100 Masters is a campaign produced by Creative Black Country that aims to identify contemporary skilled people from the region and help inspire future talent. The public were asked to have their say and nominate someone they know who is brilliant at what they do.
The Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who honed their skills to the highest levels. It was through their craftsmanship and diligence that the region became renowned as the industrial heartland of the UK, and while we successfully recognise our great industrial heritage, we believe it is time to represent the present-day masters who have been making tremendous strides.
During 2017 a panel shortlisted our 100 Masters from Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell. The list represents an amazing array of people from all backgrounds who have excelled in their field. In November we worked with artists and the Masters to celebrate them at a special event at Starworks in Wolverhampton.
During 2018 there will be further opportunities to engage with our Masters including a social media campaign of videos and portraits as well as events.
See the Masters at 100masters.co.uk.
From 25 May to 2 September 2018 a new major solo exhibition of the figurative portrait painter Andrew Tift will be showing at New Art Gallery Walsall.
Back in November we hosted the Festival of Masters – a day-long event that showcased our 100 Masters through exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops and performances.
Want to know who made the list of 100? Then take a look. We’ve listed ALL of our masters, what they do and where they are from.
In today’s Express & Star you will find the 100 Masters supplement listing all 100 of our fabulous masters in celebration of the Festival of Masters event, taking place next Saturday (25 Nov) at the Starworks Warehouse in Wolverhampton! As well as reading about the masters and the festival, you can also watch Juneau Projects illustrations come alive with augmented reality when you use the Layar app on your phones or tablets.
Why not join us on Saturday 25th November at Starworks Warehouse in Wolverhampton as we celebrate our 100 Masters at a special pop-up event.
See Laura Dickens portraits of our Master Makers in a commissioned series of photographs for the Festival of Masters.
CBC’s Creative Producer, Liam Smyth, has been selected for a residency with the British Council in Indonesia as part of the three-year UK/Indonesia season which aims to build new relationships and collaboration between the two countries. Liam will be working with his host organisation, Grobak Hysteria, for four weeks; learning about the region and working in collaboration to develop community art projects.
To make some of the 100 Masters come to life lead artists Juneau Projects will be bringing their illustration and tech skills to the project.