Build your own Arts Centre Birmingham 2022 Festival and Birmingham Education Partnership present… FLOW is a festival of bold and imaginative arts and culture made with, by and for Children in Birmingham and Sandwell, produced and curated by The Parakeet for the Birmingham 2022 Festival. FLOW places children at the centre of the action as designers, makers and artists, for a captivating multi-artform programme of events throughout the summer of 2022 from 21st May - 20th August. BUILD YOUR OWN ART CENTRE will see a large-scale, child-built, installation in the magnificent Warley Woods created in collaboration with Woodland Tribe, Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre and Wildlives Forest School from 21st-30th May 2022. Children and their families are invited to come and build (yes, we did say build!) their own arts centre, made from recycled wood and their own imaginations! Working together with constructive play experts Woodland Tribe CIC, children will be given hammers, saws, nails, and freedom to create an extraordinary woodland arts centre, a space designed to let their imaginations take them wherever they want to go. At each free, ninety-minute BUILD session children will be encouraged to imagine, design and build their own arts venue in Warley Woods in Smethwick in a section of the forest not far from the footpath and within a short distance from the Pavilion. Children will become artists and engineers encouraged to make their own decisions about how the structure should develop; whether it’s adding ladders to climb, bridges to cross or stages to perform on. Then using wood and tools the children will help saw, hammer, and assemble the structure. Once the venue has been built, children will have a chance to become Artists in Residence with Cloud Cuckoo Land and Wildlives Forest School, working alongside artists, designers and performers to inhabit the space and explore the possibilities when you Build Your Own Art Centre. The CREATE + EXPLORE sessions will be interactive, fun and spontaneous, full of music, theatre, making, playing and exploring. Weaving together made-up magic and forest play complete with toasted marshmallows, campfire, songs and storytelling. Join us for a unique experience to develop your child’s skills, spirit of adventure and sense of place in their local woodland! Woodland Tribe CIC is an experienced not-for- profit organisation who promote adventure play and believe in letting children take control of their own play space. Their portfolio includes over 25 child lead builds at various festivals, several adventure playgrounds as well as ongoing engagement and enrichment work with schools. Tom Williams from Woodland Tribe said: ‘Our exhibitions place a value on children’s empowerment and family participation. It is hands-on public art that will be highly engaging for all generations. This represents children’s agency in the public realm, a play space and exhibition built by children and families that can also be viewed as public and political art.’ Where is it? Warley Woods Smethwick, B67 5ED The build will take place in Warley Woods in Smethwick. The site will be in a small clearing of the forest not far from the footpath, heading towards the meadow, and within a short distance from the Pavilion. Is the site accessible? The build site is just off the concrete path heading towards the meadow, you can access it easily from the entrances on Lightwoods and Barclay Road. There will be a dirt path leading to the building site roughly 60m long, which is frequently used by pedestrians, including those with pushchairs. If you have any access requirements or questions, please contact Amy & Lizzie at: [email protected] There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities available at the Pavilion, approximately 5 minutes from the build site. How much does it cost? Nothing! Both the BUILD sessions and the CREATE + EXPLORE activities are free, thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Games and the Foyle Foundation. Do I have to book? There will be a limited number of spaces available each day: We highly recommend booking a slot in advance via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Booking opens on Tuesday 3rd May 2022 Book through this website When is it? Between the 21st and 25th May, Woodland Tribe will be running several family and after-school build sessions. Each session will last ninety-minutes and has room for 50 people - children, as well as their accompanying adults. The following times are available will be available to book via eventbrite at www.childrensbiennial.com Family build sessions with Woodland Tribe: Dates Times Saturday 21st May 2022 10:00 – 11:30 11.30 – 13:00 14:00 – 15:30 15:30 – 17:00 Sunday 22nd May 2022 10:00 – 11:30 11.30 – 13:00 14:00 – 15:30 15:30 – 17:00 After-school build sessions with Woodland Tribe: Dates Times Monday 23rd May 2022 16:00 – 17:30 Tuesday 24th May 2022 16:00 – 17:30 Wednesday 25th May 2022 16:00 – 17:30 The space will re-open as a pop-up Arts Centre hosted by Cloud Cuckoo Land and Wild Lives Forest School on the Friday 27th May and will be open for the public to enjoy until the 30th May. The CREATE + EXPLORE children’s arts activities with Cloud Cuckoo Land and Wild Lives Forest School will be at the following times: Dates Suggested Arrival Times Friday 27th May 2022 16:00 – 17:30 Saturday 28th May 2022 12:00 -13:30 14:15 – 15:45 16:30 – 18:00 Sunday 29th May 2022 12:00 -13:30 14:15 – 15:45 16:30 – 18:00 Monday 30th May 2022 12:00 -13:30 14:15 – 15:45 16:30 – 18:00 Who is involved? Fresh from their residency at Tate Modern, Woodland Tribe CIC brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit organisation who promotes adventure play and believes in letting children take control of their own play space. Feeding an inherent need for children and families to take control of community space, to play and build together. Cloud Cuckoo Land collective is an inclusive, inventive, participatory music and theatre group, with their head in the clouds and their feet firmly planted in Brummie soil. They create transformative and imaginative spaces and arts experiences for young people. Wild Lives Forest School helps people to spend time outside, connect with the natural world, with themselves and with each other and are advocates for play at any age! Warley Woods Community Trust manages and looks after the woods on behalf of the community. Warley Woods is a 100-acre community park which is a mix of woodland, open meadow, and a golf course, and theTtrust ensures that the park continues to thrive now and for future generations.