Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Tue 2 Aug 2016

    MUMS, dads and young children flocked to Artrix on Sunday (July 31) for Bromsgrove’s first ever Baby Rave.

    And the event was so successful, the next one has already been planned for November 6 when Jessie DJ will be playing a mix of 90s tracks and CBeebies tunes.

    The Baby Rave is suitable young children and during the show families can relax in the chill-out area of the studio and those aged up to three can try out soft play areas. Drinks, snacks and ice creams are available to buy from the Artrix Cafe.

    The venue’s director Hannah Phillips said: “We’ve already had some great feedback following Sunday’s event and we hope more families will want to join us for our second Baby Rave.”

    The next Baby Rave will be between 2pm and 4pm on November 6.

    Entry is free for those up to six months and tickets for those aged six months to a year are £3. There is no upper age limit and admission for children 12 and over or adults is £5.

    Call 01527 577330 or visit for more information or tickets.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sun 31 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE’S first Street Theatre event of the summer certainly pulled in the crowds at the Rec.

    Jaardu the Magic of India and Angie Mack’s Hula Hoop Show were the first acts to take to the stage on July 27.

    A day later, Matt Pang with Thingamabob and Bread and Butter Theatre were in Wythall Park.

    Next up is Circus Fudge – Blunderfudge – and Stickleback Plasticus – at Catshill Village Meadow tomorrow (Monday).

    On Thursday, Angie Mack’s Hula Hoop Show and Bell and Bullock – Cabin Fever – come to Hagley Park.

    The final performances will be next Wednesday (August 10) with Matt Pang – Thingamabob and Circus Fudge – Blunderfudge – at Bromsgove Rec and the very last one will be at St Chad’s Park in Rubery next Thursday (August 11). That will see Bread and Butter Theatre Co – The Cowboys and Stickleback Plasticus Cats Choir perform.

    Val Wilson, Bromsgrove District Council’s arts and events officer, said: “The first street theatre performances went really well – loads of people attended, despite the threat of rain.”

    She added the acts, crafts and live entertainment all delighted the crowds and there was still plenty more to come at the other venues in the coming weeks.

    Visit for a complete list of performances or call the arts and events team on 01527 534030 for more.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 29 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE will get its first ever ‘drive-in’ movie screening when Artrix shows hit musical film Grease later this month.

    Residents will be able to add even more enjoyment to their ‘Summer Nights’ with the showings of the 70s singalong classic on August 19 and 20.

    Bosses are hoping the event will lead to a sell-out audience predicting that Grease will be ‘the one that they want’.

    In addition to the film, a choice of pre-bookable meals are available to choose from with each ticket. Some food, alcohol and other refreshments will also be available to buy on the night.

    Artrix Director Hannah Phillips said: “We are looking to use our spaces at Artrix in innovative and interesting ways which is why we are so excited about launching our drive-in movies in the car park in August.”

    The team at Artrix will not be ‘alone at a drive-in-movie’ as presenters from BBC Hereford and Worcester are arranging their own special screening of singalong Grease on the Saturday (August 20) at 3pm in the Artrix auditorium.

    Tickets for the screening at Artrix are £20 per car, with a maximum of five people per car. Parking is available from 7.30pm and the film begins at 9pm.

    Tickets for the singalong screening are £10 each and proceeds will go to BBC Children in Need.

    Visit or call 01527 577330 for more information as tickets are sure to sell out like ‘Grease Lightning’!

    Story by Rebecca Ward.....reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 22 Jul 2016

    YOUNG people can showcase their singing, dancing or music skills by participating in Rubery’s Got Talent.

    The contest, which takes place on August 14, splits contestants into three age categories – under 12s, 12 to 16-year-olds and over 16s.

    There are prizes to be won and the chance to perform live on the main stage at Rubery Festival.

    E-mail Tony Maslen at a [dot] maslen [at] blueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk or call him on 0121 457 9308 for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Mon 18 Jul 2016

    AN ART trail is being set up around Bromsgrove to promote the Primrose Hospice and the good work it does.

    It has been put together by the Canal Side Studios which asked its local artists to produce pieces based on the Primrose.

    So far 20 local traders have supported the campaign and will display the different works in their windows in the town centre from Monday (July 18).

    They will be on show for a fortnight and it is then hoped the exhibition Artrix or to the library and the Primrose Hospice so it can be all seen in one place

    Justine Humphries, local artist, founder and director of Canal Side Studios, said: “We were surprised to find, after talking to a volunteer, that the hospice is a small local charity.

    “As the Primrose Hospice has a few shops we were under the impression it was a much larger organisation and thought other locals may also assume the charity was bigger.

    “As the Canal Side Studios is a local non-for profit organisation, we felt we were in a position to help raise awareness of the hospice’s needs by asking out local artists to produce art based on the Primrose.”

    Prints of all the artwork will be available for a small donation with proceeds going to the charity.

    Any other local shops or artists interested in taking part should call Justine on 07725 488513

    To find out more about the work of the Canalside Studios visit and Primrose Hospice visit 

    This article reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 16 Jul 2016

    BLACKWELL Concert Band is holding a training band workshop on Thursday (July 21) from 6.30pm til 7.15pm at Catshill Methodist Church Hall.

    The band was set up recently, coordinated by teacher and trombone player Craig Sproston.

    It is looking for anyone who can play a brass or wind instrument at grade one to three or thereabouts, those who are learning at school or have played in the past, to go along to the session led by an experienced conductor.

    For more details or to book places, e-mail Craig Sproston at sprozzy24 [at] gmail [dot] com or call him on 07737 253574. Residents with no instrument or who cannot attend on that day should get in touch anyway and arrangements may be made.

    Visit for more on Blackwell Concert Band.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    BROMSGROVE Library is hosting an event for visitors to find out about learning opportunities.

    On Tuesday (July 19) between midday and 4pm, anyone can sign up for courses and chat with professionals.

    Free and paid sessions for those getting back into employment, changing career, recreational courses and courses alongside childcare are available.

    Coun Kit Taylor, acting leader of the council, said: “You’re never too young or old to learn something new – the world is your oyster.”

    There will be an array of stalls and advice available during the sessions which are open to all ages.

    For more information contact the library manager on 01905 822722 or Early Help on 01527 534150.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    THE ANNUAL general meeting of Bromsgrove Art Society will take place at the St John Amublance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, at 7.30pm on Wednesday (July 20).

    The talk on the night will be given by ex-police officer Mike Crocket. He will speak about fingerprinting on what promises to be a fascinating evening.

    Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for members and visitors.

    This will be the last meeting of the society before the summer break. Members will reconvene in September.

    The AGM follows on from a successful art exhibition for the society which saw 48 paintings by 26 artists sold.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    AN art exhibition of paintings in the style of David Hockney will take place at Alvechurch Village Hall from Wednesday to next Saturday (July 21 to 23).

    The ‘Homage to Hockney’ works have been produced at students of Pam’s Art Classes.

    It began when Kamal Khan, owner of Grosvenor House nursing home, challenged the artists to produce art in the style of Hockney.

    There will also be about 100 other new original works of art by the artists – many of which will be on sale.

    Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, schedule permitting, will judge the Hockney style paintings at the Grosvenor House Summer Fete next Saturday afternoon.

    The exhibition will be open from 10am to 6pm (10am to 5pm on the Saturday), with free entry and refreshments available.

    Visit for more details.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 15 Jul 2016

    THERE will be a host of activities and attractions in the penultimate week of the Bromsgrove Festival.

    A barn dance with live band Five Minutes to Midnight will take place at Bromsgrove Cricket Club tonight (Friday).

    Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children and £18 for a family ticket.

    Available from Sarah Stanhope on e-mail at belly144 [at] btinternet [dot] com or by calling 07771 541412.

    There will be family fun on Bromsgrove High Street tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm, featuring walkabout acts, pop-up performances and have a go art.

    The Snow Queen by Storybox Theatre will take centre stage at Artrix at 2pm on Sunday (July 17).

    Tickets, at £6 (£4 or under 16s) are available at or by calling 01527 577330.

    There will be a celebration of English Song at Tardebigge Church on Sunday (July 17) at 3pm. Music from Frank Bridge, Ian Venables and Finzi will be performed by Susan Bickley (mezzo) Louise Williams (viola) and Iain Burnside (piano). A pre-concert talk at 2pm will be given by Alan Watson on the science of the singing voice.

    Tickets, at £16 (£4 full-time students and the unemployed) are available by e-mailing song [at] mcgregor-smith [dot] com or by calling 01527 872422. Visit for more information.

    The Birmingham Horn Sound will be the final Festive Classics lunchtime concert at The New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum, at 1pm on Monday

    Tickets are £15, including lunch and a glass of wine. They must be booked in advance at the festival website or by calling 01527 874136.

    Concert only tickets are available for £8 on the door.

    Visit or call the number above for more.

    Go to for more on the Bromsgrove Festival and events.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard