Go Popular Tags

Posts

Let our community keep you entertained with regular articles that they would like to share with you.

Search our posts by passion or by type of post to find what you are looking for.

Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
06 Jan 2022 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Some more rainbow crossings

It's not just in Birmingham's Southside that you will find rainbow crossings. All around the UK. Such as in Taunton in Somerset. As well as closer to home in Solihull, and in Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. Happy New Year 2022. Not done many posts recently as they don't seem to get published by Jonathan as fast as Daniel's get's up, and nothing much to post.

View feature View community

Some more rainbow crossings





It's not just in Birmingham's Southside that you will find rainbow crossings. All around the UK. Such as in Taunton in Somerset. As well as closer to home in Solihull, and in Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. Happy New Year 2022. Not done many posts recently as they don't seem to get published by Jonathan as fast as Daniel's get's up, and nothing much to post.


Taunton, Somerset

Near the end of the first South West holiday at the end of August 2021 (Devon and Somerset). On Saturday 28th August 2021 in Taunton, Somerset, heading to the Museum of Somerset, we entered Goodland Gardens (near The Bridge and River Tone). Saw this rainbow path. No cycling is allowed down this path. Stopped for coffee nearby at The Shed.

dndimg alt="Rainbow Crossing Taunton" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Pride Taunton (Aug 2021) (1).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Solihull, West Midlands

On Sunday 19th December 2021, heading to Cineworld at Touchwood in Solihull, to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home. A little early, so took a side path to the rear entrance near Manor Square. Found this rainbow path between Touchwood and the Solihull Council House. I don't think there had been a crossing at this point before.

dndimg alt="Rainbow path Solihull" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Rainbow crossing Sol CH 19122021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

It had been a few months since I last got a train, so on Thursday 30th December 2021, I bought off peak return tickets in the Chiltern Railways app, and travelled down to Leamington Spa again, on the Chiltern Mainline, for a bit of walk around the Town Centre, and to have a coffee at Caffe Nero. On The Parade I spotted a rainbow crossing between Jephson Gardens and Pump Room Gardens. It was raining on and off, and took these from Pump Room Gardens later on the walk back to the station.

dndimg alt="Rainbow path Leamington Spa" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Rainbow crossing Leamington Spa 30122021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Rainbow path Leamington Spa" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Rainbow crossing Leamington Spa 30122021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
70 passion points
Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
05 Sep 2021 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

'Gratitude' - A tribute to NHS staff and key workers held in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham

Elliott Brown, a regular contributor at Birmingham We Are, got chance to experience Gratitude, a tribute to NHS staff and key workers, before it was moved to Manchester. The tribute consisted of 51 sculptures and was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

If you missed the event, don't worry you can still enjoy Elliott's gallery with us here!

View feature View community

'Gratitude' - A tribute to NHS staff and key workers held in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham





Elliott Brown, a regular contributor at Birmingham We Are, got chance to experience Gratitude, a tribute to NHS staff and key workers, before it was moved to Manchester. The tribute consisted of 51 sculptures and was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

If you missed the event, don't worry you can still enjoy Elliott's gallery with us here!


Gratitude was an event held by Wild in Art in Chamberlain Square, at Paradise Birmingham, which ran from the 20th to 30th August 2021. It has now moved on to Manchester and will then move on to Edinburgh and London. It pays tribute to NHS staff and keyworkers during the pandemic.

There were 51 "Lockdown Oscars" displayed in Chamberlain Square close to the Chamberlain Memorial.

The display had mirrors around it and it was curated by creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude Chamberlain Sq 20082021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude Chamberlain Sq 20082021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The gallery below includes 22 photos taken at Gratitude Lockdown Oscars.  Enjoy!

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (9).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (10).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (11).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (12).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (13).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (14).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (15).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (16).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (17A).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (18).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (19).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (20).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (21).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

dndimg alt="Gratitude" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Gratitude WiA CS 30082021 (22).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

'Gratitude' has now moved to St Peter's Square in Manchester.

In Autumn 2021, the sculptures will be auctioned with proceeds going to NHS Charities Together.

Wesleyan was one of the main sponsors of the event.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown can also be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
110 passion points
Elliott Brown Health & wellbeing
25 May 2021 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Getting vaccinated at Millennium Point

My turn to be vaccinated came around in mid May 2021. I booked both at Millennium Point. And I had my first jab on the 19th May 2021. You go in from the ground floor, and get checked. Lift up to 2nd floor, and get directed to chairs to sit down at. After the jab, you go to another chair to sit and wait 15 minutes before leaving. I'll be back in August 2021.

View feature View community

Getting vaccinated at Millennium Point





My turn to be vaccinated came around in mid May 2021. I booked both at Millennium Point. And I had my first jab on the 19th May 2021. You go in from the ground floor, and get checked. Lift up to 2nd floor, and get directed to chairs to sit down at. After the jab, you go to another chair to sit and wait 15 minutes before leaving. I'll be back in August 2021.


My experience of going to Millennium Point for my 1st vaccination. When my time came for my age range, the NHS posted me a letter with a link to go to. So I booked both vaccinations for Millennium Point. The first one a few days after the letter came, the second for August 2021.

The text from the GP surgery came a day later, by which time I'd already booked for Millennium Point had had to let them know I wasn't going to the local health centres.

 

My first appointment was on the morning of 19th May 2021. When you get in, you show your reference number and they ask you various questions. You are then directed to the right, then to the lift. Press 2 to go up to the 2nd floor.

Once up, they direct you to a seat to wait to be called. You then get called, same questions again, and the nurse talks to you while injecting the vaccine into your arm.

After this you are directed to another seat, to wait for about 15 minutes, resting after your jab. There maybe side effects within the 24 hours after having it, but should be fine after two days.

Plus you get a card, which you will need to take for the 2nd vaccine appointment. Put it in your wallet or purse.

 

April 2021

Photos below, taken during a walk into Eastside during mid April 2021. Passing Millennium Point. This would be the same route I took going to my vaccine a month later. HS2 works on the right.

dndimg alt="Millennium Point" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Millennium Point (Apr 2021) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Millennium Point seen on the left from Eastside City Park. Thinktank is due to reopen at the end of May 2021.

dndimg alt="Millennium Point" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Millennium Point (Apr 2021) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The Millennium Point Covid-19 Vaccination Centre sign from Eastside City Park. I would be back in May.

dndimg alt="Millennium Point" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Millennium Point (Apr 2021) (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

That day got the train to and from the City Centre. But you can also get the bus, and walk to Millennium Point.

dndimg alt="Millennium Point" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/MP CSS BV 17042021.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

May 2021

Leaving Millennium Point towards the Jennens Road exit. I noticed that Six/Eight Kafe was gone, and was now another cafe. This exit takes you past the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, towards Aston University.

dndimg alt="Millennium Point" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Millennium Point (May 2021).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
60 passion points
YourPlaceYourSpace Art; Culture & creativity
01 Feb 2021 - YourPlaceYourSpace
Introducing

'Forward in Unity' mural - Brilliant initiative in so many ways

The 'Forward In Unity’ mural was started on Friday 22nd May 2020. It was completed by artist Gent48 on Monday 1st June 2020. Not only has the project in Digbeth received some fantastic media coverage, it has helped raise awareness of the virus and its devasting impact on the community as well as raising a vast amount for local charities.

View Contributor View community

'Forward in Unity' mural - Brilliant initiative in so many ways





The 'Forward In Unity’ mural was started on Friday 22nd May 2020. It was completed by artist Gent48 on Monday 1st June 2020. Not only has the project in Digbeth received some fantastic media coverage, it has helped raise awareness of the virus and its devasting impact on the community as well as raising a vast amount for local charities.


'Forward in Unity' is a great example of how to bring people together in a massive shared effort against a common enemy, as the Covid-19 virus must continue to be regarded.

The project has helped raise awareness.

The 'Forward in Unity' initiative has raised awareness of the virus and brought people together in recognition of the front-line heroes fighting the virus for the protection of our community.

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/covid image.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

'Forward in Unity'.  Photography by Paul Cadman.

The project has helped bring people together.

The initiative and the significant coverage it has received has attracted the attention of people, not just in Birmingham but across the UK. 

This and other initiatives all have a vital role in tackling the views of those who, despite clear evidence of the devastation caused by the virus, still act and behave in a way that is not in the interests of their community. 

The project has enthused and inspired others to be creative.

During a time when people have been asked to make huge sacrifices and stay at home, the project and the media coverage received has inspired many to check out their own creativity.

Whether through photography, art, craft-making or the written word, such creativity has become hugely important for people's mental health.   

As an example, the Birmingham Gems Charity Calendar for 2021 dedicated a page on the mural in recognition of the city's amazing artists and creative talent. 

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/BirminghamWeAre_BMT_Calendar_2021_MASTER_PRINT_DESIGN_FILE20.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The project has raised much needed funds for local charities.

Prints of all sizes can be purchased in order to support local charities, 

In addition to the prints, a book in celebration of those behind the initiative and across community has also been produced.

Connect HERE and get hold of your very own print (signed, limited edition or unlimited) or your 'Forward in Unity' book.  Help support local Birmingham charities. 

'Forward in Unity' A0 Limited Edition Print

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/print.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

'Forward in Unity' Print (A1 or A2)

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/poster 2.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

'Forward in Unity' Video/Book Folder

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Forward book.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

'Forward in Unity' Book (2nd edition)

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/book.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Connect HERE to make a donation to Art4Charity and support local charities.

Paul Cadman, one of the founders of Art4Charity, was the inspiration behind the 'Forward in Unity' mural. Paul is active across the City and involves himself in many charities that need our help during these challenging times.

dndimg alt="" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Paul Cadman message 1.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
75 passion points
Daniel Sturley Art; Culture & creativity
26 Jan 2021 - Daniel Sturley
Gallery

Weekend snow in Birmingham enjoyed by our creatives

The snow overnight on Saturday the 24th January gave a great opportunity for some families and other socially 'bubbled' people to come out for a while and create some great snow sculptures in Centenary Square, as well as all over the city we reckon. Daniel was out to grab some photos later in the day to record some for posterity and inspiration.

View feature View community

Weekend snow in Birmingham enjoyed by our creatives





The snow overnight on Saturday the 24th January gave a great opportunity for some families and other socially 'bubbled' people to come out for a while and create some great snow sculptures in Centenary Square, as well as all over the city we reckon. Daniel was out to grab some photos later in the day to record some for posterity and inspiration.


Creativity in Centenary Square

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5149b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5155b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5164b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5168b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5171b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5176b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5203b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5205b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5212b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5219b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5224b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5228b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5235b_SNOW.jpg" />

 

Creativity by the canals at Old Turn Junction

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_4549b_CANL.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5278b_SNOW.jpg" />

 

Creativity at Victoria Square

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5244b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5254b_SNOW.jpg" />

 

Creativity in Central Square, Brindleyplace

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5130b_SNOW.jpg" />

dndimg align="middle" dndsrc="https://www.yourplaceyourspace.net/uploadedfiles/IMG_5134b_SNOW.jpg" />

Share  Spend Points  Connect with us
90 passion points
Show more