Eastside Projects – April 2014 News and Exhibitions

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Gecko Work Placements in Europe

Gecko Programmes Ltd are specialists in international business development, project management, and workforce development. Based in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, they are also advocates of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, sending over 200 people on work experience placements in Europe since July 2010.

Gecko now send young people to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Portugal for two to thirteen weeks every year. The longer programmes allow for language and cultural training, but the overall aim is that the work experience enhances the knowledge and skills of participants, to allow them to gain sustainable employment upon their return to the UK.

Kathryn said this of her experience in Europe:

For my placement I worked at the Macuf Museum of Contemporary art. This was a really inspiring place filled with interesting artwork. I supervised group activities and school visits, and really enjoyed the overall experience. I hope this insight will help me in job applications to art galleries in the UK and Europe. The experience was certainly a positive one!

To be eligible to participate, applicants must have an EU passport or National Identity Card, be aged 18-24, and live in the West Midlands. Their preparation, travel, accommodation and subsistence fees will all be covered by the programme.

If you are interested in learning more, or know someone who is, visit the website, call Elisabeta on 01902 837416, or email elisabeta.ungureanu@geckoprogrammes.co.uk.

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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

Tuesday, 15th April
Jazz at The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Chris Young Sextet

Thursday, 17th April
Blues Night at The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Live music + DJs Dave le Moderne and Dylan Gibbons + Guests

Friday, 18th April
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:00 – 12:30
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

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

Pat Breslin

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


Sunday, 20th April
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham

Irene & Tom

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The Wilderness Press

Digbeth design duo Wild Ilk, have released a limited edition art print based on the idea of a labyrinth.

Designed at Digbeth Court and printed at Mission Print on Fazeley Street, these pieces are truly Made in Digbeth:

Labyrinths are amazing and ancient structures, but modern uses of labyrinths are recreational, for contemplation and reflection. The structure of this labyrinth breaks with traditional and historic geometric labyrinth designs, with the goal being less about finding a way through the maze and more about appreciating what the maze itself can convey.

For more information and to secure a print for yourself, please visit thewildernesspress.com.

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Danish Film Night Returns

*actual cake may vary

When: Sunday 13th April 2014, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Danish Film Night returns to The Spotted Dog on Sunday with a double billing and free cake!

Both films are written by Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, but don’t let that put you off – he does funny, and he does it well. The first film will be screened at 16:15 sharp, so if you fancy a lazy Sunday afternoon, make sure to get down in time to grab some of that aforementioned cake and find yourself a nice comfy seat.

I Kina Spiser De Hunde (In China They Eat Dogs)
Arvid, a cashier, is (according to his girlfriend, Hanne) the most boring man in the world. That is until he – pretty much by accident – manages to stop an armed robbery at the bank. He returns home with flowers and plans for a romantic trip to Paris, to discover she’s left him and has taken most of their belongings with her. As if that isn’t bad enough, the bank robber’s angry girlfriend shows up, saying they really needed that money. In an attempt to right his wrong, Arvid seeks out his criminal older brother, Harald, to help.

Gamle Mænd I Nye Biler (Old Men In New Cars)
The last wish of the dying ‘Monk’ is for his foster child, Harald, to reunite him with his real son, Ludvig. Unfortunately, the latter is currently spending the better part of his days in a Swedish high security prison cell. Harald enlists the help of chefs Peter and Martin (more enthused about making the perfect Danish Pastry than getting their hands dirty) so father and son can meet for the first time in their lives.

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Sneaks & Peaks #4

When: Saturday 19th April, 12:00-19:00
Where: Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £3 on the door

Birmingham’s premier urban apparel event, Sneaks&Peaks, returns to Boxxed on Saturday 19th April.

Featuring everything from highly collectable kicks, clothing designers, live graffiti and street food, Sneaks&Peaks has quickly positioned itself as one of the UK’s leading events for top lifestyle brands.

For more of what to expect on the day, check out the new website, or the video from the last Sneaks&Peaks below:

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Tunnel Closures

Dates for the Queensway tunnel closures in Birmingham city centre have been released. As with the temporary closures that took place last year, we expect that this will cause heightened traffic in Digbeth as more vehicles come through the area than usual.

The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will be closed as follows:

Friday 4th July until Thursday 17th July 2014:
Overnight closures from 22:00-06:00

From 22:00 on Friday 18th July until 06:00 on Monday 1st September 2014:
Complete closure to all traffic

Monday 1st September until (possibly) Monday 29th September:
Overnight closures from 22:00-06:00

Councillor Tahir Ali, Nechells Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, has urged residents to take note of these dates and consider their travel choices while these essential works are completed. For more information, click here to visit the Brum Tunnels website.

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A3 Project Space – April 2014 News and Exhibitions

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Birmingham Printmakers

Where: 90 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR

Established in 1982, Birmingham Printmakers has a large well-lit workshop on Floodgate Street in Digbeth, available for use by all artists and printmakers.

Among the facilities available is a dark room and aquatint room, along with an open studio floor with equipment for intaglio and relief printing, screen printing, lithography, polyester plate litho, and solar plate etching.

As well as taking part in exhibitions throughout the country and abroad, the team at Birmingham Printmakers share their knowledge and expertise with regular workshops. Upcoming opportunities for you to flex your creative muscles include:

  • Silk Screen and Textile Printing
    Saturday 19th April, 10:00-16:00
  • Screen Printing Workshop
    Saturday 26th April, 10:00-16:00
  • Wednesday Evening Classes in Creative Print Making
    Wednesday 30th April – Wednesday 4th June, 19:00-21:30
  • Introducing Collagraph Printmaking
    Saturday 10th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Safe Etch Technique
    Saturday 17th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Introduction to Reduction Lino Printing
    Saturday 24th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Silk Screen and Textile Printing
    Saturday 7th June, 10:00-16:00

For more information on classes and how to book, please visit the Birmingham Printmakers website here.

To keep up to date with goings on at Birmingham Printmakers, or to contact them to learn more, find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Madin: Some Remains

When: Thursday 10 April, 18:00-20:00; exhibition continues until Saturday 31 May
Where: PROVIDE, Gibb Street, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AT

Madin was a significant figure of post-war Birmingham architecture; born in Moseley in 1924, Madin died on 8 January 2012. His ‘brutalist’ work came up against much resistance in the past, and still typifies Birmingham for many.

Madin’s work has been neglected, and a lot of it is disappearing in the city’s constant drive Forward (Birmingham’s motto). However, since his architectural dominance, few practices have been able to match his commercial success at home and abroad.

To celebrate his life, PROVIDE is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Dave Callanan, opening tomorrow at 6pm. Prints of all the images in exhibition will be available to buy in 12″ x 8″ format. There will also be a free selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and Bombay mix.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Facebook event page.

Do the very best you can at the time.

John Hardcastle Dalton Madin

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