Birmingham’s VIVID has a new project…

“VIVID has just had a project funded, to start recovery of images, memories and films from Birmingham in the 1980s — Birmingham Film and Video Workshop, Arts lab to Triangle period. We’ve put out the first call for new material from personal archives. Anyone who wants to know more can contact us at intern@vivid.org.uk or info@vivid.org.uk

Some memories of the Birmingham Street Press in the early 1970s…

“I also met the guys who produced the Birmingham Streetpress. John Keetley, Derek Kitchen and Julian etc. John Keetley was very supportive and encouraging towards the creation of a Coventry magazine. They showed me around the Arts lab where they produced the layouts. The lab had good photographic equipment, golf-ball typewriters. I saw how they produced the layouts. Each page was A3, but reduced down to A4 photographically so as to get more in and give more space.”

And here’s a profile of one of the members of the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop…

“After gaining an English degree and a Masters in media and cultural theory, Shannon worked at the Birmingham Film & Video Workshop, which made documentaries and dramas for Channel 4. […] Having gone on to set up an international film festival in Birmingham, where he moved to as a student and still lives, Shannon was asked to help establish the Moving Image Development Agency, in Liverpool…”

Dave Harte recently made public a short video about The Triangle

“After much searching I have at last found the video I made in about 1988 about the Triangle Cinema in Gosta Green, Birmingham. I can’t fathom why there is so little is written about this place during its Birmingham Arts Lab period in the 1970s or later, when I used to go there, as The Triangle. It was originally a cinema, and in the late 1960s a TV studio for the BBC.”

The former Arts lab / Triangle building in 2009 — disused for about a decade now, despite being a stone’s throw from BIAD. Photo: D’log.