Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Fri 22 Jul 2016

    YOUNG people can showcase their singing, dancing or music skills by participating in Rubery’s Got Talent.

    The contest, which takes place on August 14, splits contestants into three age categories – under 12s, 12 to 16-year-olds and over 16s.

    There are prizes to be won and the chance to perform live on the main stage at Rubery Festival.

    E-mail Tony Maslen at a [dot] maslen [at] blueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk or call him on 0121 457 9308 for more information.

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  • Mon 18 Jul 2016

    AN ART trail is being set up around Bromsgrove to promote the Primrose Hospice and the good work it does.

    It has been put together by the Canal Side Studios which asked its local artists to produce pieces based on the Primrose.

    So far 20 local traders have supported the campaign and will display the different works in their windows in the town centre from Monday (July 18).

    They will be on show for a fortnight and it is then hoped the exhibition Artrix or to the library and the Primrose Hospice so it can be all seen in one place

    Justine Humphries, local artist, founder and director of Canal Side Studios, said: “We were surprised to find, after talking to a volunteer, that the hospice is a small local charity.

    “As the Primrose Hospice has a few shops we were under the impression it was a much larger organisation and thought other locals may also assume the charity was bigger.

    “As the Canal Side Studios is a local non-for profit organisation, we felt we were in a position to help raise awareness of the hospice’s needs by asking out local artists to produce art based on the Primrose.”

    Prints of all the artwork will be available for a small donation with proceeds going to the charity.

    Any other local shops or artists interested in taking part should call Justine on 07725 488513

    To find out more about the work of the Canalside Studios visit and Primrose Hospice visit 

    This article reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 16 Jul 2016

    BLACKWELL Concert Band is holding a training band workshop on Thursday (July 21) from 6.30pm til 7.15pm at Catshill Methodist Church Hall.

    The band was set up recently, coordinated by teacher and trombone player Craig Sproston.

    It is looking for anyone who can play a brass or wind instrument at grade one to three or thereabouts, those who are learning at school or have played in the past, to go along to the session led by an experienced conductor.

    For more details or to book places, e-mail Craig Sproston at sprozzy24 [at] gmail [dot] com or call him on 07737 253574. Residents with no instrument or who cannot attend on that day should get in touch anyway and arrangements may be made.

    Visit for more on Blackwell Concert Band.

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  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE Library is hosting an event for visitors to find out about learning opportunities.

    On Tuesday (July 19) between midday and 4pm, anyone can sign up for courses and chat with professionals.

    Free and paid sessions for those getting back into employment, changing career, recreational courses and courses alongside childcare are available.

    Coun Kit Taylor, acting leader of the council, said: “You’re never too young or old to learn something new – the world is your oyster.”

    There will be an array of stalls and advice available during the sessions which are open to all ages.

    For more information contact the library manager on 01905 822722 or Early Help on 01527 534150.

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  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    THE ANNUAL general meeting of Bromsgrove Art Society will take place at the St John Amublance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, at 7.30pm on Wednesday (July 20).

    The talk on the night will be given by ex-police officer Mike Crocket. He will speak about fingerprinting on what promises to be a fascinating evening.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for members and visitors.

    This will be the last meeting of the society before the summer break. Members will reconvene in September.

    The AGM follows on from a successful art exhibition for the society which saw 48 paintings by 26 artists sold.

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  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    AN art exhibition of paintings in the style of David Hockney will take place at Alvechurch Village Hall from Wednesday to next Saturday (July 21 to 23).

    The ‘Homage to Hockney’ works have been produced at students of Pam’s Art Classes.

    It began when Kamal Khan, owner of Grosvenor House nursing home, challenged the artists to produce art in the style of Hockney.

    There will also be about 100 other new original works of art by the artists – many of which will be on sale.

    Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, schedule permitting, will judge the Hockney style paintings at the Grosvenor House Summer Fete next Saturday afternoon.

    The exhibition will be open from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5pm on the Saturday), with free entry and refreshments available.

    Visit for more details.

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  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    THERE will be a host of activities and attractions in the penultimate week of the Bromsgrove Festival.

    A barn dance with live band Five Minutes to Midnight will take place at Bromsgrove Cricket Club tonight (Friday).

    Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children and £18 for a family ticket.

    Available from Sarah Stanhope on e-mail at belly144 [at] btinternet [dot] com or by calling 07771 541412.

    There will be family fun on Bromsgrove High Street tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm, featuring walkabout acts, pop-up performances and have a go art.

    The Snow Queen by Storybox Theatre will take centre stage at Artrix at 2pm on Sunday (July 17).

    Tickets, at £6 (£4 or under 16s) are available at or by calling 01527 577330.

    There will be a celebration of English Song at Tardebigge Church on Sunday (July 17) at 3pm. Music from Frank Bridge, Ian Venables and Finzi will be performed by Susan Bickley (mezzo) Louise Williams (viola) and Iain Burnside (piano). A pre-concert talk at 2pm will be given by Alan Watson on the science of the singing voice.

    Tickets, at £16 (£4 full-time students and the unemployed) are available by e-mailing song [at] mcgregor-smith [dot] com or by calling 01527 872422. Visit for more information.

    The Birmingham Horn Sound will be the final Festive Classics lunchtime concert at The New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum, at 1pm on Monday

    Tickets are £15, including lunch and a glass of wine. They must be booked in advance at the festival website or by calling 01527 874136.

    Concert only tickets are available for £8 on the door.

    Visit or call the number above for more.

    Go to for more on the Bromsgrove Festival and events.

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  • Tue 1 Mar 2016

    ARTRIX Arts Centre are celebrating International Women’s Day early with a screening of the film Artwork by Take 13 artist, Anne GiddingsSuffragette and the opening of a new exhibition by local female artists.

    From Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 27 between 10am and 4pm, Bromsgrove residents can enjoy the collective works of Take 13, a group of 13 contemporary women artists from the West Midlands, to celebrate women’s creativity and embrace the ethos of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.

    Janet Glazier, who formed the group, said: “We’re delighted to be holding our third exhibition at Artrix. It’s a wonderful gallery and the staff at the venue have been very supportive of our wish to exhibit our work which is both contemporary and diverse.”

    Suffragette, a story of the pioneering Suffragette movement and the fight to give women the vote in the 19th century, will be screened at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 3 at Artrix. Tickets cost £6.80 and can be purchased on the night.

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  • Tue 1 Mar 2016

    VISITORS to Specsavers in Bromsgrove this week will be receiving a treat to mark World Book Day on March 3.

    From March 3-9, everyone booked in for an eye examination will also be receiving a free book to help them make the most of the day.

    Store director Mark Gibson, said: “As an opticians, reading is something we feel passionate about and so we thought this initiative would help encourage others to pick up a good read, while making sure their vision is up to scratch.

    “Anyone booking an appointment for an eye examination during the week will have the opportunity to take home one of our selected books, hopefully there’s something to suit everyone, with children’s books included too.”

    World Book Day, which is now in its 19th year, aims to encourage children to get more pleasure out of books and reading. For more information visit

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  • Mon 29 Feb 2016

    BROMSGROVE School has replaced a commemorative blue plaque on the side of Cooke’s House on the campus to make sure poet and scholar AE Housman is not forgotten.

    The original blue plaque was placed at the school 20 years ago in 1996 by the Housman Society, in conjunction with Bromsgrove District Council.

    In total four of the plaques were placed on the side of buildings associated with Housman in Bromsgrove, and over the years the school’s plaque had become quite faded.

    Refurbishment work is currently underway on Thomas Cooke’s House at Bromsgrove School, which along with the Old Chapel building, formed the heart of the school in the days when Housman was a student.

    Cooke’s House, which is now a listed building, has been fully renovated as part of the Worcester Road School’s Day House project, which is aimed at keeping all of the historic buildings within the campus in a good condition.

    The other plaques in Bromsgrove are on Housman’s birthplace Housman Hall, which is now also part of Bromsgrove School, the wall outside the Clock House and at the bottom of the path up to St John’s Church, which is known locally as Adams Steps.

    Headmaster Peter Clague said: “The school offers its thanks to the Society for their continued support and generous contribution of the new plaque which adorns the oldest building at Bromsgrove School with pride.”

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