We know its a been quite a while since we have been in touch with you. The difficulties of securing an affordable lease on the High Street for a temporary creative hub has been rather a challenge, and we have had a lot of competition for bidding for viable spaces, which has meant we have had to keep this very top secret until the deal was done!
As of 31 May, we have the keys to 3 – 5 High Street, what was Denman’s Electrical Shop next to the Station pub. It is a large space with a car park and can host a variety of possibilities – exhibitions and events and workshops and more.
The next step is getting the building into a safe state for public access and if anyone would like to volunteer to help us with this it would be greatly appreciated. We will also be setting up some sessions to paint the inside of the venue and clear land at the back – please respond below or by email if you are happy to help in June.
Over the next few weeks, we will be planning how best to use the venue from July onwards. This is likely to include markets, exhibitions, making and using the space. If you have specific ideas about how you would like to use the space please let us know. We still have all the notes from the brainstorming sessions which we will continue to use to guide us – but we want this to be a space for our local creative community so your views count.
We also plan to talk to existing local arts organisations – like Made in Kings Heath, Birmingham Open Studios, Trad Arts Team, Art Works and others – to see how we can help promote and complement their offer.
Other more general early plans include a joint arts event with The Station on 3rd August and we also plan to use the venue to creatively celebrate the annual Street Festival on 9th September.
SPRING 2019 – dates to be announced
Kings Heath CIC will be resuming work on painting the railings at the Avenue Road railway bridge this spring when the weather warms up. We have work sessions on Sun day mornings and on a weekday evening, weather permitting
Kings Heath Community Interest Company (KHCIC) is a community group which aims to bring the Kings Heath community together to improve the local area.
This is Phase 1 of our project to improve this uncared-for place that forms a connection between Highbury Park and Kings Heath Park, and is used by anyone walking between the parks and other nearby points. The railing panels have weathered and rusted significantly over the years, so we’ve taken on the challenge of making them look a nice shade of green, to spruce up the area, as it were.
We hope that you will be able to join us for some work sessions in the spring. All involvement is welcome. There are things other than painting that you may be able to help with, for example supporting and helping to publicise the work sessions. Further community works at the Avenue Road Railway Bridge might include flower planting, graffiti removal and improvements to the brickwork.
If you would like to know more please contact Katy Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publicise dates in due course.
There are many people in Kings Heath who are active artists, graphic designers, fabric artists, jewellers, performers, potters, stained glass makers, photographers, poets, makers, crafters, story tellers and so much more.
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We’re refreshing our website with a new, more streamlined look that should make it easier for you to find what we’re up to. The new theme works well on both mobile and desktop displays. It’s still got a few tweaks to work out, but overall, this is our new look!
Are you passionate about Kings Heath? Do you want to collaborate with like-minded Heathens on the local topics that are important to you?
We are working with BirminghamWeAre to give Kings Heath a totally different social media platform, but we need enthusiastic and like-minded Heathens to help us get it off the ground.
We are meeting on Thursday (11th October) at The Station @ 7pm to discuss this in more detail and to get as many people on board as possible.
So, if you are a member of a local society or organisation that would like to have your voice heard, or you are a business that would like to engage with the community, or a passionate resident that wants to collaborate with others for the further improvement of our great suburb, please come along.
The meeting is open to anyone and everyone, but in particular we’d like to see passionate residents who are interested in a social media platform that brings the community together.