Here's a pick and mix of some of our current and past projects.
At What Cost?
Six artists explored the impact of Georgian landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s work on black, asian and minority ethnic communities from the past to modern day at Warwick Castle particularly focusing on the transatlantic slave trade.
Art For Change
Art for Change aims to collect enough monetary donations in order to offer refugee artists in Calais the means to create work based on their experiences.
After all documentation is a means for us to capture our most human experiences and in so doing share our humanity.
BACE is a weekly creative development programme for young people aged 13-21 to explore creativity through training followed by an original community showcase. Developing critical life and employability skills through our C.R.E.A.T.E. values system.
Birmingham's first poetry and spoken word collective, led by Bohdan Piasecki and Amerah Saleh, is a year long artist development programme for young spoken word artists and poets in Birmingham.
We worked with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery over the summer to populate the Gas Hall with young people. We delivered four events from Dinner with Strangers, Poets Under The Stars, Poetry and Paint and Nexus.
Bringing young people, families and communities back to canals with a series of events including Dinner With Strangers and Canal Stories, co-created with a group of young producers
Change24 is a 24 social action bootcamp. Over 2 days, you'll develop skills, confidence and collect free tools to make a change in your community using your creative talents.
Dinner With Strangers
Dinner with Strangers is a human life installation curated by you. Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Be vulnerable, be curious and be ready for an awkward giggle.
Equinox: Mixed Media Festival
Equinox was a pioneering mixed media festival, engaging and empowering young people to connect with film, photography and design through outreach workshops and screenings in their local community. Ending in a showcase awards evening in Birmingham City Centre.
A relaxed night to catch vibes with a community of young creatives, with spaces to perform, watch movies, write but most importantly, chill and meet new people.
House of Sound
We bought a brand new music night collecting the very best of the UK's national and emerging talent alongside open mic slots at The Rainbow in Digbeth. Working with a young host and producer throughout the series.
Level UP Season 4.5 in partnership with Apples and Snakes and Birmingham REP brings you a taster of Season 4 and a teaser of Season 5.
Enjoy Soweto Kinch, Laurie Ogden and Tongue Fu!
Make Your Mark
Over the last few years we have worked with Aston University and The European Commission to engage with young people on General Elections and most recently their opinions on EU Referendum.
We worked with Millennium Point over the summer to re-engage young people with Millennium Point as a space young people can engage with and use and to bring artists into Millennium Point through art, tech and creativity.
A cross art form, collaborative event where young people from across art forms are invited to stretch their practice in a rapid devising process. Artists are paired up in secret and have one hour to create work on the night of the performance.
Powered By is a platform for young innovators 16 - 30 to turn their ideas into impact through crowd-sourced mentoring, open office space and seed funding of £300 - £2500. Next round opens September 2016.
We're working with 4 RSA Academies to create self-sustaining vocal clubs through a series of train-the-teachers, facilitated masterclasses and showcases. Think Pitch Perfect but better...
Routes2Roots was a multimedia campaign questioning what heritage, culture and identity means to young people in Birmingham. Routes2Roots supported young people, heritage organisations and youth groups to apply for £10,000-£50,000 to explore heritage with HLF.
A workshop that offers a safe and practical space for creative facilitators.
In this playground, facilitators are encouraged to test out ideas, build upon techniques, expand toolkits and share experiences with each other.
Sharing Our Journeys
A family friendly event for Midlands people who want to share and listen to stories of how racism, hate crime and other forms of discrimination has affected them and their families/friends in poetry, personal stories, readings, video, pictures, drama/short performances.
Southside Producers is a collective of young creative producers developing, learning and growing their practice by putting on awesome events across Birmingham. From launching the Year of Arts and Young People 2016 for Birmingham City Council through to helping to produce B-Side Festival for the Hippodrome, Southside Producers are on the rise!
Summer Academies is a weeklong creative development programme for young people aged 14-25. The week is aimed at supporting young people to develop their skills and confidence in something there are passionate in.
Beatfreeks Producers Group produced a FREE summer celebration of creativity for all the family, in partnership with Impact Hub Birmingham.
The Social Exchange
The Social Exchange is an explosive and immersive festival in collaboration with mac birmingham. A creative marketplace to share and celebrate youth culture and social action across the country. The one day festival is packed with masterclasses, performances, talks and surgeries as well as over 50 stallholders.
Train The Trainer
Two different one day intensive courses guiding you through the basics in creative facilitation in different settings, how to find work with Beatfreeks and opt-in specialist sessions with experts - from managing your finances to creative evaluation techniques.
With the 2017 snap election announced, we partnered with Bite The Ballot to increase the awareness of the importance of registering and voting, online and offline, in party neutral settings.
We have worked with The RSC on their productions of Wendy & Peter Pan, Othello and Hamlet to provide young people low cost tickets and deals!
United In Hope
There will be situations where you may think "You can’t say that", "This not OK" or "I don’t think I’m OK here". For those sole reasons alone we have made this toolkit for you.
In 3 cities, over 48 hours, young people will be guided through a creative but strategic design-led process: learning new things, improving skills, bouncing ideas off one another to co-creator with their peers.
Verbalise was a city wide development programme for emerging young artists to develop their skills in spoken word, poetry, rap and storytelling including a campaign to promote and celebrate the talent in the city through prolific performances and pervasive sharing of work in public spaces.
Words First was a partnership between BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse supported by Arts Council England. Beatfreeks and Birmingham Repertory Theatre were the Birmingham partners working with local poets, rappers and spoken word artists to hone their craft with a live performance at the end of the week
Youth Steering Committee
Our Youth Steering Committee (YSC) recruits 10 outstanding young people a year to be apart of our governance. From determining our strategy, to attending high profile events, YSC is your chance to have a real say in how things are done round here. Opens September 2016.