Thanks Ikea!

If you’ve been to BOM recently you might have noticed that we’re looking a little more swish than usual. Thanks to Birmingham IKEA, who recently sponsored us with lots of lovely new Nisse chairs, and the design touches of our lovely designer Kerry Leslie.



Our Nisse chairs’ first major outing was for the Pupil Design Awards with the Royal Society of Arts, featuring international fashion designer Betty Jackson. Having Betty in the house made us all a little bit star struck, but the children did an amazing job pitching their incredible projects in-between workshops with our Fellows such as How to Gif, Art Gaming Hack and Brand Me.

The chairs have since been getting lots of use in the gallery with our Live R&D co-working space, supporting our Fellows and visitors using the gallery as well as hosting events with Ironbridge Museums and What If Innovation in London. They were also put to good use during half term week, when we had a brilliant workshop for children called the Booby Trap Maze, exploring electrical engineering, programming and robotics skills.


The BOM snug

Later in the week we hosted two filmmaking workshops with Maia Creatives, launching Birmingham’s Year of Arts & Young People, #YAYBrum!

On Monday and Saturday of half term week BOM Fellow Dan Burwood ran workshops for children and young people, looking at the history of urban photography and then taking to the streets to explore and document their urban surroundings.

Our  Nisse chairs have stood the test of time so far with a fairly full-on introduction (kids are so fidgety…).
Oh and our snug is looking rather dapper after a little makeover too..

Thanks Ikea! We really appreciate your support!