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2-30 June, mac birmingham 1-5th July, St Matthews Church, Walsall Town Centre 6 July, Collingwood Centre, Pheasey 11-30 July, New Art Gallery Walsall More venues to be confirmed If you have been lucky enough to see Grayson Perry’s wonderful The Vanity of Small Differences on tour then you will have an idea of what Silver Thread Tapestries is all about. A project that brings together the delicate nature of sewing and community, telling stories of people, places and spaces. Produced by Walsall Council’s now-disbanded Creative Development Team the project ran for nearly a year and involved hundreds of local people,…

70,000 people turn out to the largest Asian music festival in the UK each year which takes place over the weekend of the 1 and 2 July at Victoria Park in Smethwick. Jam-packed with top acts, dancers, a fairground, food stalls and attractions the Mela also hosts live performance due to its partnership with the recently formed Mela Network. This year the Mela Network will be bringing the stunning Heliosphere to the event on Sunday 2nd July. Creating the illusion of flying, a helium filled balloon rises, falls and glides overhead, suspending a balletic aerialist below tumbling and turning from…

A taste of the British seaside in three caravans Bantock House Museum & Park – 7th, 8th, 9th July 2017 Lightwood’s House & Park – 13th,14th, 15th, 16th July 2017 Perilous donkey rides on the beach and rainy days spent shoving pennies in to the bandits at glitzy arcades, fairground dodgems and cheap kiss me quick hats are all memories from the great British seaside holiday. It may have been relegated to the bottom of the list thanks to cheap overseas flights but for those of us born in the 60s, 70s and 80s, the annual summer getaway to the…

To make some of the 100 Masters come to life lead artists Juneau Projects will be bringing their illustration and tech skills to the project. Working with cacti breeder Stan Griffin, illustrator Elizabeth Isley, printmaker John Neave, B-girl Hanifa McQueen Hudson and animator Drew Roper, artist duo Ben and Phil will be producing a set of augmented reality animations. Readers will be able to ‘trigger’ images that have been printed in Fused Magazine, on the cover of Area Culture Guide and the Express & Star newspaper by using the Layar app. Juneau Projects explain more about the project… Can you…

Storyshare CIC, a new company, which works with and for communities within the UK, to chronicle and portray memories of their culture and heritage using digital media, have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for a brand-new heritage project to capture the heritage of second generation British Asian people from the Black Country. The new project, The British Indian Project – Second Generation Stories, is about the second-generation British Asian community who were raised between two cultures. The Asian culture of their families and the British culture of their peers.  This meant that there was only a vague plan on routes…

Creative Black Country have teamed up with independent media company Fused to produce a special CBC edition of Area Culture Guide that includes a brilliant augmented reality cover. Celebrating all things creative in the region the Black Country special edition features a cover that springs in to animation when using AR smart phone app Layar. The animation, produced by artist duo Juneau Projects, had been commissioned by CBC’s 100 Masters project; a new campaign that looks to identify contemporary skilled people from the Black Country and help inspire future talent. Using an illustration inspired by nominated master, Elizabeth Ilsley, a…

Beats Without Boundaries matches five rappers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India with five British artists for Alchemy. After meeting online, the musicians are performing together around the UK. Journalist Arwa Haider talks to some of the artists about the project. Bigger than hip-hop Hip-hop culture transcends a single language. Its images and rhythms shape-shift and radiate across generations, and through towns and cities all over the world, as party music, political manifestos, experimental expression and more. Beats Without Boundaries explores this creative scope by bringing together performers to share stories from different cultural contexts to create something new.…

100 Masters by Creative Black Country and Impact Hub Birmingham invite you to join us for an inspiring afternoon at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick, where we will explore what the idea of ‘Mastery’ means in the local Sikh community and beyond, The event will consist of a series of short talks by four local special guest speakers who are pioneers in their field of work followed by a conversation, highlighting diverse perspectives on the topic of Mastery and uncovering local masters in the process. Special Guests include, artist, educator and curator, Mohammed Ali, world renowned sculpting artist and athlete,…

Join the Polish Expats Association and Creative Black Country for a Polish Heritage Day on 06 May 2017 at West Bromwich Town Hall and celebrate openness, appreciation and better understanding between our communities in the Black Country. The project is part of the Polish Heritage Day initiative by the Polish Embassy in London along with over 40 events planned across the UK and supported by the Polish Consulates in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh. The free West Bromwich event, which starts at 4pm, will include an exhibition, ’From Exile to Freedom’; presenting stories of different generations of Polish Migrants, traditional folk…

“Sandwell’s Bloomin’ Lovely” is open to all amateur artists, schools and community groups wanting to submit a themed piece of work to feature in the trail. Art work will be shortlisted to a collection of pieces which will be exhibited across the borough, allowing members of the public to vote for the best piece of art work. The theme for the competition is “Flowers, Plants and Nature in Bloom across Sandwell”. The artist can use any of the following mediums: -Painting: oils, acrylics, watercolours -Drawings: pencils, charcoals, inks, pastels -Photographs -Mixed media: Mixture of the above Accepted art works must…

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