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.
If it builds audiences, connects local people with professional artists and brings great performance, art and creativity to the Black Country, open access could help you make it happen.
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Open Access Rounds
Applicants who submitted an proposal for Round 3 will be notified of the outcome of their application by Monday 15 April 2019.
Round 4 will be open for applications in June 2019.
“CBC’s support enabled us to run a quality event that people want to repeat.” Paint The Day, Newhampton Arts Centre
“[Open Access] has enabled us to grow as a creative group based in Walsall.” Made By Walsall
Great Art and Culture For Everyone - how to apply for Arts Council Project grants and Creative Black Country's Open Access Awards workshops at the Black Country Business Festival this May.
MotherShip seek to connect communities through culture and creativity, particularly working with newly arrived mothers and their children.
Within the safety and familiarity of West Park Primary school, the group are offering mums weekly drama sessions to help build confidence.
We are Bearwood are a voluntary organisation that runs events and activities, often arts based, that aim to improve community well-being and connections in the area of Bearwood and Smethwick in Sandwell.
Ruth Durrant is a ceramic artist/community artist who is inspired by nature and celtic knotwork. She also enjoys local history and has decided to combine both interests in to one project.
Gatis Community Space provides a safe hub for the local community to gather, connect and grow. Exploring the history of the site and the area, they will create digital and recycled artwork with the community, to share in their loverthereans lantern parade.
Fine artist Sue Brisco has been awarded two Open Access Awards; the first was a SEED award for a project call ‘The Seeing Small Microscope and Art Project’ which she produced in collaboration Wildside Activity Centre.
In 2018 Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists, (three poets: Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger) applied for an Open Access Award to put on several workshops.
Wildside Activity Centre is an environmental and adventurous activity centre in Wolverhampton. This project takes bees as its inspiration using microscopes, drawing, thread and stitch to go beyond the surface to observe and make images of the beauty of the microscopic world of these endangered insects.
Goscote Greenacres Community Garden brings people together through gardening. The project aims to engage the local community and adults with learning disabilities and their award will help them create a willow tunnel and scarecrows around the garden.