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 photography galleries, project listings and blog to discover more about the work we do.

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)

Shortlisted Project

Black Country Allotment Society

We are delighted that Susie Parr's specially commissioned publication was Highly Commended at the British Book Design & Production Awards 2015 (Self Published category).

Susie writes about the lives and experiences of plot holders from eight allotments set in the heart of Sandwell, using the wider Black Country as context. Her closely observed stories are a celebration of community, resourcefulness and ingenuity, beautifully produced in a box of delights.

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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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Mahtab Hussain The Quiet Town of Tipton

A selection of images from Mahtab Hussain's new book will be on display at West Bromwich Town Hall from mid-January, 2016.

Through a series of photographic portraits and interviews, different generations of Muslim residents tell their stories of Tipton, a small town in Sandwell: once one of the most heavily industrialised towns in the Black Country. Click on the image for more info.

Zahir, The Quiet Town of Tipton, 2015
Image © Mahtab Hussain

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

Open for Business

Black Country Women

Black Country Allotment Society

Chains, Dogs & CHAOS