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We create great art that people in Sandwell will want to take part in, be part of, see and talk about. We commission excellent, critically acclaimed artists because local people deserve to see and work with the best. We produce photographic work, films, exhibitions, publications, digital stories and archives that speak not just to Sandwell but to the whole country and beyond. Above all, we work with artists to tell compelling stories that demand to be heard.

Explore our project listingsphotography galleries and blog to discover more about the work we do.


Liz Hingley Black Country Stories


Through intimate portraits of individuals and families, Liz Hingley celebrates and documents the cultural diversity and the home cooking fusions of people living in the Victorian terraces of Smethwick, one of the most ethnically diverse towns in England.

A book combining Liz’s portraits and favourite family dishes, along with hand-written recipes will be published in July, 2016.

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Rose, Irene and Daniel, 2015
Image © Liz Hingley

Screening and In Conversation

Hans Eijkelboom: The Street and Modern Life


We are delighted that Hans' work was screened as part of Flatpack Film Festival, 2016.

Hans turned his lens to the Bull Ring in Birmingham between July 2013 and September 2014.

There is an opportunity to watch the film on Hans' project page. Click image to find out more.

The Street and Modern Life
Image ©Hans Eijkelboom

Highlights of 2015


Latest blog post offering an overview of our programme in 2015. Click the image to read more.

High Street Stories Movie Premiere
Sian Grzeszczyk (BBC Midlands Today presenter) interviews Daniel Meadows (photographer/ film-maker) and Mandy Price (owner, Wizard T-shirt Printing)

Movie Screening

Daniel Meadows High Street Stories


We rolled out the red carpet at Odeon Cinema, West Bromwich for the premiere screening of Daniel Meadows' new movie.

Exploring West Bromwich High Street and the indoor and the outdoor markets, Daniel made many connections with the people he met. The movie is made up of hundreds of photographic images that are animated to accompany the sound recordings made on location.

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Black Country Stories archive


We work with world-class photographers and writers to document life in Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and beyond.

Click on the image to see more stunning photos, videos and audio in our archive.

Samantha, West Bromwich, 2011
Image © Mark Power / Magnum Photos

Featured Projects

Black Country Stories

Teddy Gray's Sweet Factory, Dudley, 2010

Open for
Business

Open for Business

Black Country Women

Black Country Allotment Society

Chains, Dogs & CHAOS