Enjoying the Ceramic Garden - image by Lee Allen

Enjoying the Ceramic Garden - image by Lee Allen


About the Ceramic Garden

Imagine a meadow of beautiful bright flowers that never die. During the summer of 2016 1,200 handmade ceramic flowers, produced in partnership with Creative Black Country and Sandwell disability day centre Creative Arts, were planted in Tipton and West Bromwich.

During six months, from January to June, over 500 people from a range of community and education groups across the Black Country have helped the team at Creative Arts make the 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 next month.

The large-scale garden installation, which is 25m square, was previewed in its entirety for the first time last week complete with wildlife, bugs and bees. “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. Through this project we have brought other people in to the centre 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 three year programme to give people in the Black Country more access to the arts. There were plenty of opportunities for visitors to see the installation when it was placed at Tipton’s Library on Union Walk from the 5th July for the entire month. The garden was 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 was then split with part of it going to West Bromwich at Sandwell Arts Cafe on New Street during Sandwell Arts Festival on the 13th and 14th of August before heading to the the Mailbox to reside at the BBC’s foyer.

The Ceramic Garden installation formed part of Imagine That! Creative Black Country’s exciting summer season of arts and activity which took place from July to September 2016 throughout Sandwell and the Black Country.