National Portfolio Organisations: A Response from Director Craig Ashley
New Art West Midlands’ director Craig Ashley reflects on yesterday’s announcement from Arts Council England about investment to the region’s visual arts organisations through their National Portfolio for 2018-22.
BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival
BEDLAM is a celebration of how the arts help wellbeing, taking place across Birmingham from 1-12 October 2019. Welcoming artists from across the UK, the festival will present a programme of theatre performances, dance, movement workshops, art installations, wellbeing walks, film screenings, family events, Q&A’s as well as a special BEDLAM Symposium.
Blast! – a festival of photography, talks and walks
Blast! is a new festival from Multistory made with and for the people of Sandwell which runs from Friday 24 May to Saturday 29 June.
The festival has invited 40 outstanding artists, photographers and curators to showcase work, develop projects and collaborate with communities to present stories about everyday life. With exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks across Sandwell, Blast! will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, in shops, libraries and pubs, on historic buildings and in the community halls and venues of Sandwell.