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When COVID-19 lock-down is lifted, in this section you'll find some links to great arts & cultural stuff on offer, specially selected for you in your local authority.

We've included links to all the Music Education Hubs across the West Midlands. There are also links to the Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the West Midlands. The focus for these partnerships is on sharing resources, knowledge and skills across sectors to bring about a more coherent and high quality cultural education provision for young people in their locality, and so provide a hub for the connection between arts & culture and education. Most give the opportunity to sign up to an e-newsletter.

BIRMINGHAM
 

Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Kelly Truscott from Birmingham Virtual School about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Kelly: The Hitman Roadshow. It was a concert with some of the biggest names at the time, including Big Fun and Sonia

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Kelly: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performance 

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Kelly: I love watching Hip Hop theatre such as Breakin' Convention, ZooNation and the musical Hamilton, as they incorporate dance, music and theatre together.

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Birmingham....

Birmingham Rep

Shows, youth theatre, careers and backstage tours

Punch Records

Music and arts agency with a focus on black music, arts and culture.

Birmingham Museum

A fantastic range of museums, historical buildings and places of interest

Birmingham Hippodrome

Performances and events

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Performances, events and projects

Dance Xchange

dance classes, performances and events

Ikon Gallery

Contemporary art gallery

New Alexandra theatre

mac

Shows, cinema, workshops in range of art forms

SAMPAD

Projects and performances featuring british asian arts and artists.

Beatfreaks

Projects and opportunities for young creatives

Birmingham Contemporary music

Resources for creating contemporary music at home

Birmingham Opera Company

Performances, volunteering opportunities

CBSO

Performances and events

Ex Cathedra

singing, performances and events

Old Rep Theatre

Youth theatre, workshops, classes

COVENTRY
 
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Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Worcs....

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Find out more about Worcestershire's cultural attractions here.

Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Rachael Bignall - arts lead for Coventry Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Rachael: King – Love & Pride Tour, Apollo theatre Coventry – AMAZING!!!

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Rachael: Marty McFly from Back to The Future – so I can travel through time

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Art Gallery

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Perform

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Rachael: Read a good book

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Coventry....

Albany Theatre

Theatre and studio space staging in-house and professional touring dance, drama, music and comedy productions, with particular support for community projects

Coventry City of Culture

Massive international project celebrating Coventry's cultural life

Coventry Music Hub

One-stop-shot for all music provision for young people in Coventry

Let's Animate

Micro animation studio creating animated digital content, alongside facilitating animation workshops, courses, clubs and birthday parties both in house and on location.

Positive Youth Foundation

Aim to raise the aspirations and life chances of young people who are facing challenging circumstances, including through arts & culture

Warwick Arts Centre

One of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK

Belgrade Theatre

The Belgrade is the largest professional theatre in Coventry and acts as both the city and region’s commercial and producing theatre. Also highly respected for its community and education initiatives.

Coventry Libraries

Libraries to visit, events

Highly Sprung

Physical theatre - outdoor and indoor performances that tell stories through movement, gesture and dance. Stories inspired by humanity, science, and the complex world around us

Open Theatre

Use nonverbal physical theatre to collaborate with Young People with Learning Disabilities, creating quality art which reflects and celebrates their unique creativity.

The Tin

Live music & arts venue

Coventry Cultural Education Partnershive have created a fantastic 100 Brilliant Ideas book to get you creating. You can download the PDF here:

DUDLEY
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Claire Pennycooke from Dudley Performing Arts - arts lead for Dudley Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Claire: Erasure

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Claire: Someone who lived in The Magic Faraway Tree

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Performing

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Claire: Reading

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Dudley....

Dudley Council Arts Info

Information

Black Country radio

Radio programems, events, information

Dudley Performing Arts

Events, music lessons

Black Country Touring

Bring theatre, dance & cinema to the heart of communities in the Black Country

Black Country Living Museum

Events, Living museum experiences

Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust

Events, places of interest to visit

Dudley Museums

Interesting places to visit, events

Dudley Zoo

Interesting place to visit, events

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

Click here to read more about arts & culture in Dudley.

HEREFORDSHIRE
 

Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Amanda Eastman - Arts Lead at Herefordshire Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Amanda: Thin Lizzy at Cheltenham Town Hall

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Amanda: Jesse in Toy Story

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Amanda: Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Amanda: Art Gallery

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience? Amanda: Audience

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Amanda: Music concert

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Herefs....

Encore Enterprises

Music education service for Herefordshire

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Hereford College of Arts

Arts college with a specialist focus on art, media, design, popular music and performing arts

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Meadow Arts

An inspirational contemporary art charity delivering ambitious and accessible projects in unexpected rural places.

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Waterworks Museum

A WORKING MUSEUM WHICH MAKES THE STORY OF DRINKING WATER SPRING TO LIFE.

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Hereford River Carnival

2-day celebration in Hereford in May of the River Wye. Run by volunteers

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

UK's biggest poetry festival, every July. Run a schools' programme and a New & Emerging Writers' programme

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Rural Media

Hereford-based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects. Work with communities, schools, groups and individuals to create issue-driven films, heritage and digital arts projects that raise awareness, influence change and celebrate rural life.

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Find out more about Hereforshire's cultural attractions here.

SANDWELL
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Helen Hardwick - Artslink Lead, Education Development Officer KS1 & Year 3 and SEN at Sandwell Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Helen: The Drifters

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Helen: Rita (Susan) in Educating Rita

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Audience

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Helen: Going to the theatre

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Sandwell....

Black Country Touring

Performances, podcasts, events, projects.

Creative academies Network

Events and projects.

Multistory

Project and events

Sandwell Music Education Hub

Instrument lessons and events.

Blue and White Creative

Events and projects.

Creative Black Country

Project and support for groups to develop creative activities etc.

Ingestre Hall

Residential Arts Centre

Sandwell Libraries

libraries and events

You can find out about some of the arts & cultural activities on offer in Sandwell through a useful search function at Sandwell Family Life

SHROPSHIRE
 
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Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Shropshire....

Kinokulture

Oswestry Community Cinema, home of the INTO Film Festival. Young Film Programmes Forum.

Pentabus

Pentabus Young Company is a year-round programme of workshops offering young people 16 – 25 the opportunity to meet leading industry professionals, learn new skills and share experiences with other young emerging artists and creatives.

Andy Lowe

Andy offers sound recording services as well as tuition in contemporary music production techniques. Coaching/mentoring and opportunities for singer-songwriters and bands available. Andy also runs Shrewsbury Youth Gospel Choir and can provide gospel singing workshops for youth groups.

Arts Alive

Organises over 1000 arts events a year including live music, drama, dance, film, puppetry and storytelling, presenting this work throughout Shropshire and Herefordshire. Arts Alive is dedicated to providing local people in rural areas with the opportunity to experience professional arts events in their local venue.

ArtShack

Small rural venue based just outside of Shrewsbury that provides creative workshops. Participants can attend specialist artist led workshops

Shrewsbury Bookfest

Brings the world of books alive for children, to inspire and enthuse them with a love of reading. Through a series of annual projects with both schools and families (annual children's literature Festival), Shrewsbury Bookfest is one of the only organisations of its kind working with primary school age children in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Shropshire Inclusive Dance

Offers dance opportunities and workshops for children and young people with and without physical and learning disabilities.

Shropshire Youth Theatre

Provides Theatre activities for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, specialising in classical drama.

Shropshire Music Service

Provide, develop and support the highest quality of music education in Shropshire and to give young people performing opportunities in schools and in the community. In addition to school-b

The Hive

Delivers social impact through arts and creative projects and activities, with a special focus on children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and other hard to reach groups.

Meadow Arts

Contemporary art projects for places where art is not usually shown, supporting artists by commissioning new work and creating inspiring events and exhibitions, including public workshops and individually tailored arts education projects.

Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Has a lifelong learning programme offering self-led visits with teacher resources alongside workshops and activities delivered by the learning team on a wide-range of curriculum subjects.

Find out more about Shropshire's cultural attractions here.

SOLIHULL
 

Meet your Virtual Schools' Arts Champion

We asked Lisa Cameron - arts lead for Solihull Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Lisa: Wham!

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Lisa: Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) in Sister Act – amazing voice and big personality!  I would also like to be able to dance like Karen Hauer (Clifton) on Strictly Come Dancing!

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience? Performance

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Lisa: Singing

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Solihull....

Art's Cool

Children's Art Classes (£)

Knowle Library

Located in a 16th Centry Elizabethan town house

Solihull Music Service

Musical instrument lessons and groups to join

The Core Theatre & Gallery

Multi-purpose arts venue

Commonwealth Graves at Knowle Church

Take a trip to this incredible site, a deeply moving reminder of events

Solihull College & University Centre

Performing arts courses

Solihull summerfest

24-25 July 2021 - 2-day festival in the heart of Solihull

The Dovehouse Theatre

Hosts a great variety of events

STAFFORDSHIRE
 

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Staffs....

Protean Art's Art Lounge

Term time Art Lounge is suitable for students KS3, GCSE, A level, and above who want to complete their art homework, coursework, or any student who would like to practice their artistic skills.

Garrick Theatre, Lichfield

Performances, events

Make Some Noise

Music projects and events

Tamworth Assembly Rooms

Events, performances

Entrust Music Services

Music lessons, Events

Konflux Theatre

Projects, summer school

New Vic Theatre

Performances, backstage tours, events, drama clubs

Tamworth Castle

Historic place to visit, events.

Staffordshire Museums

Places of interest to visit, events.

Fired Up Theatre Company

Performances, events

Litfest, Tamworth

Literature festival, events

Jenny

Meet your Virtual Schools' Arts Champions

We asked Lesley Gill - arts lead for Staffordshire Virtual School - and Jenny Mawdsley - arts lead for Stoke Virtual School - about their arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Lesley: Wet, Wet, Wet

Jenny: My first classical concert was in the early 80’s when I went to see Anna Markland play the piano. She had just won Young Musician of the Year and was a total inspiration to the 9 year old me. My first gig back in 1990 was seeing EMF in Liverpool, it was ‘unbelievable’….

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Lesley: Baby - Dirty Dancing

Jenny: If I was in a film or story I would be Tonks from the Harry Potter series. I love the magical world that JK Rowling created and would have loved to have attended Hogwarts.

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Lesley: Watch TV; Jenny: As I have two left feet I would have to choose TV

  • Art gallery or cinema? Lesley: Cinema; Jenny: Depends on what is on at the cinema!

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience? Lesley: Audience these days, but used to be performance; Jenny: I’m terrible at being in the audience, would much rather be in the performance.

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Lesley: West End Theatre

Jenny: My favourite arts activity is music, and I am lucky that I have turned what was a hobby into my career. I am a music teacher but love playing in bands and orchestras in my spare time, and have really missed making music with others during Covid.

Lesley
STOKE-ON-TRENT
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Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Stoke....

Stoke Libraries

Library services

Stoke on Trent Libraries

Libraries, events

Wedgewood Museum / World of Wedgewood

Place to visit, events

Stoke on Trent Repertory Theatre

Brampton Museum

Exhibitions, events and activities

Staffordshire Museums

Places of interest to visit

The Potteries Museum

Place to visit, events

New Vic Theatre

Performances, activities

Restoke

Dance classes, youth dance company, performances projects

Stoke on Trent Film Theatre

Films

Appetite

Events, projects, performances

TELFORD & WREKIN
 
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Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in TAW....

In Harmony

In Harmony Telford & Stoke-on-Trent is a community music-making programme that inspires and engages young people and their families. Young musicians on the programme work with a wide range of professional musicians and educators to explore their potential through music. Through the various musical activities, In Harmony engages the local community and inspires the next generation through creative learning.

Telford Libraries

Great offers for children & young people, including free book back, Bounce & Rhyme events and Summer Reading Challenge

The Arts Centre Telford

Weekly Performing Arts & Dance Classes; Singing / Acting / Dance / Instrumental 1-to-1 Lessons; Full Plays & Musicals; Exams / Workshops / Audition Preparation

Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Has a lifelong learning programme offering self-led visits with teacher resources alongside workshops and activities delivered by the learning team on a wide-range of curriculum subjects.

Telford Stage Schools

Childrens' dance, drama, acting, musical theatre and singing classes in Telford & Wolverhampton

Telford & Wrekin Music

Individual to small group lessons on a wide range of instruments to whole class teaching all taking place in Telford schools.

Shrewsbury Bookfest

Brings the world of books alive for children, to inspire and enthuse them with a love of reading. Through a series of annual projects with both schools and families (annual children's literature Festival), Shrewsbury Bookfest is one of the only organisations of its kind working with primary school age children in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

WALSALL
 
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Meet your Virtual School's Arts Champion

We asked Amundeep Bains - arts lead for Walsall Virtual School - about her arts interests:

Q: What was the first live music gig/concert you went to?

Amundeep: The Spice Girls (and again last year - nothing could ever top them!)

 

Q: If you were in a film or story, which character would you like to be?

Amundeep: Someone with magical powers, like Hermione Grainger

Q: Quick fire questions: choose one option for each quick fire question. Would you prefer to…

  • Dance or watch TV? Dance

  • Art gallery or cinema? Cinema

  • Be in a performance or be in the audience ? Audience

 

What is your favourite arts activity to do ?

Amundeep: Reading and discussing in my weekly book club

Here's a sample of some of the arts organisations in Walsall....

Black Country Dance Hub

Events, projects, performances, dance information