Programmes

This coming year we will be immersing ourselves in the importance of art and the role it plays in improving mental health and wellbeing through a variety of events and workshops exploring mindfulness.

Black Artists for Black History - Learn More

‘OPEN CALL FOR BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY ARTISTS’

OPEN CALL FOR BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY ARTISTS
The BCAG Open Exhibition invites Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and photography to submit work to be included in Black Artists for Black History Exhibition.
This exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for black and ethnic minority contemporary artists from across the UK and Europe to Africa and the Americas, including the Caribbean, to promote their work in our prestigious art gallery and to be discovered by our clients and art collectors.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight 500 years of struggle and pain, as well as to celebrate black history and culture through powerful imagery that will start a debate around access to opportunities for black artists in the UK.
In addition, to start a movement using art as a social tool to advocate for equal opportunities, equal rights and development and exposure for black, Asian and ethnic minority emerging artists.
The exhibition will run for one month, from 1st – 31st October 2020.
Every three months we will run Black Arts Week exhibitions at the gallery called “I-Inspire”. Other galleries will be welcome to collaborate with us on this initiative across the UK.
Deadline to enter: Midnight on Friday 18th September 2020
If selected, work must be delivered to the gallery by 6:00pm on Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

The Art of Quilling
Conversations Through The Art Of Quilling - Learn More

Conversations Through the Art of Quilling

Quilling or Paper Filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.
These are 1-hour workshops that can be done on a one-off basis over the course of 14 weeks and they will enable the individual to experience a deeper, calmer and more mindful self.

CONVERSATIONS:
Black Lives Matter
COVID
Isolation
Moving on after COVID

Venue: The BCAG/Zoom: To be confirmed
Price: £15 including quilling materials

For more information on the next available workshop please call 0121 769 0966 or email info@birmingham-cag.uk

 

BCAG Wellbeing Programme - Learn More

Art Therapy Post Covid-19 Support Group

This is an art therapy support group for adults feeling challenged due to the impact of Covid-19.

If you are an adult experiencing trauma, isolation, bereavement, loss of work and identity, grief, detachment from family or partners, or are feeling overwhelmed, lonely, struggling with life’s daily routines or just need some extra help as you make the transition back to work in September, then the creative outlet and support of Art Therapy Online can help you with your emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Art Therapy is a powerful tool. Art making in itself is a naturally healing and containing activity. Put that together with therapy and we find ourselves in a positive creative space. Art therapy can help to overcome the secondary trauma or anxiety caused by the adjustments and losses we have all, including the therapist, experienced during this pandemic. In these sessions we will come together, non-judgementally to engage in activities to build coping skills and resilience, work mindfully and creatively to minimise anxiety and trauma, maintain and develop social relations, improve relaxation and create our own virtual community and support pod for the duration of the 6 week group.

No previous art skills are required. There is no right or wrong way to make art in art therapy and everyone over 18 is welcome.

Art Therapists will usually supply a wide range of art materials, from paints to clay, paper, wire, chalks or charcoal for instance. However, to work online, we can adapt and use whatever is to hand or whatever you feel comfortable using in your designated creative space. That space might be on your knee on the sofa, on the landing, in the spare room or at the kitchen table. Inside or outside, as long as it works for you, that’s what matters. The therapist will be happy to advise you on what materials to purchase if you wish to do that.

To make the best use of art therapy, to enable positive support, attendance at all 6 sessions is recommended. If you miss the first session, you will be unable to join in with the other sessions. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout and normal safeguarding guidelines will apply.
We will work via Zoom and the minimum technical requirement is access to a laptop or PC and a mobile phone that can use the Zoom app. https://zoom.us/download. If anyone has not used Zoom, please don’t be put off, the therapist will be happy to provide information and help you prepare for the commencement of the group.

About the Therapist:

The group is led by Julie Buxton. Julie is an Art Therapist with 28 years’ experience of working with individuals/groups, running workshops/training courses for the public and supervision sessions, locally and internationally. She is HCPC Registered Art Therapist and BAAT Approved Supervisor. She also has an MA in Creative Writing, has recently completed a Covid-19 Psychological First Aid course, a certificate in Bereavement Therapy and is training to become a Mindfulness Teacher. She lives and works in Birmingham.

For prices and further information on our upcoming workshops please contact the gallery on 0121 769 0966 or email info@birmingham-cag.uk

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‘45 Minutes’

When a young person is experiencing crisis, whether it is at home or while living in residential or foster carers’ establishments, they often have the perception that adults do not understand them. This can lead to turning to external attachments that they feel represent a source of relief for them, which can then further drive them down the road of self-destructive behaviour. This behaviour then impacts on other children, staff, families, support services and the wider community.

Across the Midlands young boys in care are especially and increasingly experiencing mental health issues and these issues are manifesting themselves in some worrying trends, such as teenage knife crimes, County Lines, gang violence, property damages in children’s homes, aggressive behaviour and theft.

‘45 Minutes’ is a programme designed to offer creative therapy support to young people to manage and deal with identity and everyday crises and offers some supportive time-out in a creative, safe, non-judgemental and impartial environment. This is an innovative approach to getting young people engaged through artsy and creative activities without being labelled or judged. The aim of this initiative is to support children and young people, children’s homes establishments, foster carers and the youth offending services.

These are some of the issues ‘45 minutes’ addresses in a relaxed and friendly environment while engaging in creative projects.

Safe choices
Being afraid to say I am afraid
In my head
My happy
Myself
How to earn respect

Young people can also try out leather craft, screen printing, ceramics clay and paper art, subject to a risk assessment.

The programme involves self-awareness counselling but not as you would normally envision it. It takes the form of creating some form of clay pottery, digital photography manipulation, poetry and spoken words as the basis for breaking down barriers and developing trust.

Sometimes mainstream education presents challenges for some young people due to a whole host of social and environmental issues. These issues can place tremendous strain on local government and families, ranging from family dysfunctions, identity issues or mental health issues and may require a combination of practical hands-on solutions and, what we call, social counselling, to support and stabilise these circumstances.

The BCAG offers one of these channels for young people to engage in an alternative environment where they feel secure and where they will not be labelled as failures.

A specialised and experienced team of artists, art therapists and other professionals are managed by one of the art directors and artists, Albert Wallace, an ex-residential children’s homes manager, who has been involved with children’s homes for over 19 years at various levels. Albert has a keen understanding of the various issues and crises both children and young people face, but most importantly, the different levels of services being offered to young people and the new safe and innovative approach that is required to help transform lives in positive ways for good outcomes.

The programme is set in an open spaced art gallery building in Brindley Place, Birmingham and is designed to get young people engaged in meaningful activities straight away.

Together we can contribute in transforming some of our most vulnerable children’s lives using tried and tested ways, but with a touch of innovative and creative mix that will give young people a creative escape and a chance to reset their outlook, behaviour and future.

On The Edge Of Art - Learn More

‘On the Edge of Art’

This 12 month programme addresses the barriers and perceptions in society that people with a physical or mental health challenge often face when attempting to promote their creativity or follow their creative aspirations and passion.

The programme will focus on emerging artists who are either self-taught or have little or no formal academic training in the arts. These people are artistically talented and are looking to pursue a career in the arts. Through a broad based annual programme, our aim is to bring artists together, no matter what their personal challenges and circumstances, and we will be delivering practical and emotional support to artists through workshops, mentoring sessions, coaching and, as appropriate, 121 or group therapy sessions. This will culminate each year in an annual arts festival/exhibition called ‘Engage in the Arts’ that will be held at the gallery. For further information please contact us at info@birmingham-cag.uk.

Coming Soon:

Photography Workshop

Leather and Craft Workshop