Young Artists Take Over Eastside as Gallery 37 Returns to Birmingham



At the heart of Birmingham’s ultra-modern Eastside, learning and technology district, was the setting for a week-long residency this September by sixty young local artists. They performed live in front of an audience of hundreds on Saturday 10th September, in a day-long showcase event alongside global artists including Diztortion, Steady, Terri Walker and Roxxxan.

Over 250 young people had applied for a place on GALLERY 37, Birmingham’s premier youth arts participation programme, on its hotly anticipated return to the city after a brief hiatus. Those selected were able to receive free creative skills training from recognised professionals in specially constructed ‘ARTCAMPS’ created inside the building.

Punch CEO, Ammo Talwar MBE said:

“All those young people we selected as G37 artists showed passion and promise, and represent the future of the creative arts scene in this city – young, digital and diverse. As well as being hardworking and talented, they are all currently outside of work or education, and keen to gain the industry-ready skills GALLERY 37 offers.”

GALLERY 37 creative courses included arts and crafts, dance, spoken word, digital, songwriting, composition and performance, with hands-on tuition from recognised experts including Juneau Projects and Apples and Snakes. Participants were given industry advice from organisations including the PRS Foundation and Westbury Publishing, and a knowledge and ideas fair was held with over twenty organisations taking stalls.

GALLERY 37 now moves on to its next phase, with mentoring, work experience, industry networking and micro-funded commissions to move the young hopefuls into paid work.


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