Browsing: Groundworks

Gatis Growing Community project in Whitmore Reans are one of only five groups from the region to be shortlisted to compete for the public vote and win up to £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund Cash in ITV’s The People’s Projects TV Competition. The group will make a bid for viewers support to win £50,000, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Tuesday 21st March, Gatis Growing Community will be highlighted on ITV’s regional news programme at 6pm showcasing their outdoor and craft activities which help a wide range of people reconnect with nature and the…

The GAP Centre, West Bromwich has secured funds from Creative Black Country to present their DIY Drive-In Cinema event. This is a family friendly event where children use recycled materials and cardboard boxes to design and build their own kid-sized cars before settling down to an afternoon of short family films. The Gap Centre would like to invite you to their family friendly event taking place on: Saturday 25th March 2017 from 2-5pm at the GAP Centre, Hargate Lane, West Bromwich, B71 1PH. Light refreshments will be available. To book your tickets (priced at £10 per family – 2 x…

Do you LOVE to sing? Why not join We Are Bearwood for a free one day workshop with Marianne Ayling. The voice coach is leading the fun workshop at St Hilda’s Church, Abbey Road, Warley Woods on Saturday 18th March from 10.30am – 2.30pm. All abilities are welcome and different types of music will be played so whatever you like to sing to you’ll have a great day. If you would like to go along book your space by emailing bearwoodsings@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Two of our Groundwork Groups are looking for theatre companies who can offer high quality, family friendly open air theatre shows for West Midlands’ community audiences. Technical support will be provided and the Groundwork Groups are open to negotiating a fee. The dates and area the shows will be in are as follows: Walsall on 6th May 2017 Wolverhampton on 15th, 22nd, and 29th July 2017 To express your interest please email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk with information about your company and your work. The deadline to submit your expression of interest is Friday 24 February.

West Brom’s Lyng Media Groundworks group took over the Longbridge TV channel with their very own version entitled LYNG TV. LongbridgeTV is an online channel created for Longbridge by Longbridge, devised by artists Emily Warner and Sarah Taylor Silverwood. Designed to give members of the public a platform to share stories, ideas and tips, members of The Lyng Media Club decided they wanted to use the platform to have a conversation about environmental issues and to help promote good use of recycling within the local area. The issues follow on from the groups theme for this year of being environmentally friendly, which they will…

Women of Wolverhampton is an informal, social group for all women. From knitting and crocheting, to yoga and photography the group enjoys different opportunities and activities. AIMS OF THE GROUP WOW aims to Challenge gender inequality and to support women to achieve  what they aspire to. The Creativity inherent in women’s roles in all societies fires our artistic ideas – start with the familiar and Break out. ABOUT THE GROUP Regular member’s ages are from 19 – 65 and they come from different parts of the world, including Cameroon, Eritrea and Eire. The group enjoys relaxing in a safe space…

In December we invited comedian Barbara Nice to turn chat show host for Creative Black Country’s Christmas Cracker celebration. The event, which took place inside the beautiful West Bromwich Town Hall, was organised to share the achievements of our 14 Groundwork groups who each receive an award of up to £4000 from Creative Black Country to organise and put on cultural events in their area. Set up like a chat show Barbara interviewed representatives from many of the groups on her sofa on the stage to share what they had been up to over the past 12 months and how…

Different Pasts, Shared Futures documents the reality of those in flight from persecution and war and the creative resilience of individuals forced to start their lives again in a foreign country. It challenges us to rethink our often casual take on freedom and review the critical importance of welcome. Themes of identity, migration, integration and welcome are explored throughout the exhibition with work from established Wolverhampton artists, newly arrived artists, community groups and local schools. Funding from Creative Black Country and Barrow Cadbury Trust has enabled Groundworks Group Women of Wolverhampton to purchase resources for newly arrived artists, mentor learners and facilitate both artist led and member led workshops. They…

Greenfingered handypersons are wanted to help transform a community garden space in Whitmore Reans. Run by a small team of dedicated volunteers Gatis Community Gardens is a space that was to close due to funding cuts before a small but growing group of Gardeners negotiated with the council to run the space and keep the valuable resource open for the community. Now they are looking to transform the gardens with a competition asking the public to come up with ideas for the space. “Using fun, food, play, nature, gardening, crafts and volunteering we want you to help us shape the…

Do you love Whitmore Reans? Because Gatis Community space does and they think it’s time we spread some love. We are looking for the six most loved places in the Reans for a bit of Valentine loving. Between now and the 26th of January is your chance to vote and suggest your most loved places on our social media with the #Lovethereans on Facebook and Twitter. (Don’t forget to set your privacy settings onto public so we can see your post.) Once all the votes have been collected we will set to work our Poet and spoken word artist to…

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