Creative Black Country

Creative Black Country launch
Creative Black Country launch
Photo: JA Digital Media
Creative Black Country launch
Creative Black Country launch
Photo: JA Digital Media

Where: Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
Who: Black Country Touring, Multistory, Black Country Together CIC comprising: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Walsall Voluntary Action

“I’m so proud of all of the work that you are doing in the Black Country – especially my local area. It’s about time we got some fantastic art opportunities in Sandwell." Participant

Creative Black Country will enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, right across an area including Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. It aims to find creative people, make creative places and enrich the Black Country’s cultural and community landscape through creative thinking and action.

The project invests in the talent, appetite and potential of local people, helping them engage with the arts through a mix of large public events, special commissions, community development and seed funding for new projects.

This area has a very proud heritage and identity, and the project’s unique partnership with the three local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) who make up Black Country Together is a great way of engaging different groups from all corners of the community. Creative Black Country collaborates with community groups, artists, arts organisations, businesses and local people of all ages, cultures and interests, to achieve the goal of people choosing, making and taking part in some of the best creative experiences possible.

Special Groundworks groups have been set up to help commission their own activities, helping local people to influence Creative Black Country’s direction. These groups have already been used to create initiatives from within specific communities.

Already, Creative Black Country has worked on a rich and vibrant programme of events and activities with a wide range of artists, from the Mendi Singh Trio and Sandwell College Students through to Upswing Circus.