Welcome to Bromsgrove Arts Alive....dedicated to supporting and promoting a broad spectrum of the arts* in Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas

"Art is the conscious arrangement and production of colours, forms, movements, sounds, and all other elements used in a manner that affects our human senses"

 

 

Special News and forthcoming events........

 

Dates announced for forthcoming AA Meetings

The following dates have been set for the Quarterly Meetings of Bromsgrove Arts Alive!

21st September 2016 - 7.00pm - Avoncroft Museum of Buildings

You are reminded that ALL Arts Alive members are welcome to attend....not just representatives.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Spring 2016 issue of the Bromsgrove Arts Alive Newsletter is now on the streets!

Crammed full of articles about what our members have been up to and what their future plan are, you can pick up your copy at Bromsgrove Library or Artrix or you can download you own copy HERE

Local stars shine at the Spirit of Bromsgrove Awards

A PACKED Artrix crowd witnessed some unbelievable achievements in sport, the arts and communities at the 2016 Spirit of Bromsgrove awards.

There was some fantastic entertainment prior to the event and during the interval from the Nancy Butterfly Clog and Morris Dancers, Step on Board Appalachian Step Dancers, The Night Watch’s from Bard to Verse and Vintage Class.

On the stage during the night was Gymfusion performing the Olympic Story from London 2012 to Rio 2016. the Orchestra of St John and Vintage Class.

The show itself was excellently compered by the Bread and Butter Theatre Company which had the audience laughing throughout – in between the presenting of the accolades.

THERE were five arts awards up for grabs and the first one was won by Pat Tansell. She was named Outstanding Arts Individual because of her enthusiasm and general interest which sees her being involved in so many different arts projects and groups in Bromsgrove. As well as being a valued staff member at Bromsgrove Library, she is also vice chair of the Bromsgrove Society, is a committee member on the Housman Society, volunteers at Avoncroft Museum and attends numerous WORDS events, concerts and local history lectures.The award was sponsored by Bromsgrove Arts Alive

The Boys Make Noise group – an organisation to change culture and encourage more to take part in a singing group – won the Outstanding Youth Arts Organisation sponsored by Oakland International. A number of boys – especially those with learning disabilities – have increased their self-esteem because of the group.

The Outstanding Young Person in the Arts award went to Emily Bridge who has been a young volunteer at Bromsgrove Library since 2013. Her bright and cheerful demeanour has made her a popular face with library customers. As part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, she listened to young readers, increasing their confidence. This award was again sponsored by Oakland International.

Jim Page, who has been a champion of the arts in Bromsgrove for many years, was awarded The Mary White Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, sponsored by Bromsgrove Festival. Jim has always been a champion of the arts in Bromsgrove and is the outgoing chairman of the Housman Society after almost 30 years at the helm. If it had not been for Jim, Bromsgrove would not have the varied arts community it has today.

The final arts award went to the rejuvenated Bromsgrove Festival. The event scooped the Outstanding Arts Organisation accolade after a new group took over the organisation in 2013. They were unsure what would happen but the new format has brought together more arts in the town than ever before and it now offers so many activities for all ages and tastes. This award was sponsored by Bromsgrove Arts Alive.

This article is adapted from an article in The Bromsgrove Standard to whom we are extremely grateful

Celebratory Poem

Specially composed by Gillian Clarke the National Poet of Wales to celebrate the 35 years that WORDS has been bringing to Bromsgrove the best of the spoken and written word

Words

In the twilit dome of the egg, the embryo's listening,
learning the refrain its parent sings.

A baby imagines a word's shape
before trying to speak, watches it on the lip

of whoever leans over the cot, hears it maze down the silk
of the ear, feels it settle in the tree of the brain,

tastes it in salts of skin, drinks it in milk,
spittle and tears, cries it in darkness and dream,

before tongue taps d, t, and lips unfold
from la to vowel, and turn the word to world.

Gwyneth Myfanwy, dying at ninety three,
calls 'Mam! Oh! Mam!' from the landscape of her dream,

her sunlit story of ten decades past
retelling itself, her first word, her last.

Gillian Clarke 2014

 

New web sites

Both Bromsgrove Festival and The Orchestra of St John have recently launched new web sites......

  • The newly designed Orchestra of St John web site can now be found at the new address : www.osjbromsgrove.org
  • Bromsgrove Festival can still be found at www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk but it too been totally redesigned to be brighter and more interactive.

Both sites have been designed to operative effectively on tablets and phones as well as PCs and laptops

 

Bromsgrove Arts Alive - new mission statement

At the recent Quarterly Meeting of Bromsgrove Arts Alive, it was unanimously agreed that the following Mission Statement be adopted....

"To promote, champion and encourage involvement in the arts

in Bromsgrove and the surrounding area"

The remaining Aims and Objectives will be redefined in a new constitution