The British Ceramics Biennial is launching it’s 2015 programme in Stoke-on-Trent this evening. In 2011 I volunteered at the Biennial, and was posted at the original Spode factory site. The site had been closed in 2008, yet the hard work that had gone into preparing the site for use in the Biennial, housing ceramics from national and international artists, students and renowned practitioners, had turned the building into one of the best uses of vacant space for a gallery that I have ever seen.
The ultimate shopping experience is around the corner. Grand Central is due to open to the public on Thursday 24 September, along with the unveiling of the new New Street Station. Yesterday I went to pay my respects to what was the Birmingham Shopping Centre, then the Pallasades, in all it’s faded 1970s/80s charm, and have a final mooch about the pound shops, hidden cafes and pop-up nail bars.
Whilst I was away, I learnt of the news that the Birmingham branch of Music and Video Exchange had closed it’s doors. At some point it said that it would re-open in 2016, but the sign today on the steel shutters said otherwise.
A busy August doing other things, leads into the freshness of September when it always all starts again.