The Black Country


Our projects



We produce several Landmark Projects each year. These are our larger-scale events where we engage with the community putting them at the heart of each idea. In 2016 we produced two Landmark Projects; Imagine That! and Desi Pubs. You can read more about the projects by clicking the links. In 2017 we produced 100 Masters and Black Country comedy festival ‘Funny Things’. During 2018 we will be continuing our work with 100 Masters and Desi Pubs as well as introducing a new project The Singh Twins - Slaves of Fashion.

Creative Communities

Creative Black Country are looking to work with communities in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell to explore, participate and develop creative projects in the places where they live.
Creative Communities is a 3-year development programme that will help you to connect with artists, arts organisations and spaces (museums, theatres, fab labs). We will work with you to experiment and trial different activities, then build your ability to fundraise, programme and promote exciting cultural experiences in your community.

Open Access

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote creative and 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. Open Access is a flexible award to support the seed of a great idea through to the growth of a great project.



CBC is a campaign which aims to make the most of creative talent in the Black Country. We work with local people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in the Black Country.

You can help shape what you want to see and participate in your area through our community activities programme ‘Creative Communities’ or develop your own ideas through our ‘Open Access Award’.

We will also work with local arts partners and develop large scale arts projects and festivals.

We are part of the national Arts Council England Creative People and Places scheme, which encourages more people to experience the arts.

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Open Access Awards

WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN YOUR LOCAL AREA? Open Access Award will be open for applications on the 6th February 2019!



Buy the Desi Pub Book

The catalogue features stories and archive images from the Desi Pub landlords about their lives and journey to the Black Country as well as images of the commissioned artworks and the Desi Pub project that has been running since 2016.


Be part of Funny Things 2019!

We are seeking comedians, performers, workshop leaders and artists to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to make Wolves laugh with Funny Things 2019.

If you have a funny act, performance, event, artwork, activity or comedy workshop that you would like to propose for Funny Things 2019, please take a look.

Deadline for proposals is Friday 31st January 2019.