Creative Black Country

Established in 2014, Creative Black Country (CBC) seeks to make the most of creative talent in the region and has run projects including Desi Pubs, 100 Masters and the ongoing Funny Things comedy festival.

CBC was brought together by a local partrnership board made up of Council’s of Voluntary Sector (CVS)and National Portfolio organisations. Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and Walsall Voluntary Action (working as Black Country Together CIC), Multistory Black Country Touring to local people. This draws on the unique partnership of National Portfolio Organisations and Voluntary organisations who have access to circa 3000 community groups, expertise around fundraising and governance.

In its second phase, this year Creative Black Country will be delivering two major projects Re:Imagine GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS! photographic exploration of India and the UK through the voices of girls and women across generations living in the Punjab and Punjabi diaspora communities in the Black Country. Slaves of Fashion a national touring exhibition by internationally renowned Singh Twins will be premiered in the Black Country as a joint partnership between Wolverhampton Art Gallery and CBC.  As well as building on the work of Desi Pubs, 100 Masters and Funny Things, sharing rich narratives from people and places across Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. A core part of CBC’s work also includes Open Access Awards and Groundworks, working with local community groups who go on a bespoke Creative Journey which is designed by them with a s support of an Arts Advisor and CVs.

Creative Black Country’s Desi Pubs project sought to redefine pub culture in the region through a partnership between artists and pub landlords. It saw traditional handcrafted pub signs reinvented using Punjabi text. The 100 Masters campaign sought to find the 100 most talented and skilled masters in the Black Country. It aimed to inspire and offer local people a fresh perspective about the strengths, skills, talent and expertise surfacing from their locality and community. Funny Things responds to the humour which is unique to the Black Country.

Sajida Carr, Programme Director at Creative Black Country, said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s Creative People and Places national conference which will be an opportunity to showcase, discuss, debate within the fantastic setting of Black Country’s independent Cinema, Light House."

Creative Black Country's Desi Pubs, 100 Masters and Funny Things projects will all be represented at People, Place, Power.