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Faces and Places – Call for Artists

The Art Yard as part of the Cradley Heath Arts and BLAST Festivals would like to invite you to submit your photographic work for a community based exhibition of photography entitled “Faces and Places”.

The Art Yard are also privileged to have on display, some images of Magnum photographer Martin Parr and will be on display at the gallery for inspiration throughout the exhibition.

This is a free exhibition and all forms of photography will be accepted with the theme being Faces and Places in the community of Sandwell.

If you wish to exhibit your work please complete and return the following documents to the Art Yard at

1. Submission Form
2. Labels.

Submission forms are to be submitted with delivery of the printed photographs to The Art Yard.

Could you also attach the labels provided to the rear of each of your work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements. Please call Martyn on 01384 910968

We look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

Stories from the Hop Yards Film Premier

A special event hosted by the Living Memory Project and Tipton library is being premiered at Tipton Library – the Stories from the Hop Yards film, the first screening of this film in the Black Country.

Also showing our Blue Bricks to Blue Plaques, made about the Princes End Heritage Trail with Joseph Turner school and one other Living Memory film about Will King photos.

Start at 6.30pm and finish at 9pm with time for refreshments and Q&A with the filmmakers from Catcher Media.

Entrance £3.00 and tickets available from Tipton Library.

Places can be reserved on 0121 569 4944 or by email at

Herefordshire Life Through A Lens: Stories from the Hop Yards (2018)

Inspired by the rediscovered Derek Evans photographic collection this film from Catcher Media brims with archive photos and films alongside newly recorded interviews. In the glory days of hand-picking, thousands would go ‘hopping’ from the Black Country, South Wales and the Romany community arriving by train, cattle lorry or charabanc. Enjoy listening to stories of days past and present from pickers, farmers, hauliers and brewers. (90 mins)

“Beautifully captured and crafted” Audience member.

Followed by a Q+A with the film makers.

Hosted by the Living Memory Project who will also be screening two new short films:
– Blue Plaques to Blue Bricks made with pupils of the Joseph Turner School, Tipton 2019 (5mins)
– The Will King Photo Collection 2019 (6 mins)

Light refreshments included

A Journey of Colours Exhibition

A Journey through Colours is a new exhibition by one of Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters, Ranbir Kaur which will be taking place at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery from 3rd April – 20th June 2019.

Ranbir is a national and international recognised Rangoli artist , this will be her second exhibition in a major museum where she is presenting her entire work to date.

A highly celebrated artist, Ranbir has received many awards and create the largest Rangoli in the World in Nottingham that has since entered the Guinness Book of Records.

Free Entry into Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday to Thursday 11am till 4pm
  • Saturday 2pm till 5pm
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closure.

Call to Artists – March Open All Media Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite artists of all medias to exhibit at their March Open all media exhibition by submitting an submissions form. They would recommend that you forward your submission forms at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submission forms are to be returned by 16th March 2019. Can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.

Artists are required to view and complete the following documents:

Submission Form

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, they would be pleased to discuss your requirements on 01384 910968 or email

Please feel free to share the attached with other artists who may also be interested in taking part.

Chief Executive Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Trustees are looking for an inspiring leader to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. This high profile role will have overall management responsibilities for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, providing strong and visible leadership for all Trust staff, volunteers and members.

Salary: £51,250

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and Black Country formed in 1980 from a small group of campaigners who worked to save Moseley Bog from development. It was the first urban Wildlife Trust established in the UK. With 7,500 members, 1,885 volunteers, 19 staff, a strong financial position, and a robust business plan, the Trust looks forward to continuing its leading role in urban nature conservation.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of nature conservation policy and practice, preferably in an urban context. You will have a proven track record of successful leadership and management at a senior level coupled with the ability to get the very best from a motivated team of staff and volunteers. If you can act as an advocate for nature, develop strong relationships and network in the local environmental movement, we would love to hear from you!

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 12th March 2019.

Full recruitment pack and online application available at

100 Masters Shortlisted for Two International Awards!

CBC is a partnership between SCVO, 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.

In 2016, CBC launched the 100 Masters landmark project: profiling the experts of today, in order to inspire the pioneers of tomorrow our aim is to inspire and offer local people a fresh perspective about the strengths, skills, talent and expertise surfacing from their locality and community. The project has included a hugely successful viral video campaign of short films to inspire people across the globe that has received over 9.5m views.

Award success

Over the past 12 months 100 Masters has so far been shortlisted for two international awards and one UK award. During Autumn 2018 Creative Producer, Liam Smyth, and CBC project administrator, Rosalind Argo, were invited to Graz in Austria to accept the award for the winning entry in the European Youth Award’s Open Innovation category.

Managed by the European Centre for Creative Economy the Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) results will be announced on the 12th February 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

In March the team will head to Halifax for the finals of the Creative Learning Guild awards as a shortlisted project in the ‘Digital and Film Awards’ category.

If you’d like to find out more about the Creative Black Country click here.

Focus on Community Transport

You may not have heard of CT Passenger, CT Furniture or CT Training services, but you probably will have heard of Community Transport; a local and national charity that originated in Birmingham in the early 1960s, when it’s founder Rev Bryan Scrivener, found his ex-Army Land Rover in high demand for removals and transport work. The Reverend found a local need for storing donated items in his front room and distributing them to families on low incomes, as well as helping local community groups access transport to get to different locations at affordable rates.

Since its registration as a charity in 1966, it has continued to grow and now consists of the three distinct divisions that operate within their own right across the West Midlands and Newcastle.

CT Passenger services is the transport division that provides communities, public and third sector organisations, with the ability to hire minibuses to connect individuals (with and without mobility issues), eliminate isolation and promote social inclusion. With sites covering the Black Country, Birmingham and Coventry, the division works hard to deliver transport services for community and voluntary organisations and also works with local education authorities to deliver school contracts and a variety of bus routes.

CT Training division delivers MIDAS, Health and Safety and many other aspects of transport and safety training relevant to organisations.

Helping you make a house a home
CT Transport supports individuals and families across the West Midlands, by providing access to affordable second-hand furniture.  They collect unwanted furniture items free of charge from your home, saving you from making a trip to the local recycling centre, encouraging reuse of items, and preventing items from going to landfill to help the environment.

Stores can be found in Birmingham, Sandwell (Tipton) and Wolverhampton and are stocked with items ranging from bric –a– brac to beds, sofas, wardrobes and a range of house hold items priced at rates that help individuals and families set up home.

For more information visit


Lottery Windfall for Lees Memorial Sons of Rest

Lees Memorial Sons of Rest are laughing all the way to the bank! After successfully securing funding, from the National Lottery Community Fund, for the next three years to develop and sustain their community activities in Farley Park, West Bromwich.

The community-led club provides community and social activities (i.e. snooker, crib, social evenings i.e. fish and chip suppers, hog roast, bowling, trips, etc.) for elderly vulnerable members of their community, to address local concerns around loneliness, social isolation and exclusion.

Their project seeks to establish a Daughters of the Sons of Rest section of the club, to widen their community activities out to new audiences and members of their community. The proposals also include for some minor refurbishment works to their kitchen, which will enable them to provide hot meals as part of their activities and be used to teach members how to cook healthy quick meals.

If you’d like to become a member of the club or would simply like to find out more about Lees Memorial Sons of Rest or the Daughters of the Sons of Rest, please call John Lawley on 07798626154.

The Art Yard Open Exhibition – Invitation

The Arts Yard are pleased to invite you to exhibit at their February Open exhibition. The Art Yard provides opportunities for all artists and crafts workers to show off their work.  They offer spacious multi-use galleries and studios for exhibitions. 

Please see more information through this Introduction. We would recommend that you forward your Submission Form at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submissions forms are to be returned by Saturday 9th February 2019 and can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang with labels and has cord fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, hiring the Gallery facilities or future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements – 01384 910968 or e-mail:


New Year, New Start – Jobs Fair for 14 – 19 Year Olds

Connexions Sandwell, in partnership with The Apprenticeship Works, is hosting the largest Jobs Fair event in the Black Country on Saturday,19 January 2019, 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be advice on careers, apprenticeships, and education and training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Tell your friends and bring the family to this free event.

The Jobs Fair will be at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.

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