Culture Club, Week 5: Spoken Word

Posted on Apr 12, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Culture club marked its halfway point this week. And we celebrated it by looking at spoken word. Week Five was fantastic and Savhanha and I took a leading role by giving our young members an introduction to spoken word. The session started off with me leading an activity called “impostor” developed from the wildly popular […]

Art Club: A Year After Lockdown

Posted on Apr 1, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Art Club has moved to online lessons during the pandemic, and we have continued to deliver classes virtually until we know it is safe to return to our usual home at The Edge. We still have lots of Art Clubbers turn up each week and we are glad that they still want to join us and […]

Culture Club, Week 4: Animals and Nature

Posted on Mar 31, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Get ready to read up on this week’s Culture Club in which we focused on animals and nature! Our members got to create drawings of different animals and learn about the tragedies that have led to them being extinct or endangered. We began the session by discussing what extinct animals our members already knew about. […]

Culture Club, Week 3: Landscapes!

Posted on Mar 23, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Landscapes! And is there a better place to start than with our city itself?   In Week Two, Culture Club created landscapes featuring Birmingham architecture. Last week, members focused instead on famous artists.   We began last week’s session by learning about two Birmingham artists: first was Santhanha Nguyen, whose depiction of the Birmingham Wholesale […]

Culture Club, Week 2: Architecture!

Posted on Mar 16, 2021 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It was all about Architecture last week for our Culture Clubbers! Birmingham is filled with amazing buildings, spanning centuries – from the 17th Century ‘Sarehole Mill’ to the 21st Century ‘Bullring’ and, even closer to Culture Club, our very own ‘The Edge’.  Architecture surrounds us, and the Club had the opportunity to share their own […]

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.’ […]