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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
28 Jun 2022 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

Walk with Little Amal in Birmingham on the 23rd June 2022

Little Amal is a 3.5 metre puppet of a ten year old Syrian refugee girl. She walked around Birmingham on Thursday 23rd June 2022 from Victoria Square via Chamberlain Square to Centenary Square. Lots of people followed her, and school children were there as well. She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries. The UK tour of 19th to 27th June 2022.

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Walk with Little Amal in Birmingham on the 23rd June 2022





Little Amal is a 3.5 metre puppet of a ten year old Syrian refugee girl. She walked around Birmingham on Thursday 23rd June 2022 from Victoria Square via Chamberlain Square to Centenary Square. Lots of people followed her, and school children were there as well. She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries. The UK tour of 19th to 27th June 2022.


The Walk (Little Amal)

New Steps New Friends is a tour of the UK from the 19th to 27th June 2022.

She started her remarkable journey in 2021 crossing the Syria / Turkey border, across Europe in search of her mother and to fine a new home. She travelled over 8,000km representing all displaced children, many separated from their families and carried the urgent message "Don't forget about us".

She has travelled through over 70 cities in 12 countries and has been welcomed at more than 160 events, reaching 875,000 people along her route and millions more online.

In June 2022, one year on from leaving Syria she is exploring her new country, visiting towns and cities across the UK, meeting old friends and making new ones.

Today hundreds of thousands of children who have fled war and persecution need our support to get an education and to rebuild their lives. To try to help they have launched The Amal Fund with Choose Love. Visit walkwithamal.org/the-amal-fund/ to find out more.

 

Little Amal walks around Birmingham

Little Amal was in Birmingham City Centre between 11:30am and 1pm on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

The schedule was for people to gather in Victoria Square at 11:30am.

Then the walk began at 12pm and would last until about 12:50pm.

After Victoria Square, she would go around Chamberlain Square.

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Then up Centenary Way past Paradise Birmingham.

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Ending in Centenary Square.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

 

After Birmingham, Little Amal visited Bristol, London, Stonehenge and even the Glastonbury Festival! She ended her journey at Folkestone on the 27th June 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 Jun 2022 - Your Place Your Space - Support
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Birmingham We Are - Update (Summer 2022)

Birmingham Gems mapped with over 1.1 million views; Birmingham trails growing; community engaged in place-making; and the potential of digitally engaged and connected neighbourhoods across Birmingham.  Check out our post here (including videos) and see what we're up to this Summer. 

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Birmingham We Are - Update (Summer 2022)





Birmingham Gems mapped with over 1.1 million views; Birmingham trails growing; community engaged in place-making; and the potential of digitally engaged and connected neighbourhoods across Birmingham.  Check out our post here (including videos) and see what we're up to this Summer. 


Introducing "Birmingham Gems"
Work to digitally map the city as a place to experience, creatively and culturally, commenced over 18 months ago with a collaboration of people passionate about Birmingham. This collaboration has helped to populate a platform covering the city and its neighbourhoods.
This map is now full of information that can be used by people who live and work in Birmingham, and of course, visitors to the city.
Our collaboration of people passionate about promoting their place is growing with considerable interest from schools and colleges keen to involve young people in this creative, cultural and digital initiative.
The map has now been viewed over 1.1 million times, increasing by 20,000 a week.
Select here to our video.
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Introducing one of the city's Gems, "Public Squares", mapped with its own trail.
Each passion is showcased through features, maps, trails, galleries of photography, regular articles and (still to come) drone footage and 3D imagery.
In a short video, let's show you how, with the help of community, we introduce people to, and update people on, Birmingham's great public squares.
Select here to our video.
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Introducing It's your Build - a digital space for engaging community in place-making
Let us show you, in a short video, how we have mapped the built environment (build by build) and have created a flexible and adaptable digital space for place-making.
Select here to our video.
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Engaging Birmingham's community out of the city centre and connecting neighbourhoods
Birmingham is a city of connected neighbourhoods and here we show, via a link to a digital space created for Northfield, how a roll-out of connected platforms could support the drive for more digital neighbourhoods.
Click here to link to Northfield We Are..
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Birmingham is the first city to be supported by community-focussed digital technology that will help drive social value and economic impact.

We would be delighted to discuss with you the many applications of this digital collaboration of community for community.

Connect with us:

Jonathan.Bostock@yourplaceyourspace.com

0121 410 5520

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
24 Jun 2022 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of The Octagon - June 2022 Update

The demolition is almost complete at the site as the piling continues. The hordings around the construction are of a high quality and its imagery of the tower adds to some nice juxtapositions in these photos covering late April to mid-June. Some great unusual views of the Museum and Art Gallery are revealed too.

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The Construction of The Octagon - June 2022 Update





The demolition is almost complete at the site as the piling continues. The hordings around the construction are of a high quality and its imagery of the tower adds to some nice juxtapositions in these photos covering late April to mid-June. Some great unusual views of the Museum and Art Gallery are revealed too.


29th April 2022

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4th May 2022

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11th May 2022

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13th May 2022

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14th May 2022

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16th May 2022

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19th May 2022

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27th May 2022

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27th May 2022

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28th May 2022

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31st May 2022

It's Your Build were kindly invited to the offices of Glenn Howells Architects in Digbeth to view and photograph their amazing architectural models.

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10th June 2022

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14th June 2022

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17th June 2022

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19th June 2022

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Photography by Daniel Sturley.

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Elliott Brown Sport & leisure
21 Jun 2022 - Elliott Brown
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The regenerated Alexander Stadium at the end of May 2022

I had previously tried to see the Alexander Stadium in early January 2022, but didn't have good views. This time, end of May 2022, I walked up the Aldridge Road in Perry Park to Perry Park. And got views from the park, Perry Reservoir, Tame Valley Canal and Walsall Road. Bit of a long walk. So maybe a shuttle bus is needed from Perry Barr Station in July and August 2022?

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The regenerated Alexander Stadium at the end of May 2022





I had previously tried to see the Alexander Stadium in early January 2022, but didn't have good views. This time, end of May 2022, I walked up the Aldridge Road in Perry Park to Perry Park. And got views from the park, Perry Reservoir, Tame Valley Canal and Walsall Road. Bit of a long walk. So maybe a shuttle bus is needed from Perry Barr Station in July and August 2022?


The Alexander Stadium was completed in Spring 2022 ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, due to take place for 11 days from late July to early August 2022.

You can now see the stadium from various points in Perry Park, from the Perry Reservoir, Tame Valley Canal towpath and the Walsall Road in Perry Barr.

It was around a half hour walk from Perry Barr Station (I did stop for coffee first in Costa at One Stop), via the Aldridge Road to Perry Park. Then another half hour or so down the Walsall Road back to the new look Perry Barr Station.

So the shuttle bus test they did for the Diamond League event, maybe they could do that from the station, as would be a long walk for ticket holders?

 

2nd January 2022

My previous attempt to get into Perry Park during 2022 was from the Walsall Road entrance. Tried to get views of Alexander Stadium over the Walsall Road Allotments, but wasn't much to see from here.

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There was too many trees in the way, and I ended up not getting to the other side of Perry Park at the time, but the stadium was just about visible at the time.

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30th May 2022

A proper look at the Alexander Stadium from multiple views, starting from Perry Park.

 

Views from Perry Park

Trees covering the view of the stand completed in 2011, with the temporary floodlights.

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The stadium looks much bigger now, or it might just be the temporary seating and floodlights that have been erected here.

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The temporary seating goes quite high, this will probably be dismantled after the games end in August.

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Views with Perry Reservoir

The reservoir makes for some interesting reflection shots of the new look Alexander Stadium.

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The stand completed in 2011, with the temporary stands on the right, plus the temporary floodlights with the reservoir.

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Most of these views were from the pedestrian diversion from Perry Park towards the Tame Valley Canal.

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Some of the new seating is permenant, the rest is temporary.

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Views from the Tame Valley Canal

Onto the Tame Valley Canal, the views from the towpath was better than what I saw four years earlier. They have built a training (or warm up) track to the right of the stadium.

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The temporary seating over hanging from the back.

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View of the blue warm up track near the stadium.

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It looks much better than it was before we won the right to host the Commonwealth Games.

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These stands on the right are permanent, and looks amazing!

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So many views from the canal, the temporary and permanent seating stands.

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Workmen were still putting the finishing touches to the stadium. Which had a test event here about a week earlier.

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The Birmingham Diamond League was held here on the 21st May 2022.

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One last view from the canal towpath, including the new permenant stands.

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Views from Walsall Road

After leaving the Tame Valley Canal at the Walsall Road, I wasn't expecting to see any more views, but I got these of the Alexander Stadium entrance.

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This is the entrance to the Alexander Stadium on Stadium Way, from the Walsall Road in Perry Barr.

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Text and photos by Elliott Brown

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A visit to Perry Park at the end of May 2022

On the 30th May 2022, I got the train to the new look Perry Barr Station. After coffee at Costa at the One Stop shopping centre, I had a half hour walk up Aldridge Road to get into Perry Park. Managed to see the Perry Reservoir, but some paths blocked off due to the Alexander Stadium redevelopment for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and was a temporary path towards the canal.

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A visit to Perry Park at the end of May 2022





On the 30th May 2022, I got the train to the new look Perry Barr Station. After coffee at Costa at the One Stop shopping centre, I had a half hour walk up Aldridge Road to get into Perry Park. Managed to see the Perry Reservoir, but some paths blocked off due to the Alexander Stadium redevelopment for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and was a temporary path towards the canal.


This post will just be a photo gallery of Perry Park. I will do my May 2022, Alexander Stadium update in another post. At the time of writing, it is mid June 2022, and it is very hot in Birmingham.

The late May day visit to Perry Barr was much cooler.

I would think if people are going to the Alexander Stadium from Perry Barr Station, it would be faster to get a shuttle bus than take the long walk that I did last month.

 

This visit on Monday 30th May 2022.

 

Birmingham BMX Club

Entering Perry Park from the main entrance on Aldridge Road near the Birmingham BMX Club. The M6 motorway is beyond here.

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Near the entrance is a skatepark for BMX riders, and behind that, the actuall BMX track.

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Welcome to Birmingham BMX Club.

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The path outside of the BMX Club, heading into Perry Park.

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The start and finish line, the BMX track looks a bit bumpy.

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Holbrook

The Holbrook is a stream that flows through Perry Park. There was a high fence alongside the path, so could only take it at the time from this bridge.

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Paths and trees in Perry Park

Paths in Perry Park. One leads towards Perry Reservoir (and the Alexander Stadium, but the paths are currently blocked off). The other leads to the Alexander Stadium Woodland Walk.

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After a look at the reservoir, a quick look at the Canada geese and trees. As you can't go beyond this path (to the right). But there is a pedestrian diversion path.

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The diversion path runs to one side of the Perry Reservoir. The trees are lush and green here.

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The path takes you around the reservoir, and eventually to the steps up to the Tame Valley Canal. Where you can then take your exit towards Walsall Road. Many routes around the Alexander Stadium are closed, at least until after the games have finished.

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Perry Reservoir

One of the main reasons of this visit was at long last to get a proper look at the Perry Reservoir. Having only glimpsed it years ago from the Tame Valley Canal.

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The reservoir was quite quiet, other than the usual ducks, geese and swans.

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On the opppsite side of Perry Reservoir was swans and Canada geese.

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I then saw a family of Canada geese with their gosling. How cute!

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The reservoir is surrounded by trees on at least two sides.

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With part of the reservoir blocked off by the Alexander Stadium development site, I got the rest of my views from the pedestrian diversion path.

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The Alexander Stadium made for some nice reflections in the water. See more photos in my Alexander Stadium post.

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One last look at the reservoir, before leaving the park for the Tame Valley Canal, where I got more views of the Alexander Stadium on the walk back to the Walsall Road, and later Perry Barr Station.

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Text and photos by Elliott Brown

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