Poets’ Corner at P Cafe with The Leaveners

Local Arts charity, Leaveners, introduced the digital ‘Poets’ Corner’ in May 2015, showcasing and supporting aspiring poets. Around the same time the P Cafe in Stirchley opened its doors, bringing exciting poetry, performance and philosophy events to the area.


Both Leaveners and the P Cafe aim to support aspiring poets, by giving them different platforms to reach a wider audience and develop their skills further. The P Cafe will display a different poem from the ‘Poets Corner’ every month, and host the open ‘Crunch’ sessions on creative writing.

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Visit the ‘Poets’ Corner’ to read the work of our aspiring poet and share your feedback, or enjoy poetry and a cuppa at the P Cafe!

Twitter: @_PoetsCorner

Visit Ingot Studios

Ingot Studios, a new shared workspace in Stirchley is looking for members. Come along to their open day on Saturday 6th June to find out more and view the space, it is ideal for artists, makers and people interested in artistic collaboration.

Visit their website and follow them on Twitter (@IngotStudios) for more information and the latest updates.

Art SOAK 2015: Ex Cathedra Workshop

4-5pm Saturday 21st March at The Hub Hazelwell (B14 7NH), suitable for families.

The lovely people at Ex Cathedra had everybody up and singing at the Connecting Communities Conference on Friday. We had great fun and we’re really looking forward to their Art SOAK workshop on Saturday.

A dynamic and fun singing workshop for people of any age full of call and response songs, part songs and singing activities. No need to read music as all songs will be taught aurally.

We’ll see you there!

Art SOAK 2015: Connecting Communities Exhibition

Saturday 21st March 10am-2pm 2015, Druids Heath Library (B14 5NJ)

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The exhibition that is the culmination of our Connecting Communities project in Druids Heath is now up and will be in place until after Art SOAK weekend. Pop by to see the wonderful work produced by the people of Druids Heath any time during library opening hours.

Read more about the project and find out about the workshops and events we held. 

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REP Foundry 2015

Applications for REP Foundry 2015 are now open. REP Foundry is an annual programme for emerging directors, writers, theatre makers and companies from across the West Midlands. This year-long development programme supports artists through workshops, making and sharing work and professional mentoring.

REP Foundry offers 18 participants free professional development through a series of workshops, mentoring and masterclasses – alongside opportunities to share work in front of an audience. Successful applicants will have access to expertise and resources within The REP. Applicants also need to be starting out but committed to making theatre as a career and based in the West Midlands. The scheme is not open to people in full-time education, including undergraduates.

New for this year is the Introduction to Directing Project, as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme, aimed at directors at a much earlier stage in their career.

For emerging directors from the West Midlands we also offer the opportunity to get involved with the JMK Directors group. Run in collaboration with REP Foundry the JMK Directors group meets regularly at The REP and offers workshops, master classes and the opportunity to meet other directors from the region.

This year’s REP Foundry will run from April 2015 – April 2016 for writers and theatre makers, April 2015 – July 2015 for directors.

To apply download and complete one of the application forms opposite and return with an equal opportunities form to foundry@birmingham-rep.co.uk by 6pm on Monday 9 March 2015.

Any questions please email: foundry@birmingham-rep.co.uk