ART SOAK 12-15 May 2016

“Reminded us of the Edinburgh Fringe…” Audience member, Art SOAK 2014

We are delighted to announce the programme for this year’s Art SOAK.  We’re opening with a bang in the shiny new Stirchley Baths with Pilot Nights – an evening of new work by theatre makers from across the country.  It promises to be fun! We have a host of walks created by some of the City’s leading ‘walk creators’, high quality workshops by experienced artists & companies, the launch of a new film by Reel Access, storytelling and the Birmingham debut of ‘Helen’s Story’ created and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater.  Join us & enjoy some arts on your doorstep.

“Great range of events – fab to attend at a local site.” Audience member, Art SOAK 2014

Art SOAK Programme FINAL


Arts Forum Selly Oak are delighted to be able to bring you FOLK at the recently opened Stirchley Baths on Wednesday 16th March 2016 @ 7.30pm– come and see some high quality theatre on your doorstep!

A hilarious and not-so-holy story of hope, coming together and finding your feet when your world is turned upside down.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre present


By Tom Wells

Box Office:  Tickets: £5 or £3 concessions

Folk - imageWinnie’s no ordinary nun. A swearing, smoking, Guinness fan, who loves a sing-song with Stephen. She lives life to the fullest. But she’s got a secret.

Stephen’s lost his job – and lost his way. Finding solace in music, he knows he must start again… but how?

Ballsy and outspoken, teenager Kayleigh is in charge of her life. No one tells her what to do. However, when unexpected circumstances lead her to Winnie and Stephen, they start a journey that will transform their lives forever.

Surprising and poignant, Folk is a hilarious and not-so-holy story of hope, coming together and finding your feet when your world is turned upside down.

Folk is recommended for ages 14+


Patrick Bridgman Stephen
Chloe Harris Kayleigh
Connie Walker Winnie


Tessa Walker Director
Bob Bailey Designer
Simon Bond Lighting Designer
James Frewer Composer and Musical Director
Clive Meldrum Sound Designer
Jo Gleave Assistant Director (Recipient of a JMK regional assistant director bursary)



Advance With Feathers

Stirchley Baths invites you to take part in an exciting new sound art project.
A Stirchley based art organisation called The Centre Of Curious Sonic Investigation, led by artist Justin Wiggan, is working with Stirchley Baths to create a new artwork using sound, based around the themes of hope, transition and future and using the history and restoration of the baths as a starting point.

Community workshops
4th 11th 18th 25th February – drop in between 10am – 2pm

Come along and help us create a new sound artwork for Stirchley, no experience needed! All welcome. Your contributions will result in a unique performance event at the baths.

Performance Event 
Saturday 21 May 7.30pm
£5, booking required via Eventbrite

Experience a unique interactive performance of Advance with Feathers, a new artwork created for Stirchley. The live performance will take place at the newly restored Stirchley Baths, an Edwardian baths restored as a 21st century place for community activity.

6 June – 18 July

Discover the process of the project at an exhibition which documents the exploration of sound with the Stirchley community, St Andrews Healthcare and Cotteridge School.

Get Involved

Like the sound of this project and would like to get involved as a volunteer? Get in touch with Heritage Development Manager Kate Andrews

Project supported by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund

Free Felting Workshop at Druids Heath Library

Celebrate Love Libraries Day in Druids Heath with a free drop-in workshop lead by artist Sarah Leigh. Sarah has been working with a group at Bells Farm who have made some wonderful felt creations through our Connecting Communities programme and now there is a chance for everyone to have a go. Together we will be creating a community patchwork that will be displayed at Druids Heath Library.

Felting Poster

Networking Meeting Saturday 27th February 1.30pm-4.30pm with Drop In Craft Workshop

Our next Networking Meeting will be on Saturday 27th February from 1.30pm – 4.30pm at the sparkling new Bournville Community Hub on Sycamore Road in Bournville village.  We thought we’d try something different – holding the meeting in the afternoon & combining it with a craft workshop & a tour of the Community Hub.  If you have never been before or if you have been to all our meetings, you are all most welcome to this informal networking meeting – there’s no agenda, just pitch up and talk to the different people who are interested in creativity in this District.

We will have Sharper Arts with us hosting a drop in Craft Workshop using recycled material to create paper people & theatre boxes – so if you have young children*, rest assured they will have something to do whilst you have a chat, a cuppa & perhaps a slice of cake! Craft workshops is also open to adult participants. Sharper Arts is Sally Harper-Kenn who has over 20 years experience of delivering arts workshops in a variety of settings.

*Please note that children cannot be left unattended at this craft workshop.