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Changing Our Lives have organised a poetry slam with young people in the Palfrey area of Walsall to share their stories of mental health and how the art of poetry can help them and change attitudes. Entrance is £2 for adults, £1 for young people under 18 and free for under 5s. Date: 12th July, 7-9pm Palfrey Girls School, 72 Queen Mary Street, Walsall, WS1 4AB

Cradley Heath Creative started in 2013 with members who either work in the arts or who have a well embedded practice in their lives. The group give profile to local artists and arts activity including organizing an annual programme of festivals. 2017 also sees them join The Big Sleuth and take their wonderful mobile venue the ‘Oss box’ out to events across the region. The group’s Fran Wilde tells us more. What will the group be doing for the rest of 2017? Following our Arts Festival during May we will be part of the Women Chainmakers Festival on 1st July,…

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,…

Out of the Darkness is a collaborative art project providing disposable cameras to Wolverhampton’s homeless community. The pictures and personal narratives incorporated into this exhibition provide an intimate portrayal of the reality of life on the streets of Britain. More importantly, they challenge us to reexamine our stereotypes and to see the homeless through a more sympathetic and human lens. The project, which has been run though CBC’s Open Access Award by Laura Dicken and Greig Campbell, will feature a selection of the images taken by several of the participants and will be put on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery…

In A Tale of Two Chippies, Little Earthquake cooks up a brand-new sub-genre – the souvlaki Western – to explore cultural collision, community cohesion and the way to cook the perfect battered chip. ABOUT Little Earthquake is a theatre company based in Walsall which was set up in 2005 by co-Directors Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman. “Audiences are the most important ingredient in all we do. We look for ways to redefine the theatrical experience and to offer each audience member something new, no matter how much or how little theatre they’ve experienced before. We challenge audiences’ preconceptions about theatre,…

Let’s make a song and dance about a subject that: Can be a bore, Is often a chore, And is never done… ABOUT Jill Norman and Vickie Barbier are two artists with ‘homes, children, and chaos’ who are at the beginning of making a piece of theatre based on the work of the house. WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING In an interactive workshop with a community group they will gather ideas, stories, and experiences about houses and homes. “This is an area that affects us all. Peoples’ wellbeing and moods are influenced by the environment they inhabit; particularly the home.…

Cogens aims to promote equality of opportunity to disadvantaged groups and individuals in imaginative and creative ways. ABOUT THE GROUP The Wolverhampton based charity delivers a variety of projects and activities that help tackle disadvantage due to age, poor health or low income. They have a small group of volunteers supporting them to work in partnership with other groups for the benefit of the community. Their activities include exercise for frail older people, lessons in basic IT and outings to places of interest for those unable to get out and about without support. ABOUT THE PROJECT The sign out loud…

One of our latest Open Access groups FAMALAM kicked off the new year with a brilliantly creative event for littles ones. Joining up with Flatpack: Assemble families were invited to join a DIY drive in cinema experience at Thimblemill Library on Sunday 15th January. Building their own cars using scrap and craft from the Birmingham Scrapstore, and then settling in to watch an entertaining array of animations from Flatpack’s Colourbox Touring Shorts programme, the workshop and screening will support parents in setting up their own family DIY cinema events in libraries and community hubs where they live. “Really lovely to…

ABOUT FAMALAM: Art for Social Change stages events that explore parenting and play in the 21st Century.  F A M A L A M’s first project was the Internet Cat Film Festival with Flatpack Film Festival in March 2015, in July 2015 F A M A L A M received funding from ACE to develop a series of pilot projects including Summer Camp with Birmingham Open Media, focused on science, technology, engineering, art and maths for 7-11yr olds. PROJECTS FOR 2017 F A M A L A M is planning a series of alternative family events, workshops and mini projects…

Want to make the most of arts and culture in your local area? Round 7 of the Open Access Award is now open and we are looking to support activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence across the Black Country. Whether you’re a professional artist, performer or community group who have never experienced an arts activity before, this could be for you. Open Access is open to Individuals, groups and organisations in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton and you can read more about the awards and how to apply here. Image from WOOLVERHAMPTION who had an Open Access Award to produce…

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