Centrala, with support from Arts Council England will be hosting several residencies as part of Hybrid Landscapes focusing on visual, participatory, performing and sound arts, as well as photography, architecture, writing, curatorial practice, and art criticism.

We are very happy to introduce our first residency participant – Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros. Cisneros residency incorporates carefully designed programme including workshops, panel talks, and screenings of films documenting her earlier projects such as Urban Village: the Growing Project or Roma-Recycle-Reuse-Reimagine documentary. 

Urban Villages aimed to bring together Roma and non-Roma to co-create a short film, images and a digital scrapbook exhibition that focused on the experiences, identity and voices of the Roma people told by the Roma people. This film will be screened at Centrala on Friday, February 16th followed by a panel talk with Mama Olimpia, Claudia Tranca, Maria Polodeanu and Bernie Flately. 5pm start. Event is free, but please make sure to book!

Roma: Recycle Reuse Reimagine film, which captured the R:RRR project and included families involved illustrates the co-creative process of working online during the COVID-19 pandemic. R:RRR will be showing on Thursday the 24th of February at Centrala, 2pm followed by a chat with Yassmin Stanislava. Click here to book your free place.

Our programme will also include Little Activists Letters to the Planet Workshop, art and crafts activity dedicated to families. The aim of the workshop is to discover what we can do in Birmingham about the climate crisis. Join us to create a fun group artwork celebrating nature and the city. You will also be invited to leave ideas, hopes and dreams for a greener city and a greener neighbourhood! This workshop will run at Centrala on Thursday, February 24th, 11-1pm. This event is free but please book here.

Rosamaria’s residency accompanies the Circular Catalysts exhibition at Centrala Gallery in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute and British Council. We will be screening Cisneros’ film – MAHALA… Going Home – Challenging power structures through dance during our Digbeth First Friday event on Friday the 2nd of February, 6pm – all night. This film explores Roma dancing starting from the perspective of the body and references the Mahala, community or neighbourhood. This short-screen dance film is an offering which will ask the viewer to sit, breathe and reflect on legacies and also consider the future. Ballet and Flamenco dance serve as the foundation for the work and the film also pays special attention to Roma clothing and challenges conventional capitalist and classist views.

Rosamaria will also perform a dance intertwining Flamenco and Roma dances, examining contemporary ways of dancing and drawing on her cultural identity. 2nd of February, 7:30pm & 8:30pm.

Alongside Rosamaria’s residency, we will also be welcoming one of the exhibiting artists Anoushka Cole to run a Botanical Printing Workshop on Wednesday, February the 14th, 3-5pm. Tickets are free but extremely limited, click here to book.

In addition, part of our art offering in February, Craftspace’s Shelanu collective will run two workshops focusing on basket weaving with recycled materials, on Tuesday 20th, 10:30am – 12:30pm  and Thursday 22nd, 3-5pm. Tickets will be made available shortly.