The Wilderness Press

Digbeth design duo Wild Ilk, have released a limited edition art print based on the idea of a labyrinth.

Designed at Digbeth Court and printed at Mission Print on Fazeley Street, these pieces are truly Made in Digbeth:

Labyrinths are amazing and ancient structures, but modern uses of labyrinths are recreational, for contemplation and reflection. The structure of this labyrinth breaks with traditional and historic geometric labyrinth designs, with the goal being less about finding a way through the maze and more about appreciating what the maze itself can convey.

For more information and to secure a print for yourself, please visit thewildernesspress.com.

Sneaks & Peaks #4

When: Saturday 19th April, 12:00-19:00
Where: Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £3 on the door

Birmingham’s premier urban apparel event, Sneaks&Peaks, returns to Boxxed on Saturday 19th April.

Featuring everything from highly collectable kicks, clothing designers, live graffiti and street food, Sneaks&Peaks has quickly positioned itself as one of the UK’s leading events for top lifestyle brands.

For more of what to expect on the day, check out the new website, or the video from the last Sneaks&Peaks below:

Danish Film Night Returns

*actual cake may vary

When: Sunday 13th April 2014, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Danish Film Night returns to The Spotted Dog on Sunday with a double billing and free cake!

Both films are written by Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, but don’t let that put you off – he does funny, and he does it well. The first film will be screened at 16:15 sharp, so if you fancy a lazy Sunday afternoon, make sure to get down in time to grab some of that aforementioned cake and find yourself a nice comfy seat.

I Kina Spiser De Hunde (In China They Eat Dogs)
Arvid, a cashier, is (according to his girlfriend, Hanne) the most boring man in the world. That is until he – pretty much by accident – manages to stop an armed robbery at the bank. He returns home with flowers and plans for a romantic trip to Paris, to discover she’s left him and has taken most of their belongings with her. As if that isn’t bad enough, the bank robber’s angry girlfriend shows up, saying they really needed that money. In an attempt to right his wrong, Arvid seeks out his criminal older brother, Harald, to help.

Gamle Mænd I Nye Biler (Old Men In New Cars)
The last wish of the dying ‘Monk’ is for his foster child, Harald, to reunite him with his real son, Ludvig. Unfortunately, the latter is currently spending the better part of his days in a Swedish high security prison cell. Harald enlists the help of chefs Peter and Martin (more enthused about making the perfect Danish Pastry than getting their hands dirty) so father and son can meet for the first time in their lives.

A3 Project Space – April 2014 News and Exhibitions

Birmingham Printmakers

Where: 90 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR

Established in 1982, Birmingham Printmakers has a large well-lit workshop on Floodgate Street in Digbeth, available for use by all artists and printmakers.

Among the facilities available is a dark room and aquatint room, along with an open studio floor with equipment for intaglio and relief printing, screen printing, lithography, polyester plate litho, and solar plate etching.

As well as taking part in exhibitions throughout the country and abroad, the team at Birmingham Printmakers share their knowledge and expertise with regular workshops. Upcoming opportunities for you to flex your creative muscles include:

  • Silk Screen and Textile Printing
    Saturday 19th April, 10:00-16:00
  • Screen Printing Workshop
    Saturday 26th April, 10:00-16:00
  • Wednesday Evening Classes in Creative Print Making
    Wednesday 30th April – Wednesday 4th June, 19:00-21:30
  • Introducing Collagraph Printmaking
    Saturday 10th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Safe Etch Technique
    Saturday 17th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Introduction to Reduction Lino Printing
    Saturday 24th May, 10:00-16:00
  • Silk Screen and Textile Printing
    Saturday 7th June, 10:00-16:00

For more information on classes and how to book, please visit the Birmingham Printmakers website here.

To keep up to date with goings on at Birmingham Printmakers, or to contact them to learn more, find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Madin: Some Remains

When: Thursday 10 April, 18:00-20:00; exhibition continues until Saturday 31 May
Where: PROVIDE, Gibb Street, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AT

Madin was a significant figure of post-war Birmingham architecture; born in Moseley in 1924, Madin died on 8 January 2012. His ‘brutalist’ work came up against much resistance in the past, and still typifies Birmingham for many.

Madin’s work has been neglected, and a lot of it is disappearing in the city’s constant drive Forward (Birmingham’s motto). However, since his architectural dominance, few practices have been able to match his commercial success at home and abroad.

To celebrate his life, PROVIDE is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Dave Callanan, opening tomorrow at 6pm. Prints of all the images in exhibition will be available to buy in 12″ x 8″ format. There will also be a free selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and Bombay mix.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Facebook event page.

Do the very best you can at the time.

John Hardcastle Dalton Madin

Digbeth First Friday

When: Friday 2nd May 2014
Where: Venues across Digbeth

We’ve heard it time and time again: once people get to know Digbeth, they understand how great we are as an area, but apart from big annual events like St Patrick’s Day, we do little to show ourselves off.

Well, that’s all about to change! A group of creative spaces have joined together to put on a critical mass of interesting and varied events on the first Friday of every month, beginning on Friday 2nd May.

This is nothing different from what usually happens in Digbeth, the one change being that instead of being spread out, events will be concentrated to happen on the first Friday, making it easy for visitors to zigzag between venues, shops, pubs, clubs, galleries, and eateries.

The vision is for these event to culminate in an amazing experience for anyone coming to Digbeth on a first Friday:

Start the evening with a bit of shopping at Provide, stop off for streetfood at Digbeth Dining Club, go on to an exhibition at Grand Union, before wrapping things up at Club PST with some heavy reggae. Or maybe begin with an Irish film screening at the Spotted Dog, before catching a new band night at the Rainbow and then grabbing a midnight snack at an Edible Eastside bonfire.

Lots of spaces are already signed up, and the finishing touches are being made to the inaugural first Friday events. We will of course keep our readers up to date with offerings over the next few weeks, which are also being collated onto a brand new Digbeth First Friday website.

If you’d like to organise a first Friday event of your own, do contact Friction Arts who are coordinating efforts at info@frictionarts.com.

My Brumpic 2014

This is Birmingham are running their first My Brumpic competition until 30th April 2014.

To enter, tweet an image of anyone or anything in Birmingham (Digbeth is clearly an excellent choice of subject), using the hashtags #mybrumpic and #somecities.

The prize for the winner is two guest list places to see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at the Digbeth Institute on Friday 30th May.

Good luck!

DRA Meeting – April 2014

When: Monday 14th April 2014, 18:00 onwards
Where: Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Deritend, Digbeth

The next meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will be taking place on Monday 14th April at 18:00 in the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street.

This meeting will feature an update from DRA on their activity and community events, along with an update on Police matters, followed by a short presentation from A3 Project Space on their series of events called You Are Here starting in June 2014.

See you next week!

New Neighbourhood Watch Signs for Digbeth

One of the new Neighbourhood Watch signs in Digbeth

There has been something slightly different about Digbeth this past week… We have installed new Neighbourhood Watch signage across the locality!

Last Sunday, after gaining permission from Birmingham City Council’s planning and highways departments, Digbeth Residents Association erected a total of six new signs, stretching from Allison Street to Moseley Road.

Although these are not totally permanent signs, we hope that they will be upgraded and the number increased in future.

DRA’s Neighbourhood Watch would like to thank the Digbeth Local Policing Team for supplying the signs. Thanks also go to Birmingham City Council for their support, and to The Spotted Dog, for lending us a ladder to help with installation!

We hope this activity will continue to promote Digbeth as a safe area to live, by reassuring residents and hopefully deterring wannabe criminals. It also shows how residents can work with local authorities and businesses to bring about change – which also happens to be DRA’s mission.

Here’s to an ever safer Digbeth!