Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Sat 11 Jun 2011

    Residents to be kept informed on future of library service

    RESIDENTS have been reassured that they will be kept up to speed on the future of the county’s library service.

    Worcestershire County Council has made the pledge after it launched a public consultation last month looking at how the service was run.

    The county council confirmed that whilst it is not looking to close libraries, it cannot be ruled out at this stage. Opening hours will also be reduced.

    This has led to concerns amongst some residents, many of whom are visiting their local libraries to ask for updates.

    Kathy Kirk, Worcestershire County Council strategic libraries and learning manager, said: "We have no doubt that the people of Worcestershire care passionately about the library service and it's great to see so many people taking an interest in their local library.

    "Understandably, residents are really keen to know exactly what's going on and make sure they get their voices heard through the consultation.

    "We will work with communities, and our colleagues in parish and district councils, as well as the voluntary sector to develop proposals for each library area and then carry out full consultation with the public on those proposals.

    "This is a three year programme and we do not have dates for each of these individual consultations yet.”

    Reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser


  • Tue 17 May 2011

    Digital Technologies to Engage Audience in New Way

    Arts Council England and NESTA are developing a programme that aims to help arts and cultural organisations use digital technologies to engage audiences in new ways and create opportunities for new business models.

    The programme aims to support projects that can be adapted and implemented by other organisations. As such, rigorous research methods will be used throughout to provide transferable insights for the benefit of the wider sector.

    The investment in programme activities for the arts and cultural sector in England will be worth £500,000 over 2011/12.

    Timetable for applications

    The programme will comprise three parts:

    1. May 2011 - scoping exercise to engage with arts and cultural organisations to determine the areas and themes of most importance

    2. June-September 2011 - call for applications from arts and cultural organisations for project proposals

    3. October 2011 - selected projects will be announced

    Help shape the programme

    In order to ensure that the programme is fit for purpose, Arts Council England and NESTA are undertaking an initial scoping exercise until 27 May 2011 to help develop the themes that the programme will focus on. We're looking for your help and feedback. If you'd like to vote on ideas or contribute your own, please go to: It should only take a few minutes.

    If you have any questions please contact Angela Pugh at angela [dot] pugh [at] nesta [dot] org [dot] uk.

  • Thu 12 May 2011

    Bromsgrove Art Exhibition Proves Popular

    THE organiser of Bromsgrove Art Exhibition says the event is proving to be more successful than previous years.

    The exhibition, organised by the town’s art society and which traditional forms part of Bromsgrove Festival fringe, encourages budding artists to submit their creations.

    Paintings go on display at All Saints Church, in Birmingham Road, with a portion of the money from sales going to the church’s restoration fund.

    Organiser Tony Turpin said one of the reasons for the success may be down to standard of demonstrations at the arts society’s recent monthly meetings, helping to create fantastic art on display in the exhibition.

    In April, a demonstration of portrait painting in oils was given by artist David Johnson, which was well received by the society’s members.

    The society’s next meeting is being held on Tuesday, May 17, and will include a demonstration of Chinese brush painting of flowers in watercolour.

    The demonstration and talk is being given by Peter Millward, who paints in oils, pastels and watercolour and is the current chairman of the Midland group of Chinese brush painters.

    The Bromsgrove Art Society meets every third Tuesday of the month, and always welcomes guests. There is an entrance fee of £2 a meeting for non-members.

    Anyone interested in joining the society can call Tony on 01527 876659, or email  anthony [dot] turpin [at] btinternet [dot] com (subject: Art%20Exhibition) .

    The exhibition runs until this Sunday, May 14, and is open between 10am-4pm weekdays, 11.30am-4pm on Sunday.

    Reprinted from Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Thu 12 May 2011

    Rallying call for more to take part in carnival

    With just over a month to the annual Bromsgrove Carnival, the organisers have issued a rallying call for more residents, groups, organisations and performers to get involved in this year's event.

    This year, the carnival is on for three days, from June 17 to 19, and it is hoped thousands of people will attend to enjoy a host of entertainment, from the live entertainment on the Friday to the trolley parade, music, dance, theatre, comedy and even the annual Timberhonger 10K road race on the Saturday. Then, on the Sunday, there will be a charity Zumbathon, themed on the modern dance craze, live wrestling, live music and Bromsgrove District Council's High 5 event. And, as an added bonus, throughout all three days, there will be Tommy Wilson's Funfair - from 4pm on the Friday and all-day on Saturday and Sunday in Sanders Park, where there will also be charity and commercial stalls throughout both days.

    The main stage on the Saturday, which has delighted the crowds in previous years, will run from 1pm to 8pm.

    The trolley parade, which is becoming more popular year on year, already has 35 entrants and it is hoped more than 50 will be ready at the start-line on the day. The trolleys are being provided by the Co-Op and the procession, which will leave Artrix at 12midday, is expected to reach Sanders Park by 1.20pm. There, there will be a cup and prize awarded for the best trolley. Those decorating their trolley are urged to think about what they should put on it and, where possible, use recycled material. They are also urged to talk to their family and friends to get as many people as possible involved in the event.

    Those wanting a trolley for the procession and performers, whether they be singers, dancers, actors or comedians, are being urged to contact the Bromsgrove Carnival Committee to register their interest.

    Bromsgrove Carnival Committee chairman Ian Perrygrove, said: "We are all very excited - it is a team which has grown each year and this year's event will be the biggest yet.

    "There is free admission, free entertainment and the funds raised go to good causes, so we want to see as many as people as possible, coming out to support the event and celebrate throughout the weekend," he added.

    The funds raised will go to the carnival's official charity, the Princess of Wales Community Hospital's League of Friends, the cash collected from the Timberhonger 10K race will be handed to Help For Heroes and there will be numerous other causes benefiting from stalls.

    The Zumbathon on the Sunday (June 19) is being run by Persona Fitness, which was created and established in November 2008 by partners Dave Hands and Sally Archer.

    They were introduced to Zumba at their local gym and their passion in salsa dancing and love of latin music and fitness led to them starting their own Zumba classes.

    As well as residents being involved in the Zumbathon, children and young people are also being invited to take part in an art competition with a Father's Day theme, whereby they draw or paint a portrait of their dad or grandad.

    It will be split into three age sections - under six, six to ten year-olds and ten to 15-year-olds.

    The paintings or drawings will be judged on the day and all entries need to be registered before 2.20pm on the Sunday, with prizes being awarded at the end of the day.

    The Zumbathon will take place from 10.30am to 4pm, with registration opening at 10am.

    On the Zumbathon, Sally said: "We hope that children and young people will be interested in becoming involved in the competition, which aims to offer competitive fun and artistic enjoyment, as well as encouraging them to bring their dad or grandad along."

    Anyone wanting more information on the Bromsgrove Carnival can visit: You can also become a fan and follow updates on the carnival by visiting the Facebook page:

    For more on the Zumbathon, e-mail: info [at] persona-fitness [dot] com (subject: Zumbathon) (info [at] persona-fitness [dot] com )or visit:

    Reprinted from The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 9 May 2011

    National Family Week 2011 - Arts Organisation Involvement

    Arts organisations can get involved in National Family Week 2011 by registering their family-focused events on the campaign's dedicated website.

    National Family Week provides not-for-profit organisations with the opportunity to showcase the fantastic and wide ranging work they do to support families, as part of a national campaign.

    The campaign, which runs 30 May-5 June, aims to celebrate family life in the UK and connect millions of families with the organisations, good causes and services that support them.

    You can register your events and download promotional resources such as website banners and the press release template for free at the National Family Week website.

    Reproduced from Tweet from Arts Council England

  • Sun 8 May 2011

    Mark Watson To Perform in Bromsgrove

    MOST people aren't troubled by questions of this sort in their everyday lives, but award winning comedian, author, sports pundit, husband and father Mark Watson is.

    Every time he announces a set of tour dates, there are disappointed tweets from all corners of the UK not covered by his travels.

    Despite Mark's reputation as one of the hardest-working and most-constantly-travelling comics around, it almost seems as if the only way to ensure happy gig-goers is if he allows fans to dictate his entire schedule.

    So, via his daily blog, Mark invited fans to suggest destinations for his 2011 shows.

    Over the past few months he's been sifting through suggestions and calculating the most popular choices from what remained.

    From now until Christmas he will traverse the country to perform at more than 50 specially requested towns, Bromsgrove being one of them.

    He'll dole out a mixture of old favourites and new material, experimental stuff and greatest hits to those who have previously been deprived of his trademark wit.

    A load more stops will be added for the autumn, as one of the UK's most eager-to-be-liked comics trundles obligingly around the nation.

    Mark Watson will be bringing his latest show Request Stop to The Artrix on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23.

    For tickets, call the theatre box office on 577330 or visit the website

    For more information on the show, visit

    Reprinted from a Tweet from The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Thu 5 May 2011

    Performers required for Bromsgrove Carnival

    Bromsgrove Carnival is just a few weeks away and organisers need more young performers to come forward and have the chance to shine.

    Talented youngsters in music, dance, theatre and comedy are needed to keep the thousands expected as this year’s event entertained.

    There is set to be a main stage and a second smaller stage set up in Sanders Park, in Kidderminster Road.

    The entertainment begins after the procession on Saturday, June 18, at 1pm, and runs until 8pm.

    Preparations for this year’s carnival weekend are now entering the final stages and there is still time for Bromsgrove groups to enter the trolley procession.

    Among those who took part last year were samba band Someone at the Door, the Basement Project, and town scouts and girl guides.

    Groups can make a trolley based on a theme and enter for free. The carnival’s organising committee will even provide a trolley.

    Carnival organisers are also appealing for people to get involved as volunteers.

    A variety of roles are available including a procession or race marshall, stage hand, DJ or MC, crowd control or safety marshall. Applicants will need to be 18-years-old or over in most circumstances.

    To register for the parade, or anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, contact festival chairman Ian Perrygrove on email, ian [dot] perrygrove [at] gmail [dot] com (subject: Bromsgrove%20Carnival) , or call Ian on 07739577209.

    Ian said: "We've got 18 hours of stage time for the best of Bromsgrove talent to fill and we need even more performers to help pack it.

    "Contact us to join the line up for the weekend, enjoy the atmosphere and give Bromsgrove a great weekend."

    Anyone wanting more information can visit Bromsgrove Carnival’s website,, or become a fan of the carnival on Facebook page

    Reprinted from Bromsgrove Messenger 5th May 2011

  • Tue 3 May 2011

    Local Artist's Exhibition at Bromsgrove Library

    Art lovers can view the work of a Redditch artist at a Bromsgrove library this May.

    Gareth Davis, 33, is holding his first Worcestershire exhibition at the Stratford Road-based library.

    Inspired by the birth of his son, the artist decided to paint pieces of the animal kingdom, as seen through the eyes of the young.

    The painting styles of pop-art and impressionism are brought together in the paintings, relying heavily on rich and textured colours to create original art.

    The exhibition is available to view for free at the library until Saturday, May 28.

    For more information about Bromsgrove Library click here

    Gareth can be contacted by emailing grumpus [dot] art [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Library%20Exhibition) .

    Reprinted from Bromsgrove Messenger 3rd May 2011

  • Wed 13 Apr 2011

    Art Fund Increases Spending by 50%

    The Art Fund, which currently distributes £4.5m annually, will increase its funding to £7m a year.

    It said the move was in response "to the severe financial pressures facing most institutions".

    The charity has given more than £24m to 248 museums over the past five years through grants and fundraising.

    The Art Fund also announced its plans to develop and expand its funding programme.

    It said it would run more public fundraising campaigns to save art at risk of being lost from UK collections, such as its recent £6m Brueghel and Staffordshire Hoard campaigns.

    The charity has also formed a new partnership with the National Gallery to offer funded curatorial traineeships in two regional museums.

    Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "I applaud the bold commitment of the Art Fund at a time when so many funding bodies are reducing their support for museums.

    "If our museums are to thrive, we must continue to grow and develop our collections."

    The Art Fund also relaunched its membership card - which will now be known as the National Art Pass - offering free or discount admission to more than 200 museums and galleries.

    Article courtesy of The BBC Web Site

  • Mon 11 Apr 2011

    Some of the UK's leading actors have gathered in London to protest against the recent round of Arts cuts.

    Sir Patrick Stewart, Penelope Wilton and Samuel West are among the stars who have signed and delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for a "coherent" arts policy.

    Last week, more than 200 organisations lost out on annual funding from Arts Council England.

    Sir Patrick told the BBC he felt the cuts were "unnecessary".

    The petition asks the government for an "arts summit" involving funding bodies and artists to give the industry a clear direction.

    "We don't know what policy exists," said Sir Patrick. "We know that we represent part of British culture, which is a massive success. It seems as though we're just adrift."

    Some 695 groups will get funding for 2012 to 2015 - down from 849 - while 110 new groups have been successful.

    West said the arts industry was the "second most profitable sector in Britain" and it was important funding continued to keep the sector going.

    "It ain't broke, so don't fix it, a £100 million cut to a £450 million budget is not minor," he added.

    "We want a government funded Arts Council that allows us to be as successful as we are at the moment and continue to play our part in paying for hospital beds. We're profitable. We want to continue to be.

    "I would accept the need for cuts if they were equal across sectors but I don't think banks are paying their due."

    Courtesy of the BBC web site