In March 2017, we launched ASTONish – a year-long programme of cultural leadership and creative entrepreneur training and development aimed at emergent and established artists, musicians and creative entrepreneurs in Aston and Newtown.
- 40 participants who lived or worked in Aston and Newtown
- Specialist training courses with Helga Henry, Lara Ratnaraja, Rebecca Hemmings and Shekayla Maragh
- 1-2-1 learning support
- Group workshops on a variety of themes and individual mentoring
- Masterclasses held by leaders and mentors such as Mark Sealy (Autograph), Zoe Whitley (Tate), David A Bailey (Diaspora Pavilion), Javaad Alipoor (The Brothers are but Believers) and Althea Efunshile (Channel 4 Board)
ASTONish was funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England, produced by Birmingham Hippodrome and cultural consultant Lara Ratnaraja, in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.