By Sas Taylor
Two days of arts based activities are coming to Northfield in the form of the Northfield Arts Trail at the end of March 2012.
The Arts Trail is being organised by Northfield Arts Forum (NAF) a group brought together by the City Council to promote art and artists in the Northfield Constituency. The forum includes an eclectic mix of artists, groups and venues from poet (and Birmingham Poet Laureate no less) Spoz Esposito to musical sculptor Oliver Armstrong and venues like The Roadhouse and the Tower of Song and they have laid on a bostin’ show.
Over the two days on Friday March 30th and Saturday 31st March there’s around 30 opportunities for everyone to get involved in a whole range of art experiences – most of which are free including chances to take your own photographic self-portrait, with Brian Homer, which will appear in the new Library of Birmingham in 2013.
There’s sculpture, sewing, drawing and poems; singing, theatre, photography and mini-beasts and even a Slow Boat on the canal and a double decker bus. No booking is needed – you can just turn up and get hands on with some art activity.
Laura Yates has been coordinating the efforts of the forum to make the Trail happen: “It’s fantastic to see everyone’s hard work coming together and we are excited to be bringing a great spread of arts workshops to Northfield and Weoley. And at the end of both days there’s some music gigs to choose from and also a concluding event at the Roadhouse on the Sunday.”
Northfield Arts Forum has been supported by a small grant from Birmingham City Council and the Trail itself has won some funding the The Arts Council. And the Forum and Trails have benefitted from the involvement of Ikon Gallery who are the Arts Champion for Northfield.
Emma Bowen, Ikon’s Learning Coordinator has been supporting the Forum: “The idea is to bring more art and art activities into local areas and to show that in addition to the brilliant art venues in the City Centre we also have art right on our doorsteps that everyone can get involved in.”
Full details of what’s on offer on the Trail is available on the Forum website and there is a leaflet that will be distributed all around the area in libraries, leisure and arts centres and other venues. It can also be downloaded from the website. And if you go to four events and get your leaflet stamped you’ll get a free goody bag.
So track down the Northfield Arts Trail at the Visit Northfield Shop, the Northfield Ecocentre, Frankley, Northfield and Weoley Libraries, the Quaker Meeting House, The Roadhouse, The Tower of Song, on the bus and on the canal and at other venues. It’ll be great so don’t miss it!