Bromsgrove Arts News

  • 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.

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  • Tue 1 Mar 2016

    ARTRIX Arts Centre are celebrating International Women’s Day early with a screening of the film Artwork by Take 13 artist, Anne GiddingsSuffragette and the opening of a new exhibition by local female artists.

    From Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 27 between 10am and 4pm, Bromsgrove residents can enjoy the collective works of Take 13, a group of 13 contemporary women artists from the West Midlands, to celebrate women’s creativity and embrace the ethos of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.

    Janet Glazier, who formed the group, said: “We’re delighted to be holding our third exhibition at Artrix. It’s a wonderful gallery and the staff at the venue have been very supportive of our wish to exhibit our work which is both contemporary and diverse.”

    Suffragette, a story of the pioneering Suffragette movement and the fight to give women the vote in the 19th century, will be screened at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 3 at Artrix. Tickets cost £6.80 and can be purchased on the night.

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  • Tue 1 Mar 2016

    VISITORS to Specsavers in Bromsgrove this week will be receiving a treat to mark World Book Day on March 3.

    From March 3-9, everyone booked in for an eye examination will also be receiving a free book to help them make the most of the day.

    Store director Mark Gibson, said: “As an opticians, reading is something we feel passionate about and so we thought this initiative would help encourage others to pick up a good read, while making sure their vision is up to scratch.

    “Anyone booking an appointment for an eye examination during the week will have the opportunity to take home one of our selected books, hopefully there’s something to suit everyone, with children’s books included too.”

    World Book Day, which is now in its 19th year, aims to encourage children to get more pleasure out of books and reading. For more information visit

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  • Mon 29 Feb 2016

    BROMSGROVE School has replaced a commemorative blue plaque on the side of Cooke’s House on the campus to make sure poet and scholar AE Housman is not forgotten.

    The original blue plaque was placed at the school 20 years ago in 1996 by the Housman Society, in conjunction with Bromsgrove District Council.

    In total four of the plaques were placed on the side of buildings associated with Housman in Bromsgrove, and over the years the school’s plaque had become quite faded.

    Refurbishment work is currently underway on Thomas Cooke’s House at Bromsgrove School, which along with the Old Chapel building, formed the heart of the school in the days when Housman was a student.

    Cooke’s House, which is now a listed building, has been fully renovated as part of the Worcester Road School’s Day House project, which is aimed at keeping all of the historic buildings within the campus in a good condition.

    The other plaques in Bromsgrove are on Housman’s birthplace Housman Hall, which is now also part of Bromsgrove School, the wall outside the Clock House and at the bottom of the path up to St John’s Church, which is known locally as Adams Steps.

    Headmaster Peter Clague said: “The school offers its thanks to the Society for their continued support and generous contribution of the new plaque which adorns the oldest building at Bromsgrove School with pride.”

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  • Fri 26 Feb 2016

    IT HAS BEEN a month of full on creative power for the Bromsgrove Photographic Society which organised a series of events to inspire photographers from all walks of life.

    Following a rocking start to the new year, entries were flying through the door when the society hosted its highly contested Print Competition.

    The contest was judged by Tony Thomas, a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society who gave advice on how some of the images could be improved.

    Tony, who does a lot of judging all over the Midlands, was impressed with the very high standard of submissions, comparing them with the best in the region.

    The society has also been involved with a plethora of workshops including Photoshop with Nigel Taylor, Lightroom Software with Adrian Butt and Basics with Rebekah Nash.

    Colin Close hosted a mini studio session to explain lighting and camera settings, while Roger Lewis chaired a workshop which photographed close-ups of various floral arrangements.

    There was also a masterclass by Christopher Bradbury, a fellow of the Master Photographer Association on portraiture.

    The society welcomed five new members in January and it continues to grow in both size and reputation.

    The group always welcomes newcomers interested in the art and craft of photography.

    Visit for more information or drop in to the Avoncroft Arts Society’s main hall at 7.45pm on Tuesdays.

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  • Sat 2 Jan 2016

    ARTRIX Arts Centre in Bromsgrove is looking for new board members who can work with its new director to take on the challenge of growing the organisation and shaping the development of art in the town.

    This year Artrix celebrates its 10th birthday - not only is it a centre for creative excellence, it is a much loved community venue that engages a diverse range of people in the arts.

    A new director, Hannah Phillips, takes up post on December 15 and board members are being sought to help her develop the artistic programme, build audiences and ensure financial sustainability.

    Applicants should have skills in the following areas: finance, HR, commercial, legal, IT, artistic development and fundraising.

    These are voluntary positions which afford the opportunity and satisfaction of being involved in a successful and ambitious project.

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    Applications and any queries can be submitted to Margaret D'Andrade Brown, company secretary, at margaret [at] dandradebrown [dot] co [dot] uk and further information can be downloaded from

    The closing date for applications is Monday, January 11.

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  • Mon 26 Oct 2015

    RESIDENTS will get to show off their arty sides when the Big Draw comes to Bromsgrove next Saturday (October 31).

    The event, from 10am to 2.30pm at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, will enable people to unleash their imaginations by drawing, doodling, or colouring to their heart’s content.

    People of all ages and abilities can join the world’s biggest drawing festival, aimed at building confidence and enabling them to learn new drawing skills from one another in a relaxing environment.

    Bromsgrove’s Big Draw is a voluntary project, with support from local organisations including Bromsgrove Festival, Arts Alive, Charles Lovell and Co, Bromsgrove Library, Charles Howell, What!, Robert Oulsnam, Morrisons, Santander, Artyfacts, ASDA and Bromsgrove Methodist Centre.

    Laura Brodrick, Bromsgrove’s Big Draw co-ordinator, said: “We’re really excited to see what the Bromsgrove community can bring to this hands-on experience, with different generations, abilities and interests taking part to create something that tells individual and collective stories.”

    She added she would love th hear from anyone who could donate art materials and from any illustrators, tattooists, cartoonists or designers who could share their skills on the day.

    “We’d also be very glad of a photographer.”

    People will be urged to indulge in their creativity and get involved in a range of activities including a large community drawing of life in Bromsgrove.

    Art materials will be provided and refreshments will be available until 12.30pm.

    For more about Bromsgrove’s Big Draw, search for ‘Bromsgrove’s Big Draw’ on Facebook and ‘like’ the page or follow the Twitter account @BigDrawBGrove

    To offer support or to volunteer, e-mail bigdrawbromsgrove [at] gmail [dot] com or leave your details with Bromsgrove Library.

    Go to for more information about the national Big Draw campaign.

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  • Tue 20 Oct 2015

    THE Bromsgrove Indian Community Forum has joined forces with Bromsgrove District Council to celebrate Diwali.

    The Festival of Lights celebration is being held at Bromsgrove Library, in Stratford Road, on Saturday, October 31, from 10am until 2pm.

    Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness and thus good over evil. The Festival of Lights reaffirms the things in life that matter most.

    The Diwali exhibition features pictures and artefacts of the Diwali story and Divas lamps, as well as activities including Henna painting and Rangoli workshops.

    Indian snacks and sweets will also be available.

    Everyone is welcome to attend and join the activities, having some fun.

    B K Chaudhari, from the forum, said: “Diwali is one of the most important dates in the Hindu and Sikh calendar.

    "Diwali is also celebrated by Jains and some Buddhists. It is often known as the Festival of Lights.

    "We invite all to join us in this year's celebrations."

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  • Sat 10 Oct 2015

    THE CANALSIDE Studios in Stoke Prior have teamed up with The Navigation Inn to enable artists from Bromsgrove and Droitwich to showcase their work.

    Willow Tree Crafts and Canalside Art Studio, based on the Canalside Craft Centre, Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, hold classes and workshops for artists and crafters each week.

    There are watercolours classes at the studios on Tuesdays, craft drop-in and workshop sessions there on Wednesdays and art workshops there on Fridays where people can just turn up and paint.

    Students’ work is then put on display as part of themed exhibitions at the Navigation Inn and, as part of the project, the Greyhound pub in Bromsgrove has agreed to a similar arrangement.

    Currently, there is an autumn inspired exhibition at the Navigation and towards the end of the month, there will be a Halloween one at the Greyhound.

    Next month, exhibitions will centre around Remembrance and the military, before moving onto Christmas themes for December.

    Karen Hotchkiss from Willow Tree Crafts, who started the scheme with Justine Humphries from Canalside Art Studio, said: “It gives the students the chance to exhibit their work in a public space which in turn gives them confidence and also, hopefully, encourages people to go into the pubs to see the works on show.”

    Anyone wanting more information should call Karen on 07789 912627 or Justine on 07725 488513.

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  • Thu 8 Oct 2015

    CHRISTMASSY crafters and local businesses are being sought to have stalls at Bromsgrove’s first ever festive market.

    Bromsgrove District Council have teamed up with the Friends of St John’s Church for the event which will be held on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, to coincide with the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.

    Local traders and crafters offering festive goods are being urged to get in touch with each Christmas Market stall costing just £10.

    Alongside the craft stalls, the Friends of St John’s are also working with entertainers and local businesses to bring food, drink and music to the streets in the lead up to the Christmas light switch-on.

    And, as well as the lights switch-on and Christmas Market, the popular MidWinterFest will be returning again after a successful two years.

    Friends of St John’s chairman Jo Slade said: “We are very excited about putting on a Christmas Market in the town and are building on the relationship founded over the last few years with the MidWinterFest.

    “We are focussing on locally made crafts and we are putting a call out to anyone in the district who would like a stall to come forward. For just £10 per table local people can sell their crafts for Christmas.”

    Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Caroline Spencer, said: “The atmosphere in the High Street is going to be fantastically festive this year with so much going on.

    “I’ll be flipping the switch on the Christmas lights but I’ll be sure to have a shop around the craft stalls and Christmas market first.

    “If you’re interested in taking on a stall please get in touch.”

    Visit or e-mail friends [dot] stjohns [dot] church [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard