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, Tracey, at artclub@frictionarts.com.

Art Club is currently back to in-person sessions, with restrictions in place to keep staff and young people safe. We’re still running both sessions on Saturdays, and we’ve happily been able to include new young people from our waiting list. We are constantly reviewing the situation during the pandemic and may switch to online sessions, if we feel it necessary.  In the meantime, it’s great having the young people back, as we know how important it is for their mental health, wellbeing and creative development – and for them to have fun together. Long may it continue.

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Special Christmas 2021 Message

It’s been another difficult year for all of us, and we’d like to thank the staff, the families and the young people for all their work in making Art Club such a special place. We recently had our seasonal family event and it was so great to see everyone there, and to get to talk to many of our Art Clubbers families and check in with how we’re all doing.  Art Club is very important to us, and we hope to keep on providing a safe space for young people to continue to develop their creativity, long into the future.

In the meantime, Art Clubber ‘J’ has sent us some drawings of his alternative Christmas presents, which he calls Grusum X-mas – enjoy, and have a very merry Christmas and let’s hope next year is as good for us all, as possible, boy, do we all deserve it.