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New Workshop Series Announced

What is Britishness? Workshop Series

Press Release

Ort Gallery are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Awards for All to run a 9 month long workshop series aimed at homeschooled local children aged 7-13. The workshop series has been devised in collaboration with Femtinos who run creative educational workshops for children in Birmingham. For this workshop series Femtinos will run arts and crafts and science workshops. We will also work with Round Midnight who deliver education and training programs in Birmingham and further afield and who will run drama workshops.

This new workshops series will look at ‘Britishness’ through a variety of lenses such as History, Science, Friendship and Competition. The workshops are aimed at children who are home-schooled in the neighbouring wards of Ort Gallery. The series is open to any homeschooling families. With this workshop series we will promote a positive message about multiculturalism and facilitating dialogue amongst families from all socio-economic and faith backgrounds. We believe teaching and developing these values will help to broaden thought processes within children, leading to more social stability in our neighbourhood.

Looking at Britishness through the headlines of ‘The Earth’, ‘The Human Brain’, ‘Friendship and Unity’, ‘Careers and Aspirations’ and ‘Science, Technology and Maths’ amongst others will allow the children to explore Britishness through a varied approach. The sessions will have an educational element teaching the children about British Nobel Prize winners or Athletes, discussing complex concepts such as the Human Brain and Personality and allowing the children to discover how varied the concept of Britishness can be.

The session will also concentrate on making and every week the children will create new pieces of art such as an erupting volcano, an alien out of fabric, fashion design, a canvas collage, a solar powered car etc. Moreover the sessions will have a performing arts element working with drama and performance techniques allowing the children to express themselves in a variety of ways. The activities will be based on team work and the children will be challenged to work together with other children, to communicate effectively to solve problems jointly, to create new connections and friendships and learn about each others’ cultures in a safe and supervised setting.

The workshops will allow the children to meet other children from other ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds. They will learn and explore that being British is not one thing, that our multi cultural society makes us stronger and that children from other cultures go through the same challenges and successes when growing up.

The workshop series will start in September 2017 and spaces are limited and need to be booked via eventbrite. Sign up to our mailing list so you are kept informed when booking opens: The workshops will take place at Ort Gallery, 500-504 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH. Please contact us on or by calling 07938428394 with any questions.

Current Exhibition: Schwarmerei Members Show

Schwarmerei Members Show

Thursday 11th May – Saturday 8th July 2017 (12-5pm, Tues-Sat)

Opening Event Thursday 11th May 6-8pm (Free)

Interested in becoming a member? Find out more here

(n. excessive enthusiasm, from Schwarm, n. swarm)

Schwarmerei is Ort Gallery’s Membership Programme. For
£20 per year you can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits – including pre-preview invites, members’ events, professional development opportunities and discounts from us and our partners.

Membership provides vital support to the gallery and our commitment to artistic excellence and social impact in Balsall Heath and beyond. Through 2017 and 2018 we are embarking on an ambitious two-year programme of international contemporary work and expanded local engagement and it is only with the support of our members that we are able to do so.

This exhibition presents the art work of Schwarm members selected by the Ort Gallery directors Ridhi Kalaria, Ian Sergeant and Josephine Reichert. It celebrates the contribution of artists at all stages in their careers and promotes the creative talent from Birmingham and beyond. Ort Gallery is committed to supporting artists and providing professional development opportunities. As Schwarm members the artists benefit from peer to peer learning, opportunities provided by our partners and volunteering as well as paid opportunities in the arts industry. We work with and for our local community and ensure we facilitate dialogue amongst people from all walks of life.

Artists featured:
Hamid Jalil
Beryl Jalil
Jason Clark
Haider Akbar
Bernd Reichert
Joel Chernin
Kirk Andrews
Allan O’Neill
Jayne Bacon
Laurie Ramsell
Steve Berridge
Gina Smith
Sephi Duerden
Zbigniew Rzucek
Dave Barber
Mark Houghton
Michaela Hans
service users of SIFA Fireside