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Cradley Heath Green Landscapes Project

The Art Yard is calling artists to the free Community Exhibition as part of  the Cradley Heath Green Landscapes (CHGL) project, which is supported by Arts Council England. Due to the stricter restriction imposed on numbers allowed in gatherings, the deadline for handing in artwork has been extended to the 31st October. This will allow artists who attended the Plein air sessions time to complete their works.

For those of you who have already submitted artwork or photographs, these will be held and included in the exhibition.

While approved parks events cannot go ahead you, your family and your friends can still visit the green open spaces of Cradley Heath at any time to create landscape art or to take photographs. However, you should comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

How to get involved
Visit any or all CHGL location to create your landscape (all media). The locations are:-
1. Bearmoor Playing Fields Sutherland Rd B64 6EA
2. Haden Hill Park B64 7JL
3. Mary MacArthur Memorial Gardens, Lower High St B64 5AJ
4. Mouse Sweet Brook Nature Reserve, New Pool Rd B64 5BX
5. St Luke’s Green Space, Upper High St B64 6BL

Completed Landscapes (Free Submissions)
All landscapes should be completed by 31st October 2020.
Label your work with a title, media used, your name and your contact details.
Then submit your work free to the project landscapes collection, either: hand in original art (ready to hang/display) at The Art Yard or email a good quality Jpeg image (max 3Mb) to

CHGL Exhibitions Programme (Selection)
You will have to hand in your work at The Art Yard if you want it to be considered for selection into the following exhibitions:

• Premiere: to be held at The Art Yard 16th November 2020.
• Tesco Extra: 20+ landscapes selected by Tesco (Cradley Heath) and TAY will be printed to form the public window display. Others will be shown in-store. (Dates to be fixed)
• Sandwell Libraries Service (Blackheath): 24+ printed landscapes selected by Library staff, ‘Friends’ and TAY will be shown on Library window displays. (Dates to be fixed)
• Haden Hill House Museum (Tudor Rooms): Sandwell Museums Service, ‘Friends of HHH’ and TAY team will review all original work handed in (ready to hang/display) and select supplementary all media landscapes art for museum exhibitions.

If you wish to take part in the project, the Art Yard look forward to receiving your finished artwork. Should you require any additional information please contact Martyn Harris at

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Black Country Touring – Dial a Story…

Fancy something a bit different… Grab a 15 minute free performance on the telephone by poet Adrian B Earle, Storyteller Peter Chand or by singer Sam Frankie Fox during the first three weeks of September 2020.

All it takes is the cost of a local 0121 number.

Black Country Touring has secured funding from Heart of England Community Foundation’s ‘Doing Things Differently’ fund, Sandwell MBC’s Vision 2030 and Creative Black Country to deliver this project which aims to reduce isolation by providing social interaction through a dose of short live performance on your telephone.

Adrian Earle is a Writer, Poet, and media maker from Birmingham, creating journeys through the written word for stage, film and radio under the name ThinkWriteFly.

September Performance Dates and Times are as follows:

Adrian Earle
• Tue 1 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 3 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Mon 7 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Tue 8 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Wed 9 -10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 10 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Fri 11 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Mon 14 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Tue 15 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Wed 16 –  10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Thu 17 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm
• Fri 18 – 10am, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1pm

Peter Chand is an award-winning international Storyteller, hugely in demand for his unique retelling of tales from his motherland, India into English. Whether it is performing in a tiny classroom, or enthralling hundreds of adults in a theatre, he has a story for every occasion.

Peter Chand
• Thu 3 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Fri 4 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Mon 7 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Tue 8 -10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 10 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4

Sam Frankie Fox is a Welsh vocalist, harpist, theatre maker and sound designer based in the West Midlands. Sam has worked locally, nationally and internationally.

Sam Frankie Fox
• Wed 9 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 10 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Sat 12 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Wed 16 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4
• Thu 17 – 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 1.45, 2.30, 3.15, 4

To book a performance contact Bobby Tiwana on

Black Country Touring is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.


Cradley Heath Green Landscapes Project – Plein Air Painting Sessions – Free

The Art Yard are holding  a series of informative sessions for those interested in learning how to paint “Plein air” in various locations in Cradley Heath. If you want to find out more about materials and techniques used or want to join in and create your own work of art by spending the day with our experienced group, you would be very welcome.

The Plein air painting dates and times are listed below:

Visit any or all CHGL location to create your landscape (all media).  The locations are:
1.      Mouse Sweet Brook Nature Reserve, New Pool Rd,  B64 5BX – WEDNESDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 10:30 – 16:30
2.      Mary MacArthur Memorial Gardens, Lower High St,  B64 5AJ – WEDNESDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 10:30 – 16:3
3.      St Luke’s Green Space, Upper High St,  B64 6BL & Bearmoor Playing Fields Sutherland Rd,  B64 6EA – WEDNESDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 10:30 – 16:30

Could you please confirm if you wish to attend by contacting Martyn at

Please note:-  Government guidance for COVID-19 applies

Arts Council England – Cultural Recovery Fund

Arts Council England have announced the first round of grants from the £500 million Culture Recovery Fund. This fund offers financial support for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure.

Grants will range from £50,000 up to £3 million. Applications for the first round of funding open at 12pm on Monday 10 August and close at 12pm on Friday 21 August 2020.

This funding is available to:

Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and are able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.

Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply.

For this programme, we define ‘cultural’ as sitting within the remit of Arts Council England, however Library services are not eligible to apply.

For more information visit their website at,6Z5U2,W725XH,S38ZX,1#section-1

Source: the Arts Council

The Art Yard – Call for Artists for September 2020 Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite local arts to register their interest in being apart of their Open Media Exhibition. This is an opportunity for the artist to showcase their work regardless of the medium (i.e. paint, photography, ceramics, sculpture, film metalwork, crafts and much more).

Artists should complete the Submission Form listing all works you would like to exhibit stating the Media, size and selling price, please include any digital images of each work.

The Art Yard charge a small fee for exhibiting your works in their gallery and are to be paid when delivering your works.

For more details see the links below:

They very much look forward to seeing your work and hope you enjoy what we believe will be a successful and exciting Exhibition.

For more information or to submit your completed form please email The Art Yard directly at or call 01384910968.

‘Relax and Chat’ Sessions – Beat It Percussion

Can we help? Beat It Percussion is reaching out to provide free support to people in Sandwell who are being touched by mental health or anxiety issues in this difficult time of COVID19.

Beat It Percussion are offering live Zoom sessions contact them for the zoom joining instructions.

‘Relax and Chat’ sessions offer a live sound relaxation experience using gongs, singing bowls, bells and other beautiful instruments to create a sense of total relaxation and give you some quality ‘me-time’. We work with small groups to give people the chance to chat and share their stories, creating a sense of community and friendship at this time when many of us are still feeling isolated.

Who is this for? Anyone who wants to take a break from the cycle of anxiety, to recharge their emotional batteries and enjoy an informal chat. Get in touch to find out more.

‘It’s like a deep tissue massage for the mind’

Free taster sessions!  Please contact us to get your Zoom invitation:

  • Tuesday July 14th at 12 noon
  • Tuesday July 14th at 2pm
  • Friday July 17th at 7pm
  • Sunday July 19th at 12 noon

Volunteering opportunity. We are looking for people to support the groups by:

  •  Directly by joining the session and taking an active part in the ‘chat’
  • Assisting people with Zoom and helping them build their confidence
  • Helping with phone call reminders and gathering feedback after the session

We look forward to hearing from you by phone: 07875 090946 or email at

The Art Yard Is Reopening!

The Art Yard (TAY) team Thank You for your continuing support during the past few months during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down.

When the gallery and studios reopen adjustments will have been made to reduce risk. Our primary aim is to remain an accessible community art space, that is, a place where all artists of any age or ability can exhibit their work safely.

Therefore, as government advice on COVID-19 prevention will change from time to time we ask TAY visitors to always comply with the guidelines and what our volunteers request.

Reopening for Exhibitions
The gallery is re-opening in stages. The front gallery will open first with 2 successive Solo Shows, as follows:

  • 1st week: From 27th July to 1st August an exhibition by ‘Learning4Life’ led by art tutor Tim Jarvis.
  • 2nd week: From 3rd August to 8th August a solo show by Luke Hudson (artist and art tutor).

Opening the centre and rear galleries: 3rd week: Normal exhibitions will resume on 10th August with the Open Art exhibition held over from 16th March – 11th April 2020. That 4 week exhibition will now run to 5th September. We wish particularly to thank all artists who have had their art held in this exhibition for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

Cradley Heath Green Landscapes (CHGL) project
Meanwhile, CHGL project led by Martyn Harris is continuing but with adjustments. A separate email will be circulated shortly letting you know how you can get involved.

Finally, TAY team appreciate that adjusting to life after lock-down will affect people in different ways. Whenever possible our volunteers will be sympathetic to your needs, especially when you drop off or collect work, and when you visit to show friends about the gallery.

Unfortunately, exhibition ‘opening nights’ are suspended but artists will still be able to showcase work exhibited in the gallery to their friends, subject to prevailing guidelines.

Please contact the team at any time to discuss any concerns you may have on 01384 910968.

Local Musicians Wanted!

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) are taking a leap in to becoming more digital including the production of videos to share across their Website and Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts. In the production of these videos, they thought it would be nice to get the wider community involved in helping them to be more musical in their digital promotions. Whether your an established musician or aspiring one they are interested in supporting everyone.

They are therefore inviting musicians to come along with them on this exciting ride, where they would like to use your music on some promotional materials and in return you would fully be credited and referenced in any material they use. What’s better is you can choose how we reference you whether it be your YouTube, Soundcloud, Website, Facebook, Spotify, etc.

Please remember SAFL are government funded and not a profit-making organisation. The material produced would be to increase enrolments on courses to raise funds that would be reinvested in teaching materials, new teachers and new equipment. By growing as a business, they can help more people in Sandwell, develop their centres and increase the courses on offer.

So, if this is something you may be interested in or want to find out more please email SAFL at

Introducing the Let’s Create Pack

Thanks to National Lottery funding and the incredible hard work of their Bridge organisations and partners, they’ve launched their brand-new Let’s Create Art Packs. They have worked with Teacher of the Year 2018, Andria Zafirakou, to create packs bursting with creative ideas as well as essential art supplies.

To kick things off, they’re sending 25,000 packs to children and young people across England who are most in need of the support. We think creativity should be available to everyone and this is just one of the ways that we’re trying to make that happen.

There’s also a digital version available, so you can join in with young people in your life too. Share your creations on social media using #LetsCreate!

Download the pack by clicking here.

Source: Arts Council

Call Out – Build A Community Cinema for Your Venue with Black Country Touring

Black Country Touring are launching an exciting opportunity for 3 community organisations, venues and volunteers in Sandwell who want to use cinema and film to bring people together in their community. In response to Covid-19, this activity will initially take place online through the creation of the Black Country Film Club and will transition to live screenings when we can all return to our wonderful local venues!

What is a Community Cinema?
Every Community Cinema we support is different, as it’s designed by the local community. From classics and golden oldies to family favourites and blockbusters, it’s all about bringing people together to enjoy great films together, with a chance to socialise before and after the screening.

Each Community Cinema will receive a subsidy to screen at least one film per month in their venue or online.

How Does it Work?
By taking part in this project you will be part of a collaborative network of community cinema promoters until 2022*. You will have access to online training, preparing you for community cinema events both online and when gatherings are possible again at your venue. You will also engage with your community online and have the opportunity to:

– Build an audience for your Community Cinema and organisation’s wider offering
– Recruit a volunteer panel to help programme your community cinema
– Help those who are isolated both now and in ordinary circumstances
– Bring people together in a safe, interesting and fun way
– Develop skills in events, promotion and film exhibition knowledge
– Have free access to BCT’s mobile cinema kit for live screenings

By 2022, we will support you to become self-sufficient and able to run your own Community Cinema long-term, with advice on fundraising provided by BCT and SCVO.

The Black Country Film Club
As a Sandwell Community Cinema, you’ll also be part of The Black Country Film Club, a place online where new and existing Community Cinemas from across Sandwell and the Black Country will work collaboratively to reach people in their homes and connect with film in exciting and engaging ways. This will be through online screenings, watchalong parties, q&a sessions with film professionals – the possibilities are endless and we want YOU to be involved in shaping it from the beginning. It’s a great way to continue to bring local people together at a time of social distancing.

If you are interested please contact saying who you are, your organisation (if applicable) and where you are based with the subject header ‘Sandwell Community Cinema’.

The Sandwell Community Cinema is supported by SCVO’s EPIC Fund and Film Hub Midlands.

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