‘Small is Beautiful’ – free exhibition and event at The Core


This Thursday 27 January, The Core is hosting ‘Small is Beautiful’ – a day of activity featuring art by 22 local artists. Performances and film will start at 2pm with the final performance at 8.45pm. Visual arts pieces will be on display during The Core’s normal opening hours until 7 February.

Everyone is welcome to dip in and out of the various activities taking place around the building for free. Some of the performances take place in the evening and Encore Café bar will be open from 9am until close.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader for Solihull Council and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “This event is a unique opportunity to see exciting new artwork in many different forms by a range of talented artists.

“’Small is Beautiful’ is a cultural project developed by Solihull Council, working with community artists Parrabbola and is a starting point to support new artists with new projects across all art forms, from Solihull and the wider West Midlands. The event is designed to showcase the work of artists with a project in development, where the opportunity to present an element of their piece will help to move their project on to the next stage.

“This is the perfect chance to see and experience the creative work that local artists are producing first-hand. It is inspiring to discover so much talent and creative imagination in the local area.”

Live proceedings kick off on Thursday with mini-performances and projection in the main library performed throughout the afternoon from 2pm, while puppetry and mini-performances take place in the Children’s Library between 3.30 and 6.30pm for younger audiences.

The Studio will host dance, a monologue, theatre, and music/rap sessions which are repeated at 50-minute intervals until 8.45pm. In the main theatre a trio of works including an electronic music piece, a film piece and play reading take place from 6.30pm onwards. This gives visitors the chance to see all three pieces. Combined with other events this presentation is repeated every 45 minutes with the final performance starting at 8.45pm.

One of the featured artists is Anna Nierobisz, a Polish-British artist who works across a spectrum of media: theatre, film, and virtual reality (VR). She says the purpose of her work is to bring the authenticity, excitement, and experience of live performances into the virtual reality environments. Anna is currently working on her next ACE VR project called Robot Diaries in which she will work with young people to help them experience and better understand their creative potential and the possibilities of self-expression through the VR medium.

Another artist, Carl Woods, is a young filmmaker who passionately believes in the ability of film and storytelling to change the way we see the world. His stories open our eyes to incredible people living ordinary lives, capturing their voices in entertaining and cinematic films. Carl’s short film ‘Rob Oliver’ explores the challenges in the life of a disabled athlete.

‘Small is Beautiful’ performances take place on 27 January, however the visual arts display will continue until 7 February.

To find out more download a programme from www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk or pick up a programme from The Core.