Local Arts Activity
The Culture Commissioning Service manages a range of activities which engage local people on their doorsteps, whilst supporting the growth and development of artists and companies working in this area. Contributing to the Council’s priority of improving residents’ quality of life by providing opportunities that inspires and encourages creativity. These activities bring local people together with their neighbours and help to build a sense of individual identity and community cohesion.
Culture Officers advise District colleagues in developing a local Arts infrastructure by supporting local Arts Planning, Arts Forums and the sharing of information.
The mobile units are multimedia high-tech vehicles which convert into spaces for arts activity with drop-down walls and extending floor sections; they are equipped with a laptop, plasma screen, PA system, DVD player, cushioned seating and have disabled access; bringing the arts directly to Birmingham residents.
Districts. Local Arts Fora offer a flexible network for advocating the Arts at a District level and helping to develop capacity for the Arts locally through effective partnerships and ways of working.
Based at Soho Museum Karina Thompson (textile artist) will create a new commissioned work shadowed by Lauren Crawford (weaver/textile artist). Miranda Sharpe (designer maker) is based at Andrew Macgowan's studio, Regent Silversmiths, in the Jewellery Quarter to develop new skills in silversmithing and create new work as part of the commission. Jewellers Miranda Sharpe and graduate Amy Logan (designer jewellery maker) are also working in Holte School, Aston.
A public exhibition will take place in the Autumn of 2012.