2011-12, we will invite an international visual artist to attend BE 2013 as a research residency, drawing inspiration from the festival in order to develop a new visual arts project, again relating to themes of money, transaction, value and alternatives currencies. The project will be created following the 2013 festival onwards, and presented at BE 2014, both at MAC and at AE Harris. After the festival is finished, the exhibition at the MAC will remain over 2-3 months.

The project selected will interact dynamically with the BE Mix project (see below)*. The visual artist will be part of the ensemble during the R&D week in 2013. Whilst the devising process will be inspired by the material collected during the residency (drawings, sounds recordings, videos and objects), likewise the visual arts project will be provoked and inspired by material generated through rehearsal.

In 2013, the selected artist will be provided with accommodation, meals, all travel costs and free access to all performances, workshops, feedback sessions and discussions. Studio space will be provided at MAC from 2 – 13 July.
In 2014, a two week residency will be provided prior to the festival (dates to be agreed, however installation must take place in the week leading up to the festival and you must be available for this period). There is money available for material costs to be discussed as part of your proposal and a fee of £800.

The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2013 and to be considered, please send a completed application form to

For more information, and to download the application form:

mid * point: Artists required, Worcestershire Arts Partnership

The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) is working with First Capital Connect and CBS Outdoors to commission 5 artists to produce work that will be exhibited and/or performed on Bus routes across Worcestershire.

Each artist will be paid £100.

We are seeking five artists. Examples could include:



Visual artists

Theatre companies.

Please send  no more than three sides of A4

A description of your piece, how much space it will require.

The duration if it is a live piece, issues which may need to be considered if it is not live.

Any requirements  in terms of access to refresh your work in any way.

An outline on how you will install your work and how long it will take to install.

A copy of your risk assessment

Your connection to Worcestershire  or why you would like to work here.

You can also send us a web link or dvd.


You supply all your work at your own risk, First Group can make no commitment to the security of your work, you may have to consider that your work may not be returned to you, could be interfered with or stolen by passengers, please bare this in mind. The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP), First Capital Connect and CBS Outdoors take no responsibility for your work it is displayed at your own risk.

Please remember your work will be shown in a public place to all ages and tastes, we must ask you not to include sexual references, nudity or profanity.

Your work must leave no trace on its host bus, just a lasting memory or souvenir of the journey.

 Time line

Date for submission : 30.01.13

Shortlisted by: 15.02.13

Selection panel date is: 25.02.13

Exhibition and Performance dates are: during March 2013 details to be confirmed

To apply please send in the above to:

Loz Samuels

Arts and Play Development Officer

Wyre Forest District Council

Wyre Forest House

Finepoint Way



DY11 7WF


Tel: 01562 732 977

mid * point: Foghorns First show of 2013 – It’s Right up Your Street

Foghorn’s First show of 2013 is Right Up Your Street – 31st January 2013, 8pm (£7.50)

What does it take to create a successful soap? Dozens of writers? Months of planning? Millions of pounds? Not if youre Foghorn Improv! In this show we will create a gripping improvised soap opera from start to finish, using nothing but audience suggestions and our own imaginations. No scripts, no rehearsals, but plenty of laughs, tears, and leaps into the unknown from Birminghams latest and loudest improvised comedy sensation: FOGHORN IMPROV!

More details:
To book:

mid * point: Freshold Theatre seeks male actor aged 20-30

This year is about to begin with some very exciting projects in the pipeline working with support from the REP Birmingham. Freshold is looking for male actors to join the company to be part of small scale scratch performances throughout the year and a full scale venture due to begin early summer with the possibility to become a permanent member of the company and be involved in future projects. If you are interested please contact - with any links to your previous work and a copy of your actors CV.

Freshold is an emerging collective company who work towards creating collaborative, radical, visual and eclectic theatre. We have a holistic approach to making theatre, weaving our work like a patchwork quilt through play, research and rehearsal. We use new writing and devise our projects around concepts explored or discovered by workshopping ideas…

mid * point: Work-in-progress (7th February)

Birmingham’s Teasel Theatre Company are showing work-in-progress of their new piece, Dreams To Her Father, at Midlands Arts Centre on Thursday 7th February from 7-9pm.

A team of researchers are setting up a test for which the audience have volunteered. It’s nothing to be alarmed about, they’ve all the appropriate equipment and risk assessments have been completed. They just want to ask you some questions and take some readings. And then things start to go awry. Amongst the familiar briefing notes, the investigators begin to find unexpected instructions and references to a story that takes over the session. Reality begins to slip and change and the audience find themselves taken into the world of dreams and into memories of an asylum in Germany in 1934, of a psychiatrist and his daughter and of a world where good and evil were sometimes hard to tell apart. What is real and what is fantasy? Can these researchers be trusted? And can we say with any confidence that we know why evil was done?

Dreams To Her Father grew out of a Carl Jung case study about a little girl who gives her psychiatrist father a book of her dreams and dies unexpectedly soon after, and is set in a period when doctors were preparing to send thousands of their patients to be killed. It’s a story that is both bleak and beautiful, shocking and unexpectedly funny. Among the artists Teasel are excited to be working with on the project are Kindle’s Olivia Winteringham and Sam Fox, Caroline Horton and Iain Armstrong.

The showing on 7th February will be an opportunity to see a short sample of material from the devising process, to meet the team and to tell us what you think. We’re very keen to develop the piece with your feeback and we hope it’ll be an interesting and fun evening.

For more information and to reserve a place, please email

mid * point: Cheap Room Hire in Birmingham

Are you looking for cheap room hire in Birmingham? Do you need a space to hold a meeting or training sessions or even a rehearsal/workshop?
We have a lovely studio/room at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. The room is 9meters by 6 meters. Facilities available: Tea/Coffee/Microwave. Chairs and tables. Flip chart and white board. Stereo and speakers to attach to an ipod. 
The cost is £15per hour or £80per day (reductions are given for regular bookings)
If you want to hire the room or would like to arrange to visit the room before you hire it then please contact Angela on 07515939806 or email
If you know anyone who is looking for a room hire on a regular or occasional basis please forward this email to them and ask them to get in touch.