DotMoth Studio

DotMoth Studio is a design company founded by Annie Jenkins and Angela Tomlinson. They design and produce a range of Birmingham-inspired merchandise including tea towels, postcards and prints, many of which are available at Provide in the Custard Factory.

Annie is a graphic designer, animation designer, painter and printmaker, currently participating in the print exchange Sketchbook Project in New York. Before DotMoth she spent many years as a graphic designer for the BBC, exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show, and was a member of the team winning Best Animation at the Annecy International Animation Festival (Gorillaz came second).

Angela is a painter and illustrator, who lived in Tokyo before returning to study at Bournville College of Art and Newcastle Polytechnic. She came back to Birmingham to teach, an activity she thoroughly enjoys.

The postcard and tea towel range is aimed at locals and tourists alike and features images of the Birmingham skyline taken from Digbeth, the contrasting architecture on Digbeth High Street, along with an image of the instantly-recognisable Old Crown pub.

To learn more about DotMoth Studio, click here to visit the website, call 07896 931 012, or email contact@thebluephoenix.co.uk.

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Upcoming events at Grand Union

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Points of View

When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014
Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Polish Expats Association (PEA) has moved to a new space called Centrala at Minerva Works. To celebrate, they will be holding a weekend-long screening of artists’ videos, originally showed at the Points of View Video Festival in Łódź, Poland.

The Festival is a platform for the presentation of current video works made by students and recent graduates from fine art academies in Poland, as well as artists from Łódź’s partner cities: Vilnius and Berlin. The Birmingham presentation comprises a selection of videos shown in Łódź between 2011 and 2013, and a selection from Vilnius and Berlin. The weekend includes a special screening featuring works by internationally-acclaimed Polish artist Artur Żmijewski.

The screening programme is available below, with more information on the Centrala website:

Saturday 26 July
16:00 – Videos from the UK & Poland
17:00 – Videos by Artur Żmijewski
18:00 – Talk from Jakub Majmurek, an expert on Artur Żmijewski
19:00 – Videos from Lithuania & Germany

Sunday 27 July
16:00 – Performance by Home for Waifs and Strays
17:00 – Videos from Poland
18:00 – Videos from Lithuania
19:00 – Videos from Germany

The event coincides with the Warwick Bar Summer Fete, and PEA will be hosting a family picnic/drop-in session from 13:00.

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Digbeth Community Garden Launch Party

When: Saturday 26 July, 12:00-19:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH

You are invited to the formal opening of the Digbeth Community Garden this weekend, where the honours will be performed by none other than Councillor Yvonne Mosquito.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth volunteers have been hard at work transforming a patch of land next to the Warehouse building into a community garden space, and this launch has been designed to celebrate all their hard work!

The event will include demonstrations, talks, live music, good food, as well as bringing people and the community together to celebrate the garden. There will also be opportunities to find out how you can get involved in the garden and help safeguard its future.

Make sure you head down on Saturday to the Digbeth Community Garden on Shaw’s Passage (behind The Warehouse)!

More information is available on the Facebook event, and the garden page.

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Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival

When: Saturday 26 July, 10:00-15:30
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

This Saturday is proving to be a busy one, with the Custard Factory playing host to the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival.

The VIP vinyl record fair returns to the Dome, and by the lake, along with Alfie Bird’s infamous jerk BBQ, from 14:00 ska tribute act Rudie and the Revolvers will play a free gig.

Recently voted the No.1 Ska and Soul tribute band in the UK, the band have headlined at the Cavern in Liverpool, and supported loads of top movers and shakers. Rudie will be joined later by Irish folk singer Rich McMahon.

Be there or be a square.

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Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2014 – Reminder

When: Saturday 26th July, 12:00-18:00
Where: Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Just a reminder not to forget that the Warwick Bar Summer Fete takes place this weekend, and there’s more than a spattering of activity to keep young and old entertained all day, including:

  • Bicycle Basket Bazaar | Pod Projects | 12-6pm
    A unique array of retailers will sell their wares from bike-baskets and pannier-racks, while acoustic musicians play songs of good cheer.
  • Introduction to Gardening Workshop | 2-4pm
    Free but booking required (sign up sheet at the Welcome Table at Minerva Works entrance).
  • Pick Your Own Mojito | 12-6pm
    Mojitos made with homegrown mint varieties including chocolate, apple, lime, spear, and eau de cologne mint. Lavender flavoured gins also available.
  • Vivid Projects | Unit 11, Minerva Works | 12-5pm
    Join Vivid Projects as they take over Unit 11 with a peloton of artists and filmmakers who explore the creative possibilities of pedal power.
  • Family Film Workshop with Holly Antrum | Grand Union | Unit 19, Minerva Works | 1-3pm
    Artist Holly Antrum will lead a drop-in family workshop using various film making methods in amongst her exhibition. The workshop free and suitable for all ages.
  • PEA / Centrala | Unit 4, Minerva Works | 1-9pm
    Polish Expats Association will be holding a drop-in family workshop from 1-3pm, followed by video screenings from the Points of View Film Festival at 4-9pm.
  • In The Air | RoguePlay Theatre | Minerva Works | 1pm & 5pm
    RoguePlay will perform 15 minute demonstrations of aerial and ground-based circus acts using trapeze, hoop, lifts and acrobalance.
  • Digbeth Dining Club | Car Park | 12-6pm
    The award-winning DDC will provide sustenance from Savanna Grill, Deli at Edgebaston and Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 20th July
Spotted Dog
17:00-20:30
Free Entry

Club Bebop with Steve Ajao

Sunday, 20th July
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
£5

Irene & Tom

Tuesday, 22nd July
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday, 23rd July
Suki10c
19:00-00:00
£1 Entry

One Pound Fish

Thursday, 24th July
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Blues Night

Friday, 25th July
Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street
20:30
Free Entry

Live Music Night and Open Mic

Saturday, 26th July
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Swim with Sharks

Sunday, 27th July
Spotted Dog
17:00-20:30
Free Entry

Club Bebop with Steve Ajao

Sunday, 27th July
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
£5

Blake & Brazil

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Bicycle Basket Bazaar at the Warwick Bar Summer Fete‏

When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 12:00-18:00
Where: Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Artists, makers and vendors are invited to bring along their bikes and their wares to the Bicycle Basket Bazaar (BBB), taking place at Edible Eastside as part of the Warwick Bar Summer Fete.

BBB is a celebration of bicycles as well as products, so be prepared for some creative space uses; small crates and boxes are allowed to display goods, but tables are a definite no.

Handmade, homemade, vintage, collectibles, and upcycled items will be available to peruse and buy, and bikes may be used for artist projects and performances.

Bicycle Basket Bazaar Rules
Allowed: Handmade, home made, upcycled vintage and collectibles, interesting projects, good cheer, rays of sunshine.
Goods Not Allowed: Livestock, poison, new goods (bought in products), bad news, dark clouds.

For more information or if you’d like to take part in BBB, please send an idea of what you’d like to sell or do with your bike to Trevor Pitt at trevor@podprojects.org.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 13th July
Spotted Dog
17:00-20:30
Free Entry

Club Bebop with Steve Ajao

Sunday, 13th July
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
£5

Little Jimmy

Monday, 14th July
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Traditional Irish Music – All musicians welcome to participate

Tuesday, 15th July
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday, 16th July
Suki10c
19:00-00:00
£1 Entry

One Pound Fish

Thursday, 17th July
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Blues Night

Friday, 18th July
The Rainbow
18:30
Tickets £5 in advance

The Heist
Eskers
Malone Malone
Red Method

Friday, 18th July
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Sons of Calibre (Ireland)

Friday, 18th July
Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street
20:30
Free Entry

Live Music Night and Open Mic

Saturday, 19th July
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Fran the Man

Sunday, 20th July
Spotted Dog
17:00-20:30
Free Entry

Club Bebop with Steve Ajao

Sunday, 20th July
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
£5

Irene & Tom

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Inside Curzon Street Station

We recently sent Digbeth’s official photographer (in our eyes at least), Lisa Zdravkovic into the depths of Curzon Street Station as it was opened for the Hidden Spaces exhibition.

Below is a taster of what she found:

To see more of Lisa’s photographs, please click here to visit her blog, Me, my camera and my eyes…

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