Janine Wiedel’s “Vulcan’s Forge” a photographic project documenting the West Midlands’ traditional industries created between 1977 and 1979 is being shown at The Hive, Birmingham until 7th January 2021
Sarah Angliss and Caroline Radcliffe’s performance piece The Machinery
I first heard about the Peoples Heritage Co-operative’s Represent project roughly three years ago, shortly after the grant funding application to conduct it was submitted to what was then still known as the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hot on the heels of it’s premier at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival last month, Adam Lewis Jacob’s new film Idrish (ইদ্রিস) (UK/Bangladesh, 2021), had its first Birmingham screening at MAC on Wednesday 13th October 2021. Constructed from a bricolage of contemporary film, animated sequences and archival footage, Idrish (ইদ্রিস) tells the moving, powerful and affirming lifestory of Muhammad Idrish. A social worker, trade unionist and anti-deportation campaigner who has lived in Birmingham for over 40 years. Muhammad Idrish emerged as a key figure in an earlier film by Adam Lewis Jacob, People Meeting in a Room (UK, 2020) which was produced with Vivid Projects as part of Animate Project’s polytipch of films about the changing nature of contemporary employment: WORK. People Meeting in a Room responds to the archives of the Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre (TURC)* which are stewarded by Vivid Projects. Muhammad Idrish appears in the archive as both an activist in the NALGO and later Unison trade unions, and also because of his work at the centre of the …
Lauding the era’s built legacy, like celebrating the welfare state, council housing, educational and art institutions and the new cultural forms enabled, is to view the past from carefully chosen angles and through a warm fuzz like old colour photos.
The World in One Place is an in depth exploration of primary schooling in Birmingham between the middle and end of the 20th Century
General Public have spent the last few years collecting the recollections and stories of those involved in the “adventure playground” movement in Birmingham
I was lucky to be able to catch-up with mining heritage project worker and tutor Dr. David Amos to talk about Mine-Craft the Prequel: The Photographic Story of East Midlands Coal
Andy Howlett’s Paradise: Lost History in the Un-Making premiered at the 15th Flatpack Film Festival on Monday 24th May 2021.
Meadow Arts a Shrewsbury based contemporary arts organisation have launched RURALities their first ever digital programme of new work.