All Saints Community Arts (ASCA) runs an ongoing programme of exhibitions, providing space for visual artists to show their work in a convivial community setting – the Welcome Space in the All Saints Centre. If you’d like to arrange an appointment to discuss exhibiting your artwork, please contact us
16 October – 10 December 2017 Earthly Things by Sarah McWilliams
In the spirit of the Victorian ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, objects have been collected together by way of exploring the value of sentiment, the patina of nostalgia and the hoarding of personal relics. Compositionally this series of ‘Earthly Things’ creates order from a hoard, excavated from belongings that have been collected, inherited and found. The construction of this fictional archive of ‘ready mades’ eludes to a narrative, the symbolism and juxtaposition of items suggestive of a fairytale; where keys once opened doors to other worlds and shoes transported the wearer to strange imaginary lands.Sarah McWilliams completed her degree in Fine and Applied Arts at Ulster University in 2003, specialising in Lens Based Media. She subsequently trained to become a secondary school art teacher and currently works in the West Midlands.
3 September – October 15 2017 Drawings by Joyce Rimmer
Joyce , born in 1932 in Gloucestershire is 85 in September . Despite having 2 brothers , as a child she was lonely , so she began to draw pictures . She studied History at Bristol University , social work at L.S.E. and came to Birmingham as a probation officer in 1956 . She worked in Summer Lane where The Birmingham Settlement was , about which she wrote a book Troubles Shared . After leaving the probation service , she lectured at Birmingham University until 1992 . Joyce is a founder member of the Birmingham branch of Cruse Bereavement Care and became their Chair . All Saints Community Arts is delighted to present some of Joyce’s remarkable and witty drawings .
9 July – 3 Sept 2017: Movements of the East photographic exhibition by Roy Anthony Reid
Roy, born in Kingston Jamaica, lived in Kings Heath and worked as an engineer and learning mentor. Roy died in 2014 and his family has set up The Roy Anthony Reid Foundation in his memory to help support and inspire the aspirations of young African-Caribbean people in the Midlands and the Caribbean. This exhibition offers a vibrant visual photo essay of Indian Classical, Contemporary & Folk dances, captured from live performances, exploring the dynamics between music , movement and Hindu mythology.
29 May – 9 July 2017: Core Contrasts paintings by Paula Gabb
Paula is inspired by land and cityscape, focusing on her local Birmingham area and nearby countryside. Using palette knife, Paula makes no attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but uses shapes, colours and gestural marks in impasto paint to achieve their effect.
7 April – 28 May 2017: Intimate Details by Bernard Davis
These sensitive photographs represent an unusual building : a restored flaxmill and cottages in Dungiven, Northern Ireland , where they now produce hand-woven linen and recreate ancient crafts .
26 Feb – 7 April 2017: Gillian Lever Painting Exhibition
Colourful abstract compositions.
“The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear and experimental. It points us towards our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the Universe.”
John Daido Loori ‘The Zen of Creativity’
9 January-26 February 2017: Paintings from Cairo by Omar Elfayoumi
A rare privilege to view a selection of works by internationally renowned Egyptian artist Omar Elfayoumi. Most days Omar visits his favourite coffeehouse to meet and observe fellow customers. Drawing on artistic influences from Europe to the iconic mummy paintings of Fayoum, he depicts soulful glimpses into the everyday modern lives of people from a little-changed ancient culture.
16 October 2016 – 8 January 2017: Passengers by Colin Monk
This exhibition of figurative paintings depicts people using the old and new New Street Station. Colin emphasises the stress, anticipation and points of calm that a station can engender.
5 September – 16 October 2016: Terry Howard’s recent paintings
This will be Terry’s third exhibition with us. He is one of our most popular local artists.
4 July – 4 September 2016: Photographic exhibition by Paul Knapman
Paul is a local keen amateur photographer. This collection is a mix of travel-inspired landscapes, personal moments and interesting natural and man-made patterns. You will see no cropping or manipulation by Photoshop : his prints are exactly what he saw through the viewfinder.
23 May – 3 July 2016: Recent Work by Sally Delany
Sally is a professional artist, well known for her tutoring at MAC and other local venues. Her work is always about light and is inspired by strong contrasts of light and shade. She enjoys working in a variety of media.
30 March – 22 May 2016: Local Observational Studies by Gary Izzard
Gary is a local artist and designer, interested in all forms of visual communication. He works in a variety of styles and media. His formal art-based education was at the old Moseley Road Art School, Bournville College of Art and Crafts, and Graphic Communication at the University of Wolverhampton which helped to sustain and reinforce his own practice. Gary has recently moved away from commercial art into fine art and this is his first solo show.
6 – 27 March 2016: Stations of the Cross by Beverley Barr
Popular local artist Beverley Barr will be showing her prints of STATIONS OF THE CROSS, the originals of which are permanently housed in Christ Church, Eastbourne. The exhibition ties in with displays of the same theme by local community groups in All Saints Church.
29 November – 16 January 2016: Knit One, Purl Together
The story of a tree of community friendship. A photographic exhibition by Vicki Okoosi and Glynis Powell who together with the Rev Diane Thompson have co-ordinated the making of The Big Knitted Christmas Tree which will be on display in All Saints Church, Kings Heath from the end of November.
1 – 29 November: Watercolour Paintings by Jean Healey
Jean Healey took up painting following her retirement from teaching. She also liked to encourage other local artists by organizing art exhibitions in south Cheshire, where she lived. Jean died in 2012. She was the mother of Margaret Healey-Pollett, one of the new joint managers of the All Saints Centre cafe.
Turning the concept of the Smartphone Selfie on its head, this year ASCA’s Big Draw workshop, led by artist Janice Rider, at All Saints Summer Fayre, encouraged the people of Kings Heath to draw self portraits and make a wish for the community. The selected drawings are by children and adults aged 3-70. All works are for sale.
28 June-30 August: LANDSCAPES – Beverley Barr
Beverley is a local professional artist born in Kings Norton. She graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1970 where the beautiful grounds of Corsham Court fostered her love of antiquity, landscape and especially trees. These works display her assured draughtmanship in ink, watercolour, coloured pencil and mixed-media.
4 May to 27 June: Terry Howard – Recent Paintings
This is Terry’s second exhibition in the Welcome Space.
27 February to 3 May: Khaled El Hagar – Photography Exhibition ‘Cities and Water’
“In these photos I have tried to capture my feeling, my desire and my love for water through three iconic cities; Alexandria, Venice and St Ives. Three beautiful places where water plays an integral part.”
5 January to 28 February: Sarah Bagnall – Bringing My Outdoors, Indoors
An exhibition of patterns made digitally and inspired by the artist’s move from a home with a garden to one without.
30 November 2014 to 4 January 2015: Community Knitivity Project
Exhibition of work made by a ‘close knit’ community. Photographs of ‘Sheep Missing in Kings Heath’ trail sheep and preparations for a 17 ft knitted Christmas Tree in 2015.
19 October to 30 November: Gary Skelhorn – Mixed Media Painting
Gary Skelhorn makes Mixed Media Paintings of Angels. (5% of proceeds to go to the All Saints Youth Project).
John has been drawing and painting since childhood. He trained as an architect and has a fascination with buildings. He moved to Birmingham in 2004 and since then has been gradually discovering and recording the city’s landmarks. A wider range of prints can be viewed on John’s website
Paintings investigating the ways that colours work in relationship to one another.
6 May to 11 July: Gillian Lever Painting Exhibition
Colourful abstract paintings in oils and mixed media. 20% painting sales will go towards Meenakshi Parmar’s Gap Year Project working as a volunteer with young children in Cambodia.
Part of an exhibition showing at several different venues in Kings Heath. This Art Retrospective from ex-pupils of Bishop Challoner School featured 25 works by Birmingham born, up and coming artists, who are currently studying at or have graduated from prestigious Art Colleges. The artists are now based in Birmingham, London and Paris.
Terry is an experienced professional artist and an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He lives locally in Kings Heath and has worked for many years as a commercial and graphic artist.
29 Dec 2013 to 9 Feb 2014: Linda Winstanley – Lost Voices in Malta
“These twelve photographs are an attempt to capture some of my vision of Malta. My father, one of seven children, was born in Malta. As a youngster, I neither knew my father nor Malta. When I did get to know my father he spoke of Malta and it seemed like a distant land. It intrigued me. My father’s family spoke of Malta with great fondness. My uncle loved Malta and my aunt couldn’t believe that her parents removed her from such a sunny climate where she picked fruit from the trees on the way to school, to the grey and cold country of England.”
Gilded prints to inspire reflection in All Saints Church. Viewing times in church will be Saturdays 7, 14 & 21 December and 4 & 11 January 11 am – 3 pm. Jake Lever will also be leading Touching the Sacred art workshops on 7 and 14 December
All Saints Community Arts present an enjoyable and varied exhibition of Seasonal art work in the All Saints Centre Welcome Space. All the work exhibited was submitted by local people for a Christmas Art Competition. All exhibitors will be congratulated at a special ‘Opening’ in the All Saints Centre Welcome Space on Sunday 1 December at 10.30 am, when Christmas cards of the exhibited pieces will be available for sale.
10 to 30 November: Janice Rider – Black and White and Red All Over
To celebrate Remembrance Janice Rider presents an exhibition in All Saints Church of collage-based works which reflect on War, Conflict & Suffering, focussing on recent conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Through use of newsprint and the printed word as her main material, she questions what part the media, religious belief and economics contribute to East/West relations and the ongoing climate of fear, suspicion and destruction. The exhibition is supported by the film “Little Dreams” directed by Khaled El Hagar which tells the story of a young boy’s experience of the Suez war of 1967. An accompanying exhibition also by Janice Rider: Alexandria Revisited – will be displayed in the All Saints Centre Welcome Space.
30 September – 9 November: John Gage – Birmingham Buildings
John moved to Birmingham in 2004, and since then has been gradually discovering some of the city’s landmarks and recording them in pencil sketches. Prior to exhibiting at the All Saints Centre, he has exhibited at the Botanical Gardens, the Moseley Exchange, Blakesley Hall and Sarehole Mill also in Birmingham. In this exhibition John has tried to capture a range of Birmingham architecture and landmarks, from iconic modern buildings such as Selfridges through to the civic grandeur of the Council House.
2 to 29 September: FIVE DAYS IN BERLIN
Tobias Benjamin Lever’s first solo exhibition of photography. The images were recently taken on a trip to Berlin and present a personal view of this exciting city.
An eclectic mix of textiles, ceramics and paintings by Jane Thakoordin. Jane is predominantly a Community Artist and art teacher, specialising in engaging with marginalised groups. This small show gives Jane the opportunity to showcase her bold, colourful work, that focuses on themes as diverse as her Guyanese family heritage to her love of using textiles and other rich materials to create emotive work.
The works produced are by refugees resulting from a traditional photography workshop held at Darkroom Birmingham in conjunction with the Refugee Council. It is a fitting exhibition to coincide with Celebrating Sanctuary Week.
30 April to 3 June: Lewis Coley
Artist Nur Ray was inspired by her Turkish grandmother’s 78 year old traditional lacework to create multimedia pieces incorporating plated metals, needle crochet and leather. In 2011, she participated in BMAG’s Lost in Lace, along with internationally renowned lace artists.
4 March to 2 April – Jake Lever
For the last three years, Kings Heath based fine artist Jake Lever has been working with the image of the boat, a metaphor that arose from reflections upon his father’s journey through cancer, and his eventual death. His latest large scale work, The Blue and the Dim and the Gold, features an image of a lone figure in a boat, pausing for a moment on a gilded lake. It will be installed from March 4th – April 2nd in All Saints Church, which will be open to the public on Saturdays throughout the exhibition (March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th), from 11am – 3pm. Etchings from Jake’s accompanying series The Blue and the Dim will be on display throughout the All Saints Welcome Space for the duration of this exhibition.
Fine art photographer Philip Appleyard created his series River of Life as a way of capturing thoughts and feelings that cannot be expressed in any other way. They are a reflection on his struggle through life challenges, and he sees them as a comment on his strong Christian faith.
Since training in contemporary art at Birmingham University, multidisciplinary artist Linda Mae has honed an eclectic abstract style and use of colour, through her body of mixed media works, as well as enjoying installation and sound art. She has exhibited at Ruskin Hall, The Custard Factory, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, BIAD, and Ort Gallery, and ASCA is very glad to present an eye catching series of twelve pieces in All Saints Welcome Space. This exhibition of acrylic and mixed media works celebrates life and colour, movement and imagination. Original works from the exhibition are on sale, for more details please contact ASCA.
When local maths teacher Mike Cross retired, he took a leaf out of Monty Python’s book, deciding “and now for something completely different!” The result of this move is a really beautiful body of photography, exploring intense colour, reflection and texture, from which Mike has selected a series of works entitled Re-Envision.
4 November to 4 December 2012 – Robert Geoghegan
Robert Geoghegan’s illustrations of not-so-everyday Birmingham life are filled with eccentric characters and a quintessential Brummie wit – you’ll never look at the number 50 bus in the same way again! “I am a born and bred Brummie and find my city and local environment a fascinating source of material for my work. I have been doing these type of pictures since 2004 and so these on show are only a sample but I think a good representative one. I suppose the key to my work is a keen sense of observation coupled with a sense of what happens when the ordinary and everyday becomes funny or strange. To see more go to my website – take one of my flyers away with you or come to one of my picture stalls that I have on the 4th Saturday of each month in Moseley as part of the Moseley Art Market 9 am to 4 pm. I live in Moseley now but still think of Kings Heath as home. As well as doing my own work I teach art as an Adult Education tutor and also work in local primary schools as a tutor and artist in residence. I enjoy this as I can work in different ways to my own work eg collage, 3D, different art styles. I also give talks about my work to different groups eg. local societies, schools.”