We are looking for young creatives, artists, producers, directors, theatre-makers, poets, photographers, filmmakers, visual artists and everything else we haven’t mentioned, to come and use The Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI) in whatever way possible. Yes, for free, for you, by you to your peers.
Sounds unrealistic? You’re probably asking what’s in it for us? Well, The BMI has been at the heart of Brum’s cultural life for over one hundred and fifty years. A beautiful Grade |||* listed building it was set up for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of people in Birmingham and the Midlands. Over the years, The BMI played a leading role in the introduction of scientific and technical education in Brum, and now we are trying to revive the art, culture and space to be used by young people today.
You can come and put on an exhibition, a show, a festival or a one night only style event - we are open to all ideas and thinking. All we need is a commitment of two sessions to help us design the sustainability of The BMI’s space, share ideas on how we can market better and how more young people can use it as a destination for art and curiosity.
Come and react to the space around you, take it over and share your creativity with others around you.
- Be 16 - 35
- Your work must be accessible and open to all audiences
- You will be available during May 2019 for the final show - date TBC in conjunction with you
What You Get
- Unlimited space to rehearse
- A free performance space for your work
The shows will aim to present the following ideas:
- Work that explores themes of history, architecture, education, exclusion and diversity in Birmingham
- Work that can be performed around the BMI in response to our unique space
- Work that considers or includes its audiences
- We are open to various forms of work including short stories, poetry, spoken word, and drama.
- We are looking for artists and performers in need of a new audience and/or space, and we are happy to support you as you prepare for the shows.
The selected performers will get a chance to work alongside our Creative Director Roy McFarlane, Project Leaders Amerah Saleh and Jo Delyse Packwood, and mentor Rick Sanders to decide on a format, space, timings and design for the shows if needed.