Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve all had a great week.
Unlike last week which was jam pack with lots of art related things, this week I’ve focused on planning and writing blog posts and catching up with some life admin.
It hasn’t been all work and no play as on Thursday I headed over to the Creative Careers event at Ikon which was an opportunity to meet representatives from local organisations such as The Barber Institute, BMAG and MAC as well as the front of house team from Ikon.
Ikon’s current exhibition The Aerodrome made a wonderful backdrop for this evening. The highlight of the event for me was the inspiring keynote speech from Amarha Spence, founding director of MAIA. I can’t wait to see how their art hotel project pans out.
I attended this event as I’m looking for a new role but it seemed to be more aimed towards students or recent graduates as the focus on most of the stalls was to advertise their work experience placements and volunteering opportunities, however I did manage to give my CV to a couple of people as well as make some new contacts.
I passed the queue for the premiere of Peaky Blinders series 5 outside Town Hall on my walk up to Ikon, sadly I didn’t spot any of the cast. Apparently Helen McCrory who plays Polly based her Brummie accent on Ozzy Osbourne’s by watching hours of interview footage of him.
Talking of Ozzy, I’ve written about my Home of Metal highlights featuring the Black Sabbath 50th anniversary exhibition plus Ben Venom and more here.
To promote the Walk Birmingham book Igers Birmingham held an instameet yesterday where we followed one of the routes featured in the book (Perry and Hamstead). It was a great way to experience local history and get active at the same time. It was also the first instameet I’d taken our family dog Finn on. You can see how he got on at my Instagram page here.
LINKS I’VE LOVED
• Haven’t been to Manchester for a while and Emmeline’s (aka A Brummie Home And Abroad) latest post 24 Hours in Manchester with National Express is inspiring me to head up North for another visit.
• Improve Maternal Care for Black British Women petition. Black women in the UK are five times more likely to die from complications surrounding pregnancy and childbirth than white women. Please sign to help ensure urgent review of care with recommendations takes place.
• Jessica Rose Williams on The Power of Letting Go
• Laura aka Bite Your Brum is one of my go to food bloggers in Birmingham (the other being Full to the Brum) her post Afternoon Tea| Collage Restaurant, Radisson Blu features references to Sylvanian Families aesthetics and err fictitious blue Lego penises. With posts such as this it’s easy to see why Bite Your Brum is the winner of Food Blog of the Year MFDH19.
WHAT I’VE WATCHED
• Tat Vision – Mr Menfolk posts a weekly video inspired by items he’s purchased in charity shops, if you enjoyed the toy videos from the Adam & Joe Show you’ll love this! Watch the latest episode here.
• Forward Magazine – new free print publication championing art in Birmingham.
• Tim Cornbill’s book Urban Photography arrived in the post this week. Hoping I can pick up some top tips from Tim!
• Walk Birmingham book – following on from the instameet I’m keen to try some more of the routes in this book.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
That’s it for this week, hope you enjoyed reading this post, have a lovely Sunday and I’ll be back next week for another edition of Week Notes.