Culture Club, Week 1: Intros and Music

Posted on Mar 12, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As Culture Club launches, we hear from Lead Artist Sarah Kaur who tells us what happened in the first week…

Home on International Women’s Day

Posted on Mar 8, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Happy International Women’s Day 2021. In 2019/2020, we had the privilege of meeting and hearing the stories of 11 women from African-Caribbean communities talking about ‘home’ and their relationship with ‘back home’. Photographer Vanley Burke took beautiful portraits of these women in their homes. We recorded some of their stories and using Augmented Reality, created […]

Job opportunity – Culture Club Support Artist (Now closed for applications)

Posted on Jan 29, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Friction Arts is seeking a support artist who can help deliver a new and ambitious programme of work for young people. The series of twenty workshops – funded by Birmingham City Council – are part of a pilot project to support young people outside of the formal education system in exploring their cultural backgrounds through […]

Drop-in Fridays

Posted on Jan 16, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Join us for Drop In Fridays on Zoom. In December 2020, we decided to reignite one of our favourite traditions: Drop In Fridays. You used to pop into The Edge, catch us up on what you’d been up to, share with us an idea you’d had, a funding bid you’d been working on, or to […]

Announcement: Friction Arts is Shortlisted for Civic Arts Award

Posted on Jan 12, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Award for Civic Arts Organisations. The Award ‘highlights and celebrates civic arts organisations and their response to the pandemic’ and will ‘shine a spotlight on the vital role that arts organisations play in sustaining a thrilling, creative, and connected society, particularly during challenging times.’ […]

Announcement: Culture Club and New Partner, Sarah Kaur

Posted on Dec 11, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re adding a new community club for young people: Culture Club. It will celebrate and share the cultural identities of Birmingham’s diverse young people using a wide range of arts techniques, artists and art from around the world. What makes Culture Club different is that the curriculum will be co-designed by the participants themselves, shaped […]

It Gets Lighter from Here: Friction Arts Joins Other Arts Organisations to Bring Hope for 2021

Posted on Nov 11, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re joining up with Culture Central to celebrate the Winter Solstice. But this year’s shortest day is like no other: the hope it symbolically represents has been overshadowed by strict lockdown measures with dancing naked at Stonehenge being ruled out altogether. In response, and alongside lots of arts organisations across the region, we’ve worked with […]

Art Club Halloween event

Posted on Oct 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The virus has meant that we have had to suspend our in-person clubs. While this was a necessary step to take to protect the health of Friction Arts’ staff and our clubs’ parents, carers, and participants, we realise that it’s nobody’s first choice. As a reprieve, we’ve decided to host a special, one-off event for […]

Quiet Carnival

Posted on Jul 8, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Performance and art 29th August 2020 At the Edge 79-81 Cheapside Deritend B12 0QH Is it safe? As we emerge into a new paradigm, how do artists and audiences get to engage? How do we make ourselves feel safe in a time when going to the shops feels like a game of Russian Roulette? Quiet […]

Covid artist support

Posted on Jul 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

During lockdown we’ve been reaching out to artists, some on our Walking Over Coals programme, and in our wider networks, to see if we can lend a hand. When the Emergency Funding support from Arts Council England came out we offered to lend a hand with people writing applications – we only heard back from […]