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The Rebecca Vassie Trust supports early-to-mid-career photographers in the UK through bursary awards, which fund new work documenting lesser-known peoples and communities. The Trust was set up following the tragic death of the British photographer and photojournalist Rebecca Vassie, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in 2015. The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award 2017 is now open for applications. The award offers a grant of £1,250 to complete a photography project, support from industry professionals, plus a further £1,150-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging. The Trust works with the award recipient to organise public and industry exposure of the resulting work,…

Opportunity for six curators and six artists from the West Midlands Multistory is inviting early / mid career curators and artists to apply for one of 12 opportunities to create new work / exhibitions for Blast! Festival in 2019. Curators’ Opportunity Curators are invited to apply for one of six commissions to work within one of the six towns of Sandwell, focusing on communities and re-imaging and re-presenting work from the Multistory photographic collection. They are interested in receiving applications that present creative approaches to animating our collection, engaging with communities and presenting an exhibition / event / performance that sits within the Blast Festival…

Each day as part of a new Summer Arts Scheme Creative Factory will be helping kids make unusual and exciting individual art peices which will be collated into an interactive installation exhibition for friends and family on Friday 11th August from 4-6pm. With mini performances of animation projections and shadow show. After which kids can take their artwork home as a unique decoration for ytheir bedroom or mini films to share on their phone. August 7-11 Programme Mon 7th AM – Kaleidescopes and lantern making Mon 7th PM – Giant weaving and shadow show Tues 8th AM – Glass mosaic…

Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association are delighted to invite you to a summer of high quality live entertainment, cinema, music and theatre in the delightful grounds of Bantock House. THEATRE Saturday 15th July, 7.30pm Bash Street Theatre: Bellevue Hotel A brand new outdoor family show from award winning Bash Street – Bellevue Hotel tells the story of landlady Elsie Lovejoy and her battle with the greedy boss of the neighbouring sweet factory who is determined to buy her out. With live piano, silent comedy, a touch of magic and some hair-raising action the show is set in a two storey…

Since my last blog post I attended Sandwell and Birmingham Mela. It was a like a huge party; perfect weather, people having a boogie and then… Zamana. The stunning show stopped people in their tracks with the spectacle of Heliosphere – a spiralling, spinning helium filled giant balloon with an acrobat attached creating an illusion of flying. Audiences loved the spectacle, it was a beautiful and engaging piece of work. The icing on the cake was when the performer was lowered into the audience to give high fives all around. Thanks to team Nutkhut and Sandwell & Birmingham Mela for…

August 2017 will be 70 years since the Partition of India and the 70th Anniversary of Independence for India and Pakistan. Pakistan got Independence on the 14th of August 1947 and India on the 15th of August 1947. UNTOLD Art exhibitions have brought together a broad spectrum of artists from different art disciplines to mark this occasion across the city of Wolverhampton. Newhampton Arts Centre. Private view: Friday 11th August 6.30-9pm Exhibition runs 11-18 August Bantock House Museum, Finchfield Rd, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ Private view: Sunday 13th August 2-5pm Exhibition runs 11 August -11 September Temple Street Studio/gallery, 32a Temple…

With their opening performances at SO Festival firmly under their sparkly Elvis belt we thought we’d share with you a little taster of what to expect when you venture inside each of Black Country Touring’s Life’s A Beach caravans. Elvis Caravan Join Elvis and Shona in the ‘Elvis Bingo’ Caravan for a game of Elvis’s Bingo Balls. While our Black Country Elvis switches from Yam Yam to all American drawl and belts out the odd classic hit with a swing of his well-oiled hips, his newly appointed glamorous assistance wants to show off more than her number calling skills. But…

If you go down to the woods today… well not quite the woods but RSPB Sandwell Valley, then you are in for a BIG surprise. Last year, as part of the Imagine That! season Creative Black Country collaborated with RSPB to commission a new sculptural piece at their home. Enlisting the services of talented Brewood based sculptor Robot Cossey an outdoor bed was produced out of wood to help bird watchers have a space to lay back with their binoculars and watch the birds fly overhead. With the help of some imaginative young people, who were attending workshops, a beautiful…

Capturing the community spirit and shared aspirations of the people of Low Hill in Wolverhampton a new book by the Low Hill Community Centre Group has been produced with images by photographer Nelson Douglas. Built on 330 acres of land bought by the local council in the wake of a government push in 1924 the once rural landscape on the outskirts of the city was filled five years later with 2,000 new homes. The estate was built on ‘garden city’ ideals, with a cartwheel-style layout and generous gardens offering families plenty of light and air – a welcome change from…

I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while and really pleased to kick off my first blog post to share news of Creative Black Country’s relationship with the Mela Partnership. Initiated by performance company Nutkhut in 2016 for the last year and a half we have been working with Sandwell and Birmingham Mela to add extra value to what the Mela already offers to its audiences. Being part of the Mela Partnership we can help provide additional high quality creative programming, shared learning and capacity building. If you came to Mela last year you may remember the stunning aerial acrobatics…

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