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Helpers Alert!! Arts Volunteers Needed for Events Throughout July, In Smethwick, Bearwood And Wolverhampton

If you could give us a hand on one or more days we would really enjoy your company, and you’ll get to see some exciting arts events and meet interesting people.

No specific skills are required; you will be shown exactly what you need to do. Jobs will include things like showing people to their seats and making sure artists and audiences have all they need to enjoy the event.

Dates are:
July 1 and 2 for the South Asian Mela event in Smethwick
July 7, 8 and 9 for the fabulous play ‘Life’s a Beach’ in Wolverhampton
July 13, 14, 15 and 16 for ‘Life’s a Beach’ in Bearwood

There are shows all day, so we need volunteers from 9.30am to 7.30pm – but you can do just part of the day if that suits you better.

Get in touch with kim@creativehealthcic.co.ukto find out more.

Sent on behalf of Black Country Touring and Creative Black Country. More details at www.bctouring.co.uk


ZEE Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2017

Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park, Smethwick on 1-2 July for the Sandwell & Birmingham Mela 2017.

The festival is a weekend extravaganza in the heart of the community that combines live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.

Over 100 artists and groups are set to perform at the event including Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff, chart-topping artists Zack Knight, Sudesh Kumari, Dilpreet Dhillon, Hashmat Sultana and many more!

70,000 people attended the two-day festival in 2016 and, now in its seventh year, the event is set to attract people from across the region and further afield.

Danny Singh, Director of ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela, said: “The Mela is a create opportunity for all communities to come together and celebrate South Asian culture in the heart of UK. We always ensured that the Mela is the very best summer experience in the UK for the community and this year will be more exciting as we bring more highly innovative programming and experiences to the Mela”.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “The ZEE Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is a hugely popular event in the heart of Smethwick – there’s always a great community atmosphere. It’s an opportunity for people from Sandwell, Birmingham and right across the country to enjoy a wide range of entertainment and the rich cultural diversity Smethwick has to offer in one of our Green Flag parks.”

Gates open at 11.30am, event runs from 12pm – 7pm on both days. Tickets are £1 per person, under 2’s free. Event parking is available in Victoria Park at £5 per car.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.birminghammela.com/


Nominate a Master

Do you know someone with strong links to the Black Country who has mastered a skill, trade or artform? Are they an expert in their field? You can nominate them below for inclusion in the 100 Masters project.

The term ‘mastery’ is characterised by a person having devoted their life to one particular pursuit, whether it be expert knowledge in an artform, trade or profession, and who are held in high esteem by their peers. We are looking to unearth the stories of commitment, refinement and diligence and are asking you to help us by nominating the Masters you know.

You can read the Nomination and Voting Guidelines here.

For more information on the 100 Masters click here.

Closing date for nominations is 30th June 2017.


100 Masters and Express and Star Collaboration

The Express and Star have printed their first article promoting the 100 Masters project and one of our Masters; fashion designer and illustrator Elizabeth Ilsley.

Read the Express and Star 100 Masters article here!

“This is an exciting first, as we have worked in collaboration with the Express and Star, the country’s biggest regional newspaper, to bring artwork into 80,000 households across the West Midlands.” Comments 100 Masters creative producer Liam Smyth.

“The lead artists on 100 Masters, Juneau Projects, have produced special Augmented Reality animations that are triggered by readers viewing the newspaper through their smartphone. This is one of the first non-commercial uses of AR technology in a UK newspaper and an incredible achievement.”

To use, simply download the ‘Layar’ app on your smart device; open the app and let it access the camera on your phone; hold the phone 15-20cm above the anvil image on the front of the postcard and then tap the screen to scan. You won’t believe your eyes as Juneau Project’s beautiful handmade animations dance across the page.

“This is what the future of media looks like and, as ever, the Black Country are leading the way in revolutionising the way we make, see and do things.”

More of Juneau Projects hand-painted animations will be released throughout the campaign.

The 100 Masters project is open to nominations until the end of June.


Spotlight on West Bromwich Operatic Society

West Bromwich Operatic Society (founded in 1938) is a theatre company that has built a reputation of producing the best in Musical Theatre to the highest of standards. They produce two full-scale productions each year, and pride themselves on taking on challenges and exceeding expectations.

Find out more by viewing our ‘Spotlight Video’ below:

If you would like to contact WBOS or you require any further information about them, then please feel free to drop them a line by simply contacting the company secretary Hilary Matty:-

Tel: 0121 550 3667 or by email: hilary@wbos.co.uk

Interested in becoming a member?

Whether you want to perform in one of their productions, work backstage or just get involved, please make contact with the company secretary.

Prospective ‘Acting’ members will be required to pass an entrance audition before becoming a member.


George Road Community Church Surgery Sessions

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground?

Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans?

SCVO in partnership with George Road Community Church have commenced fortnightly surgery sessions at Hope House, George Road Community Church, George Road, Oldbury, B68 9LN.

Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer, will be available fortnightly on Wednesday’s from 9.30am till 12.30pm at Hope House for booked appointments.

This is your opportunity to discuss your project ideas, business plans or funding application(s) and receive practical support, advice and tips on how to improve the success of your project/application and much more.

Surgery Session dates:
• Wednesday 28th June, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 12th July, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 26th July, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 9th August, 9.30am till 12.30pm
• Wednesday 6th September, 9.30am till 12.30pm

If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity and want to book your time slot with Libby please email at libby@scvo.info or call on 0121 5251127 to avoid disappointment.

To see what other services SCVO provides please visit our website at www.scvo.info


Maker-Centric Project – Participants Needed!

The University of Wolverhampton is looking for participants to get involved with their Maker-Centric Project, which examines the power of making and crafts in helping people to understand and play a part in their communities. Participants don’t need to have any prior experience of crafts as this opportunity is open to everyone regardless of their crafting ability or experience.

The University is working in collaboration with Craftspace (a charity that initiates artistic programmes which stimulate creative excellence and understanding of contemporary crafts in the widest social and cultural contexts) on the project and there will be an opportunity to network with other groups and discover what else is happening in the area.

Participants are being sought by The University who will be running a series of workshops in June 2017, in which people from the Black Country will be invited to create an object that responds to the unique industrial and social heritage of their area.

All workshops are entirely free for participants and include:

  • materials and travel,
  • free access to state of the art fabrication technology at FabLab, Sandwell,
  • guided tour of the Wolverhampton Art School exhibition,
  • specialist artist talks,
  • artist led walks,
  • photography sessions and much more.

You will also have the chance to showcase your creation at an event to be held in London.

Not sure if this is for you? Then why not come along to a taster session to find out more and see what will be involved. You’ll need to get in touch with Kauser Husain via email at k.husain2@wlv.ac.uk or makercentricblog@gmail.com for more details on the taster sessions or alternatively the University can come out to your organisation to explore and explain the project in more detail.

You can also visit their website at www.maker-centric.com for more details on this exciting new opportunity.


Historic Vote Sees Andy Street Elected First West Midlands Mayor

Andy Street has been elected the first mayor of the West Midlands.

The Conservative Party candidate was declared winner of the historic first election following the count at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena today (Friday May 5).

The former John Lewis boss will now chair the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and its cabinet of the seven West Midlands council leaders.

Thanking his election team the new Mayor said: “I want to be a mayor who works for everyone across the West Midlands and binds all of our leaders together.

“That’s because ultimately that’s what this job is all about – about building a team to champion the West Midlands, building an alliance with central government, with local people, that will put the West Midlands back in its rightful place as the leading region of the UK.”

The election, on Thursday May 4, saw votes cast in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Mr Street secured victory over Labour’s Sion Simon by 238,628 votes to 234,862.

A West Midlands mayor was part of the devolution deal between the WMCA and the Government, which will see more than £1.1 billion made available for investment in the region over the next 30 years.

Mr Street will:
• Have control over new long term budgets from central government
• Implement transport investment, strategic planning, improve skills and invest in new homes
• Lobby on behalf of their area, on the issues that matter to local people not only in Westminster, but on the world stage
• Work with local business leaders to achieve what’s best for local jobs and the economy
• Capitalise on local strengths and assets like our universities, scientific research and innovation

Mr Street will hold office for three years. The next election is in May 2020, then every four years after that.

The other candidates results were:
• Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrat) – 30,378
• Pete Durnell (UK Independence Party) – 29,051
• James Burn (Green Party) – 24,260
• Graham Stevenson (Communist Party) – 5,696

Source: West Midlands Combined Authority


Creative Black Country Desi Pub Crawl: Sunday 28th May 2017

Hop onto the Creative Black Country’s Desi Pub bus for a tour around the Black Country’s best kept secret; its Indian pubs.

Tours start at 3pm on Thursday 28th May 2017 from The Red Cow (296 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NL ) where you can meet the landlords, see some Desi Pub art, enjoy your complimentary pint and order some seriously tasty Desi Pub food, before you set off for the tour.

Tickets are £10 and includes transport to various Desi Pubs, complimentary pint on arrival at The Red Cow, Desi Pub coasters and map of Desi Pub trail.

Pubs on the crawls include: The Red Cow (Smethwick), The Ivy Bush (Smethwick), The Fourways (Rowley Regis), The Red Lion (West Bromwich), The Prince of Wales (West Bromwich), The Sportsman (West Bromwich), The Island Inn (West Bromwich).

The tour starts at The Red Cow and finishes at The Prince of Wales in West Bromwich with two other Desi Pubs being visited along the way.

For more information about the tour email info@creativeblackcountry.co.uk

The event is part of Southbank Centre’s Alchemy – a contemporary festival exploring the cultural links between the UK and South Asia – through live performance, talks, film, exhibitions, workshops and music.

#AlchemyBC


Spotlight on Cradley Heath Creative

1. Tell us what you do.
Cradley Heath Creative highlights the arts and artists in the Cradley Heath area – artists means anyone who creative activity, whether it’s visual, performance, film, crafts. Most of our members are people who have trained in the arts to some level or who are a bit fanatical about what they do as amateur artists. We join in on local festivals and events where possible and we run a free annual arts festival in April/May. This year it expanded to three venues.

2.What is your proudest achievement?
We are gradually converting a horse trailer into a mobile community venue, called Oss Box. So far we have had grants from Sandwell, the Arts Council, ASDA and Creative Black Country. We’ve used it for shadow puppetry; it’s been a pinhole camera – the images are part of Reclaimed Photography Festival at the Black Country Museum; it makes an unusual arts workshop and a stage for small plays.

Oss Box is available for use by other community organisations – we ask for expenses to cover transport and wear and tear.

3.What is your experience of support received from SCVO
SCVO membership gives us a good deal for our group public liability insurance and we look at updates for funding streams. We are really aware of the support available from SCVO staff for small groups, but we are not able to take part in the networking breakfasts at the moment.

4.What is the most valuable lesson you have learnt about working with people in Sandwell?
People have a strong affinity with the area they live in. This makes Sandwell a patchwork of communities that look to their own identity and many perceive a West Bromwich bias in Sandwell. We have found, however, a willingness, despite cutbacks, by Sandwell Council staff to work with people who want things to happen in the community – support for getting events promoted from the Communications Team, facilitating public events in parks, guidance on Sandwell funding applications etc.

5.What are your plans for the future and some of the challenges you face?
We want to continue to highlight the arts skills of members of Cradley Heath Creative to people who live locally. There is a lot of imagination within the group for community activity. We’d love to see the stable block at Haden Hill House converted to a community and arts resource, which would mean getting together with a lot of other local organisations who could benefit.

6.How can SCVO help to support your organisation in the future?
Keep prompting us! It’s good to have the kind of professional advice you can offer at the points when we need it.

For more information on Creadley Heath Creative please email Fran Wilde at franwilde@me.com


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