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Fresh from its successful showing at the New Art Gallery in Walsall during December 2016, the exhibition ‘Punk in Walsall: life and legacy’ is now coming to Birmingham, and will be on view from 16th January to February 6th at the Parkside Gallery in Birmingham City University. The exhibition is a unique collection of specially commissioned portrait photographs and interviews with punks from Walsall, reflecting on what punk meant to them at the time, and still means to them decades later. Interesting, funny, and inspiring, it’s a celebration of the dramatic impact of the punk scene on young people in…

The Ceramic Garden certainly got people inspired; over 500 people from across the Black Country came together to help make over 1,200 flowers to go in the garden… and they came in all shapes and sizes. As visitors witnessed there was a little more than just flowers to spot – creepy crawlies of all types could be seen within the beautiful installation and there were a few surprises in there too. From Caterpillars climbing stalks to trolls under a bridge there was plenty to take pictures of.

A small selection of some of the images capturing the Desi Pubs project including the pubs, punters, stained glass window commission, portrait photography and the Worlds first Desi Pub signs.

There was no grand opening ceremony when Urban Hax opened their new premises in the Black Country. And why should there be – chances are this the first you’ve heard of the not-for-profit tech company. Perhaps fittingly, the digital lab has taken over a former stables in Walsall – a location synonymous with the Black Country and this new company just might be setting a future trend for the area. Geoff Henderson is the director of Urban Hax, setting the company up in 2013. He said: “I’m a firm believer that this will make a difference – it’s a new…

Despite the turn up for the books in this year’s political anomalies, a professional gambler turned pop-artist is hedging his bets on a positive future for the UK. Having recently appeared on BBC 1’s Flog It!, Lawrence ‘Loz’ Taylor, aged 56, from Sedgley, collected a cool £6,000 backing a Brexit vote in the referendum and backing Trump for President. Aside from the small fortune Mr Taylor made from the unexpected outcomes, he now thinks his artwork will be more understood and the economy will be on the up. He said: “What I do isn’t always considered PC or whatever you…

Thousands of people came out to help West Bromwich town centre come alive with adventure on the 13th and 14th of August for a weekend of performance, cinema, photography and giant Bumble Bees. Creative Black Country, in partnership with Sandwell Council and West/ Bromwich BID, put together an exciting programme of events for this year’s Sandwell Arts Festival transforming the town with a lively, packed weekend called Imagine That! Over 500 people from community groups across the Black Country helped the artistic team at Oldbury’s Creative Arts to make a stunning ceramic garden of over 1,000 flowers that will take…