Welcome to Birmingham Arts School

Welcome to Birmingham Arts School!

Birmingham Arts School (BAS) is funded jointly by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Connect. It is the first major project developed by Birmingham Creates, the city’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP).  The school has been established as an urgently needed boost to arts education in the city. BAS will forge new relationships between arts organisations and schools, to extend and deepen the impact of learning partnerships, and bring new creative learning opportunities to all children and young people in Birmingham. BAS aims to create a new vision for education with a defined curriculum offer for creative learning in Birmingham that is built on the collective experience and aspirations of teachers, creative practitioners, children & young people and their communities.

Meet the Team

Felix Pepler – Birmingham Arts School Principal

Felix has dedicated his career to understanding and applying the arts and creativity as tools for positive transformation within community and statutory education contexts. Felix holds a BA (hons) Degree in Creative Arts from Nottingham Trent University and a Master’s Degree in Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts from Goldsmiths College. Previously Head of Centre at Sandwell Council’s unique and widely renowned residential Arts Centre, Ingestre Hall, Felix is now Principal of Birmingham Arts School, a unique and ambitions programme bringing schools and arts organisations together to deepen and extend the impact of learning and engagement opportunities for young people through the arts. 

Felix has held several consultant and project manager positions, each making an important contribution to the social and political discourse and development of Arts and Community Education. This includes: shaping the guiding principles and delivery methodology for the Government backed social action programme ‘Community Organisers’, advising schools and non-statutory arts and education groups throughout the UK on applying creativity and the arts as tools for school and social improvement and working as National Arts Director for the Social Action Charity RE:generate to lead on the design and delivery of creative and cultural community engagement and regeneration programmes.

Felix is MD of media and education company, Pepler Creative Ltd, a Moderator with Trinity College for Arts Award, a Director of The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and a Fellow of the RSA. In his spare time, Felix is a musician, sound engineer and music producer.

Email Felix: felix.pepler@bep.education 

Alison Haynes – Birmingham Arts School Programme Manager

Email Alison: alison.haynes@bep.education

Julie Ward – Arts Lead (Commonwealth Games)

Email Julie: julie.ward@bep.education 

Lucy Kevern – Project Worker (Commonwealth Games)

Email Lucy: lucy.kevern@bep.education