Your thoughts on a potential studio space in the Selly Oak district…

I’ve had contact from a key organisation in the Selly Oak district who have the wherewithal to transform their sizeable office space into a block of modern artist studios and workshop spaces. The building is modern and has a sizeable lift.
The questions I would like to ask you are as follows:
1. How much as an artist do you think is an acceptable amount of money to pay to rent a studio located in the suburbs?
2. What would you expect from such a space? Powerpoints, wi-fi, good lighting? Take this as a wish-list of sorts, in order to get a good idea of what you would want from your space.
3. If the organisation were to provide a members scheme, what would you like to be included? Further training? Access to materials? Discounts on rent? Guidance sessions and networks?
If you could please get back to me on this when you can at the email below, I would really appreciate it. Please also feel free to share this around your own networks.
The next Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting and newsletter will appear very soon.
With kind regards
James Kennedy

Northfield Carnival Call Out for Artists

Our neighbours in Northfield are looking for three artists to run workshops for local groups who want to be involved in next year’s carnival around possible themes of: masks and headdresses, costumes using recycled materials, papier mache heads and face painting.

The workshops will be on Saturday 11th January 10am – 3pm at Northfield Baptist Church (subject to confirmation) and artists will receive a £25ph fee plus materials. Following the workshop day there may be the opportunity for delivering artists to continue working with community groups to create art work for the carnival itself.

If you are interested or would like more information, please email Laura Yates ( with your name, contact details and what kind of arts you work with as well as a paragraph of information about your past experience of delivering community workshops, and a paragraph of what you would do as one of the taster workshops in January.

Deadline for these expressions of interest is Friday the 15th November.


Arts Forum Selly Oak Audit (2013)

We are undertaking an audit to assess what arts activities are happening within the Constituency. If you are an artist, venue, producer, promoter or otherwise represent an arts organisation in Selly Oak Constituency it would be very helpful if you could complete this short questionnaire.

Responses will be published on the Arts Forum Selly Oak website and shared with Birmingham City Council so please only fill in your personal details if you are happy for them to be shared.

Thank you!

Networking Meeting Wednesday 22 May 2013

The next Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting will take place on
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at The Hub Hazelwell in Kings Heath.
The meeting will look at the plans for 2013-14 for the Arts Forum so it would be great if you could be there to feed into ideas & priorities.
Please can you RSVP by Friday 17th May (this Friday) so that we know how many people are coming and organise some teas/coffees!




Call out for Volunteers.

We have a few events over the Art SOAK weekend that still need volunteer support.  They are

Saturday 23 March 2013

Support visual artists (Sarah Taylor Silverwood OR Lorna Rose OR Andrew Tims) delivering workshops in a number of locations, helping to set up the space for workshops,  assisting with helping participants to take part in the workshop, asking participants (or parents of participants) to complete very short evaluation forms, keeping head count of participants, helping to clear up afterwards.   A minimum of 2 hours volunteering would help us or for people who can offer longer that would be great.  Workshops located at Druids Heath Library, Yardley Wood Library and Billesley School.  Workshops start at 10am.
Hinterland – Tom Cahill Jones
We are looking for strong volunteers to help artist Tom Cahill Jones put his installation together.  This is a wooden structure that comes in panels and will be set up on the verge next to the junction of Hunts Road and Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley.  Volunteers required 9.00am – 12noon.  
Volunteers also required to dismantle and store – 6pm – 7.30pm.
We will also need volunteers throughout the day to assist Tom to run the installation, help to collect peoples stories (recording) and collect data and evaluation information.  Installation runs from 1 – 6pm. Ideally 1.5 hour stints here would be helpful.
Sunday 24 March
Support jewellery artist Jolene Smith at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre to run workshops 2pm – 4.30pm with set up from 1.15pm.   Duties will include assisting with helping participants to take part in the workshop, asking participants (or parents of participants) to complete very short evaluation forms, keeping head count of participants, helping to clear up afterwards.   A minimum of 2 hours volunteering would help us for the duration of this workshop that would be great.


OR if you fancy volunteering elsewhere in the programme do get in touch!  We are keen to meet enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to help out.


Volunteers will be the lynchpin between the artistic activity and the audience and participants, supporting the artists and acting as a contact for the venues and hosts as well as undertaking a crucial role in collecting data and other information.

Any questions please get in touch: or message us on Facebook or Twitter.