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Introducing Creatives We Are

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Creatives We Are is the largest community-led collaboration ever launched by any city as a way of engaging and inspiring its Creative Community.  It is an initaitive of Birmingham We Are & The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

Let's collaborate! Take the article.  If you love arts and culture, connect with us. 

 

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Introducing Creatives We Are





Creatives We Are is the largest community-led collaboration ever launched by any city as a way of engaging and inspiring its Creative Community.  It is an initaitive of Birmingham We Are & The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

Let's collaborate! Take the article.  If you love arts and culture, connect with us. 

 


As well as leading a collaborative push that will benefit all creatives, the Creatives We Are programme of initiatives supports a massive drive to generate over £10 million in social value for Birmingham and the Midlands.

If you are a creative with passion, register here. 

If you love the arts, culture and creativity and you're looking to brand your business as a supporter of creativity, let's chat.  Call 0121 410 5520 or email jonathan@creativesWeAre.com.

If you're a funder of the arts, creativity or culture or you're a philanthropist we'd love to share our plans with you.  

Here's a very brief introduction to our collaborations and our programmes running online through 2020, and, when restrictions over social distancing are lifted, offline as well. 

First, our 5 collaborations. 

Birmingham Gems

In the largest community collaboration ever attempted by any city, we are mapping and tracking all that is great about Birmingham.

This digital space maintained with the help of community will continue to grow as a reference point for both visitors and residents to maximise their Birmingham experience by engaging with more places, more passions and most importantly, more people. View in development site here.

Art and Culture Trail

Imagine a trail of the city’s wonderful art and culture, with content supplied by community, mapped for ease of access and employing the latest technology such as virtual reality for maximum effect and reach.

That’s exactly what is being built in conjunction with the work being carried out in mapping and tracking our Birmingham Gems.

This totally unique collaboration involves over 100 different organisations and more than 1,000 people with creative passion across the community.

Photographers share the passion! Share yours!

Covid-19 just can’t stop people sharing their love for their City. Whether from their archive or from their restricted daily walk, we’re carrying on sharing all the great images of the City and its neighbourhoods.

Our first video in the Creatives We Are series was a huge success and now we invite anyone to send us their photos taken in or out of the City Centre. It can be of your favourite green and open spaces, an example of Birmingham’s great history or heritage, an example of modern or classic architecture, or a magical moment down along the canal.

A number of photos will then be selected for inclusion in one of our videos and following the restrictions we will be laying on an exhibition of all photography at The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery with some very special awards from some very special people who love Birmingham as much as we do.

Architecture and Us

Architecture And Us is the place to go to see the very best of Birmingham’s architecture. From the classics to the modern builds, we’re mapping them all, providing visitors and people who work and live in the city with a fantastic showcase of great architecture.

The site offers the huge number of creatives a place to engage and access an array of tools for sharing their passion for architecture.

View in development site here

It’s Your Build

It’s Your Build is a digital platform for showcasing Birmingham’s construction sector and its built environment and offers the huge number of creatives a place to engage and access an array of tools for sharing their passion for what is being built in the city.

Everything’s mapped from the application to the final build with content provided by and shared by people who love what’s going up in Birmingham.

View the site here.

And now our 4 programmes. 

Creatives Online

Whether it’s creative ideas you’re after or you’re just interested in joining in on a creative social, we’re building a list of all the online events run by creatives across Birmingham and the region.

Creativity and Wellness

A series of workshops and tools (online and offline) designed and delivered by our growing network of creative consultants and therapists. 

On the Edge of Art

First to run in ‘The Creative Edge’ series of community collaborations bringing out the creative in all of us is On the Edge of Art. 

Pitch Creative

Regular opportunities for Creatives to pitch their ideas or their amazing skills to those with the potential, the funding and the resources to change lives. Running on-line and off-line (when restrictions over social distancing relaxed). 

Contact us for further details on any of our collaborations or creative programmes or should you have a creative initiative you are thinking of running or have a venture you would like to discuss with us, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Jonathan, Albert or Sarah can be contacted at admin@creativesWeAre.com or call 0121 410 5520.

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31 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Festival of Light at the Bullring, from St Martin's Square to Rotunda Square

There are five artworks that are lit up after dark from 5pm each evening from the 24th January to the 2nd February 2020 at the Bullring. For the second year running. This time coinciding with Chinese New Year. Talk to the Skies in St Martin's Square. Up St Martin's Walk With Love, Neon Angel Wings and Pulse. And in Rotunda Square is Birds that Fly Around with You.

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Festival of Light at the Bullring, from St Martin's Square to Rotunda Square





There are five artworks that are lit up after dark from 5pm each evening from the 24th January to the 2nd February 2020 at the Bullring. For the second year running. This time coinciding with Chinese New Year. Talk to the Skies in St Martin's Square. Up St Martin's Walk With Love, Neon Angel Wings and Pulse. And in Rotunda Square is Birds that Fly Around with You.


Another Brumtography meet with Karl Newton and one other member of this Facebook group. It had been raining on and off in the afternoon, so wasn't many of us.

Talk to the Skies - St Martin's Square

Shortly after 5pm on Sunday 26th January 2020, a look at Talk to the Skies by ITHACA Studio. Red, blue and green colours go across the bulbs on the ground. While pink, blue or green on the tube where beams of blue light shoot out into the sky. Selfridges seen behind. Wasn't quite dark enough at this point.

The view from the balcony near Selfridges. This was by 5:50pm. On the right was With Love, the throbing red heart that plays music. More on that further down this post.

From the area behind Chaophraya Thai Restaurant looking to the left, as the beams of blue light shoots into the sky to the left of the spire of St Martin in the Bullring.

Back to the Selfridges balcony area, sometime after 6pm. The colours keep chaging down there, and the heart keeps beating.

The beams of light goes so high above the spire of St Martin in the Bullring. It is best to see from up here, although you can check it out from St Martin's Square.

With Love - St Martin's Walk

They didn't get the red heart inflated until about 5:30pm on the evening we went. Seen here from down Pulse on St Martin's Walk. With Neon Angel Wings below. It was designed by Franck Pelletier. You can hear a beating heart sound effect and they had music playing, which you could change if you pressed a button.

Tried to get some views of the With Love red heart with the statue of Horatio Nelson. Which has been at the Bullring since 1809 (sculpted by Sir Richard Westmacott), some 4 years after Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Meaning this statue is older than Nelson's Column in London!

There was also a view of the heat with Selfridges, which was lit up orange. I missed seeing it in red for Chinese New Year. I think they should have left the lights red all weekend and not turn it back to orange.

Where the heart is was where the Snow Dome was until the end of the Christmas season.

This view lining the heart up with the Talk to the Skies blue beams and the spire of St Martin in the Bullring. This was one of my Creative Effect photos (trying out different settings).

Neon Angel Wings - St Martin's Walk

Seen down the semi circle tube called Pulse is the Neon Angel Wings by Carla O'Brien. Visitors can pose for selfies with the pair of wings. From this side a bit difficult to get a clear shot without anyone in the way of them.

A bit further down Pulse towards Neon Angel Wings.  The wings to the left was near the East Mall while the wings to the right was by the West Mall.

Managed to get a clear view of the wings from the back on St Martin's Walk, looking up towards the Rotunda.

A close up look at one of the set of wings with Pulse seen behind.

From the other side. I think the Bullring malls were closed by 6pm, although it seemed like they had closed earlier than that (due to Sunday trading laws). I'm not sure if the restaurants were still open by then.

Pulse - St Martin's Walk

This semi circle tube of lights is on St Martin's Walk and is by This is Loop. The lights have different patterns. The show lasts 5 minutes, and repeats every 20 minutes.

From the top of St Martin's Walk looking down to the spire of St Martin in the Bullring. A Chinese lady had a facemask on, although that's probably common with Chinese people in this country (and nothing to do with that virus outbreak).

Caught this cyclist heading through the tunnel down St Martin's Walk.

Added a star filter on my camera (which is in one of my cameras Creative effects).

One last look at Pulse, up towards Rotunda Square.

Birds that Fly Around with You - Rotunda Square

At first they were having problems turning the lights on for this Birds feature in Rotunda Square. As you can see it is loads of birds in a circle. By 5:25pm they still were unable to turn it on. It is by Masochism Shimada.

Got several photos up here, before heading down St Martin's Walk and checking out the other light displays at the Bullring.

Later we popped back up St Martin's Walk to check if they were able to turn it on. After 6pm they had managed to get it working. If someone walks around the centre, the lights on the birds follows them around in a anti clockwise direction.

This view of the birds with the Rotunda (I have still not been up).

One more view of the light on the birds going around in circles.

We spent well over an hour going up and down checking out the Festival of Light features. It was good but very cold. And worth seeing as I missed seeing the 2019 Festival of Light after dark (I only saw it in the daylight hours). So this made up for it.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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27 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Introducing The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery at Arena Birmingham

The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery opened during early December 2019. I first spotted them above the Legoland Discovery Centre near the end of last year. Popped back on New Year's Day 2020, but they were closed. So returned several days after that and met the couple behind The BCAG. At Arena Birmingham.

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Introducing The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery at Arena Birmingham





The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery opened during early December 2019. I first spotted them above the Legoland Discovery Centre near the end of last year. Popped back on New Year's Day 2020, but they were closed. So returned several days after that and met the couple behind The BCAG. At Arena Birmingham.


The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery opened on the 5th December 2019, in the units above the Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham, at Arena Birmingham. There are steps to the left to get up there. Or use the main steps from King Edwards Road and walk all the way around.

First spotted it on the 27th December 2019, on a photo walk around town with Karl Newton.

Found them on Twitter The BCAG and Instagram The BCAG. And they are now following / liking my photos. Thanks very much. They now have their own People with Passion page at The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

New Year's Day 2020 on the 1st January 2020, I decided to find where they were, and how to get to them. Got on from the Arena Birmingham steps near King Edwards Road. But you have to go around to the right, as no access to the left from there. Just headed all the way around until I found them.

Found these steps nearby, which would be easier for future visits.

Sign in the door. BCAG. But they were not open this day.

The BCAG with LDC Birmingham below.

View from the canalside on the Birmingham Canal Navigations, with the Lego Giraffe.

View from the other side of the canal. The BCAG above LDC Birmingham.

Tried again visiting on the 4th January 2020, and this was when I met them in person. Sarah Wallace & Albert Wallace. First off, a look around the gallery.

Metal figures, not sure what to make of them. Prefer the paintings on the walls though.

Art of the Bullring Bull.

Painting in a gold frame near the window. Another pair on the floor.

Metal vase on a glass topped table.

Was a lot of bright sunshine, leading to shadows that day.

More shadows over the paintings and figures.

BCAG sign near the entrance with pictures nearby.

White leather sofa in the corner. The Lego Giraffe outside looking in.

Lampshade with a curved arm. With bright sunshine outside. They have a nice view of the canal and Brindleyplace from here.

One last look at the gallery before I left.

Before I left, they wanted me to take a few photos of them. Near the Bullring Bull but a lot of shadows here.

More shadows and light, a bit better in this direction.

One more with the BCAG sign.

14th January 2020 and at the Birmingham We Are event. Jonathan Bostock introduces the Lord Mayor of Birmingham (for 2019-20) to the team behind The BCAG.

These artworks were at the Council House during the BWA annual event, I think they might be from BCAG (but am not sure). Near where Gloriana was.  This painting reminds me of Gozer, the evil ghost from the end of the original Ghostbusters film.

These little trees in frames are definitely from The BCAG. And the other figures. Plus they had their card on the table to the left.

This one also near the Gloriana sign. Looks like a bald African girl.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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16 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham We Are at the Council House (14th January 2020)

The annual Birmingham We Are event was held at the Birmingham Council House in the presence of the Lord Mayor on Tuesday 14th January 2020. Once again in the Banqueting Suite and Drawing Room. Birmingham We Are People with Passion had their photos on display. And BWA's Elliott Brown and Daniel Sturley won awards! Thank you very much. Plus various Birmingham organisations were present.

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Birmingham We Are at the Council House (14th January 2020)





The annual Birmingham We Are event was held at the Birmingham Council House in the presence of the Lord Mayor on Tuesday 14th January 2020. Once again in the Banqueting Suite and Drawing Room. Birmingham We Are People with Passion had their photos on display. And BWA's Elliott Brown and Daniel Sturley won awards! Thank you very much. Plus various Birmingham organisations were present.


Postponed from the 3rd December 2019 (due to the General Election) to the 14th January 2020. The annual Birmingham We Are event. A Celebration of a City with Community was held once again in the Banqueting Suite and Drawing Room.

At this end they were showing a slideshow presentation with our photos on Birmingham We Are.

Looking towards the Drawing Room. Packed at this point.

Jonathan Bostock introduces the Lord Mayor of Birmingham to some visitors.

Jonathan introduces the Lord Mayor to the Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

Quite busy at both ends. Lots of tables with various Birmingham organisations with art on display.

The likes of the Canal & River Trust and Birmingham Museums Trust were represented in the Drawing Room.

Gloriana the Elizabethan dancers with their official photographer in his interesting looking costume. More on them in another post.

By this point, a few tables had been cleared, and many people had already left the Council House. At the far end of the Drawing Room was the gallery of photos by Birmingham's People with Passion (including my own).

One last look before leaving the Council House. Was a lot of standing around.

In the Banqueting Suite displays of art.

Craftybun Print Making.

The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery and Gloriana.

Lessness

Get Balsall Heath Reading. St Paul's Community Development Trust. Smart Lyte.

This looks like a portrait of the Queen on a stamp but with pressed flowers.

Birmingham Urban Sketch. Paula Gabb I think.

Commissoned Book Arts.

Handmaiduns

Birmingham We Are People with Passion Awards 2020

All the awards were concrete models of the Rotunda. Community groups first. The award presented by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

Award 1.

Award 2.

Award 3

Award 4

Award 5: Birmingham Community Matters.

Award 6

Award 7: The Gunmakers Arms.

Award 8: Elliott Brown. Photo courtesy of Damien Walmsley. Thank you Damien.

Award 9: Daniel Sturley.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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13 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Great Birmingham Run 2019: runners on the Pershore Road in Edgbaston

For the October 2019 Great Birmingham Run, I decided to check out the section in Edgbaston. Headed up Edgbaston Road where I saw the runners. I followed them as far as Calthorpe Park. Runners dropping bottles, but then being picked up by cleaners. The run was cut short and didn't go into Cannon Hill Park or around Edgbaston Cricket Ground. So was 12.1 miles instead of 13.1.

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Great Birmingham Run 2019: runners on the Pershore Road in Edgbaston





For the October 2019 Great Birmingham Run, I decided to check out the section in Edgbaston. Headed up Edgbaston Road where I saw the runners. I followed them as far as Calthorpe Park. Runners dropping bottles, but then being picked up by cleaners. The run was cut short and didn't go into Cannon Hill Park or around Edgbaston Cricket Ground. So was 12.1 miles instead of 13.1.


The Great Birmingham Run didn't go into Cannon Hill Park or around Edgbaston Cricket Ground due to safety concerns. So the run was reduced to 12.1 miles according to some reports. Never the less they still were able to run up the Pershore Road!

BBC News Birmingham: Runners 'deflated' as Birmingham half marathon cut short.

Birmingham Mail / Birmingham Live: Great Birmingham Run no longer a half-marathon as heavy rain forces route change.

 

Starting at the Edgbaston Road junction with the Pershore Road in Edgbaston. Near the Cricket Ground.

After this I headed into Calthorpe Park.

Ducks getting a drink in a puddle as the runners go past on the Pershore Road.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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