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Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, England, B12 9QH
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Balance, Not Symmetry

Balance, Not Symmetry
  • 2019
  • US / UK
  • Directed by: Jamie Adams
  • Cast: Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite, Lily Newmark, Freya Mavor, Tasmin Egerton, Kate Dickie, Scott Miller, Martin Bell, Conor McCarron

Caitlin (Harrier) is a Scottish-American student at Glasgow School of Art trying to cope with supporting her mother (Dickie) after her father’s unexpected death, as well as falling out with her best friend and flatmate (Vinaite). Harrier and Vinaite do their best, but the story is all over the place and Biffy Clyro’s aggressive soundtrack never seems to suit the action.

Sat 24 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
  • Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra

In 1982 Luton, Javed (Kalra) is a misfit who struggles to relate to family, neighbours and girls until he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. A joyful musical comedy about how music connects people; if it sometimes feels forced, and isn’t going to win prizes for subtlety, it’s still uplifting fun.

Fri 23 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Sat 24 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Sun 25 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Mon 26 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 27 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 28 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Thu 29 Aug

Ceramics Open Studio Day

Artist Tutor Sue Dyer will be on hand to offer help and guidance, allowing you to explore your own projects and ideas to extend your ceramic knowledge or simply spend a relaxing day being creative in the Ceramics studio.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to those at beginner and improver levels (with some prior experience). The tutor will provide instruction and guidance tailored to your level and advanced participants are welcome to work independently.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art activities. This course requires dexterity in the hands. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This one-day open studio is the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing day being creative in our fully equipped Ceramics Studio exploring your own ideas and developing projects. If you are an existing student this is a chance to continue work on your individual projects under the supervision of artist tutor Sue Dyer who will be on hand to offer help and guidance as required. For the less experienced and beginners you will be taught some basic techniques such as thumb pots, coiling and slab building and begin work on a design of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to learn and apply some decorative techniques such as introducing textures and engraved patterns, coloured slip decoration and glazing. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Tue 27 Aug

£37 (£34)

The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Carol Kane, Selena Gomez, Tom Waits

Jarmusch’s homage to the zombie movie makes the humans criminally dumb and apathetic and the zombies thirsty for coffee, wi-fi and candy. Swinton works her usual magic as a Scottish samurai mortician, Sevigny excels as a dangerously empathetic cop and if it’s insufficiently scathing about the penal system, the silly humour carries it along.

Fri 23 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 27 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 28 Aug
Cinema

£9.25

Digital Music Making for Young People

Learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats and produce your first track. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels you don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany young people on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for young people of all abilities. We can provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist the young person if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? This is a fun one-day workshop where you will learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats. With support from the tutor, you will be guided through the process of making your own musical composition in mac's dedicated media studio. This will include learning how to create basic arrangements and understanding song structure. You will learn technical skills such as recording midi, recording audio, programming beats and audio editing. The media studio is equipped with Apple Mac computers, microphones and midi keyboards all ready to help you write your first hit record. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring you own pair of headphones. There is a 1hr lunch break. You may wish to bring your own lunch to eat however Bridges Café at mac will be open. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Hazel Buller

Thu 29 Aug

Elmer The Patchwork Elephant

A celebration of individuality and the power of laughter featuring a menagerie of 21 loveable puppets, marking 30 years of the classic children’s books by David McKee.

Wed 28 Aug
Theatre

£12–£14

Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans

Roman teenager Atti is forced to join the Roman Army when one of his clever schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero. He is sent to "miserable, cold, wet Britain" where "the natives are revolting, quite literally". Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla, a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. After narrowly avoiding a very sticky end in a bog, Atti uses his Roman know-how to help Orla save her grandma who's been kidnapped by a rival tribe. Meanwhile, a furious Nero is determined to crush the rebellion, led by Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni. Atti rejoins his Roman troops and discovers they are preparing for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street. Atti's brains could save the day, but they could also spell disaster for Orla as the two new friends find themselves lined up on opposite sides of the battlefield. Written by Ckelly

Fri 23 Aug
Cinema

£4.25

Sat 24 Aug
Cinema

£4.25

Sun 25 Aug
Cinema

£4.25

Mon 26 Aug
Cinema

£4.25

Introduction to Jewellery: Inspired By Nature

Design and make your own nature themed jewellery in this 6-week short course. Learn how to cut, heat, pattern, solder and polish metal to create unique pieces of jewellery inspired by nature. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers. You do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course as full instruction is given. If you have some previous experience and would like to develop your skills, learn some new techniques and work on your own designs with the tutor’s support and guidance. The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs What will you learn on this course? During this 6-week short course you will learn how to make your own nature inspired jewellery under the instruction of a skilled tutor. You will be introduced to a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques that may include: • saw piercing • filing • annealing • soldering • polishing • texturing You will then learn how to develop a design from paper to practice creating your jewellery based on your nature themed design. Our fully equipped studio has workbenches, soldering hearth, pickle bath, rolling mill, pendant motors and a variety of hand tools including piercing saws, files, hammers and punches which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly. On completing the course, you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills, developed your fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and have jewellery you have designed and made yourself, either to wear or to give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? All materials, tools and equipment are provided including a small piece of silver to make your jewellery. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Vanessa Miller

Fri 23 Aug
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 30 Aug
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 6 Sep
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 13 Sep
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 20 Sep
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 27 Sep
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 4 Oct
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 11 Oct
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 18 Oct
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 25 Oct
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 1 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 8 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 15 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 22 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 29 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 6 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 13 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 20 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 27 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 3 Jan
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 10 Jan
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 17 Jan
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 24 Jan
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 31 Jan
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 7 Feb
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 14 Feb
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 21 Feb
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 28 Feb
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 6 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 13 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 20 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 27 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 3 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 10 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 17 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 24 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 1 May
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 8 May
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 15 May
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 22 May
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 29 May
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Fri 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£78 (£71)

Life Drawing & Painting Studio For Improvers

A fantastic opportunity for experienced students and artists to further their drawing and painting in response to an unclothed life model holding a whole day pose.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. Anyone who is at a stage where they can work independently while benefitting from tutor led group concentration and support is welcome to attend. These open studio sessions are beneficial to students wishing to supplement basic methods and techniques taught on other courses as well as those putting together a portfolio, artists wishing to resolve works for exhibition and art teachers seeking quality creative time for themselves.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a learning support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is not a taught course but an opportunity for experienced students and artists to progress with their individual creative journey, while gaining confidence by relating to others in a conducive working environment.

You will work directly from an unclothed professional life model who will hold a whole day pose set up by the artist tutor. We employ a range of different male and female models for our life drawing and painting courses.

The artist tutor, while being available for general advice, will be teaching through demonstration, working on his own drawing and establishing an environment that enables all artists to benefit from shared concentration. At the student’s request, one-to-one support may be given to consolidate drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour, using art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels and paint.

These open studio sessions are an excellent opportunity to further your individual drawing and painting in response to a life model, gaining an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right. You will be sharing a journey with artists over many centuries that have found it to be a useful discipline, complementing their other arts activities.

This class includes breaks. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Sun 25 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

£30 (£27)

MAC Creative Camp: Kinetic Electronic Art

Spend 3 days learning how to design and make a piece of kinetic or moving art work using motors, lights, sensors and sounds.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. A Carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce you to creative electronics using motors, LEDs and Arduino coding. You will understand the process of developing a simple circuit, how to programme motors to make your kinetic art come to life, all with creative arts and crafts materials.

This course is taught by tutor Catherine Jones who is a practicing artist with extensive experience and strong links in the entertainment and creative industry. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs.

MAC CREATIVE CAMPs take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.

Optional Childcare Add-Ons However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.

Extra Hours

• 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).
• During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food.

Food Package

• Breakfast • Lunch from our Café menu • Afternoon snack • We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff.

Do I need to bring anything?

Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with or without food. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes a micro-processor, motors, lights and arts and craft materials to the value of £25 per person. Who teaches this course? Catherine Jones

Wed 28 Aug
Weston Studio

Children £80.25

MAC Creative Camp: Out of This World

Spend four full days immersed in Space, and make something that is Out of This World, make a crafty space station, a planet, a space rocket or an alien life force, the Universe is the limit. What will you learn on this course? Learners will have fun and gain visual art, design and craft making skills in a range of 2D and 3D techniques inspired by space. You'll make some amazing space themed creations to take home, plus working together on larger group pieces whilst having loads of fun and making new friends. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. All our staff are DBS checked. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities. A parent or carer may assist their child if additional support is required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. MAC Camps MAC Camps are 3-5 days long half term/term holidays courses that offer children the opportunity to take part in an intensive learning experience of various art form. Each day will follow the same routine with the exception of the last day that may include a sharing event or performance. This will include 4 hours of workshop activity with mac’s specialist artist tutors and a specially selected series of film screenings linked to the course art form or subject area. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is also included in the course price. Children will be supervised at all times and please ensure that they are dropped off and collected within the designated time slots. Please complete the student enrolment form including details of any dietary requirements. The daily timetable is: 08:30 – 09:30 Drop-off and breakfast in Bridges Café 09:30 – 12:00Workshop session 1 12:00 – 13:00Lunch 13:00 – 15:00Workshop session 2 15:00 – 15:15Break with snack 15:15 – 17:00Film screening 17:00 – 17:30 Pick-up Film programme – to be announced Do you need to bring anything? Children will need to bring a water based drink, wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. The course might involve use of mediums such as glue and paint etc. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 27 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

Children £85

MAC Makes Music Presents: Dynamic Sounds

MAC Makes Music presents Dynamic Sounds!

Following on from our fully booked half term event earlier this year, Dynamic Sounds returns for the Summer holidays! We will be hosting an exciting 3-day creative music making workshop for young people between the ages of 11-16 years with additional needs or who identify as disabled. Taking inspiration from MAC’s current exhibition, participants can look forward to:

  • creating their own ‘patchwork’ musical instruments using everyday house hold materials mixed in with technology!
  • Playing their new instruments along with traditional musical instruments including: drums, the keyboard, guitar and much more
  • Becoming composers and creating an original piece of music
  • Meeting other young musicians from across the region
  • Having fun!

• We have a limited number of spaces available for FREE. Places will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. • Carers/parents must be present to accompany participants and provide any personal care needed during the sessions. • In order to get the most out of the workshop, each participant will be required to attend all three days

Date/Times: • Tuesday 27th August: 10am – 2.30pm • Wednesday 28th August 10am – 2.30pm • Thursday 29th August: 10 am – 2.30pm

NB: Please bring a packed lunch, plus any snacks or drinks you may require throughout the session.

For further enquiries please contact: MAC Makes Music Administrator, Charlene Marriott. Email: charlene.marriott@macbirmingham.co.uk Tel: 0121 446 3222

Tue 27 Aug
Deloitte Room

Marblecoasters

In this workshop children will become junior engineers learning how to design and build their own marble rollercoaster. We'll get the day rolling with a collaborative marble run, before each participant constructs their own themed ride.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We can provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

mac Explorers are fun one-day workshops designed for children to explore a range of creative activities including visual arts, crafts, digital media and performance. All the workshops are for the same age range and offer an introduction to a particular art form. The children can usually take home anything they have made during the day.

In this Marble Coaster workshop children will become junior engineers learning how to design and build their own marble rollercoaster. This construction challenge will test the children to see how long they can make the track and how many thrills and spills they can build along the way, while making sure the marbles can still tumble down it. Do you need to bring anything? Children need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break. All course materials and equipment are provided. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Drama and dance require clothing that allows free movement and children should bring a water based drink. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Benny Semp

Fri 23 Aug
Weston Studio

Children £23.25

Young Creative Presenters

Do you have a passion for being in front of the camera? Would you like to learn how to present your own you tube vlogs or simply how to make better videos for snap chat, InstaTV or facebook live then this is the course for you. Guided by an experienced professional television presenter you will gain confidence and knowledge of how to be a presenter and be filled with creative show ideas.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to young people aged 12-17 years old of any experience level.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. We provide a learning support worker or students may be accompanied by their own carer or support worker.

The room is wheelchair accessible. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will cover

· Warm up and name breaker techniques

· Learn how to talk about yourself to others

· Building your confidence

· Learn how to present to camera

· Learn how to self-tape with you own devices successfully

· How to present different genres (a selection of the following depending on time)

o Childrens television

o News presenting

o Interviewing – MTV

o Shopping and sales

o Social media that may include You tube, InstaTV and facebook live

The Participants will gain confidence and knowledge of how to be a presenter, and be filled with creative show ideas.

The Tutor will guide with presenting techniques, educate on training and share skills to be an advantage in a very competitive industry.

Do you need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials are provided. Students will be filmed and you must confirm permissions at the time of booking.

Are there any additional costs?

No additional costs unless there are specific resources that students wish to have for themselves.

Who teaches this course?

Nataylia Ron

Tue 27 Aug
Randle Studio

Re-opened in 2010 after a £15.2 million refit, with greater access and greener facilities.

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