Tell Me What You Want

 

Tell Me What You Want asks the people of Bromsgrove how they would like to use their creativity. From now until the end of June, we are opening completely free pop-up spaces throughout the Bromsgrove District, spending roughly a month in each, and doing whatever we can to make them useful to you. Here how you can get involved!

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USE OUR FREE SPACES

Need a place for band practice? A rehearsal room for a drama group? Space to work those dance moves? A venue for that open mic you’ve always wanted to host? Something else entirely? Even if you are just after a chat and a cuppa, stop by! No need to book.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Have you always wanted to try something new - maybe podcasting? Video editing? Nail art? Whatever it is, drop in and tell us (or get in touch by phone/email) and we’ll do their best to make it happen.

JOIN A WORKSHOP

They’re all free and open to all skill levels and all ages. We have eight different activities you can choose from, and we have some dates open so we can book whatever you would like to practice.

CONTACT US

Call us under 0121 794 0207 or 07521 632819; or email info@beatfreeks.com.

MEET US IN SANDERS PARK IN JUNE

Location

Bowling Pavilion, Sanders Park, Kidderminster Rd, Bromsgrove B61 7JP

When: Tuesday June 25th, 4pm-6pm

Where: meet at Sanders Park Bowling Pavilion, Kidderminster Rd, Bromsgrove B61 7JP

Schedule

Drop-in space:

  • Mondays: 11am - 2pm

  • Tuesdays: 11am - 2pm

  • Wednesdays: 11am - 2pm & 5pm-8pm (please note: no evening availability on Wednesday, June 26th)

  • Thursdays: closed, but do get in touch if you want to use the space and we will open it for you!

  • Fridays: 11am - 2pm

Workshops:

  • Graffiti at the skate park, June 18th, 4pm - 7pm

  • Designing a personal heritage walk, June 25th, 4pm - 6pm

  • More sessions can be scheduled in response to your needs


WHAT’S ON


Personal Heritage Walk: June 25th, 4pm

Help us make a personal map of Bromsgrove!

Pick a spot in town (within walking distance of the park) that is important to you personally. It doesn’t have to be a landmark, just somewhere that is tied to a story of yours. We’ll add them all to the group’s route, and go on a personal heritage tour of the town, recording stories and creating and alternative guided tour. A cross between discovery expedition and sharing stories with new friends, this activity is open to all! Although we will be stopping often and Bring comfortable footwear, weather-appropriate clothes, and water/snacks as needed.

When: Tuesday June 25th, 4pm-6pm

Where: meet at Sanders Park Bowling Pavilion, Kidderminster Rd, Bromsgrove B61 7JP


WHERE DID THIS PROJECT COME FROM

What defines the 'arts, culture, and heritage' offer in Bromsgrove? What defines 'arts, heritage, and culture' all together?

Who is engaging with it in the district, who isn't? How can we grow engagement locally?

Bromsgrove Arts & Culture Consortium have been funded by Arts Council England, with further support from Bromsgrove District Council, the Elmley Foundation, Worcestershire County Council, Arts Alive, the Bromsgrove Society and Bromsgrove Rotary Club to explore these questions and more.

The project is in four phases, and we are currently in the second phase which is all about research through practice: inviting Bromsgrove residents into pop-up, free spaces, to take part in our programme of workshops and use them however they see fit. In the process, we want to understand everyone’s experience of engaging with creativity, or running projects, making and consuming art, attending events, anything and everything creative happening in the district of Bromsgrove. You can find more details below!


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More About The Project

 

Bromsgrove Arts and Culture Consortium have commissioned the Beatfreeks Collective to carry out a year long research project to identify under-engaged groups in Bromsgrove and to understand why those groups aren't engaging and what Bromsgrove needs to do to connect with them.

The project will culminate in the creation of an action plan and toolkit co-created with arts and culture organisations and local residents and a final celebration event in May 2019

 

The project is in in four phases:

Phase 1

Research - July to August 2018

The first point of call is to understand who is and isn't engaging in the arts and culture of in Bromsgrove. Doink will lead on engaging arts and culture organisations and the public in conversations, games, and workshops to help answer these key questions.

Part of this phase will see the co-creation of an installation which will go on tour around Bromsgrove district helping people to share their stories and experience about life in the district

Doink is also calling on wider research and looking at other projects to make sure we aren't repeating work that has already been done.

At the end of this phase, Doink will pull together all of the data and thinking so far into a set of recommendations and a report which will form the basis of the next phase of this project. 

Phase 2

Testing our findings - February to June 2019

Phase 2 will see Free Radical lead on a series of test workshops designed in response to the research done during phase one and will engage local artists and communities in new projects targeted at groups highlighted as none-engaged during the research phase.

This phase is a brilliant chance to try out any new ideas for 'ways of working' in Bromsgrove which help organisations connect with the people of Bromsgrove better. 

Excitingly, this phase is 'practise a research'. This means we'll try out some new things to see if they work, if they don't we will learn from that and change them up. 

 At the end of this phase Free Radical will produce a report talking about what worked and what didn't. This will inform the next important phase.

Phase 3

Building an action plan and toolkit - July to October 2019

Phase 3 will see Doink bring together all stakeholders including organisations, the council, and the public to produce an action plan for growing cultural engagment in Bromsgrove. This action plan will be built using all of the data and insight collected throughout the project.

 

This action plan will identify several key strands which the Consortium can then use to shape their strategic aims beyond the end of this project. Similarly the toolkit will provide a set of ideas, signposts, tips and other resources for organisations looking to grow their engagement in Bromsgrove.

The shape and exact content of both the toolkit and action plan will depend heavily on what is uncovered as part of this research, watch this space for more info!

Phase 4

Celebration event - November 2019

Phase four is all about celebration! Free Radical will host a celebration event to bring together all of the brilliant things that have happened throughout the year and to launch the action plan. More details about the event will be available closer to the time, sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date on it!