POP-PUNK TURNED POP-UP: NEW COLLECTION ILLUMINATES FINE ART GALLERY

This month will see London’s St Christopher’s Place become home to the ‘Illuminati Neon’ exhibition, as the Castle Fine Art gallery hosts the high-lauded collection by artist, Mark Illuminati. The collection will be exhibited until 27 October and will include pieces starring Bowie, John Lennon and even, HRH Queen Elizabeth II.  Rooted in the birthplace of Punk, Illuminati Neon takes inspiration from the vibes of West London to create artwork that lights up and enlightens the whole world. The highly detailed artwork uses vintage flags, distressed wood, neon flickers and each features hand-placed gems. Each piece of the Illuminati collection is bespoke, and

REGION’S HIDDEN HOMELESS SUPPORTED BY £3M GRANT

With World Homeless Day (10 October) tomorrow, the stark reality of the winter months is upon us and a leading charity is reminding people of the need to support the region’s “hidden homeless”. As it reveals the latest updates on three major projects, Heart of England Community Foundation wants to demonstrate the immediate housing needs facing society.  Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment rose by 62,000 in the three months leading up to July and Payroll data showed that 695,000 less people were employed in England, when compared to March. These statistics serve as a

VIDERE OFFERS DEEP DIVE INTO THE BENEFITS OF BIOPHILIA FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Aquarium design company, ViDERE, is offering a deep-dive into how positive, flexible workspaces will be key for employee retention in the new normal. As businesses plan ahead for what the future holds for office spaces, the one thing that seems for certain is that building wellbeing solutions into them is crucial. With the office as we once knew it now a thing of the pre-pandemic past, now is the opportunity to reimagine the places that we work in, according to ViDERE’s founder Akil Gordon-Beckford. In order to explore the need for nature in office spaces, Akil’s studies measured its impact on key

WHY CBD COULD BE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

With World Mental Health Day (10 October) looming, statistics are emerging about the UK’s huge shift in mental wellbeing since last year. Almost one in five adults have experienced depression since the pandemic hit the UK back in April, and more people are reaching out for support than ever before. As the increase in people suffering from the likes of anxiety, stress and depression continues, people are searching for the best products to help ease their mind and are now turning to alternative healthcare products, such as Cannabidiol (CBD). The product has begun to take the UK by storm, with the market value expected

NEW FUND OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO CITY’S HOMELESS CHARITIES

As Birmingham lives through a local lockdown and people are once again urged to stay at home, the city’s charities, hostels and soup kitchens continue to rally together in order to help those facing homelessness. To help alleviate the pressures being felt, Heart of England Community Foundation and Deutsche Bank have launched a new joint grant in order to help the city’s vital homeless charities. The Deutsche Bank Opportunity Fund, created alongside Heart of England, will support charities and voluntary organisations that are working around the clock to address and reduce homelessness across Birmingham. With grants up to £5,000 available,

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD FOR ATHLETES?

Studies have found that CBD has a host of health and wellness benefits, including helping to manage pain and inflammation, stress levels and anxiety, regulating your sleeping pattern and digestion; all of which are highly useful for athletes. CBD is an abbreviation for the term ‘cannabidiol’ and is one of around 100 cannabinoids that are found naturally in cannabis plants. 

 As it contains less than 0.3% THC, it is classed as non-psychoactive and will not get you high or affect brain functionality. According to scientific research, CBD can reportedly help to regulate and enhance our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which works with

BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS RECOGNISED IN PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL AWARDS

A Birmingham-based aquarium design and installation company has been recognised amongst the world’s leading talent in this year’s SBID Product Design Awards 2020. ViDERE will go head-to-head with global designers in two categories and is calling upon local supporters to take part in the public vote, which closes on 30 September.  ViDERE – which creates fish tanks, bespoke aquariums and interior features – focuses on improving how people feel by connecting them with nature, both in the home and at work. The business has been shortlisted in the ‘Office Aquarium’ category for its installation at Birmingham-based digital agency Lightbox. As part of their move to

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: TINA COSTELLO, HEART OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The last few months have been hard on many sectors. However, the Third Sector has taken a huge financial hit with a report of over £4bn being lost during the last three months. Working with grassroots charities and awarding over £2M during the first few months of the pandemic, Tina Costello, Chief Executive of Heart of England Community Foundation, comments on how she has seen COVID-19 affect the Third Sector first-hand, and how the Foundation is now adapting for the future. “2020 has been a rollercoaster and, like everyone else, Heart of England Community Foundation has had to adapt to ensure it continues to

LATEST SPORTS FUND KEEPS TEAM SPIRIT ALIVE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

As the UK Government issues an urgent call to action for people to lose weight and live healthier, the fight to tackle obesity is a bigger issue than ever before. With almost two-thirds of adults and one in five children classified as ‘obese’, the pressure is on grassroots groups to drive forward a health revolution in local communities, and Heart of England Community Foundation is looking to lend a hand.  To do this, Heart of England Community Foundation – the West Midlands’ leading grant-giving charity – is pledging grants of up to £1,000 to help get sports facilities, equipment, and

FINE ART GALLERY PAINTS BRIGHT NEW FUTURE FOR CITY’S HIGH STREET

The UK’s leading retail art company, Castle Fine Art, has re-homed its Brighton gallery as it takes to one of the most historic roads in Brighton; East Street. Bringing welcome news to the retail sector, this new gallery is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday 19 September in the popular seafront location. Housed in a Victorian listed building, the new gallery covers nearly 4,000sqft and is set across two floors. The building boasts three large original bay windows across its upper floor, which not only gives the gallery an array of natural light, but also a view of the stunning streets of Brighton.  The brand-new