Neighbourhood News

Bus Priority on Moseley Road and Alcester Road

Widening of the Moseley Road through Balsall Heath is proposed by Birmingham City Council and Transport for WM to make four lanes of traffic. This is to allow bus lanes in both directions to reduce delays to buses in peak periods.

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Autism Friendly Late Opening at Ort Gallery

Autism Friendly Late Opening

Wednesday 20 November, 5-7pm.

For this event we will be opening our doors longer than usual to give people who would like to experience the current show “Vessels” in a calm and relaxed setting the opportunity to do so.

Accessibility is very important to us as an organisation and you can find out more about by reading our Access Guide here.

We will offer a Guided Tour to visitors who would like to find out more about the show which will be an informal tour around the exhibition with curator Josie and allow visitors to ask questions.

We strive to be an accessible venue where everyone feels welcome. We do not have a dress code or behaviour code we expect our visitors to follow. We are open to visitors behaving in a way that might be understood to be “inappropriate” behaviour in other galleries — we are happy for you to touch the art work, for you to behave as you would like and for you to take the time you need. Please respect the art work and do not damage it.

Quiet spaces are available on request.

We will be running at least one of these late opening events per exhibition.

Please get in touch with any questions (or suggestions for improvement) here.


AHMED MAGARE VESSELS at Ort Gallery on show until 23 November 2019.

Born in 1987 in Somalia, Ahmed lives and works in Birmingham. He is a published writer and a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works in painting and drawing. His visual work is rooted in his writing: the themes for his paintings and drawings are influenced by his poems. Ahmed has two poetry publications When Heroes Hide Behind Curtain Ropes (2016) and Vessels (2017). He also performs his poems.

The exhibition at Ort Gallery is entitled Vessels after Ahmed’s most recent poetry publication (on sale at the gallery). Somali cultural artefacts have a memorial and a ceremonial value to the artist who describes them as survival packages. These artefacts have everyday domestic uses but are also valuable purveyors of cultural identity and memory. “These are essential vessels of life” says Ahmed, “the artefacts remind me of the connection of people, personal relationships, spirituality, ancient practise and the belongings of my ancestors.” 

Ahmed questions nomadism and what it means to be a modern-day nomad. The body of work on display focuses on the notion of cultural authority, ownership and displacement. He explores his identity and heritage by using traditional materials such as frankincense and charcoal. The use of these indigenous materials in his work creates a link to the historical background of nomadic people from East Africa. The displacement of black African bodies and the Somali migrant experience is explored in a personal and accessible manner.

“Everywhere can be called home, but for me home is where I feel happy in my mind and in memory.” Ahmed is no longer connected physically to Somalia, but his culture and artefacts connect him to his land. Spirituality also connect Ahmed to his birthplace and the use of incense and henna in his artwork allow him to be closer to the notion of home.

Vessels by Ahmed Magare is on show at Ort Gallery from 5 October to 23 November 2019. Curated by Josephine Reichert. This exhibition is part of Ort Gallery’s Community Ambassador Scheme supported by Arts Council England.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Find Ahmed Magare’s website here and follow him in Instagram here

Ort Gallery Family Art Workshops

Our Family Art Workshops are back every first and third Saturday of the month at 2pm.

The workshops take place amongst our exhibitions in the gallery and give children aged 5 to 11 and their parents a chance to explore the topics found in the artwork exhibited.

Run by professional artist and educator Syd (from Femtinos) the workshops will include painting, printing, photography, collage, calligraphy & more!

More info & to book go here

The workshop series is funded by the Community Fund.

Female Cycle Instructors needed

The Bike Project are currently looking for female freelance cycle instructors to enable us to keep running our women’s only cycling lessons! Our mission is to get refugees cycling.

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The Lost Children Exhibition

Come and learn about this hugely important, yet little known, aspect of Birmingham’s heritage and follow the fascinating life stories of some of these children.

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Women Enterprise Hub Survey

We are planning our annual and exciting Winter Fair, to bring you the best of what independent local businesses can offer.

To make sure we plan a day that’s informative, fun and packed with all the things you would like to see, tell us what you’d like to see at the Winter Open day.

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Vehicle Crime

Update on local Vehicle Crime from Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Police Team – sent on 15th September.

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