Browsing: Open Access

As Creative Black Country comes to the end of its initial three-year program the team wanted to celebrate the achievements of their Open Access initiative. Open Access exists to get as many people from Wolverhampton, Walsall and Sandwell to organise and get involved in cultural activity. There have been some amazing groups who have put on anything from drive-in kids cinemas to a travelling venue made from a horse box to outdoor dance and light parades. So, of course, they needed an equally amazing artist to capture the work and so illustrator Katie Tomlinson was commissioned to produce a map…

Windsor Toys, a bijou toy emporium filled with beautifully designed toys, is hosting two events this week as part of their Playing Through History project. Not to be missed, these events explore the history of toys and toy making during the Second World War. WAR TIME TOYS TALK Thursday 12 October, 7pm – 8.30pm Explore the fascinating history of toys during World War II. This talk is the culmination of the ‘Playing Through History’ project. Come along to listen to the stories and memories discovered during the project, visit the pop up ‘War Time Toys’ Museum and see the toys…

On Friday 13 October Contact Dance Company (part of Shropshire Inclusive Dance) will be performing their show Two Fold, a show featuring powerful duets that explore the unique relationships & dynamics that hold people together or pull them apart, at Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre. The performances will include duets by Mosaic Disability Theatre which were created during the company’s residency at the Arena Theatre in September. Event details Date: Friday 13th October Times: Matinee performance, 1.30pm. All tickets £5 Evening performance, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 / £10 (concessions) / £5 (local community members with disabilities discount. Use code ‘twofold5’) Venue: Arena Theatre, Wulfruna…

Kom Achall (artist and Project Coordinator for Partition Line) was successful in receiving a Growth Award from Creative Black Country as part of Open Access for her project Partition Line. Partition Line saw five exhibitions (collectively know as UNTOLD) take place across Wolverhampton in Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC), The Asylum Art Gallery, Bantock House Museum, Viner Gallery and Temple Street Studios/ Gallery, displaying artwork by 25 artists and 10 Spoken Word artists who took part in the project. The exhibitions mark the commemoration of the Partition of India 70 years ago and the 70th Anniversary of Independence for India and…

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.…

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