Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Fri 26 Feb 2016

    IT HAS BEEN a month of full on creative power for the Bromsgrove Photographic Society which organised a series of events to inspire photographers from all walks of life.

    Following a rocking start to the new year, entries were flying through the door when the society hosted its highly contested Print Competition.

    The contest was judged by Tony Thomas, a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society who gave advice on how some of the images could be improved.

    Tony, who does a lot of judging all over the Midlands, was impressed with the very high standard of submissions, comparing them with the best in the region.

    The society has also been involved with a plethora of workshops including Photoshop with Nigel Taylor, Lightroom Software with Adrian Butt and Basics with Rebekah Nash.

    Colin Close hosted a mini studio session to explain lighting and camera settings, while Roger Lewis chaired a workshop which photographed close-ups of various floral arrangements.

    There was also a masterclass by Christopher Bradbury, a fellow of the Master Photographer Association on portraiture.

    The society welcomed five new members in January and it continues to grow in both size and reputation.

    The group always welcomes newcomers interested in the art and craft of photography.

    Visit for more information or drop in to the Avoncroft Arts Society’s main hall at 7.45pm on Tuesdays.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 2 Jan 2016

    ARTRIX Arts Centre in Bromsgrove is looking for new board members who can work with its new director to take on the challenge of growing the organisation and shaping the development of art in the town.

    This year Artrix celebrates its 10th birthday - not only is it a centre for creative excellence, it is a much loved community venue that engages a diverse range of people in the arts.

    A new director, Hannah Phillips, takes up post on December 15 and board members are being sought to help her develop the artistic programme, build audiences and ensure financial sustainability.

    Applicants should have skills in the following areas: finance, HR, commercial, legal, IT, artistic development and fundraising.

    These are voluntary positions which afford the opportunity and satisfaction of being involved in a successful and ambitious project.

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    Applications and any queries can be submitted to Margaret D'Andrade Brown, company secretary, at margaret [at] dandradebrown [dot] co [dot] uk and further information can be downloaded from

    The closing date for applications is Monday, January 11.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Mon 26 Oct 2015

    RESIDENTS will get to show off their arty sides when the Big Draw comes to Bromsgrove next Saturday (October 31).

    The event, from 10am to 2.30pm at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, will enable people to unleash their imaginations by drawing, doodling, or colouring to their heart’s content.

    People of all ages and abilities can join the world’s biggest drawing festival, aimed at building confidence and enabling them to learn new drawing skills from one another in a relaxing environment.

    Bromsgrove’s Big Draw is a voluntary project, with support from local organisations including Bromsgrove Festival, Arts Alive, Charles Lovell and Co, Bromsgrove Library, Charles Howell, What!, Robert Oulsnam, Morrisons, Santander, Artyfacts, ASDA and Bromsgrove Methodist Centre.

    Laura Brodrick, Bromsgrove’s Big Draw co-ordinator, said: “We’re really excited to see what the Bromsgrove community can bring to this hands-on experience, with different generations, abilities and interests taking part to create something that tells individual and collective stories.”

    She added she would love th hear from anyone who could donate art materials and from any illustrators, tattooists, cartoonists or designers who could share their skills on the day.

    “We’d also be very glad of a photographer.”

    People will be urged to indulge in their creativity and get involved in a range of activities including a large community drawing of life in Bromsgrove.

    Art materials will be provided and refreshments will be available until 12.30pm.

    For more about Bromsgrove’s Big Draw, search for ‘Bromsgrove’s Big Draw’ on Facebook and ‘like’ the page or follow the Twitter account @BigDrawBGrove

    To offer support or to volunteer, e-mail bigdrawbromsgrove [at] gmail [dot] com or leave your details with Bromsgrove Library.

    Go to for more information about the national Big Draw campaign.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Tue 20 Oct 2015

    THE Bromsgrove Indian Community Forum has joined forces with Bromsgrove District Council to celebrate Diwali.

    The Festival of Lights celebration is being held at Bromsgrove Library, in Stratford Road, on Saturday, October 31, from 10am until 2pm.

    Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness and thus good over evil. The Festival of Lights reaffirms the things in life that matter most.

    The Diwali exhibition features pictures and artefacts of the Diwali story and Divas lamps, as well as activities including Henna painting and Rangoli workshops.

    Indian snacks and sweets will also be available.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and join the activities, having some fun.

    B K Chaudhari, from the forum, said: “Diwali is one of the most important dates in the Hindu and Sikh calendar.

    "Diwali is also celebrated by Jains and some Buddhists. It is often known as the Festival of Lights.

    "We invite all to join us in this year's celebrations."

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Sat 10 Oct 2015

    THE CANALSIDE Studios in Stoke Prior have teamed up with The Navigation Inn to enable artists from Bromsgrove and Droitwich to showcase their work.

    Willow Tree Crafts and Canalside Art Studio, based on the Canalside Craft Centre, Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, hold classes and workshops for artists and crafters each week.

    There are watercolours classes at the studios on Tuesdays, craft drop-in and workshop sessions there on Wednesdays and art workshops there on Fridays where people can just turn up and paint.

    Students’ work is then put on display as part of themed exhibitions at the Navigation Inn and, as part of the project, the Greyhound pub in Bromsgrove has agreed to a similar arrangement.

    Currently, there is an autumn inspired exhibition at the Navigation and towards the end of the month, there will be a Halloween one at the Greyhound.

    Next month, exhibitions will centre around Remembrance and the military, before moving onto Christmas themes for December.

    Karen Hotchkiss from Willow Tree Crafts, who started the scheme with Justine Humphries from Canalside Art Studio, said: “It gives the students the chance to exhibit their work in a public space which in turn gives them confidence and also, hopefully, encourages people to go into the pubs to see the works on show.”

    Anyone wanting more information should call Karen on 07789 912627 or Justine on 07725 488513.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Thu 8 Oct 2015

    CHRISTMASSY crafters and local businesses are being sought to have stalls at Bromsgrove’s first ever festive market.

    Bromsgrove District Council have teamed up with the Friends of St John’s Church for the event which will be held on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, to coincide with the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.

    Local traders and crafters offering festive goods are being urged to get in touch with each Christmas Market stall costing just £10.

    Alongside the craft stalls, the Friends of St John’s are also working with entertainers and local businesses to bring food, drink and music to the streets in the lead up to the Christmas light switch-on.

    And, as well as the lights switch-on and Christmas Market, the popular MidWinterFest will be returning again after a successful two years.

    Friends of St John’s chairman Jo Slade said: “We are very excited about putting on a Christmas Market in the town and are building on the relationship founded over the last few years with the MidWinterFest.

    “We are focussing on locally made crafts and we are putting a call out to anyone in the district who would like a stall to come forward. For just £10 per table local people can sell their crafts for Christmas.”

    Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Caroline Spencer, said: “The atmosphere in the High Street is going to be fantastically festive this year with so much going on.

    “I’ll be flipping the switch on the Christmas lights but I’ll be sure to have a shop around the craft stalls and Christmas market first.

    “If you’re interested in taking on a stall please get in touch.”

    Visit or e-mail friends [dot] stjohns [dot] church [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sun 4 Oct 2015

    A NEW series of Saturday morning Cake and Coffee Concerts will be launched at Bromsgrove’s historic St John’s Church next Saturday (October 10).

    The first to take to the stage on that day at 10.30am will be The Moseley Marvels – members of the talented Moseley family.

    The concert will be about 50 minutes long and will be followed by coffee or tea and cake.

    Then on November 7, the Bromsgrove Recorder Consort will provide the entertainment.

    Organiser Steve Cowperthwaite said the concerts were approachable and informal.

    ‘It’s a great way to liven up your Saturday shopping,” he added.

    Admission is free with a retiring collection.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 2 Oct 2015

    MORE than 20 artists will be displaying 150 paintings at the Lickey Art Society’s annual exhibition.

    The event takes place between 10am and 4.30pm at Longbridge Methodist Church Hall, Bristol Road South (B45 9TY).

    As well as the paintings, some of the artists will be demonstrating their skills and techniques throughout the day.

    Jennie Wilson, the society’s secretary, said: “Come along and enjoy the exhibition, pick up some tips from the demonstrators and relax with a coffee and cake.”

    Admission to the event is 50p and anyone who wants more information should call Jennie on 0121 453 7097.

  • Fri 2 Oct 2015

    THREE popular attractions are joining forces on Sunday (October 4) for a special harvest-inspired Apple Day celebration.

    Residents can board the classic ‘Apple Bus’ – provided by Wythall Transport Museum – which will take them between Avoncroft Museum and the Jinney Ring Craft Centre.

    At the Jinney Ring, visitors can explore the popular sculpture trail and enter the apple art competition. There will also be a selection of food and drink made from local produce and a complementary cup or tea of coffee, included in the ticket price.

    At Avoncroft, there will be a number of activities. Visitors can take their own apples along and have them pressed in the museum’s vintage presser. There will be apple-themed games and costumed re-enactors will be demonstrating traditional baking methods in the historic windmill.

    The 19th century windmill will also be open.

    The Apple Bus will travel regularly between Avoncroft Museum and the Jinney Ring.

    From the Jinney Ring, visitors will also be able to visit Hanbury Church – the famous location for weddings on hit Radio 4 show The Archers. The links between the church and The Archers can also be explored by checking out an exhibition there.

    People should be aware that the route to the church is steep and rough in places.

    Advance tickets include rides on the Apple Bus between the venues, admission to Avoncroft Museum and a complementary tea or coffee at the Jinney Ring.

    Prices are £8 for adults, £7 for seniors and £4 for children. They are available from the Jinney Ring website at or by calling 01527 821272. On the day, tickets (if still available) will cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

  • Mon 28 Sep 2015

    THIS AUTUMN, Longbridge Public Art Project returns with a programme full of events, exhibitions and workshops.

    One of the upcoming events is the Longbridge Alternative History Walk on Wednesday (September 30) which takes place between 1pm and 2pm. Participants need to meet outside Sainsbury’s in Longbridge and Mike Hodder and Steve Wright will take them back in time through 1,000 years of Longbridge history. This alternative history tour will provide new facts about Longbridge and what the area was like before it becane Longbridge. Residents should e-mail stephen [at] WERK [dot] org [dot] uk to book a free place.

    Then on October 3, HERE AND NOW takes place from 11am to 4pm at St John’s Church. This will feature historical research by artists and local residents being shown and art work being produced by residents for Longbridge. On the day there will be free events and activities for children and adults, as well as information about Longbridge Light Festival 2016. Those who go along will be able to find out more about the project and how they can get involved. For more information e-mail info [at] WERK [dot] org [dot] uk

    The exhibition, Women of Longbridge, takes place at the LPAP SPACE in Longbridge on October 8 from 6pm to 9pm, featuring a series of interviews and photographic portraits of ex-workers of the Longbridge car factory by artists Hannah Hull and Stephen Burke.The interviews document the changing attitudes towards women who worked in what was a male-dominated environment. They cover several eras and also offer insight into the changing approach to labour throughout the factory’s life. This exhibition showcases the overlooked stories of the Women of Longbridge, and aims to provide strong female role models for the next generation. The exhibition continues until November 7 and will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

    Then on October 17, there will be a 1275GT Mini Restoration Open Day from 1pm to 5pm at The Cabin, Longbridge.

    Artist Stuart Whipps is restoring a 1275GT mini that was made at Longbridge in 1979. He is working with ex workers from the factory and comprehensively photographing all parts of the car and the process.

    Members of the public are welcome to drop by when restoration works is taking place and further public open days are scheduled for November 14 and December 12. The Cabin is situated in the Car Park in Longbridge town centre opposite Bournville College and adjacent to Austin Park.

    For more information on how you can get involved with the project please email stephen [at] WERK [dot] org [dot] uk

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard