The Priory Rooms, conference centre, Birmingham
Conveniently located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, The Priory Rooms is a great place for meeting rooms or conference centre. A hidden gem offering state of the art conference facilities in delightful courtyard surroundings. To book your meeting rooms or conference centre Call 0121 236 2317.
Central Birmingham's meeting and conference venue
With nine versatile meeting rooms that can accommodate anything from two to 200 delegates; full and half day-delegate packages, and a range of superb catering and refreshment options, we are totally confident that we will be able to fully meet your needs.
Our commitment to the environment is reflected in everything we do, from our use of Fair-trade refreshments, to recycling all of our waste packaging and paper. A large proportion of our trading profits are given to charity and make a valuable contribution to the local community.
Whether your event is a regular team meeting, training course or annual conference, the landscaped gardens and the contrast of traditional and modern design provides a truly unique venue.
All of this in a calm and tranquil setting, with the convenience of a city centre location.
Posted on: 01/09/2015 by: superadmin
Starlight is one of the 89 individually decorated owls on display in Birmingham for the Big Hoot Trail this summer. The beautiful, hand-crafted mosaic owl was created by internationally renowned artist Caroline Jariwala. Caroline, who lives in Bearwood and a member of Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House, designed the owl with a group of young people from residential care in Birmingham. Through mosaic depicting children holding hands the owl raises awareness for the need for more foster and adoptive parents in Birmingham. Starlight, named by the children, is a star attraction on The Big Hoot, standing outside the Pavilions shopping centre in the High Street.
The group of ten young people, aged 11-17 years old, are from Camborne House and Clissold Street children’s homes. Their creative design was recently commended at the High Sheriff Awards. The group were nominated by the Lord Mayor’s office for the Young Person’s Inspiring Others category and won!
Caroline is a highly prolific artist who has been working in the field of fine art since 1986. She is enjoys being part of school and community projects which help others explore emotion and memories. Most of Caroline’s artwork is inspired by her Gujarati Indian heritage, a fusion of Hindu symbolism and Quaker spirituality, developed through investigating themes of ritual, custom and culture.
“I move between two cultures; this has enabled me to develop my own personal faith journey. My work is meditative, exploring a range of emotion and experience.
I define myself as picassiette mosaic artist. Picassiette is a French slang term meaning “stolen from plate.” It is as though I am freeing the crockery pattern from a cup or serving dish to give new life.
The mosaic speaks to people’s conditions. It works on many levels. People are reminded of crockery from their childhood, there is a positive reminiscence connected to their own story.”
Caroline has been delighted to be part of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s fundraiser and how The Big Hoot trail has brought the community together, introduced art to a wide audience and raise awareness of great causes. Starlight will be auctioned with the other owls on The Big Hoot in October to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Caroline is currently exhibiting with two Quaker women artists at Inside Out-Outside In, Internal and External Human Landscapes at St Martin in the Fields Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London from Tuesday 11 August to Sunday 6 September 2015.
In addition, Caroline runs one day mosaic workshops at her home studio in Bearwood. She is also an Associate Tutor at Woodbrooke, and will be running a 4-day mosaic course in August 2016. A solo exhibition of mosaic works inspired by the patterns in flora and fauna is planned at Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham, in Sept 2016.
Caroline’s website is: www.carolinejariwala.co.uk
Caroline Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mango.mosaicsread more
Customer service was outstanding. All staff were pleasant and helpful. Dragan, Sri and Chris were excellent. Dragan even went out to purchase earl grey for me as there wasn’t any available – he really did go the extra mile!
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