Winter Open Studios

Buy it where we make it

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Image courtesy The Dual Works

We are getting ready to welcome you all at the weekend so that you can “come see what we do” alongside our open studios trail there are also some fantastic on street retailers that support us throughout the year you can see a list of them here .

The Jewellery Quarter has many different trails but one of our favourites is the Ale Trail, yes we have independent brewers here too! 1000 Trades has supported makers this year by providing the venue for Quartermasters, a quarterly makers market run by Frilly Industries and B18 Leather has used the venue to introduce “Crafty Sip” where you craft whilst having a beverage in the bar, its a great idea especially if you want to come along with a crowd. Rock n Roll Brewhouse are round the corner from The Dual Works so if you like music and beer why not stop by their brewery tap on Regents Street after viewing and buying (!) fantastic design led homewares. The Red Lion will be hosting Digbeth Arts Market on Sunday 10th in their back “yarden” which gives you a chance to visit Digbeth without having to leave the Jewellery Quarter! If you are arriving into the Jewellery Quarter from Snow Hill then Indian Brewery is your first call on the Ale Trail, fantastic food and beer from Great Barr and yes it is a great bar!

We hope that you enjoy your visit to the Jewellery Quarter and of course the Open Studios, whist you are walking around do look out for the JQBid Ambassadors who will have lots of information about trails, shopping guides and much more (we’ve got three museums by the way!).

See you at the weekend!

 

 

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Sweet Caroline Street

We are going to have a quick tour around a few streets in the next couple of days, today we are looking at Caroline Street and nearby. Wending its way from St Pauls Square right up to Warstone Lane Caroline Street is one of the main thoroughfares in the Jewellery Quarter and has been enhanced over recent years to include a tree lined boulevard. Home to some fantastic small businesses there is also a lot going on Open Studio wise.

bug jewellery

Ellie Ingram of Bug Jewellery (Number 12 on the Map) sees the world just a little differently to most of us. She revels in the detail and injects it with fun, making small things is what she excels at. She shares her studio with Kate Gilliland who creates jewellery from found objects, her work celebrates the life of the small detail and so whilst their styles are very different the links between them are very strong.

artisan alchemy

Artisan Alchemy (number 8 on the map) have a big bold window onto Caroline Street, nature in all its forms is portrayed in the jewellery on display alongside modern british furniture that celebrates the materials as much as the finished forms.

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Just off Caroline street on Mary Street is where BPN Architects (number 11 on the map) call home. Regular visitors to Jewellery Quarter Open studios will remember crazy golf and “knock down Brum”, this year the loading bay is being turned into a cinema. Yes thats right BPN are running their very own film festival on Saturday 29th!

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Dual Works on Kenyon Street (number 19 on the map) have had a really busy year since you visited them last time. International exhibitions, pavilion collaborations and teaching do not seem to have got int their way. Earlier this year they launched their I Made It workshops where they have shared their skills and taught many people just how to get to grips with making it yourself. See information about their upcoming courses alongside their lighting range (Quarterlight) launch. This is so top secret that not even we have been privy to the designs! Shine on!

Caroline Street is long! We’ve got a few more to share!

visuale

On Regents Place opposite Matthew Boultons old house lies Visuale (number 49 on the map) who have also been skill sharing this year with their art classes, learn about these and also see the work of local artist Dee Manning. After a successful solo show yearlier in the year expect to see some new exciting work.

rock and roll brewhouse

Thirsty? Also on Regents Place you will find Rock and Roll Brewhouse (number 37 on the map), new comers to the trail last year they have gone from beer strength to beer strength and have extended into another workshop. Brewed on site learn about their different ales and how being vegan really is the way forward.

Two more to go!

stans cafe

Stans Cafe (number 43 on the map) on Northwood Street is a theatre company that devises original productions in the Jewellery Quarter before touring them internationally. As well as getting a chance to see their theatre and learn about what they do look out for the Commentators (above) who will be reporting on the festival throughout the weekend.

Also on Northwood Street be sure to pop into St Pauls Gallery (number 42 on the map) the worlds leading retailer in signed limited edition album prints. Lots to see here alongside some great advise on framing and display.

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Phew all of that on just one street! See the online copy of the map here