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Mockingbird Theatre

The Custard Factory’s cinema is getting a new lease of life with the Mockingbird Theatre officially launching on Saturday 12th July!

Showcasing a mix of established and new artists, from original works in film to ground-breaking plays and live comedy nights, the 101-seat venue will offer an intimate atmosphere. In addition, the adjoining Mockingbird Bar will screen locally-produced short film, animation, music and art to promote the region’s talent, as well as offering specialist fine liquors and unusual beers and ales.

Upcoming pre-launch events include:

Wednesday, 25th June
Custard Pie: Battle of the Comedians
Ten comedians fight to stay on the stage before the audience decides their time is up!

Saturday, 28th June
Korean Film Festival
Birmingham’s first Korean Film Festival, with two big screen film showings plus guest speakers, music and activities throughout the day.

Wednesday, 2nd July
Dave Twentyman
Comedy Hut presents Dave Twentyman.

Friday, 5th July
Over the Fence
International film festival on tour from Perth, Australia. Featuring comedy shorts, including Birmingham-made Titanic Love.

To keep up to date with developments at the Mockingbird, visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.

A Diffuse Citizen – Artist’s Talk

When: Tuesday 24 June 2014, 18:00-20:00
Where: Grand Union, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digebth, B5 5RS

Grand Union is proud to present artist Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition, A Diffuse Citizen.

Working in a combination of 16mm and digital film and printmaking, Antrum’s attention swings between the operational life of making new images, and their near obsolescence, claiming the useful pace of each technology to form narratives. She draws upon itinerant ‘sub practices’ and interests behind these mediums, capitalising on elements that are both scattered and hybrid, chance or personal.

Next Tuesday, Grand Union will host an artist’s talk where Holly Antrum will discuss her new work with Charmian Griffin, who is Digital Producer for Artangel, teaches art criticism at Central Saint Martins and writes on art and technology.

For more information on the talk, please visit the Grand Union website. Holly Antrum’s exhibition continues until 26th July 2014.

Image: Film Image composite from Catalogue, Holly Antrum (2013)

Apple Pie House

Where: Apple Pie House, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00; Sundays, 11:00-17:00

Apple Pie House is a long-established teddy bear and doll shop in Gloucester, which has recently opened a second showroom in the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

Specialising in classic and collectable bears, Apple Pie House really care about each individual item, stocking brands such as R John Wright, Steiff, Charlie Bears, Isabelle Collection, Dean’s, Deb Canham, and Artist bears.

The team have curated a Bright and Breezy collection of bears for summer 2014; view them all on their website here.

For more information, visit the Apple Pie House website, their Facebook page, or sign up for their newsletter here.

A selection of bears from Apple Pie House

Yamination helps Cravendale make a splash

The Yamination team with part of the Cravendale setYamination Studios, based in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, have helped create Cravendale’s new “Barry the biscuit boy” advert, by building the set in just three weeks!

The 30-second film uses an innovative mix of puppetry, stop motion animation and computer graphics to tell the story of the adventurous young biscuit boy Barry and his love of milk. See a behind-the-scenes film of the Yamination team at work on the set below.

As well as handling big-budget adverts for companies such as Cravendale and Coca Cola, the Yamination team is working on short animation film At-issue, which is due for release later this year.

Hidden Spaces Exhibition

When: Saturday 21st June until Sunday 29th June, 10:00-15:00
Where: Curzon Street Station, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG

Associated Architects are opening the doors of Digbeth’s Grade I listed Curzon Street Station this week, to host a photography exhibition of Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces.

The show will include pictures of places usually hidden from public view, such as underground Cold-War era tunnels and the Chamberlain Clock Tower at the Council House. In addition to the exhibition, a short film has been commissioned to show a different perspective of the spaces.

The free exhibition will be open 10:00-15:00 daily from Saturday 21st June until Sunday 29th June 2014 as part of Love Architecture Week, which includes other events such as a Digbeth pub trail with Joe Holyoak; taking place on Sunday 29th June, Joe will lead a free tour around Digbeth’s most significant pubs, starting at The Woodman at 14:30.

Curzon Street Station is the oldest railway terminus in the world; built in the early 1830s, it is promised a new lease of life when it becomes part of the proposed HS2 station. Students from Birmingham City University School of Architecture’s Co.LAB initiative have helped transform the space for the exhibition.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the website or email

Nechells Ward Meeting – June 2014

When: Thursday 19th June, 18:00
Where: Phoenix Hall, Tow Path Close, Bordesley, B9 4LS

The next Nechells Ward Committee meeting will take place this coming Thursday at 6pm in Bordesley. This is the one meeting where residents from Nechells Ward (which encompasses Digbeth) can publicly hold their Councillors accountable for their actions, and share their concerns.

  • Do you want Councillors to support plans for fewer shisha lounges in Digbeth?
  • Do you think there is too much litter/not enough street cleaning in Digbeth?
  • Are you concerned about plans for development?

This is the meeting to share the above concerns or anything else. For more information, please see the poster below, or contact Kay Thomas at Birmingham City Council at

Eastside Projects – June 2014 News and Exhibitions

Public preview: Friday 27th June, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition open: 28 June – 2 August 2014
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

Today sees the end of Bill Drummond’s three-month residency at Eastside Projects in Digbeth. See the website for more information about the events taking place to mark this occasion.

But never fear, Friday 27th June will see the opening of two brand new exhibitions at Eastside Projects: Only a Free Individual can Create a Free Society, a new film installation by Grace Schwindt, and Pleasure, Devotion, Balance presented by Mexico in the second gallery.

Schwindt’s film is the product of an extensive rehearsal period with eleven dancers, drawing on thirty costume-makers crafting costumes using aluminium, cardboard, silk, and velvet. The film will be projected across a large curtained set in the gallery partly mirroring the shifting landscape of the film.

Pleasure, Devotion, Balance is a series of works and visions which say something about taking that inevitable next step.

For more information about current and future events, visit the Eastside Projects website.

Chinese Lives in Birmingham Exhibition

When: Monday-Friday throughout June, 09:00-17:00
Where: Chinese Community Centre Birmingham, 99 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0NS

Volunteers at the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham (CCC-B) have recently completed their Chinese Lives in Birmingham research project.

The culmination of the project is an exhibition at the Barber Institute (more details on the flyer below), and a large panel display at CCC-B in Digbeth.

To see the display documenting past and contemporary Chinese migration to Birmingham, make sure to pop into the Community Centre on Bradford Street in office hours throughout June.

The exhibition will also be open on some Saturday dates by appointment only. If you would like to visit out of office hours, please call Kate Gordon on 0121 685 8510 to make an appointment in advance.

Healthy Cooking Workshops at Stanhope Hall

Where: Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Ketley Croft, Highgate, B12 OXG

Stanhope Hall Community Centre will be hosting free healthy cooking workshops led by Change Kitchen throughout June and July.

Birgit Kehrer and her team at the award-winning Change Kitchen will share their tips and tricks for knocking-out fantastically tasty and healthy meals in under 30 minutes. The recipes will be mostly vegetarian/vegan, but can easily be adapted for the carnivores amongst us!

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • A four-week course with workshops 12:30-14:30 on Monday 16th June, Monday 23rd June, Monday 30th June, and Monday 7th July.
  • Open sessions on Monday 16th June, Monday 23rd June, Monday 30th June, and Monday 7th July from 18:00-20:00.

For more information, please contact Monica Lee at Stanhope Hall on 0121 446 5389 or


Private view: Thursday 12 June, 18:00-21:00
Exhibition open: Friday 13-Tuesday 17 June, 12:00-18:00
Where: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4EE

Fine Art HND students at Birmingham Metropolitan College are exhibiting art work at their fantastic end of year graduation show – and it’s sure to draw attention to their talents!

The ARCH exhibition is being held at the distinctly different and atmospheric The Arches Project in Digbeth, and is is open to the public free of charge.

Fifteen students will be displaying work which represents a culmination of their personal reflection throughout the year. It will be sure to spark reflection in anyone visiting the exhibition, and even the careers of some of the promising talent.

For more information, visit The Arches Project website.