BOM 2.0 – What have we been up to?

As you know BOM’s physical home, our central Birmingham building, is undergoing a rather radical makeover. Making the building as accessible as possible, we are installing a lift, building a new gallery and co-working space, relighting the interior to be as autism friendly as possible and developing our new café.

While our building might have been closed, our staff and Fellows have still been delivering and developing projects across art science and technology, in Birmingham, the UK and abroad.

We have welcomed Chloe Lawson, our new Engagement Producer. Chloe has worked with schools and the private sector for the last 18 years and brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. Chloe is working with our Head of Programme to develop outreach programmes to schools and organisations. She will also be cooking up some fun science and art activities for families in our regular Mini Makers programme and collaborating with BOM Fellow and Digital Producer, Ben Neal to deliver another brilliant Inventors Summer Camp for children.

Kelly-Anne Crook has joined us as Operations Manager. Kelly is a health and safety ninja, having previously been Operations Manager at a trampoline park, and has extensive skills in the food and beverage industry which is proving very useful setting up our own BOM Café! We’re excited to finally be developing our very own vision with our new café, which totally fits with the wider BOM ethos. It will support local social enterprise food outfits and offer great coffee and teas, vegan and vegetarian food in a quiet, cosy, people friendly space.

Here in Birmingham our BOM+ cohort have been exploring the world of artificial intelligence (AI) inspired by the work of Pinar Yoldas’ The Kitty AI. They have been creating a guerrilla marketing campaign for Kitty’s Political persona.

BOM+ is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 who is interested in art, activism and working with other like-minded creatives.

While we have been missing their company at BOM, all of our Fellows have been very busy creating and delivering projects and developing their practice across art, science and technology. We are excited to see the final elements being put together for our new co-working space for the Fellows and team – a bigger, better space with much more natural light thanks to our extended new mezzanine floor. Not long now folks!

Even while the building work goes on, we are developing projects with other artists and organisations, many of which will be exhibited at BOM over the next couple of years. We are currently developing an exciting Virtual Reality (VR) project with Matthew Clark founder of United Visual Artists and artist Sonja Zelic. This project uses a VR environment to share autistic notions of beauty.

The project forms part of a major autism programme at BOM which will include autistic-led autism training for our staff and a programme of professional support and development for autistic artists.

Keep your eyes peeled for our re launch announcement!