exploring parenting and play in the 21st century.
F A M A L A M stages events that explore parenting and play in the 21st Century. F A M A L A M was founded by Creative Producer, Amy Martin and her (then) 9 month old son Theo.
F A M A L A M's first project was the Internet Cat Film Festival with Flatpack Film Festival in March 2015. The films were chosen by a team of under 5s, the children took part in curatorial training and our youngest curator was 3 years old. In July 2015 F A M A L A M received funding from Arts Council England to develop a series of pilot projects including Summer Camp with Birmingham Open Media, focused on science, technology, engineering, art and maths for 7-11yr olds, now in its second year. In autumn 2015 in partnership with Impact Hub Birmingham we prototyped a pop up co-working & creche series for artist, freelance and nomadic working parents with high speed wifi, natural light and on-site childcare. This series launched an initiative called #RadicalChildcare. In 2016 Amy won a Local Leaders Rising Star Award for her F A M A L A M work and became a TEDxBrum speaker, giving a talk entitled: Why Childcare needs reinvention at Birmingham Town Hall.
In 2017 Amy gave birth to her second son Remy Emmanuel Campbell and with Impact Hub Birmingham has been successful in securing a small pot of development money from Big Lottery Fund to work to understand what’s needed to make Birmingham a home for system wide innovation around childcare, children and families.
#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.
With funding from Creative Black Country and in partnership with Impact Hub Birmingham & #RadicalChildcare, F A M A L A M has curated a series of FREE alternative family events, workshops and mini projects that explore ART FOR SOCIAL GOOD with children, young people and families in Bearwood and Smethwick.
Part of the Arts Council / Innovate UK funded Arts and Technology Pilot at NearNow studio in Nottingham Amy Martin, Naomi Turner and Marta Monge have been working on re-imagining childcare for the 21st century, through new approaches built on trust, flexibility and shared resources. Together they designed a prototype operating model and digital service, called Kidoop. The service, envisioned as a web app, would allow parents to group together to form a childcare co-operative.
Read more about the project here.
Using scrap from the Birmingham Scrapstore we created the most amazing mixture of cars and vehicles and then settled in to watch an entertaining array of animations from Flatpack’s Colour Box Touring Shorts Programme.
The event was part of Flatpack Assemble’s aim to help build a more thriving, connected film community in the region and this workshop & screening will support parents in setting up their own family DIY cinema events in libraries and community hubs where they live.
See the pics here.
When Amy Martin’s son Theo arrived, he instantly took up position at the centre of her world. Creator of F A M A L A M, exploring parenting and play in the 21st century, her bold new initiative #RadicalChildcare identifies a system so flawed that it invites much room for innovation. Hear why Birmingham is perfectly placed to explore new possibilities for childhood, and the importance of developing a modern day village.
F A M A L A M's first project was the Internet Cat Film Festival with Flatpack Film Festival in March 2015.
"Inspired by our American cousins we're bringing the first Internet Cat Film Festival to Birmingham. The films have been chosen by a team of under 5s who have been through some pretty 'rigorous' curatorial training to pick the cutest, funniest and strangest videos and we’re bringing them to the big screen as part of Flatpack."
Our Parent Membership gives parents and carers 2 days access to the Impact Hub Birmingham space per month and an additional 12 hours of childcare per month, which is provided every Thursday 10am – 1pm through our crèche. The monthly fee is approx £60 - for more info book a tour here.
I have received funding from Arts Council England to pilot a pop up co-working space with on-site childcare for working parents from the arts and creative industries at Impact Hub Birmingham.
The on-site childcare will operate much like a crèche facility, offering free-flow activities for children and include some structured sessions led by experienced artists and early years practitioners. The onsite co-working space at Impact Hub Birmingham has super fast broadband, big spacious tables and plenty of natural light.
This is a pilot programme and its success will depend upon a shared vision of collaboration and curiosity from a supportive network of parents, peers and early years experts.
Read about it HERE.
What might the future of Childcare look like for Nomadic workers, the untethered non 9-5ers like the ones residing at Impact Hub, or at coffee shops, and co-working spaces all around the city and beyond?
We started the discussion on Friday 17th April 2015 at Impact Hub with a group of interested and interesting people. Impact Hub provided lunch and we set up a corner of toys. Together we explored what radical childcare might look like in Birmingham and discussed examples of un-traditional models from other parts of the UK and beyond, what made them successful and considered the specific needs of our community.
With support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Ideas & Pioneers Fund we are starting to test the feasibility of opening a Children’s Hub in Birmingham as part of our next phase of Impact Hub Birmingham. Children’s Hub would be a multifaceted space that would combine an arts programme, nursery and creative learning programme focused on celebrating, supporting and championing childhood in Birmingham.
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The very first BOM Summer Camp, which took place 24 – 28 August 2015, was a huge success! We’re still not quite sure if the kids had more fun or we did…
This was Birmingham’s very first summer camp focussing on the key STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Led by an expert team of creative technologists, artists and science educators, the Summer Camp provides an exciting and stimulating environment for 7 – 11 year olds to work creatively, learn new skills and make new friends.
Delivered in partnership with F A M A L A M and facilitated by an awesome crew of creative technologists, Summer Camp was a week of tinkering and robot-making, inspiring creativity through the key STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).
Supported by Arts Council England.