ViDERE DIVES INTO 2020 WITH THE UNVEILING OF ITS SECOND LIFE GALLERY

ViDERE aquariums

ViDERE, the Birmingham-based specialist aquarium design and installation company, is set to make a splash at The Senator Group this month with the launch of its second Life Gallery. The one-week exhibition will take a deep-dive into nature aquariums and natural art at the Jewellery Quarter venue from 9 – 14 March.  Linking nature, interiors and wellbeing, the one-week event has been curated to inspire and showcase how aquariums can incorporate nature into your business and homes. Each piece is entirely unique and brings together aspects of architecture, horticulture and interior design all in the form of an aquarium.  ViDERE will also be hosting a

GAMERS GO GREEN WITH DEBUT OF INSOMNIA GAMING FESTIVAL’S ECO VILLAGE

Insomnia is making its return to the NEC in 2020 and this time the UK’s largest gaming festival is setting its sights sustainability. Welcoming over 45,000 fans each year, the festival is already known for its non-stop programme of unmissable gaming goodness; Now, its organisers hope that it will be the first to show unnecessary waste that it’s ‘Game Over’. With reports showing that 23,500 tonnes of waste are produced annually at UK festivals, i66 is determined to take control of the situation and do its best to get greener. To do this, it has teamed up with Nestlé Cereals’

HOLLYWOOD ARTIST TO RELEASE NEW BODY OF WORKS EXCLUSIVELY FOR CASTLE FINE ART

Castle Fine Art - Domingo Zapata

Exhibiting for the first time with Castle Fine Art, internationally renowned neo-expressionist artist, Domingo Zapata, will be releasing a series of unique pieces across the UK from next week.  The collection of both unique and limited edition prints, titled La Gioconda, will be showcased at Castle Fine Art’s 40 galleries across the UK from Friday 21st February. A re-envisioning of the original masterwork, La Gioconda is based on the Mona Lisa and re-thinks the iconic artwork by showing what would happen if it were exposed to street art, graffiti, and different mediums. Each colour filled portrait provides a different image of what Mona Lisa could have been

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST WILLARD PINS HOPES ON DISTANCE LEARNING COLLEGE

Willard Wigan MBE, Oxbridge Home Learning

Internationally renowned artist Willard Wigan MBE is painting a picture of a brighter future in education, announcing that he is joining forces with leading distance learning provider, Oxbridge. Having spoken publicly about his own experience of bullying at school, the world-famous artist has become an advocate for Oxbridge’s approach to making education accessible to everyone.  Now an ambassador for Oxbridge, championing its bespoke learning opportunities and culture of ‘learning without limits’, they are working together to challenge conventional on-campus learning, shifting expectations that education is a ‘one-size fits all’ system and giving students across the world the confidence to believe that they can reach

FROM SIXTH FORM COLLEGE TO SILVER SCREEN

Former Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College student turned Hollywood filmmaker, Tayyib Mahmood returned to his roots this week, visiting his former stomping ground to promote the British Film Institute Academy. The programme, run in partnership with the Midland Arts Centre, gives young people the opportunity to make a short film under guidance from industry practitioners.  Last week saw ex-student Tayyib Mahmood return to Joseph Chamberlain College to showcase the thriving British film industry and promote the programme taking place at MAC Birmingham. A British Film Institute Academy alumni and now mentor, Tayyib now works at Pinewood studios as a Studio Unit Trainee on the

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR LOCAL ARTISTS AS SKYDOME CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Michael Batchelor, dynamickart, Coventry, street artist

A collective of local artists has been commissioned to deliver a new piece of public art, which launched yesterday (Wednesday 18 September). Led by street artist Michael Batchelor, the new artwork resides in the Atrium of Skydome, as part of a recent investment into Coventry’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, as it celebrates its 20thanniversary.  The new work was commissioned by Colliers International, on behalf of the landlord, to promote the city of Coventry and provide a new focal point for the venue. Skydome is home to Genting Casinos, Harvester, JD Wetherspoons, JJ’s Coventry, Odeon Cinema, Planet Ice and the 3,000-seater

LEVEL25 BRINGS THEATRE MAGIC TO THE TABLE WITH UNMISSABLE IMMERSIVE DINNER

Level25, The Cube Birmingham, The Greatest Showman, Marco Pierre White Birmingham

Roll-up, roll-up: the circus is heading to Level25 and is bringing an all-new immersive dining experience to the city. On Friday 16 August, The Cube will be transformed into a stage for the city’s best performers, closing the summer with the ultimate finale: an all-singing-all-dancing dinner, themed around The Greatest Showman. Pull up a ringside seat and expect the unexpected as Level25 presents a three-course themed dinner interspersed with the multi-million box office smash hit, bringing Birmingham the Greatest Show of all. The venue is set to come alive and create a sing along atmosphere with all of the film’s

THE RAMBLERS BALL BRINGS POETRY TO BLAKESLEY HALL

The Ramblers Ball, Evolve, Blakesley Hall

The Ramblers Ball is back this summer, and this time it is hitting the road! The popular open-mic poetry night created by Digbeth’s social enterprise café, Evolve, and friends, will return this July. Taking over the stunning grounds of Blakesley Hall for one night only, The Ramblers Ball will be bringing beats, eats, and treats with it. The stage will be set for three show-stopping main acts including Birmingham’s very own Casey Bailey. Joining him as headliners will also be Hannah Swings, who many will recognise from Nationwide Building Society’s recent national advert, and ThinkWriteFly, aka Adrian B Earle.  Set

CASTLE FINE ART NEW FLAGSHIP NOW OPEN AT MAILBOX BIRMINGHAM

Castle Fine Art, Mailbox Birmingham, Washington Green Fine Art

The UK’s leading fine art retailer, Castle Fine Art, unveiled its biggest gallery last Wednesday in the heart of the Midlands. The brand new gallery opened to the public on Saturday 8 June, in a stunning 6,000 sq ft space at the Mailbox, Birmingham showcasing the best contemporary artists from around the world. Adding a splash of colour to the designer destination, the new-look Castle Fine Art is the latest in the company’s network of 38 galleries across the UK. Four times the size of the current Mailbox gallery, it will be home to some of the biggest names in

DATE UNVEILED FOR CASTLE FINE ART FLAGSHIP

Castle Fine Art, Mailbox Birmingham

The UK’s leading fine art retailer, Castle Fine Art, is soon to unveil its biggest gallery yet in the heart of the Midlands. The brand new gallery will open to the public on Saturday 8 June, in a stunning 6,000 sq ft space at the Mailbox, Birmingham showcasing the best contemporary artists from around the world. Adding a splash of colour to the designer destination, the new-look Castle Fine Art is the latest in the company’s network of 38 galleries across the UK. Four times the size of the current Mailbox gallery, it will be home to some of the