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  • Aspiring artists to exhibit at Washington Green’s summer exhibition at the ICC Following its success in the last two years the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green, is to launch its ‘Summer Exhibition 2017’ in Birmingham this month. The exhibition will take place from Saturday 29th July to Sunday 27th August at Castle Fine Art in the prestigious International Convention Centre (ICC) and will feature work from 11 contemporary artists. East artist was carefully selected to exhibit in the show following a call for innovative visual artists to submit their work to a panel of art reviewers. The shortlisted submissions span a range of mediums, genres and subject matters and will be brought together into one beautifully-curated display where they will sit alongside the work of established artists. From Turkish artist Evrim Erdogan’s abstract works and French painter Pascale Taurua’s fashion portraits to London mixed media artist Michael Olsen’s ‘butterfly boxes’, the successful applicants hail from all around the globe and cover the entire artistic spectrum. Those featured in the exhibition are in with the chance of securing a publishing contract with Washington Green. If successful, they will join the ranks of the art scene elite with Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and Raphael Mazzucco – just some of the names represented by the company. Glyn Washington, founder and creative director of Washington Green Fine Art, said: “Our Summer Exhibition is an opportunity for artists, who otherwise may not get the chance to publicly exhibit, to showcase their work in front of a wider audience. “Our last two events attracted some of the finest talent working in contemporary art, so this year’s exhibition has a lot to live up to. Through a rigorous selection process we have put ...
  • Fabulous Fine & Country raises cash for homeless charity   Polo ponies, players and a record-breaking crowd of spectators recently enjoyed one of the finest sporting and social events in Southam. A staggering 5,500 people poured through the gates of Dallas Burston Polo Club for the ever-popular Fine & Country Gold Cup. The Warwickshire Gold Cup has grown in popularity since it was launched four years ago with the packed programme of activities and the number of spectators increasing with each event, although it has been nine years since Fine & Country’s Leamington office held a BBQ within the RLS Polo Club from which the current event has stemmed. More than just a day of high octane polo, Fine & Country is also a firm family favourite, alongside Dallas Burston Polo Club’s annual Polo in the Park, with entertainment to suit visitors of all ages. The 600-acre site was lined with a range of exhibitors which featured some stunning displays of woodwork as well as the expertise of the Honesberie Shooting School. And for car enthusiasts there was a dazzling array of impressive automobiles including La Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and even a noddy car for younger visitors. There was also a selection of mouth-watering food stations, but visitors looking for something a little more special had the option of afternoon tea or a sandwich box – both of which proved a huge hit and sold out on the day. Fine & Country coincided with Pina Colada week and to mark this occasion, the DBPC team served up a delicious Pina Colada Malibu cocktail to its adult visitors. Organisers have branded the event a huge success and say once again Fine & Country proved itself to be a firm favourite ...
  • Carnival extravaganza raises £1,500 for local charities as BPA hosts annual summer event Fire-eaters and acrobats put on a jaw-dropping show for 150 guests as the BPA celebrated the arrival of summer with its very first charity Carnival event in the city centre. Birmingham Publicity Association (BPA, formerly PACE) hosted its annual summer event, sponsored by Broadway Casino, at Mama Roux, raising more than £1,500 for LoveBrum. Caroline Chell, Chair of the BPA said: “For more than 70 years, the BPA has been bringing those working within the creative industries together and supporting great causes, while knowing how to throw a show-stopping event, and this year was no different! “This year, we opted for a less formal event, hosting the event at Mama Roux, with superb street food served up by Digbeth street food favourites and first class circus entertainment from Circus Mash. Every year the committee strives to deliver something different from previous events, and this year, the combination of a cool new venue, funky food and the wow factor ensure we did just that. “These events take a great deal of time and effort from the team, all of whom volunteer their time and energy, and they wouldn’t be possible without the vital support of members, guests, and crucially, our sponsors. Broadway Casino has been a loyal supporter of the BPA for years now, and I think the team there will be delighted with how the Carnival went – a full house and generous contributions for guests meant we were able to raise more than £1,500 for our nominated charity, LoveBrum, which will be used to support a host of deserving local causes.” Dedicated to bringing the creative industries in the Midlands closer together, the BPA ...
  • Indochinese Food Festival launches at PRAZA Edgbaston Award-winning, fine dining Indian restaurant, PRAZA Edgbaston, will be launching their Indochinese Food Festival on the 24th July, which will run until the end of August. The festival will celebrate the fusion of Chinese and Indian food, featuring uniquely spiced dishes never seen before in Birmingham. Indochinese cuisine is the Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings and is believed to have been developed by the small Chinese community that lived in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) for over a century. The amalgamation of Chinese and Indian flavour seamlessly marries together to create a wholly unique culinary experience. PRAZA’s Indochinese Food Festival will showcase a delectable range of Indian Chinese creations, tickling the taste buds of Indian and Chinese food lovers alike. The festival menu will feature both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, introducing exclusive new dishes, such as the Indian Chinese street food classic, Chinese Bhel and the flavoursome Vegetable Manchurian. PRAZA have also teamed up with premier Cantonese restaurant, Henry Wong, to create a signature dish to feature on their festival menu, set to be revealed next month. Rai Singh, Director at PRAZA Edgbaston, comments: “Indochinese cuisine is very popular in India but there really hasn’t been a local Indochinese concept, restaurant or pop-up focused on the cuisine itself, it’s usually the odd dish featured on a more varied menu. We therefore wanted to collaborate and create a festival focusing solely on Indochinese cuisine, offering a brilliant range of dishes for people to come and try.”
  • Shakespeare Martineau’s Andrew Whitehead delivers speech to EU policy makers in Brussels Andrew Whitehead, Head of Energy at law firm Shakespeare Martineau delivered a keynote speech to European policy makers and energy industry participants in Brussels yesterday. Held in the Club de Warande in Brussels on 11 July, the event, entitled ‘Why is energy different? Brexit and the energy sector’, looked at legal and policy options for the UK energy sector post Brexit, in light of the developing negotiating position of the UK government and its EU counterparts. Joining Andrew Whitehead on the platform was Anthony Froggatt, senior research fellow in the energy, environment and resources department of Chatham House.   Panel contributions also came from Doerte Fouquet, head of the Brussels office of German law firm Becker Buettner Held; Jo Leinen, MEP, committees on environment, foreign policy and constitutional affairs; Claude Turmes, MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance and Jan Ingwersen, General Manager of ENTSOG, the association of European gas transmission system operators. Andrew Whitehead, head of energy at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Security of energy supply and affordable energy costs are absolutely critical for the future of the UK. Brexit is throwing up a multitude of issues of fundamental importance that risk being neglected in the wider Brexit debate. “The energy sector has not been portrayed as one of the main Brexit political battlegrounds, but as the UK’s negotiating strategy evolves, decisions made now on issues such as the future role of the European Court of Justice could have a profound impact on the shape – and resilience – of the UK energy sector after Brexit. “Whilst the political debate is firmly fixed on wide ranging issues such as citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the Repeal Bill, it is essential that the politicians listen ...