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Anna Watson’s Localise West Midlands blog about The Green Economy and Local Job Creation, reported that – as the oil supply peaks – the innovation, manufacture, marketing and repairing of products will become more economic at a local level. Small scale, sustainable employment opportunities will be created, encouraging local resourcefulness and a thriving local economy.  

Ort-Cafe-300x249A set of Grade II listed buildings, “The Old Print Works” on Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, opposite the fine Edwardian Moseley Road Baths and Library, offers a historic, but versatile, low-carbon and fun space in the heart of Balsall Heath that gives a vibrant community endless reasons to meet, learn, collaborate and grow:

“For people who want to sustain themselves and their community by learning, using and sharing practical knowledge and making-skills, we provide a unique and beautiful space of local significance, with a creative and welcoming atmosphere that enables everyone to be more self-sufficient and resilient.”

oldprintworks[2]Only two miles from the city centre on the A435, one of Birmingham’s best bus routes, the Old Print Works provides work-space, including studios and workshops, at a modest rent.

At the rear, tenants’ shared resources include gallery and exhibition space, a reception area, parking space and an attractive courtyard.

Pottery, textiles and furniture are produced there. Services include metal-welding, music tuition, photography courses, compressor repairs, wood and metal workshop for children, see http://www.oldprintworks.org/makers/.

ORT Arts & Community Café

ORT cafe

A reader writes: “I was there on Saturday night for a Celebrating Sanctuary gig. Such a good addition to Balsall Heath!”

Ort logoEarlier events have included a meeting with Positive Money and a debate/discussion on the subject of elected mayors.

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Wednesday 13th March: Stubbs  Exhibition, http://ortcafe.co.uk/?p=2386

Ort stubbs gallery