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Words on Buildings SOLD OUT!

Laira Piccinato

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Meeting Point: St Paul’s Square

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 Laira Piccinato
Friday 13th September 5.30pm : 90min
£ 4.00

Words on Buildings // Laira Piccinato

About the Event

Birmingham once had a golden age of magnificent, bespoke factories, built to order. The buildings and their uses had such an intrinsic connection that their owners were confident to incorporate the company name into the fabric of the building. This tour explores the beautiful facades of the Jewellery Quarter and the relationship between themes such as lettering design, building use, materiality and the city’s economy. It delves into a bygone era of permanence, ambition and a booming arts and crafts city.

The Jewellery Quarter was famed for its craftmanship and quality of design; here the appearance of your advertising sign was as critical as the quality of your products – and long before the slick branding campaigns of the twentieth century.

On this 90 minute tour Laira will explore the glories of the Jewellery Quarter’s past, looking at a variety of buildings at different scales, exploring their history and contrasting the magnificent terracotta mouldings and carvings of yesteryear with their more recent plastic descendants.

Accessible throughout.

Boring for children.

history, buildings, facades, manufacturing, lettering

About the Guide

Laira is an Architectural designer with a passion for buildings and how people use space. Birmingham fascinates her because there are so many layers of habitation, gentrification and dilapidation, sometimes all in one location.

She enjoys exploring and finding odd forgotten corners of the city.

www.BAF2013.co.uk

 

 


Lost and Found

Iris Bertz

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Meeting Point:Ikon Gallery Café

 

 Iris Bertz
Saturday 14th September 12pm : 90mins
£ 4.00

Lost and Found // Iris Bertz

About the Event

A guided walk exploring the accidental, secret, hidden and imagined public art near the Ikon Gallery

Where does accidental end and art begin? Iris Bertz explores the use of the accidental in art and focusses on how it is possible to see art everywhere, if you know how to look. Iris will lead a guided tour starting at the current exhibition at the Ikon by Shimabuku which will then go on to explore the accidental, secret, hidden and imagined public art and designs in the squares and back streets around the gallery.

In this playful guided walk, artist Iris Bertz will lead a group around the squares, canals and back streets around the Ikon Gallery looking for accidental and imagined moments of art as they appear in a non-gallery context. The tour begins at the Ikon Gallery with a short introduction to works in their current exhibition by Shimbaku and from there we will explore the area around the Ikon for accidental, hidden, secret and imagined public art. Iris will examine the aesthetic experience and the curious notion of artistic critique and apprecretation of works not created by an artist. The group will be invited to return to the Ikon for further comment, questions and discussion about the themes of her discoveries.

The route includes some steps.

art history, contemporary art, visual art

About the Guide

Iris is a visual artist with a background in sculpture; she is interested in the expanded idea of art being everywhere if we could only see it.

www.irisbertz.co.uk

 


Pedestrian vs. Car: Birmingham’s Landmark Car Parks and Subways SOLD OUT!

Roxanna Collins

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Meeting Point: outside Island Bar, 14-16 Suffolk Street, Queensway

 

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 Otto Parker
Saturday 14th September 3pm : 100mins
£ 4.00

Eventbrite - Roxanna Collins // Pedestrian vs Car: Birmingham's Landmark Car Parks

About the Event

What is the legacy of Birmingham: motor city? How do we treat our subway spaces today and how do we feel about our car parks? This 100 minute walk will explore aspects of the city’s social, architectural and town planning history by taking a closer look at key car park and pedestrian subway landmarks around the city centre.

The pneumatic tyre, the one way street and houses built with garages for cars are all Birmingham inventions. The country’s first motor cars were built here, not long after Karl Benz’s famous creation and Birmingham has since created popular makes and models from the Mini to the Jaguar. The post-war rebuilding of Birmingham famously rerouted its pedestrians underground to free up the surface for cars. Flyovers and the ringroad characterised the Birmingham cityscape. It was a bold experiment but one that ultimately demonstrated the negative side effects on the city, its people and the economy. With the closure of Longbridge, the golden era of the twentieth century seemed to come to a close.

What is the legacy of this Birmingham: motor city? How to we treat our subway spaces today and how do we feel about our car parks? This 100 minute walk will explore aspects of the city’s social, architectural and town planning history by taking a closer look at key car park and pedestrian subway landmarks around the city centre.

The walk is quite extensive; some of it will be up stairs and ramps. Some lift access in car parks. The tour takes in some dark, enclosed spaces and may not be suitable for anyone with a nervous disposition.

car park, concrete, urban planning, 1960s architecture, subway, architecture history

About the Guide

Roxanna recently completed a MA dissertation in walking as a participatory art form. She is a concrete and brutalist enthusiast and as an artist is interested in the concept and use of non-spaces and in the study of everyday life.

 


WALK * LOOK * DRAW * KNOW SOLD OUT!

Tom Jones

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Meeting Point: under the arcade opposite the fountains in Brindley Place

 

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 Tom Jones
Sunday 15th September 2.30pm : 90-120mins
£ 4.00

WALK*LOOK*DRAW*KNOW // Tome Jones

About the Event

Walking round a small area in central Birmingham, we will use drawing to see familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. It is all about looking, reflecting on what we see and making marks with meaning so if you can play noughts and crosses, you will be OK.

As we walk, we re-see what is around us. We come to see the familiar as special: it was not before and will not be again, and therefore everything is worth our attention. We look up, down, behind and around us….and, at convenient points, we draw.

We draw on-the-spot and instantaneously, not to produce art, but to examine whatever we see. We first look inquisitively and then we draw – so fast we do not worry about not being able to draw. The artist guiding us shows us how. We finish the walk more alert and aware than we were before.

We will be walking up and down some steps and along some sloping cobbled paths. Pencils and drawing cards will be provided.

Not suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.

patterns, spaces, shapes, textures, details, oddities, surprises

About the Guide

Artist and educationalist, Tom chairs Edgbaston Arts Forum and devises/co-ordinates community arts projects and activities, both locally and internationally and often involving highly flexible approaches to drawing He is a West Midlands Associate of The Campaign for Drawing and was formerly a lecturer, head of department, and professor at the Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University. He is especially interested in drawing as a way of understanding ourselves, other people and the world around us.

www.drawingham.co.uk

 


Quiet Edges

Simone Kenyon

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Meeting Point: HB Sale Building, 1-7 Constitution Hill

 

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 Julian Hughes
Sunday 15th September 4pm : 80mins
£ 4.00

Eventbrite - Simone Kenyon // Quiet Edges

About the Event

A collective silent walk introduced and led by Simone Kenyon.

This is a walk to find the quietness both inside and out. The silent walk is a way to meditate upon our own step in the world and the collective experience of walking together.

This walk will pass through a variety of urban environments with the sense of moving to the quiet edges of our mind and physical sensation of the cityscape.

The Silent Walk structure has been used in religious practices and by walking artists.

The premise is simple: we walk together, mindful of our own footsteps, breath and awareness of our environment and others. The walk is to encourage a sense of being present through the act of walking as individuals and when part of a collective.

For this event, Simone Kenyon will lead a silent group walk through a variety of urban environments in central Birmingham and outlying districts.

This walk will pass through these urban environments with the sense of moving to the quiet edges of our mind and physical sensation of the cityscape.

The walk will allow newcomers to this format an opportunity to experience mindful walking within a group activity. The intention of these walks is to open your awareness to your surroundings whilst restoring a sense of calm within.

The event will illuminate the personal and physical as we move through the specific urban context of the cities various quarters.

This 80 min meander will lead us through commercial, residential, artisan to industrial edgelands of Birmingham’s lesser explored districts.

Expect to walk through a variety of urban terrains but never far from the footpath. Participants may like to wear a soft soled shoes or trainers to minimise the sound of footsteps on this silent walk.

Accessible throughout.

urban, zones, rhythms, silence, sensing, meditation

About the Guide

Simone has been a performer, artist and producer for the past 15 years working within a variety of contexts between experimental dance, theatre and work that explores, walking and environments. She has toured nationally and internationally with a variety of theatre and dance companies and collaborative projects.

Her interest in walking practices has seen her develop long distance walking projects One Follows the Other, a solo walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast and with Tamara Ashley: The Pennine Way: the legs that make us’ which included performances and publication. In 2011 she was the UK ambassador at the iDans residency in Istanbul as a walking artist.

She also collaborates with Neil Callaghan (www.neilandsimone.co.uk) Recent works include Step by Step: small sequences for the City commissioned for Nottdance and Lincoln Dances.

She has developed and co-curated the Walking Institute and has been commissioned by Deveron Arts to develop a long distance walking path in East Scotland over the next 12months.

Simone is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner and will be co-leads Walking with Movement Awareness workshops with Fiona Wright.

She has recently led walking choreography workshops for Lincoln Dances and created a meander for Two Destination Language’s, Ashley Woods Farm Festival. She will be leading walks for the In The City Series, Bristol.


SOUNDwalk

SOUNDkitchen

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Meeting Point: Perrott’s Folly, Waterworks Road, Edgbaston

 

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 Iain Armstrong
Friday 20th September 5.30pm : 90mins
£ 4.00

Eventbrite - SOUNDkitchen // SOUNDwalk

About the Event

An opportunity to engage in an active listening experience of the soundscape of the Edgbaston Reservoir and surrounding area. Aided by the use of sound technology we will augment your hearing ability to discover tiny hidden sounds, listen to distant locations and experience the environment from differing sonic perspectives.

The main purpose of our soundwalk is to encourage walkers to actively listen to their environment. Using some simple listening exercises we will guide participants to explore in detail the changing soundscape of the Edgbaston Reservoir, an important site for nature conservation and a popular urban leisure destination situated close to the city centre.

The walk will be punctuated with several augmented listening stations where, with the use of live microphones and pre-recorded audio tracks, walkers will be able to experience the environment from differing sonic perspectives. Come and hear sounds from under the water, be transported to a distant landmark, discover tiny hidden noises and open your ears to an aural wonderland.

Some of the content for this walk will consist of pre-recorded sounds. Please bring a pair of headphones with mini-jack connector and a smartphone or mp3 player with the audio tracks already loaded onto the device. A limited number of mp3 players and headphones will be provided on loan if required. Please indicate at time of booking if you need to borrow a device.

Audio tracks will be available to download via a weblink emailed to walkers following booking (we suggest you resist listening to them until the walk!).

soundscape, listening, acoustics, acoustic ecology, soundwalk, environment

About the Guide

SOUNDkitchen is a Birmingham based collective of composers and sound artists with a background in electroacoustic and experimental music. We are particularly interested in the interaction of sound and technology. We produce sound installations, live performances and other sound based experiences. SOUNDkitchen also provides a regular platform for local artists to explore, experiment and present their work alongside that of international artists.

Thanks to: Keith Wraight, Edgbaston Watersports; Rev. Matthew Tomlinson and the Choir of St Augustine’s Church; Jenny Middleton; Jim Harrison BCC Ranger Service.

http://soundkitchenuk.org


How Places Feel SOLD OUT!

Darryl Georgiou

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Meeting Point: The Leisurebox, 73-75 Pershore Street, formerly known as Silver Blades during the 70s (Megabowl more recently)

 

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 Darryl Georgiou
Saturday 21st September 1pm : 75mins
£ 4.00

Eventbrite - How Places Feel // Darryl Georgiou

About the Event

This walk visits a variety of locations in the city, asking how the atmosphere of places and buildings makes us feel. Darryl examines the subject of historical memory and TV location scene-setting within the context of these places, and draws on viewer nostalgia and to allude to the strangeness of remembering the past through the eyes of the present.

Exploring the way in which history and memory only properly exists if it is actively recalled in the present or how flawed that recollection can potentially be. The work is making connections and hopefully new narratives with some bearing on the here and now.

What people think or remember about a building or place that they use or see, could potentially assist as an aide-memoire to hidden histories. This subjective field survey will compare eclectic places; spaces, buildings and shared or personal memories based less on their architectural appeal and more the perception of how the buildings affect people.

history, memory, buildings, places, spaces, architectural, urban, metropolitan, psychogeography, feelscapes, public, private, identity, connections, subjective, remembering, past, present, recollection, aide-memoire, strangeness, television, nostalgia, eclectic, hidden, 70s, 80s, 90s, the City, field survey, genius loci, here and now

About the Guide

Georgiou is an artist who’s work resides in permanent collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Deste Foundation in New York and Athens.

http://wikiworldbook.com/global-address-book/Darryl-Georgiou

 


Movementscapes

Vanessa Grasse

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Meeting Point: Birmingham Cathedral entrance

 

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 Vanessa Grasse
Saturday 21st September 3pm : 60mins
£ 4.00

Movementscapes

About the Event

The walk will be an immersive physical experience; we will explore different ways to re-orient the body and our attention, focusing on how we relate to our surroundings and playing with our kinetic and perceptual experience of the space.

We will be walking both as observers and interveners, composing our way through the urban space, heightening our spatial and physical awareness. We will be actively framing what we see to notice the everyday ‘choreographies’ that the urban spaces unfolds and experience the city from different perspectives.

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Not suitable for those with limited mobility

movement, urban choreography, improvisation, re-orienting attention

About the Guide

Vanessa is a dance artist from Sicily now based in Leeds.
Her projects involve cross art-form collaboration, improvisation and site-specific performance, ranging from more conventional stage setting to installations and promenade work.

Her recent work is combining her interest in walking and psychogeography with improvisation, somatic movement study and choreography. She has been commissioned by Dance4, University of Leeds and Ludus Festival to created audio-choreographic walks and has recently been an artist in residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to further her walking research.

Vanessa works also as a lecturer of contemporary dance and teaches creative movement, release technique, contact and improvisation for wider communities.

www.vanessagrasse.wordpress.com

 


Drag and Drop: a Social Choreography, an Urban Contemplation

David Helbich

co-guided by Shila Anaraki

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Meeting Point: To Be Announced

 

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 David Helbich
Saturday 21st September 6pm : 60mins
£ FREE

Eventbrite - Drag and Drop: a social choreography // David Helbich

About the Event

For Drag and Drop, David Helbich and Shila Anaraki will pick you up from the starting location and manouvre you to specific sites around the city where you will be dropped off to await collection. They bring you from one point to the other: an apparently simple task, but at the same time an open field for interventions. Guides and audience will collectively execute a narrow score that directs all attendees towards a unique structural experience of a very particular environment: the typical Birmingham topography with its very quick rhythm of social and urban changes. The walk will be highly scored but will still invite the chaotic and reflective, while the rule throughout is: no talking. A space where individual experience meets the collective restriction of the city.

This walk will start from the Chinese pagoda at Holloway Head at 6pm

“Enter a different time, be the scale for your own experience”.

Must be booked in advance.

Accessible terrain but no talking during walk. No dogs. Children not younger than 14.

performance art, social choreography, urban contemplation

About the Guide

David Helbich; Berlin 1973; artist; studied composition and philosophy in Amsterdam and in Freiburg/D; lives and works since 2002 in Brussels.

He created various experimental works on stage, on page, online and in public space.

His trajectory moves between representative and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions.

A recurrent interest is the understanding of an audience as active individuals and the search for an opening up of experiences in an artistically restricted space.

www.davidhelbich.blogspot.com

 


Ladypool Road Through Time

Balsall Heath Local History Society

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Meeting Point: St Pauls School in Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8NJ

 

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 Balsall Heath Local History Society
Sunday 22nd September 11.45am or 2.15pm : 60mins
£ 4.00

Ladypool Road Through Time // Balsall Heath Local History Society

About the Event

Join us for a walk along historic Ladypool Road and meet some of the characters who lived there. See – and take part in – the events that shaped their lives, with surprises and re-enactments along the way.

This is a colourful and entertaining walk around the Ladypool road area, meeting some characters from the past including Anthony Pratt (who invented Cluedo), Mr Trippas and his bakery, an air raid warden at the site of the Carlton Cinema bombing, local builder William Charley and many more besides.

The scene of the riot in the First World War, which started at the Clifton pub will be recreated. Other locations include Birmingham City’s ground when they were Small Heath Alliance, the Olympia Cinema and a dalliance with one of the earliest Balti restaurants.

This is a pleasant stroll along the shopping centre of Ladypool Road. There are no demanding hills or inclines. Comfortable footwear is suggested. There is also opportunity for audience participation for those who are so inclined!

Best for able bodied due to pavement congestion and narrow passing points in places.

history, Balsall Heath, Cluedo, WW1, cinema, churches, Birmingham City, Ladypool

About the Guide

The Balsall Heath Local History Society has been active since 1979. We have published books, mounted exhibitions and events and given countless talks. We have two popular websites and a growing Facebook group.

At our base in Malvern Street we have a huge artefact collection we take out for public events. In Hertford Street we have a Victorian classroom which can be hired out, complete with teacher!

We also have a costume collection which principally gets aired for our regular drama productions. These have included full stage productions and several historical trails, including the latest – Ladypool Road Through Time.

www.balsallheathhistory.co.uk

 

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