Welcome to Arts in Redditch, a local charity run entirely by volunteers, promoting and supporting individuals and groups to get creative in many ways - from singing and dancing to painting and crafting.
Browse our pages to see who we are, what we are doing and whether we can help you with your creative journey.
The Redditch Borough Poem: 100 Ways of Looking at Redditch
This project saw Redditch Borough Council’s Arts Development Team issue an open call to residents and community groups to send us lines for a poem expressing the spirit of Redditch. The result – generous, various, humorous and above all warm-hearted – speaks to the huge amount of affection and pride people in the Borough have for the place they live. During lockdown in 2020, RBC worked with local filmmaker Mazen Salmou - a refugee from Syria - to produce a film-poem based on this project, featuring some of the responses that they received. This film was part-funded by Redditch School of Art Trust, a fund administered by Arts in Redditch.
THE WORLD OF LOCAL ARTS
At Arts in Redditch we aim to support and promote a wide variety of creativeevents that are taking place in the local area. Go to the Events tab to see what is taking place.
Need help in getting something off the ground but don't know where to start? Go to the Support tab and see what we can do for you.
Pop-Up Galleries return!
Our next Pop-Up Gallery will open on Thursday 25th November, in Walford Walk, opposite Clinton Cards, and will be open every day until Sunday, 5th December. We look forward to seeing you!
Potential funding boost for creative activities in Redditch
Redditch could be in line for £850,000 of funding from Arts Council England, if a local consortium of arts organisations succeeds in its bid to the ‘Creative People and Places’ programme. The programme is designed to support communities with relatively low levels of participation in creative activity, and has been running successfully in other locations over a number of years.
The Reimagine Redditch consortium is led by Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN), alongside Arts in Redditch, Severn Arts, Jestaminute Community Theatre and Redditch Borough Council.
The consortium was on the brink of submitting its 2020 bid when the plug was pulled on the programme due to the pandemic. The new programme will run from 2022 to 2025, a shorter period than previous rounds, with reduced funding available. Despite these challenges, the consortium is confident that the available funds would make a real difference to the creative lives of Redditch’s diverse communities. If the bid is successful, these funds will also attract support from Consortium partners including Kingfisher Centre, Rubicon, Redditch Partnership, Redditch Library and the Town Centre Business Improvement District.
Commenting on the work in hand to finalise the bid by the deadline of 11th June, Gary Roskell, Chief Executive of BARN said: “The consultations we have undertaken over the past 2 years have helped us to build a strong case for this funding, which will allow us to construct a community-led model for the development of an exciting programme of creative activities. We are hopeful of success in this round, but even if we don’t succeed, we have built the basis of a strong partnership which will endure for the benefit of all our communities”.
On the 20th October, Consortium members were interviewed by a team from Arts Council England, as part of the next stage of the process. We will be notified on 1st December whether or not we have been successful. Watch this space!
Secretary & Trustee
Arts in Redditch