Minutes of Arts Forum meeting 13.02.19

Please see below the minutes of the last Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting which was held on 13th February 2019 at Artefact in Stirchley. Feel free to share around your networks, and if anyone would like to get involved and hear more, the address is artsforumsellyoak@gmail.com

Those in attendance:

Mikey Ball   http://www.artymikey.uk/

Dorotea Deng

Jonny Graney  https://www.artefactstirchley.co.uk/

Jane McGuinness  http://www.janemcguinness.co.uk/

Karoline Rerrie  http://karolinemadethis.blogspot.

Samiir Saunders  – currently exhibiting at https://www.artefactstirchley.co.uk/  until 02/03!

Theresa Summerfield   https://friendsofstirchleylibrary.wordpress.com/com/

Darren Toney  https://www.darren-detoni-author.com/

Emma Woolf  https://cotteridgepark.org.uk/

Adam Wynn  https://www.instagram.com/ripitup_startagain/

First of all, I’d like to thank you all very much for coming to the meeting tonight…

I will be trying to take notes during this evenings discussion, if anyone feels that something is missed out tonight – please let me know.

Arts Forum Selly Oak promotes and programmes local arts activity, organises network meetings, and works with organisations across the district to engage local people.

The arts forum is one of the forums that cover each constituency making up Number 11 Arts.


The resources we have are very limited. Really the network is nothing without you, I hope to facilitate, support, broker and match-make to maximise what we have, share resources, help ideas to come into fruition.

And I’d like to make you all aware that when I say ‘the arts’ I mean everything under the umbrella – from live music to interpretative dance, to craft, performance art, poetry, making – everything you can think of.

The Forum looks after a broad area (point to boards) We will be programming events and opportunities across

Selly Oak – Stirchley – Bournville – Cotteridge – Brandwood – Druid’s Heath – Yardley Wood and Billesley.

Over the last few months I’ve been talking to many of you about the forum, and many of you have come back to me with some excellent ideas and pet projects you would like to work on.

What I’d like to do now is go round the room and get you to introduce yourselves, tell each other what organisation you’re from, or what interests you about this meeting. We’ll keep it brief, as I’m sure there will be time to open up discussion and bounce ideas around later.

Overview of Meeting

The meeting worked excellently as a networking event, which those present passing around business cards and sharing ideas. I wanted to make those present aware of three exhibition and/or performance opportunities appearing across the Selly Oak district in 2019:

  • Birmingham Open Studios
  • CocoMAD Festival
  • Stirchley Library

Birmingham Open Studios

Birmingham Open Studios is an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work in their home, workshop or as part of a group exhibition. It is designed so that artists can sell and promote their craft, and also to improve community relations and enhance a feeling of neighbourhood.

The event will take place over two weekends, 5/6 October and also the 12/13 October during the hours of 11-5.

This year under the Number 11 Arts umbrella, Art Forums Selly Oak and Hall Green will be helping to co-ordinate the event with Arts Brum. In the case of Arts Forum Selly Oak I am looking for artists from Selly Oak and Park, Bournville and Cottteridge. Stirchley artists – please make yourselves known and I will pass your details over to Arts Brum.

Only open to visual artists – in this year there will be no scope for performance-based art. Please see below the manifesto that was presented at the meeting, and if interested, please contact studios@artsbrum.com for more information.


Friends of Cotteridge Park

The incredibly popular CoCoMAD festival, now in it’s 23rd year (!) will be returning to Cotteridge Park on the 6th of July. The Friends of Cotteridge Park were present at the meeting to discuss some of the opportunities for local artists:

Last year there was an artist/maker tent – this won’t be appearing this year, but the Friends would like very much to have ‘curated/selected’ stalls, so any artists who would like to grab a place are to get in touch.

The ‘Acoustica’ tent at the festival is also looking to book acts to play, it is an unpaid opportunity, but the tent is always very full with an appreciative and rowdy audience!



Stirchley Library

Due to support from the local community, the Library will be operating a reduced service on occasional Sundays and late nights on Tuesday on Thursday.

The Friends of Stirchley Library have approached the Arts Forum to help support these events, in arranging artists (particularly writers) to talk about their practice and give readings.

This isn’t a paid opportunity, however artists are welcome to bring any merchandise they would like to sell.

The Friends events are very successful, with a Lego Club a particular family favourite, filling the library full of noisy children (and enthusiastic adults.) They are hoping that the space will continue to be used in new ways, so that the Library can keep on being the key asset to the community that it is.

Anyone interested in presenting their work should get in touch with a brief biography and a description of your talk/performance.


Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think will be interested, and thanks for supporting the Arts Forum in what we do.

Next meeting will be in April – date TBC, but most likely after the Easter holidays.







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