Open mic: Up to 5 minutes, slots are given out on the door
Entry: £3 - this gets split between the featured acts
Open mic-ers go freeeeeee (but are given out on the door ONLY, and on a first come, first served basis. spaces are limited so be quick!)
Stirchley Speaks and Artefact continue to invite all perspectives, experiences, and ways of telling them, through its doors. No censors. All we ask is you be mindful of any content which may be traumatic for others in the room. Merci bicoup- Stirchley Speaks
Cariss Auburn is a singer-songwriter and self-taught producer from Wolverhampton. Citing her musical influences as ranging from jazz to 80's soul and funk, she has brought her melodic and soulful sound to regular performances throughout the Midlands and beyond, notably opening for soul legend Alexander O’Neal at The Jamhouse, Birmingham.
Her debut EP ‘Unphased’, from which the eponymous track was named “standout” track of the week on BBC Introducing WM, is out now along with the accompanying music video for her single ‘Summer’.
Cariss is looking forward to releasing new music this year after gaining local media attention with the release of her Youtube music video series “Wolverhampton Wanders"
Check out the 'Wolverhampton Wanders’ Youtube Video Series by Cariss Auburn:
Jessica Syposz is a writer and performer who is interested in how we can better cultivate empathy in the face of an uncertain future.
Incorporating Eastern European folklore, body horror and moments of everyday tenderness, her work highlights the historical narratives that fuel our fears and make us less able to care for each other. Most recently, she has performed sound-poetry on Birmingham's streets as part of Festival of Audacity 2019. She is currently writing poetry about a mysterious Russian radio station.
Samiir is an artist, poet and filmmaker from Birmingham. His work explores the ambiguity of language and identity, through abstraction and visual fragmentation. Samiir’s drawings are characterised by a distinctive recurring contour line motif; a metaphor for the repetitive, subtly shifting processes through which we construct our reality. In February, Samiir had the first solo exhibition of his drawings and poetry; space/meaning, here at Artefact. This summer, he was an artist in residence for the 2019 Supernormal festival, where he developed and performed the interactive branching narrative poetry piece; Mind Control Victims Anonymous.