The Creative PIE fringe events have landed!

This year we’ve got a fringe programme in the lead up to the main event (for those of you not in the know we mean Creative PIE 2014, which is only two weeks away eeek – book your free place here). PIE fringe promises to be exciting, quirky and alternative, and all events are completely free to creatives based in the West Midlands.

The fringe gets underway on Thursday 30 October at 12.30pm, as independent producer Anne Forgan leads a Survival Trail around several Coventry arts organisations including EGO Performance, Tin Music & Arts and Imagineer Productions, to hear the inside stories of their careers, ambitions and struggles. These encounters will provide starting points for conversations and problem solving, where you can reflect on your own challenges and find like-minded people to share them with. There will be a tasty lunch laid on to prepare you for the trail, so no need to lug your pack-up with you! For more details and to book your free place please click here.

Next up from the guys at Silhouette Press is Creative Crush on Saturday 1 November at The Tin, from 2pm. This event will focus on the publishing and creative writing industries, but with lessons applicable to all artistic trades. As well as providing cake (that’s sold it for us right there), the SP team have lined up an impressive list of speakers including Jess Green and Chris O’Connell. All nicely rounded off by a panel gameshow (with prizes!) and the opportunity to mingle with fellow local creatives. To book or for more info click here.

Last but not least we shift to Birmingham, where creative engagement experts changing cultures are running an evening of food and conversation at the Joint Stock Theatre. This is invitation only, but you might just be the kind of person they’re looking for. Email Nicola Richardson for more info

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Eye Candy Festival hits Birmingham’s creative hub 13-15 November 2014

Fused Magazine and Area Culture Guide’s very own annual celebration of illustration, artists and photographers returns to Birmingham this year to set up camp in Digbeth, the creative hub of the city.

The free event, that takes place over one evening and two days, celebrates the best of visual pop culture with one-off illustrations, street art, workshops, talks and performance.

For 2014 they’ve invited fashionista favourite, Daisy de Villeneuve, who’ll be leading an illustration masterclass using one-off designs created exclusively for Eye Candy. Paris-based artists Fafi makes a rare visit to Birmingham, where she will make a bespoke wall-based mural for Eye Candy. Influenced by Japanese pop culture, Fafi creates illustrations of women which upset the stereotypical image of femininity.

A welcome return to Eye Candy is Miss Led who produced her first major mural on a car park wall at last year’s event. She is joined by Anna Garforth, who produced the stunning wooden Geo-Fox which is still on the side wall of Southside’s Loft Lounge bar. Both artists will create new large-scale works for the 2014 festival.

Eye Candy 2014 also includes installation and 3D design with 3D paper engineer Sam Pierpoint who brings large paper models of bugs to the walls of Boxxed. Textile artist Felt Mistress brings a new creation The Great Advisor; a three-metre tall character made of felt who can answer your deepest (or most trivial) problems.

A photography exhibition of street-style will give new insight into youth culture, presented in association with the photographic agency PYMCA. To launch this, Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls has been invited, and will present Bowery Butterflies – Stories and Songs from ’70s Underground New York. To stick with the music theme, illustrator Newtasty highlights some of the lesser known geniuses of rock n’ roll with They Were Kings – an exhibition of the men and women still holding down day jobs and other means of surviving while giving selflessly to art and music year after year.

Visitors can witness the live creation of a large-scale mural over two days with Brothers of the Stripe, an all-male collective of illustrators and image makers, and there will be plenty of chances to have a go at creating your own artworks and prints alongside the group of 12.

Over the 3 days visitors will get the chance to produce their own work, screen prints, photography and more with a selection of immersive and engaging workshops, talks and interventions with Girls Who Draw, Cachetejack, Camera Obscura, Make it Sewcial, Column and Cut it Up.

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Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Birmingham | @EyeCandyFest



Festival of Lights @FargoVillage

Coventry’s new creative quarter Fargo Village buzzes with specialist shops, markets, studios, music and art. This weekend they’re hosting a cultural feast to celebrate Diwali – music, food and entertainment with an eastern flavour.FestivaLights_Poster_v01-1-212x300

Saturday 25th October
10.00- 6.00 Diwa pot and Garland making will take place in Allsorts, Unit 10.
10.00 – 6.00 Market stalls
10.00 – 6.00 Rangoli
11.00- 5.00 Toral Mendhi
11.00, 2.00 and 5.00 Bollywood Films
12.00 and 4.30 Juggy Rihal and Masterclass – Indian Dhol Drumming…have a go yourself.
11.00 – 8.00 DJ Deesh providing the sounds

11.00 – 4.00pm The Petite Booth Company and their unique open air photo booth will be bringing along culturally inspired dress up clothing and props, share your photos with your mates for a donation of £2.00 – all money will be donated to Zoë’s Place, Coventry – a haven for children aged 0-5yrs with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, offering palliative, respite and end of life care.

Sunday 26th October
10.00- 5.00 Diwa pot and Garland making will take place in Allsorts, Unit 10.
10.00 – 5.00 Market stalls
10.00 – 5.00 Rangoli
12.00- 5.00 Toral Mendhi
10.30 and 1.30 Bollywood films
11.00 and 2.30 Juggy Rihal and Masterclass – Indian Dhol Drumming…have a go yourself.
10.00 – 5.30 DJ Deesh providing the sounds.

And of course the mouth watering Scoff Street Food, this week bringing you glorious grub from fine pop-up purveyors 63 Islands, Spectacular Goat and Canoodle. It’s guaranteed to be a spectacular weekend – don’t miss it!


Innovation Lab // 4 November @innobham

Innovation Lab

This innovation lab, running 4 November at Innovation Birmingham, will help creative and digital businesses sell their products and services into the growing Low Carbon and Sustainability markets.

The lab will feature challenges from three of the West Midlands largest public organisations: Birmingham City Council, University Hospitals Birmingham, and Heart of England Foundation Trust. It will use an innovative and practical approach to turn these challenges into a range of potential commercial solutions, with the possibility for delegates to join consortia to take ideas further after the lab has finished.

The Low Carbon economy is worth £4 trillion globally and growing fast. It provides a significant business opportunity for a wide range of creative and digital businesses. The innovation lab will take delegates through a unique innovation process, helping them understand where the commercial opportunities are for them in these new markets.

Businesses attending the workshop will

  • Have face-to-face time with leading organisations engaged in Low carbon challenges
  • Collaborate with organisations to kick start the innovation process
  • Gain insights into the low carbon aspects of NHS and council services

In partnership with Innovation Birmingham, the lab will be an opportunity for digital SMEs to understand the challenges facing health and public sector organisations, giving them the chance to explore the innovation process and the journey that organisations must take in order to develop an idea through collaboration.

Click here to book your free place and learn more about the featured speakers and the ways this event will help you grow your business.


Marketing your business online – tips from @DigitiseThisUK @E_M_J

Following on from our well-populated Marketing for Creatives seminar this week at Newhampton Arts Centre, we thought this article courtesy of the founder of Digitise this. and the folks at IdeasTap might be useful. Click here to take a peep.



SELFIES @BirminghamRep 8pm Monday 24 November & Monday 15 December

Selfie: a self-portrait, often in extreme close-up. BOLDtext Playwrights return to Open Door at The REP with a series of self-portraits exposing what it’s really like to be a working playwright in the region today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Monday 24th November 8pm – Directed by Ola Animashawun

Off His Trolley by Stephen Jackson // Dark Matters by Nicola Jones // Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly // The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes

Monday 15th December 8pm – Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In Search Of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John // And Breathe by Sayan Kent // Quake by Tim Stimpson // Getting Started And Getting On With It by Julia Wright

To be part of their invited audience please book your seat/s by calling 0121 236 4455 or click here for more information and to buy tickets online.

While both events are FREE to attend BOLDtext suggest a cash donation of £3 on the night (or more) if you like what you see. To avoid disappointment please book your seat/s in advance.


£750,000 competition announced to help students with clever ideas

Enterprising university students will bid for £750,000, in a new competition designed to encourage the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in their business ideas.

Launched this week, the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards will provide funding, ranging from £10,000 up to £100,000, for university projects that bring enterprising students, businesses, and their local community together to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.

Award winners will increase their understanding of the value and use of intellectual property, so the next generation of graduates are better equipped to enter the world of modern business and make the most of their unique ideas.

Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, a former business leader said:

The UK invests more in ideas and knowledge than machinery or buildings, so it is vital that the next generation of business-people and entrepreneurs really understand the value of intellectual property and how it can help them make the most of their creativity.

This new competition will encourage enterprising students and academics to collaborate, so that their ideas for creating and exploiting intellectual property can be turned into reality and business opportunities. This is our chance to spot, support and develop the skills of the people who will be fuelling our future economy.

The competition will run until 12 December 2014, with finalists announced in January and the winners in March 2015.

For more information and to apply, click here




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