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I’m not a grown-up. I don’t have a house, or a full-time 9-5. I don’t even drink tea of coffee. In my driving lesson this morning, on my fourth attempt to perform a passable parallel park, I distinctly heard myself whine ‘I’m BORED!’, whilst clumsily ramming the vehicle into reverse and speeding it inaccurately towards the curb. It was the exact tone I used when I was fifteen, faced with a page of algebraic equations and a very slow-ticking clock. Six years on, and it still doesn’t take much to metaphorically sit me right back down in one of those red plastic chairs at the back of my GCSE maths classroom.

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Kerry + Amy illustrated by Reiss Hesson

Today we moved back into our FEED studios in Millenium Point, and carried on re-drafting and adding final touches to the articles.

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​Wanted: Up and Coming Writers, Bloggers, Future Forecasters and Creatives passionate about the creative future of Birmingham.

Are you aged between 16-24 yrs? Do you want to help generate alternative visions for the future of arts and culture in Birmingham? Contribute your ideas and ambitions into a strategy for the arts for the year 2022? Plus work as a team to create a professional-standard printed magazine-style brochure for the Discovery Festival of the New Library of Birmingham?

September 2013 sees the much-anticipated launch of the new Library of Birmingham: the largest public library in Europe. To celebrate the iconic building the Discovery Festival will see a host of cultural events, activities, projects and performances for residents of and visitors to Birmingham on the theme of Discovery.

We are using this unique opportunity to generate visions for the future of arts and culture in Birmingham for the year 2022, created, written and produced by young creatives, just like you.

Birmingham 2022 will provide a space for unique perspectives on the current and future cultural offer for young people in Birmingham, and have a wide reach and impact with young people across the city, through the distribution of 50,000 magazines from September 2013, and the ongoing digital presence on the Project 2022 blog throughout the Discovery Season from September-December 2013.

Workshops in journalism & magazine production plus trend forecasting and hosted focus groups with members of the visual arts, theatre, music, performance, literature, photography, fashion and design communities will make Birmingham 2022 both a digital social media project and editorial training ground for young creatives wishing to engage with Birmingham’s diverse cultural offer.

The core group of 20, 16-24 yr olds will produce and create all of the following:

• Content for a new website for young people by young people
• A real-time capsule, which will be placed in the new Library of Birmingham and unearthed in 10 years time…
• A professional standard print magazine-style brochure for the Library of Birmingham Discovery Festival with a distribution of 50,000.

What will you get?

• A unique personal development opportunity
• An opportunity to develop both your artistic and employment skills
• Careers development within the creative and cultural industries
• An opportunity to share your views with cultural organisations and other young people
• £50 to cover expenses
• To meet and work with industry folks and mentors

The brief is now live on IdeasTap and the deadline for applications is Friday 1st March 2013. To apply follow this link.

To apply, tell us in 100 words why you would like to take part and submit an example of a 200-500-word article or piece of media (video, animation, podcast) on a cultural happening in Birmingham, plus two ideas for further consideration. You MUST also support your application by uploading further examples of your work to your IdeasTap portfolio. ​

Not a member of IdeasTap? Sign up: It’s free and anyone can join.

​​The project session times will be fortnightly twilight from 5pm-8pm in Birmingham. There will be some weekend sessions and an intensive summer school in July; this is a long-term commitment until December 2013

We encourage applications from different creative disciplines such as Music, Arts & Culture, Theatre & Performance, Literature, Fashion & Photography. We’d also like to hear from Videographers, Illustrators and Media bods.

We will be inviting successful shortlisted applicants to a recruitment workshop on Thursday 7th March 2013 from 5pm-7pm at mac, Birmingham.

Birmingham 2022 is in partnership with IdeasTap, mac, Fused Magazine, The Library of Birmingham, Capsule and funded by Arts Council England.