Art Club is our free, regular project, helping young people aged 8 and up to develop their artistic skills. Led by professional contemporary artists, alongside a regular team of highly skilled staff, young people get to develop their skills in, for example:

  • Drawing/painting and other 2D techniques
  • Video and film-making and editing
  • Animation, stop-frame and digital
  • Photography
  • Sculpture and making
  • Anything else their imaginations can conjure up

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The techniques learned are more arts than crafts, and the team don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach, instead working with the young people on things that they want to develop, and always listening and negotiating with the group as a whole.

Young people have had exhibitions alongside professional artists and have exhibited at prestigious venues such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Library of Birmingham.

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There are two sessions most Saturdays throughout the year, 10am until 12.30pm and 2pm until 4.30pm. Sessions are free and, understandably, there is usually a waiting list. To find out more, please contact our Art Club leader, Heather, at artclub@frictionarts.com.

Art Club is currently working via Zoom, due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.  We’re still running both sessions on a Saturday, and we’ve happily been able to include new young people from our waiting list.  As soon as it is safe for our staff and young people to do so, we will be recommencing activity at the Edge.  Between lockdowns we’ve been able to run some socially-distanced sessions in person and have been able to source equipment and put processes in place which kept everybody safe.  We know how important the sessions are to the participants and will do everything we can to enable them to come back together in the ‘real world’ soon.

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