Monthly Arts Round Up: August

Last Updated: Saturday 5th August, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Happy summer holidays everyone. This month’s edition of the arts round up has something for designers, photographers, crafters and includes a special offer for 383’s excellent Canvas Conference.


Calling anyone involved in designing, making and marketing digital products – take a look at Canvas Conference, happening later this year at the Birmingham Town Hall.

Standard price tickets are only available until next month, so grab yours now! There’s also a limited amount of discount codes available for use by the Badego community members – just enter badegodoescanvas on Eventbrite for 10% off.



Developed in Birmingham

15th June – 3rd Sept

Developed in Birmingham is a season of hands-on workshops, talks, walks and events which reveal, explore and celebrate the city’s significant role in the early history of photography.

The programme connects and expands on two complementary exhibitions in Birmingham; Thresholds, a virtual reality exhibition by Mat Collishaw and A White House on Paradise Street by Jo Gane with Pete James and Leon Trimble. Developed in Birmingham presents a variety of exciting events in a range of venues and public spaces across the city.

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Badego: Calling all photographers, events co-ordinator wanted

We’re looking for people to help us run more photography based events in Birmingham. If you’ve got a passion for photography, you do it professionally or to a good level as an amateur then you might enjoy being our Photography Events Co-ordinator.

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Cold Type: The Years of Paste-Up Graphics

17th July – 4th August, Parkside Gallery

The exhibition Cold Type: The Years of Paste-up Graphics, explores the graphic design production from the 1960s through to the 1980s, showcasing a collection of cold type tools used by graphic artists to produce comps and mechanicals for print-ready solutions.

The decades of change between the hot type and digital production, a different kind of revolution, which is often overlooked.

The focus is on previous techniques and forms used in print design, looking at innovative tools that pushed the field of graphic design in new directions and helped shape current tools that are ubiquitous today in the form of software. The objects exhibited explore the craftsmanship and innovation of the trade, showing the original objects that we now only tend to see represented virtually on a digital desktop.

A design festival for Birmingham

Last week we announced that we’ve been planning a Design Festival to take place in Birmingham in 2018 with the help of some other great designers and organisations. It’s been going well, and we’re continuing to plan, keep your eyes peeled for more updates over the coming weeks and months and go follow @designfestbrum on Twitter.

Mac Contemporary craft markets

August 6th, Mac Birmingham

With a long history of successful craft fairs, mac Birmingham is proud to present another year of monthly markets showcasing the work of local designer makers. Expect a range of stalls with a broad selection of quality handmade products including ceramics, jewellery, paintings, and craft items.

The markets are free to attend and take place on the first Sunday of each month from 11am – 5pm, with stalls throughout mac’s bustling public foyer.

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Portrait Prize 2017

27th July – 19th August, RBSA

The RBSA’s fifth biennial Portrait Prize exhibition, featuring work by prestigious local and national artists.

As part of their work to support artists the RBSA stages ‘Prize’ exhibitions to provide artists with the opportunity to show their work and the chance to be rewarded for their talents.

The fifth biennial ‘Portrait Prize’ exhibition aims to become one of the most prestigious outside London.

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The Festival of quilts

10th – 13th August, NEC

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.

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Verve Poetry Festival announced for 2018

Verve Poetry Festival is back for a second year! Four more days of electric readings, lively performances, workshops and more from the most exciting poets across the country – it’s all happening at Birmingham’s poetry and spoken word festival.

Full programme reveal and ticket sales launch November 2017. They’re also running their poetry competition again, so keep your eyes peeled for details on prizes, judges and submission deadlines in the next few weeks.

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