We invite you to come ‘back to ours’ to enjoy Balsall Heath’s Living Room for our final day of our 3 month project 10am to 4pm
Our iconic Gala Pool space has been transformed with artworks, rugs, materials, and soft furnishings to create a space where visitors are free to explore and enjoy its offerings. Playful installations inside and outside the building will invite us to examine and celebrate our communal and individual heritage, as well as the rich, complex history of the Baths and of Balsall Heath, and to strengthen the future that we will create together.
Drop In/ 12pm to 4pm
Through the three months of the Living Room local architects CODA Workshop will be resident in the space, inviting us to share memories of our most treasured pieces of furniture, exploring what and who makes these items so special to us and creating models and designs of furniture in response to our memories.
CODA will also be giving you a chance to Ask an Architect anything! What are your design queries or building woes? Wondering how you can best use the space in your home, or how it can be more energy efficient? Your local neighbourhood architects are here to help.
They will be providing yummy food
Flatpack Films BHTV
Drop In/ 2pm to 4pm
With three channels to choose from (no squabbling over the remote) you can flick between family friendly swimming-themed short animations, travel back in time with local archive footage from the 60s to the 80s, or delve into the history of the baths with two short films from Birmingham-born filmmaker and photographer Tom Merilion – who incidentally learnt to swim at MRB!
Friction Arts finale in the Living Room
Friction is an Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation. It also receives funding from arts funders, local authorities and the public sector, the private sector, the National Lottery and from trusts and charities. We take creative approaches to make projects that help people develop their selves, their lives, and their careers. Friction was formed as a non-profit organisation with the aim of ‘creating a world where creativity and equality are flourishing.
Photographer Kate Green will be residence to offer people a portrait of themselves and their family/partners/children – in their favourite part of the baths.
Germa is a musician and has shamanic ways, that will bring atmosphere and moments of magic where people can engage collectively, individually with her. She will also respond to the space, move across it, playing different instruments to create subtle soundscapes.
The Heavy Beats Brass Band
Heavy Beat Brass Band are the UK’s most authentic New Orleans style brass band. Creating Mardi Gras music, the way it’s meant to be played. Made up of 8 young professional musicians personally mentored by Keith Frazier of New Orleans own Rebirth Brass Band. We play New Orleans music with the fire and soul that it is famous worldwide for and we don’t hold back on the stage, the streets, the festivals, or the parade.