Minutes of Arts Forum meeting 16.05

Arts Forum Selly Oak Meeting Minutes and Agenda

Location: Artefact, Pershore Road

Date: 16 May 2019

The meeting was held to discuss and share information about empty spaces in the Selly Oak district, and the potential to use them as a venue for community groups, workshop spaces, community art clubs, or a mixture of all three.

I also wanted to hold this meeting to introduce the group to Open Studios Birmingham, and get them to talk about the logistics for exhibiting work in their forthcoming programme this Autumn.

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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

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Minutes of Arts Forum meeting 11.12.18

Happy New Year to one and all. Here are the minutes for the last Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting that was held at Artefact in Stirchley last month. It being the lead-up to Christmas, it was a bit thin on the ground attendance wise, but there was some excellent discussion, and the drawing out of some plans for next year.

The next meeting? Click on the Eventbrite link here, it’ll be on the Wednesday 12 February, again at Artefact in Stirchley.

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Midland Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen at Stirchley Baths!

I’ve had an email from Midland Opera, a local opera group with members living in all parts of Birmingham but several living locally in Selly Oak, Selly Park and Bournville.

On the 24th and 25th November, for the first time, they will be performing Bizet’s Carmen at the Stirchley Baths Community Hub, which we all know is a  fantastic space. The company will be singing in English, with a small orchestra, Bournville Youth Singers, and professional soloists presenting the world’s favourite opera on 24th and 25th November at the Baths.

There have been so may versions of this story of love, jealousy and revenge but be prepared for Midland Opera’s take on the character of Carmen.  Is she the seductress or is she the abused woman?  Come and find out, enjoy the sumptuous singing by our professional soloists, and also be entertained by members of Bournville Youth Chorus.

Ticket details on the attached flyer, and can be purchased from Midland Opera’s website


Spotlight on…Bournville Rocks

Bournville Rocks is a Facebook group dedicated to the current trend of painting rocks and hiding them for others to find and enjoy. It is worth remembering that a big part of this activity was had it’s origin with one little girl, Isla, who sadly passed away this July. After being diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer, Isla began to decorate stones and hide them, a campaign that soon spread across the world. When the rocks were found people were encourage to post photos online using the #islastones hashtag, and then re-hide them. Rocks communities are activities that everyone can enjoy regardless of age and ability.  I was honoured to speak to founder Lynn Mason about her hard work in organising Bournville Rocks.

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Minutes of Arts Forum meeting 18.07.18…

I am delighted to share with you the minutes, comments and findings of the first Arts Forum meeting of 2018, which was held at Stirchley Baths on 18.07. The event was well attended, and inspiring conversations were had. Feel free to share and comment below. The next meeting will be in September, venue and date TBC…

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New co-ordinator…and new home!

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Hi there! My name is James Kennedy, and i’m the new Arts Forum co-ordinator for Selly Oak. I will be looking after arts provision within the Selly Oak constituency, which embraces Selly Oak/Selly Park, Stirchley, Bournville, Cotteridge, Druid’s Heath, Yardley Wood and Billesley.

I’ve lived in South Birmingham for most of my life, and since 2004 have enjoyed supporting and taking part in my city’s varied arts scenes. I organise my own open mic/showcase event, the Sunday Xpress, which currently lives at Centrala in Digbeth, and my favourite piece of cake on a Trivial Pursuit board is definitely Arts and Literature.

I am pleased to announce that Arts Forum Selly Oak has very kindly been offered a home at the Stirchley Baths Community Hub on Bournville Lane. In agreement with the Baths we will be assisting them with their plans for Birmingham Heritage Week and The Big Draw, and also we will be actively involved with the Community Cinema Club which has it’s base there.

A big mission will be to go out and see for myself what’s going on in the area and recommend it…there will be blogs, posters, videos, recommendations…A lot of you will know about them, and some of you won’t – names that spring to mind are Artefact Café (my local) , Bournville Book Festival, Creative Coffee Hub, Sense Birmingham and their home at Touch Base Pears, Friends of Cotteridge Park, Maypole Youth and Community Centre, spaces in libraries, back rooms, churches…individual artists and organisations, bands playing in pubs, noises coming from rehearsal rooms and studios…the list is varied and vast. Eventually it will all re-appear on the Creative Directory link. Spotlights on, interviews, and chances to get everybody involved…I will also be putting on Arts Forum events across the area…more of that anon…

There are loads of established and hard-working people and organisations out there who know their stuff and are doing great things within their community already… If you are one of them and want to get in touch and spread the word of what you are doing – please get in touch with me at artsforumsellyoak@gmail.com.

That’s it from  me for the moment – look out for details of the first Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting at Stirchley Baths which will be occurring very soon.