Updated: Dec 11, 2020
YARD is the home of MAIA, and everyone is welcome. Though lockdown has trapped us all
in our respective bubbles, we’ve been busy making sure that this bubble is ready to pop.
Speaking of which, we’ll be launching officially in January 2021, and we’d love for you all to
We’re feeling blessed to be based in Ladywood, an area close to our hearts. We chose
Ladywood because one, it’s historically been neglected in terms of cultural investment, and
two, its needs are representative of those felt across North Birmingham. So, YARD’s here to
bring world class infrastructure to the neighbourhood and to amplify the rich supply of work
and talent from this side of town. It will be a base where people from across Birmingham and
beyond, can gather and celebrate the city in all of its glory — its artists, musicians,
community organisers, food entrepreneurs, you name it.
In a pandemic-free world, we would have loved to have introduced ourselves in person by
now, and it’s been devastating for such a people-based organisation to have been kept
isolated from its community in Port Loop and across Ladywood. We had planned to have
you all round for celebrations where we could connect, dance, enjoy cookouts and even a
month-long festival. But, of course, COVID-19, as it did with everything else, disrupted our
We’ve had to think imaginatively as a team to work out how to connect safely with you all
next year. In 2021, alongside our programme at YARD, we’ll be investing in digital and virtual
connections, making all of our work COVID-19 safe or adaptable, and programming a
phenomenal season of work that can exist online.
Once launched, we’ll be kicking off with Imagination SZN, so expect to see incredible
artwork exhibited, all kinds of performances, stories, conversations, workshops, and a whole
lot more. Our kitchen will house some of the city’s most exciting food entrepreneurs and
chefs, and we’ll be organising a way to share good food and great conversations with you
all. What’s more, artists from across the UK and overseas will be taking up residence at
YARD, each with a unique perspective and practice to bring to the neighbourhood.
We hope that, like us, you can’t wait to see what they, and all of the artists and craftspeople
across Birmingham, create for YARD, Port Loop and Ladywood. There’s so much talent in
this city, and it’s soon to be on your doorstep. Come and celebrate the New Year with us at
YARD’s launch, find out more, and join the big imagination of Imagination SZN. We’re so
excited to meet you.