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Digbeth Canal Lengthsman

Our readers may have noticed the appearance of two narrow boats along the Grand Union Canal at Minerva Works; after living on narrowboats for over ten years, Alison Tuck and Louise Moore have moved to Digbeth. As well as running Harris Moore Canvases, Louise is a member of the Guild of Waterway Artists specialising in paintings of the Birmingham Canal Network, and Alison runs her business, Da Vinci Crafts from one of the two boats.

Plenty of people use the canal, including cyclists, walkers, and families at the weekends, but Louise and Alison wanted to make the area more welcoming and less threatening. Their presence seems to have reduced the amount of anti-social behaviour, which was becoming an increasing problem, but they haven’t stopped there: Alison has been a Canal and River Trust volunteer and has taken it upon herself to become a guardian of the Digbeth stretch of canal.

Known as lengthsmen, the pair have been using their spare time to collect litter and undertake general gardening and improvements along their length of canal: from the bridge access on Great Barr Street to the Warwick Bar Junction, and the shorter stretch from the start of Ashsted Tunnel to Typhoo Basin.

They are currently working on the seating area by Fazeley Street Bridge where they would like to add wire bins with clear plastic bin bags to help tackle the litter problem. If any readers know of bins that could be donated we would be incredibly grateful. They then hope to move onto seating area opposite the Banana Warehouse, where they’d like to reinstate the notice board and create a pleasant spot to sit and look over the flora and fauna at Edible Eastside.

Future plans include repainting the locks, notice boards and handrails, and extending their lengthsman area up towards Camp Hill locks.

We’ve included some before and after photos to show what has been achieved so far, but Louise and Alison would always welcome any extra helping hands! If you would like to get in touch, please join the Facebook group or email Alision at davincicrafts@gmail.com.

We think the ladies have done an outstanding job and are helping to make Digbeth a much better place to live, work or visit. Long may it continue and who knows, we may soon have more narrowboat neighbours along the canal!

Digbeth First Friday – August 2014

When: Friday 1 August, 17:00 until late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

This week sees the return of Digbeth First Friday, featuring late night exhibition openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and much more:

  • Drop in to Eastside Projects for a ‘creative spa’ session with artist collective Mexico, where participants can reflect, forecast and make plans for the future. Fresh smoothies will be available for the duration of the evening. (18:30–20:30)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer, and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-­fi classic Repo Man (20:30–23:30)
  • Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts are touring the UK performing only at artist‐run spaces; on Friday they arrive at Grand Union with special guest, Bobbie-­Jane Gardner, to perform a brand new composition. (19:00-23:00)
  • Visit Centrala, the new project space set up by PEA at Minerva Works, for a second chance to watch selected videos from their recent Points of View video screenings weekend. (18:00-21:00)
  • Take a trip to The Bond for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and live acoustic music, alongside an exhibition preview of Impressions of Nature by printmakers Emma Hardicker and Stef Mitchell. (17:00-23:00)
  • Join Eastside Studios for a behind the scenes peek of what their artists are currently working on at this open studio style event. (17:00-20:00)
  • Members of the public are invited to print their own Public Information Notice to be left for display at A3 Project Space or to take away. If you could pass on one vital piece of information to the public, what would it be? (18:00-20:00)
  • Black Hole Club and Stryx are delighted to invite you to Between Two Worlds, a collaboration hosted by Vivid Projects, incorporating set design, projections, dictaphones, optical illusions, forests, wallpaper, sound installations, things indoors that should be outdoors, scraping noises, and cinematic soundtracks, all loosely inspired by the TV show.
  • Birmingham-born producer Kouben will be launching his specially-selected mixtape On Another Planet at Provide in the Custard Factory. Original artwork t-shirts will be available alongside the cassettes, in limited editions of 50, to purchase at the launch party. (18:00-21:00)

Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects said:

Digbeth First Friday continues to go from strength to strength each month. The wide range of local businesses and arts organisations making it happen, mean there’s something on offer to suite everyone’s taste. It’s a fun, action packed night out full of unusual events and exhibitions, that builds on Digbeth’s reputation as Birmingham’s best destination for great independent culture.

Learn more about other events happening on the Digbeth First Friday website.

Upcoming events at Grand Union

Bicycle Basket Bazaar at the Warwick Bar Summer Fete‏

When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 12:00-18:00
Where: Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Artists, makers and vendors are invited to bring along their bikes and their wares to the Bicycle Basket Bazaar (BBB), taking place at Edible Eastside as part of the Warwick Bar Summer Fete.

BBB is a celebration of bicycles as well as products, so be prepared for some creative space uses; small crates and boxes are allowed to display goods, but tables are a definite no.

Handmade, homemade, vintage, collectibles, and upcycled items will be available to peruse and buy, and bikes may be used for artist projects and performances.

Bicycle Basket Bazaar Rules
Allowed: Handmade, home made, upcycled vintage and collectibles, interesting projects, good cheer, rays of sunshine.
Goods Not Allowed: Livestock, poison, new goods (bought in products), bad news, dark clouds.

For more information or if you’d like to take part in BBB, please send an idea of what you’d like to sell or do with your bike to Trevor Pitt at trevor@podprojects.org.

Digbeth First Friday – July 2014

When: Friday 4th July, 17:00-late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns this week, celebrating independence with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and more.

First Friday offers variety, mystery and quality with a plethora of activity:

  • Join The Bond Co for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and fabulous live acoustic music (17:00-23:00)
  • A3 Projects presents Record Player Orchestra and Sellotape Cinema at Vivid Projects.
    Experiment with playing a record player as a musical instrument and create Kaleidoscopic visuals with electric and mechanical devices made by Sellotape Cinema! The drop-in workshop runs from 6pm followed by a live performance at 8pm (18:00-21:30)
  • A3 Projects also host an exhibition of Oliver Jones’ work, entitled Love The Skin You’re Insee more at the Birmingham Post website(18:00-20:00)
  • Join Grand Union for their annual Open Studios event, giving you the chance to peek behind the scenes and see what their artists are currently working on. They’ll also be keeping their Gallery doors open until 8pm, giving you another opportunity to see A Diffuse Citizen by Holly Antrum.
  • Eastside Projects opens late with two new exhibitions: Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society by Grace Schwindt and Pleasure, Devotion, Balance presented by Mexico in the second gallery (18:00-21:00)
  • Stryx presents a group exhibition featuring 11 Midlands-based artists who were born outside of the UK. Their work explores themes of language, identity, culture and origin (18:00-21:00)
  • A 50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove on The Giant Screen at Millennium Point (19:30-21:15)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-fi classic REPO MAN (20:30-23:30)
  • Friction Arts presents a selection of side-splitting short films by Brummies, about Brum, with performance interludes from Friction’s Fabarray Crew at The Edge as part of the two-day international short film festival, Over The Fence (18:30-21:30)
  • The Cobalt Blue Contemporary Arts presents United States of Art – an exhibition of visual, performance and installation art at The Lakeside Gallery, Custard Factory (12:00-22:00)

Remember to pick up a Disloyalty Card and collect stamps from ten different participating venues to trade for treats!

For more information and to join in, visit the Digbeth First Friday website.

Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2014

When: Saturday 26 July, 12:00-18:00
Where: Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street, Digbeth

Warwick Bar‘s annual Summer Fete, a free event for all the family by the canal, returns to Digbeth from noon on Saturday 26th July. Click here to see pictures from last year’s offering.

With contributions from Edible Eastside, Vivid Projects, Harris Moore Canvases, Grand Union, Stryx and many more, it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! We’ll be releasing further details about the activities to expect soon, but in the meantime, our friends at Warwick Bar are looking for volunteers to help with the event:

We are looking for volunteers to help set-up and steward the Warwick Bar Summer Fete. We’re asking for no more than four hours of your time, so you still have the chance to enjoy the event. All volunteers will receive a free lunch.

If you are interested and able to help, please contact Yvonne Carmichael (carmichael_yvonne@yahoo.co.uk/07815780179) with your availability for the day.

There will be a short meeting for all volunteers on Tuesday 15th July at 17:30 at K4 architects, 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth.

Naturally, Digbeth Residents Association will be at the event in force, and we look forward to seeing you all there!


The Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2013

Digbeth First Friday – June 2014

When: Friday 6th June 2014, 17:00 onwards
Where: Various locations around Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns next week with a whole host of artistic entertainment and a fab soundtrack, all accompanied by delicious food courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club:

  • Celebrate Digbeth First Friday with a special ale brewed just for the occasion. The Anchor Inn has produced First Friday Pale, only available on Digbeth First Fridays – served until midnight.
  • Dress up and join Vivid Projects for a Superstyling party to launch a month-long season of exhibition, provocations and events celebrating the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies aka the Birmingham School – 6–10pm.
  • Go First Friday Racing at Teamworks Karting Birmingham for just £5 from 5–8pm.
  • Visit Stryx, as they host the CG Associates in Residence and explore the dialogues which arise through creative activity from 7–9pm.
  • Join Grand Union for the opening of Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition “A Diffuse Citizen”, which draws from the practices and interests of people around her, most recently through her collaboration with 93 year old artist Jennifer Pike – 6–8pm.
  • Visit The Bond as they host a Summer Fun evening with a Craft Beer Bar from Birmingham Beer Bash, a Whisky Tasting Bar from the Whisky Festival, and an outdoor barbecue in their covered courtyard with Live Music and site-specific art from 5–10pm.
  • Explore Edible Eastside’s mini-market selling bread, plants and pizzas, and catch the collaborative artists project The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show and the site specific work The Valency of Four from 5-9pm.
  • Turn your day upside down at a late night opening of Bill Drummond’s exhibition at Eastside Projects with tea and toast topped with marmalade, made by the musician-turned-artist, 6–8pm.
  • Visit independent retailer Provide for locally-inspired streetwear, independent magazines and books alongside a chance to see Madin: Some Remains, a photography exhibition until 8pm.
  • See Colbalt Blue Arts for studio tours and artist networking, meet in the Custard Factory reception at 6, 7 and 8pm.
  • Join The RC Theatre Group for Roxie’s Confession, a one night musical extravaganza featuring all your musical theatre favourites with proceeds going to charity – 7:30–10:30pm.
  • Visit A3 Project Space to see Clare Thornton’s micro-residency Going Down to Barry’s from 6–8pm.
  • Round off Digbeth First Friday at Friction Arts as Psychedelic Psinema comes to the Edge with a bizarro mixture of weird shorts and a feature from cinema’s weird attic from 9pm–1am.

To whet your appetites, you can read Richard Johnson’s review of last month’s streetfood offering, and see other highlights from May below:

Peaky Blinders Finale

When: Thursday 17th October, 20:30-22:30 (show starts at 21:00)
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Entry: Free – please register here

The last episode of Peaky Blinders will be shown next Thursday 17th October. If you are following the series, why not join Digbeth Residents Association in The Spotted Dog to watch the show on the big screen?

We will be putting on a selection of Edible Eastside’s Digbeth Pies* to keep those tummies quiet, and we will be announcing the launch of our Peaky Blinders tours (spearheaded by resident Rosie Pocklington) on the night!

To reserve your place (and for catering purposes), please register here.
Please note this is a free event, but in case of over subscription, priority will be given to Digbeth Residents.

Fancy dress is optional. See you there!

*A vegetarian option will be available

Make your weekend Fierce

Fierce Festival returns this weekend, and with lots to keep you entertained in Digbeth, make sure you make your weekend Fierce!

Events taking place in Digbeth are detailed below; click here to see the full festival programme. Click on the individual event links for more information and to buy tickets.

When: Thursday 3rd October until Sunday 6th October, 12:00-17:00
Where: Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth

Kate McIntosh – Worktable

Worktable is a live installation, open to visitors for several hours or days. It takes place in a series of rooms – the visitor must sign in to enter, and can stay as long as they like. Once inside you are given instructions, equipment and safety goggles so you can get to work – it’s up to you to decide how things come apart, and how they come back together. Sign in and get to work!

When: Friday 4th October until Sunday 6th October, 10:00-12:00
Where: Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth
Festival Hub

Pop in to meet the festival team, grab a cup of tea, a map and find out more about what’s happening in Birmingham. There will also be a selection of publication relating to artists in the festival.

On Saturday 5 October we host a festival brunch from 10am – noon. This is a chance to informally meet and mingle with other festival attendees, festival artists and staff. We will serve a selection of locally sourced cheeses, breads, meats and sauces.

When: Friday 4th October, 18:30-20:30
Where: Edible Eastside, Fazeley Street, Digbeth
Blanch & Shock: Blood Moon Feast

The festival opens with a feast by radical food designers Blanch & Shock in a canalside urban garden. It has been directly inspired by and sourced from the garden at Edible Eastside and the agricultural environs of Birmingham. In the run up to the feast they have made several preserving trips to the garden to take advantage of the produce in its prime, including tomatoes red and green, cucumbers, courgettes, coriander, dill, fennel and bergamot. For the feast they will serve a combination of fresh and preserved produce, focusing mostly on fruit and vegetables grown in the garden and nearby, accompanied by freshly made cheese and their homemade bread and butter. In addition to the produce, they will be using Edible Eastside’s wood-fired oven and much of the food will be prepared in this or grilled over wood.

Wolf in the Winter: The Blind Leading the Blind

The Blind Leading the Blind Tour was inspired by the Bruegel painting of six ragged figures stumbling across a rural landscape. This proverbial metaphor of desperate trust and hopeless failure seems as relevant now as it was in biblical times.

When: Saturday 5th October, 23:00-late
Where: Club PST, Lombard Street, Digbeth
Club Fierce: XXX

A night of live music. A rush of alternative hip-hop, grimey beats and electro-glitchy-pop, DJs and short films from Kino 10.

The City Centre Canal Circular Cycle Route

With autumn drawing in, it’s time to make the most of the last of the summer sunshine and get On Your Bike!

The Birmingham Mail recently published a leisurely six-mile circular route along the city’s canal network, starting and ending in Digbeth, so there’s no excuse not to get out and about!

The cycle route starts in Fazeley Street, Digbeth, but if you’re making your way by train or want a local landmark, start from Moor Street Station.

You’ll come to a canal junction straight away. Go over the bridge and turn left to pass under the same bridge and onto the towpath. You’ll see the garden of Edible Eastside across the water followed soon after by Warwick Bar and The Bond.

For more detail on the route, click the image to visit the Birmingham Mail website.

Image: Birmingham Mail