Imagine a meadow of beautiful bright flowers that never die. During the summer 1,200 handmade ceramic flowers will glisten in the sunshine surrounded by bees, butterflies and wildlife in a new large-scale installation produced in partnership with Creative Black Country and Sandwell disability day opportunities Creative Arts.

During the past six months over 500 people from a range of community and education groups across the Black Country have helped the team at Creative Arts make this large scale magical garden. The centre’s service users, who have a range of learning and physical disabilities, have been busy painting the glazes and putting the finishing touches to the flowers ready for public display.

“The work produced for the Ceramic Garden reflects the wide diversity of people that have been part of the project, from children as young as four to a 92 year old.” Comments Creative Arts Project Co-ordinator Richard Flatley. 

“We work through the barriers of disability for people who have had difficult lives and who, before the partnership with Creative Black Country, felt isolated. We would pick up the service users from their homes and bring them to Creative Arts via a bus and after several hours they would go home again, never meeting anyone else from the community. But now, through this project, we have brought other people in from a variety of groups and feel we have immersed ourselves in to the community.”

Creative Black Country commissioned Creative Arts to produce flora, fauna and their little bug friends as part of their Landmarks programme. There will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to see the installation when it is placed at Tipton’s Library on Union Walk from the 5th July for the entire month. The garden will be accompanied by a series of fun events including talks from RSPB and wildlife conservationists, films, knitted flower workshops, live bands and art & craft stalls.

The installation will then be split with a Mini Beast Meadow at the historic Oak House in West Bromwich and an Infinity Field at Sandwell Arts Cafe on New Street during Sandwell Arts Festival on the 13th and 14th of August.

The Ceramic Garden installation forms part of Imagine That! Creative Black Country’s exciting summer season of arts and activity which takes place from July to September.

Ceramic Garden Dates

24 June:
Preview held at Creative Arts Project, Unit 37 to 39, Cyprus Street, Oldbury B69 4XD 

5-30 July:
Tipton Library, Owen House, 17 Unity Walk, Tipton DY4 8QL

10 August, 10am-4pm:
Ceramic Bugs Workshop, Free
Oak House, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ
All crafty hands are welcome to join artist Jon Williams for a beginners pottery class. Learn how to make your favourite insect out of clay or get creative and imagine your very own super bug!

13-14 August: 
Mini Beast Meadow
Oak House, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ
Bugs, bees, flies, grubs and other little beasties escape the ceramic garden and take a bugs holiday at beautiful Oak House.

13-14 August: 
Ceramic Garden
Infinity Field. Sandwell Arts Cafe, First Floor of Sandwell Central Sixth, West Bromwich, B70
A field of ceramic flowers will fill the arts cafe and will go on forever-and-ever within a mirrored room. Come take a photo of yourself surrounded by thousands of colourful plant sculptures with a chance to win a prize #ImagineThat

Creative Arts have run Ceramic Garden workshops with the following community groups;-
-Christ Church Primary School, Oldbury
-Goscote Greenacres Centre, Walsall
-Oak House Gardening Group, West Bromwich
-Options For Life, Oldbury
-RSPB Sandwell
-Sandwell College
-Sandwell Community Information & Participation Service (SCIPS)
-Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI)
-SMBC Youth Offending Team
-Crafty Muthas, Smethwick
-The Brades Lodge School, Oldbury
-The Lyng Community Association Media Group, West Bromwich
-The Prince’s Trust, Sandwell
-The Pudding Club, Oldbury
-The Sense charity, Smethwick
-The Westminster School, Rowley Regis
-We Are Bearwood, Smethwick
-Women Of Wolverhampton (WOW)
-Yew Tree & Tamebridge Community Centre, Walsall


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