For city’s art and soul Why the arts are now a Birm­ing­ham hall­mark

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cre­ative ways of see­ing and en­joy­ing the col­lec­tion. The group is re­lo­cat­ing from Lon­don to Birm­ing­ham but has a na­tional re­mit. They work col­lab­o­ra­tively with dancers, or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­pa­nies to strengthen the dance sec­tor across the UK. It runs a na­tional pro­gramme of tal­ent de­vel­op­ment, en­cour­ages the use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, sup­ports di­ver­sity and ad­vo­cates for young peo­ple to get in­volved with dance. It pro­motes East­ern Euro­pean cul­ture and her­itage through a pro­gramme of five con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions and an artist de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, de­liv­ered from Dig­beth, Birm­ing­ham. The or­gan­i­sa­tion presents a range of in­ter­na­tional artists’ work ex­plor­ing the ide­olo­gies of war, dis­place­ment and so­cial taboo. They will en­gage au­di­ences to re­duce the iso­la­tion of new mi­grant pop­u­la­tions and of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence the arts and cre­ativ­ity of Poland and other East­ern Euro­pean cul­tures. It cre­ates award-win­ning dance per­for­mances which fo­cus on cur­rent, po­lit­i­cal sub­jects, along­side a be­spoke en­gage­ment pro­gramme for dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups. This fund­ing will al­low them to cre­ate and tour new work across the UK. A me­dia arts or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing con­tem­po­rary artists to cre­ate new work, re­spond­ing to archival ma­te­rial; re­sult­ing in screen­ings, ex­hi­bi­tions, events and dig­i­tal art­works. This fund­ing will al­low VIVID to de­velop a pro­gramme of cu­rated ex­hi­bi­tions, live art and dig­i­tal dis­tri­bu­tion plat­forms that will sup­port emerg­ing di­verse artists. This will be complemented with a pro­gramme of tour­ing vis­ual arts work that has a strong foun­da­tion of so­cially en­gaged prac­tice.

> Lap­worth Mu­seum of Ge­ol­ogy

> Rosie Kay, of the Rosie Kay dance com­pany

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