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Would you like to curate our Upper Gallery?

We are keen to get more arts events happening in the Old Print Works so as part of this we are inviting expressions of interest to run the Old Print Works Upper Gallery. This wonderful first floor space is ideal for arts exhibitions given its natural lighting via north lights and offers a real opportunity for an imaginative individual or organisation to think how best to use such an inspiring and flexible space and work in partnership with The Old Print Works for mutual benefit.

The space is approximately 1000 sq ft.

We would be looking for a partnership where we achieve a range of outcomes including more artistic outputs and some increased revenue from your use of the space and in return we would allow the successful person/organisation to programme in events as they saw fit within broad guidelines to be jointly agreed.

Scope

  • Initially we would suggest a pilot of 6 months
  • Access would need to be maintained through the gallery and to the units off the gallery at all times
  • Music events will be possible but shouldn’t be the main use.  The organisers would need to be clear when Temporary Events Notices are needed and organise appropriately. Advice will be given.
  • References will be needed together with evidence of appropriate skills and/or experience.
  • This call for expressions of interest will be open until Monday May 15th at midnight. Please contact us if you want to arrange to visit the gallery and/ or want to discuss its potential and possible financial approaches.

Email us on info@oldprintworks.org with your proposal for use, curation and marketing of the space, along with proposed approach and projections re payment for the space.

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Change is happening at OPW

From the dark days of last June when we thought we might have to close we have made significant progress. Slowly but surely we are improving The Old Print Works.

We .recently won a grant from Birmingham City Council and Sustrans of over £9000 to improve our cycling facilities. So we now have lots of bike parking - both in front outside Ort Cafe and in the court yard to the rear. We also have a bike repair station, a pump and lighting to encourage evening use. We want you to cycle when you visit us!

We hope as well with the monies to produce a local cycling map working with GAP Arts, one of our new tenants and the Bike Foundry in Stirchley.  

If any organisations want to use our bike repair facilities for training purposes please contact us as we have two portable repair stands as well with some tools.

Our brand new bike repair stand in the court yard.

Our brand new bike repair stand in the court yard.

Hal, one of our co-workers pumping his tyres up.

Hal, one of our co-workers pumping his tyres up.

If any organisations want to use our bike repair facilities for training purposes please contact us as we have two portable repair stands as well with some tools.

Already it is noticeable that more people are cycling in and thinking about it especially as the weather is getting warmer.  

We have a little jewel of a co-working space called The Transfer and many of the co-workers now come in more regularly by bike as they now have somewhere to park. 

We will be launching the facilities with a celebratory cycle ride around Balsall Heath. Details to be finalised soon. Big thanks to Birmingham City Council and Sustrans for their support in this project

 

The bike racks have been an instant success.

The bike racks have been an instant success.

The new lighting is already having an impact as this crowded scene attests to on a recent Muzikstan and Daily Thread evening. 

The new lighting is already having an impact as this crowded scene attests to on a recent Muzikstan and Daily Thread evening. 

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Art, film & design with MAK! (CZ) at the Old Print Works

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Art, film & design with MAK! (CZ) at the Old Print Works

If you haven’t yet explored the Old Print Works, we are an eclectic and growing bunch of makers, doers, designers, artists, musicians, teachers, dreamers, builders and thinkers, sharing our skills and art and creations with the community in an even more eclectic and exciting space. The Old Print Works is full of studios, galleries, spaces and surprises - both indoors and out - and last weekend was testament to just how eclectic and exciting things can be around here! 

A few weeks ago we were approached by MAK!, architects from the Czech Republic, who had a UK design & build tour planned, and were looking for a Birmingham location to park up, pop-up and make some magic. The timing was tight,  but we had a weekend available, and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, so we said we’d give it a go! We weren’t able to spread the word quite as far and wide as we would have liked (sorry to anyone who didn't hear about it in time to make it!), but on Saturday MAK! and their crew partnered up with the Czech Centre London and brought a whole new cultural experience to our buzzing little industrial community space last week.

MAK! built pop-up cinemas and two new bars with reclaimed wood (one upstairs, one down) and transformed the OPW space into a one-day mini film and arts festival. Not bad for a couple of weeks' work! Saturday was colourful, creative, insightful and delicious, with traditional Czech pastries being cooked fresh in one of the cinemas, and our very own #OPWPopUpCafé serving local snacks and cakes from one of the new bars. There were films about street-art, Czech culture, sci-fi and girl-power, plus some classic Pat & Mat stop-motion animations, and even a bit of Charlie Chaplin.

A live pianist accompanied silent films, full traditional Czech costume was on parade and kids (and grown-ups) were able to try their hand at making and doing in the Upper Gallery. Throw in a bee-keeper DJ and you have yourself an Open Day at the Old Print Works. 

Thanks to the wonderful MAK! team, Tereza Buskova, the Czech Centre London, Czech Club Birmingham, Birmingham Wire, all the artists and film-makers involved, and the wider OPW crew for pulling together to make things happen! 

The weird and wonderful things that take place here surprise and delight us every day - if you'd like to get involved and maybe rent a studio, hire a space, exhibit your art, celebrate your culture, start a conversation or share your skills - or maybe even join us at The Transfer, our warm and welcoming co-working space - please find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, drop us a line, or pop in and say hello!

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