Craft Space

The genesis of the Custard Factory is a love story. The wife of nineteenth century industrial chemist Alfred Bird was allergic to eggs: a tragic state of affairs because she loved puddings. Alfred devoted himself to making egg-free delicacies and came up with Custard Powder in 1837. Soon a favourite dessert up and down the nation, it even fed the British armed forces in the Boer, First and Second World Wars. The custard has now gone but in its place is a roly-poly pudding of small creative businesses.

Renovated almost 20 years ago, The Custard Factory became the beating heart of Birmingham’s new arts and media quarter. It is a hive of buzzing creative companies ranging from PR agencies, TV production offices and award winning design teams. In addition to this there are social enterprises, magazine companies, AV technicians, fashion agencies and new media creators. The wide variety of spaces can cater for anything from sole illustrators or self employed artists to medium sized web design companies.

Articles by : Craft Space
5 articles and 0 comments by Craft Space

In:Site, A Graduate Festival Of Creativity

2012.07.24 | 0 comments
Posted by :


From 6th-10th August the Craftspace Collective will bring 15 new arts graduates to the City Centre to produce original temporary new artworks for In:Site, a graduate festival of creativity. Birmingham Cathedral grounds will be transformed by young artists who will fabricate creative surprises in familiar surroundings.



Craftspace – Routes to new Roots exhibition

2010.05.11 | 0 comments
Posted by :

An exhibition of textiles and metal collage made by refugee and newly arrived women in Birmingham. Working with professional artists Nicola Griffiths, Ruth Singer and Melanie Tomlinson they created pieces exploring the theme of journeys.

Thursday 13th May – Tuesday 15th June 2010, 10pm – 4.30pm Monday – Friday, FREE

Saint Martin’s Arts, St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham B5 5BB

Free workshops

Wednesday 19 May and Wednesday 9 June, Collage with Melanie Tomlinson

Explore migration – journeys made by birds and flower seeds – by making metal collages.

Wednesday 26 May, Textile flowers with Ruth Singer

Have a go at making flower brooches using recycled fabrics, leather and other materials, including traditional and contemporary techniques.

Workshops will be held from 2.30–4.30pm in the De Bermingham Room at St. Martin in the Bull Ring.

Call 0121 600 6020 to book your place.  Crèche facilities provided.

Tagged – Guerilla Embroidery

2010.04.07 | 0 comments
Posted by :

Aged 16 – 19? Come along this Saturday, 10th April for the next Craftspace Collective event at the Custard Factory. Work with contemporary embroiderer Stewart Easton to create embroidered tags.

Look for the Craftspace Collective banner, No. 7, the Custard Factory (next door to Yumm), Birmingham B9 4AA

Starts at 1.00pm  until  4.00pm

Come along and be creative!  Hope to see you there!

Craftspace Collective Saturday Event…

2010.03.25 | 1 comment
Posted by :

There will be a Craftspace Collective event  this  Saturday 27th March at the Custard Factory , Juneau Projects, Ben and Phil (Birmingham based maverick contemporary artists) will be setting up a workshop called ‘Aggressive Localism’ in which they make costumes for Skateboarders, inspired by the outfits worn by Morris dancers and characters in Mummers Plays.

The workshop will consist of  working collaboratively to make two new costumes. It is a free open workshop aimed at 16-19 year olds but anyone can come along and take part in the We Are Eastside Weekend event.

Look for the Craftspace Collective banner, By the Lake at the Custard Factory (next door to the Kitchen), Birmingham B9 4AA

Starts at 11.00am  until  4.00pm

Come along and be creative!  Hope to see you there!

Routes to New Roots

2010.03.05 | 0 comments
Posted by :

Photography: Ming de Nasty

Routes to New Roots is a collaborative project between The Community Integration Partnership and Craftspace to develop a craft social enterprise with newly arrived and refugee women.  

Our first event following the initial development period celebrates International Women’s Day at a drop-in textile workshop with textile artist Ruth Singer, Monday 8th March 2pm – 6pm at the Town Hall. Participants can have a go at sewing and embroidery. Make a fabric brooch inspired by where you’re from or places you’ve been.

The Routes to New Roots exhibition showcases textiles and metal collage made by women during sessions at seven children’s centres around Birmingham. The women worked with professional artists Nicola Griffiths, Ruth Singer and Melanie Tomlinson to create pieces which explore the theme of journeys. The sessions were held to recruit women for the social enterprise and give them experience of different craft techniques.

10th – 19th March

10am – 4pm Monday – Friday

Community Integration Partnership

9 George Street



B15 1NP

For more information call Craftspace 0121 608 6668 or CIP 0121 454 900 or visit

Craftspace has been working in collaboration with The Community Integration Partnership (CIP) for the past six years through a series of projects. CIP provide support and services to women seeking asylum, refugees and newly arrived women. In a new phase we have secured funding from The Baring Foundation to set up a crafts social enterprise over a three year period.

Craftspace and The Community Integration Partnership working together to develop a sustainable cratf social enterprise.

Back to Top



    February 2016
    M T W T F S S
  • We Are Eastside Guide

  • About

  • Who Are Eastside

  • We Are Eastside map

  • Shopping

  • Entertainment

  • Eating out

  • Places to stay

  • Travel

  • Contributors

  • Categories

  • Archives