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Local Arts Fora and Arts Champions
Birmingham is split into ten districts, which cover the same area as the parliamentary constituencies.
Edgbaston Arts Forum has continued to embed themselves within community and creative infrastructure throughout Edgbaston District and have extended their reach internationally through successful EU funding obtained through Edgbaston Arts Contact Group.
Edgbaston Arts Champion: The Drum Arts Centre
Erdington Arts Champion: Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Hall Green Arts Champion: mac birmingham
Hodge Hill Arts has members from across the district that run a variety of events and activities in the libraries and local centres. The forum annually runs The Big Arts Picnic in Ward End and Shard End Parks, offering local people the chance to take part in a range of arts activities.
Ladywood Arts Forum is a collective of arts organisations, arts groups and artists, who act as a catalyst for the emergence and growth of sustainable arts in the Ladywood district of Birmingham. Activities have taken place at Soho House, Summerfield Park, Summerfield Centre, The Lighthouse, Holyhead School and Broadway School.
Ladywood Arts Champion: BRB (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
NAF Birmingham (Northfield Arts Forum) has conducted high quality participatory creative activities in Northfield’s high profile community events. These include Pride of Longbridge, Northfield Carnival, Northfield Beach, Longbridge Light Festival (launched in 2013). NAF partnered with Bournville College, Sampad and The REP to offer a four day local arts festival, ‘Arts March’ every Saturday throughout March 2015.
Northfield Arts Champions: Sampad
Perry Bar Arts Forum has facilitated local conversations, networks and to highlight opportunities within the area for community engagement and arts development. This work has culminated in an arts extravaganza in The One Stop Shopping Centre (28th February) offering art and craft activities to the community and creating a platform for local artists to promote work produced in the area.
Perry Bar Arts Champion: CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
Arts Forum Selly Oak has created a local festival ArtSoak which over the past four years has featured many new and interesting performances and participatory activities.
Made in Sutton (Sutton Coldfield Arts Forum) continues to seek and share opportunities for arts and culture with individuals, groups and organisations based and working in Sutton Coldfield. The Forum aims to unite local arts organisations through the sharing of best practice and seeks to encourage greater participation.
Sutton Coldfield Arts Champion: THSH (Town Hall, Symphony Hall)
Arts in the Yard (Yardley Arts Forum) has met monthly at South Yardley Library, engaging a range of freelance artists, creative residents and arts groups. The forum has commissioned a street art work in Acocks Green; supported the community singing group Vox Populi to expand and develop their choir, and mentored their community leaders. AITY has also worked in partnership with Blakesley Hall to programme a weekend of participatory arts activity in March 2015.
Yardley Arts Champion: Ikon gallery