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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…

ABOUT THE GROUP ConGens is a Wolverhampton based charity that delivers a variety of projects and activities that help tackle disadvantage due to age, poor health or low income. We have a small group of volunteers supporting us as we work in partnership with other groups for the benefit of the community. Our 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. ConGens has previously worked with deaf people and wants to raise awareness of deaf culture amongst the wider community. Sign…

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. Although we seem more connected to the world through technology, are we in fact more isolated? Who are our community? Who –…

ABOUT THE GROUP 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, about themselves, about the world around them.” WHAT THEY WILL DO IN 2017 In 2017, we will begin the development of an ambitious new show which explores the experiences of first-…

First the ‘Oss Box and now Paintball by Numbers – Cradley Heath Creative is certainly making a colourful impact in the Black Country. The arts group held what is believed to be the UK’s first paintball by numbers event this month at Haden Hill. Fran Wilde, Cradley Heath Creative chairman, called it a fantastic event and is enjoying seeing people from Cradley Heath get involved with the arts. She said: “We saw a lot of interest in what we were doing and had a steady stream of people all day. “Everyone did really well and the image really was quite…

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