Don’t miss out at Moseley Road Baths

Balsall Heath’s Living Room heads into it’s final month – don’t miss out.

There’s just one month left to visit Balsall Heath’s Living Room at Moseley Road Baths. Produced by Tickertape Parade, Balsall Heath’s Living Room is part of the Diving In Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Since opening in July, the Living Room has welcomed over 3,000 visitors.

Events and activities run through until 30th September and include opportunities to enjoy live music and poetry, experience live art performances and exhibitions and get involved in a life drawing class with a difference with Walter the Whale taking centre stage.

Full programme details are available at What’s on – Moseley Road baths however highlights over the next few weeks include:
Don’t you want days like these? A pop-up exhibition throughout September by Beth Steventon-Crinks exploring Queer Living created through conversations with The Moseley Shoals, the city’s LGBT+ social Swim and Water Polo group that has been meeting at the Baths for over twenty years. The exhibition explores the Shoals’ histories as well as the stories of LGBTQ+ people – often undocumented – existing in spaces that are sometimes not built for them. As part of the exhibition Beth will host a Queer TV dinner and performance workshop (14th September).

Immersion: a celebration of community and belonging at Moseley Road Baths (23rd September) is a panel discussion – and celebration – like no other, supported by Fierce Festival. The event will take the audience on a journey through time exploring the role of Moseley Baths, not just as a pool, but as a healing sanctuary, relationship hub and community building in the past, present and imagined future before the evening transforms into a party that reimagines the very essence of the baths.

Throughout September there are workshops including a Walter the Whale Life Drawing session; Poetry in the Living Room (22nd September); there will be live music from Love Hertz – float, swim and listen (29th September) and film screenings from Flatpack as well as an evening of cinema and poetry curated by young people at the GAP Arts Project (28th September).

Phoebe Gilmore, Public Programme Development Manager at Moseley Road Baths said: “Since July we’ve welcomed people from Balsall Heath and beyond to the Living Room, each responding to and participating in different ways to the range of events and activities that have taken place. We’ve created a space that’s welcoming and joyful, a place to share stories and experience the stories of others, a place to be quiet and a place to share your voice. We look forward to this final month of art, music, cinema, workshops and of course swimming.”

Moseley Road Baths has an extraordinary history, and it is exciting as the building embarks on a major restoration and development project to ensure the building remains accessible, offering swimming, creativity, and heritage. Balsall Heath’s Living Room is designed to create a gentle space with and for local residents where visitors can relax, engage and chat. Playful installations inside and outside the building will invite everyone to examine and celebrate their communal and individual heritage, as well as the rich, complex history of the Baths and of Balsall Heath, and to strengthen the future that we will create together.

Balsall Heath’s Living Room is a warm, accessible, intergenerational space within the Gala Pool. It is dressed with artworks, rugs, materials and soft furnishings with dressing and furniture sourced locally by Friction Arts, alongside artworks referencing the past, present and future of Moseley Road Baths.

Read all about Balsall Heath’s Living Room here.