Making the most of... the Black Country
Creative Black Country aims to make the most of local talent working with people to discover, explore and grow an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Establishing meaningful relationships with local organisations.
CBC is a partnership between Sandwell Voluntary Council, Wolverhampton Voluntary Service Council, One Walsall, Multistory and Black Country Touring who collectively aim to encourage more people to experience the arts in the local area. We work with local businesses, education establishments, the media, libraries and local creatives to develop ideas and realise them.
CREATIVE BLACK COUNTRY 2018 – 2021
We’ll be focussed on celebrating the Black Country from the region’s unique style to its creative and inspiring future - always keeping people at the heart of each project.
Our team are constantly looking to collaborate with partners, community groups, producers, artists, creatives, digital experts and people who have a good story to tell. If you are interested in getting involved in Open Access, Creative Communities or Landmarks please get in touch or follow us to hear about great opportunities and events.
The 3 strands of CBC’s work
Enabling more people to have creative experiences in their community.
Local communities are invited to work with a team of experts to discover their creative potential through our Creative Communities programme. We offer support from our Voluntary Service Council partners and independent arts advisors to design activity that communities want to experience. In the last three years, twenty three groups ranging from young reporters, women’s groups, and allotment gardens produced events across the region including film screenings, street festivals and community choirs.
Encouraging more people to lead arts experiences in their local area.
Open Access offers local people an opportunity to thrive creatively and create new work. Local people are encouraged to innovate, pilot ideas, develop new skills or programme activity through our seed awards (£100- £2000). The map illustrates a selection of Open Access activity from 2015-2017 by local artists, producers, voluntary groups and local businesses, all who reached new and diverse audiences.
Enriching the region with great creative platforms for local talent to thrive.
We design and produce large-scale projects that aim to profile creative talent, authentic narratives and core values of the region. In 2016 the nation fell in love with ‘Desi Pubs’ a Black Country story about Asian landlords and their pubs. Commissioned artworks including handcrafted pub signs that have now become favourite local landmarks. Wolverhampton venues hosted the first festival of comedy in 2017 called ‘Funny Things’ attracting new visitors into the city with over 120 events including headline acts and local performers. We launched ‘100 Masters’ a campaign highlighting contemporary makers, experts and innovators which has received an unprecedented online following reaching over 20million people worldwide.