Fabulous Forties at Black Country Living Museum

BCLM_Fab40'sThe sights and sounds of wartime Britain are being celebrated at the Midland’s historical attraction with forties glamour heading to the Black Country.

Visitors can expect a nostalgic journey back to the sweet sounds of WW2 with wartime melodies taking centre stage. The 1940s weekend welcomes visitors to relive the era of wartime Britain as the squaddies, G.I.s and Land Girls, Canaries and a cavalcade of military vehicles patrol the streets.  Continue reading

Black Country Legends @_the_public – 13 Feb to 6 May

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Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Black Country The Public is bringing together a series of exhibitions to highlight the region’s unique and quirky characters. The exhibition includes the remarkable and startling images by Dudley born Turner Prize nominee, Richard Billingham whose photographs from the series ‘Ray’s A Laugh’ include the brutally honest everyday portrayal of his alcoholic father Ray (pictured) and heavily tattooed mother Liz taken in the nineties. Continue reading

Martin Parr – Black Country Stories

Black Country Stories
The Public, West Bromwich
Thursday 11 Nov 2010 – Sunday 23 Jan 2011

This November, The Public gallery in West Bromwich will be opening its doors to host a unique exhibition of photographs by Magnum Photographer Martin Parr.

Parr spent a year photographing the Black Country, and his work focuses on daily life in the area, and provides an insight into the society and cultural make up of the region. From market stalls to Mosques, cafes to clubs, Parr has captured the essence of the region from behind his lense. Linda Saunders, managing Director of The Public describes the exhibition as ‘a fascinating portrayal of everyday community life’. Continue reading

Fierce Festival presents Interrobang 2

Fierce Festival presents
Interrobang 2: Relationships (Black Country)
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September 2010

Fierce Festival presents a live art and performance weekender in The Black Country.

Highlights include the Live Art Speed Date in the splendid environs of Wednesbury Town Hall on Saturday night.  This event, devised by Stoke Newington International Airport brings a series of intimate performative encounters together for audiences to experience – in private booths, at tables and in nooks and crannies of the Town Hall. Featuring, amongst others Mitra Memarzia, Companis, Sheila Ghelani, Leo Kaye, Mamoru Iriguchi, Hannah Nicklin, Neil Bennun, Deborah Pearson and more…

The Interrobang also features works in progress on Friday night from Plan B performance and Sheila Ghelani (of pieces being developed for Fierce Festival) at The Old Post Office in Wednesbury, The Slightest Movement (a week-long workshop process led by Quarantine) coming to a conclusion on Saturday evening and An Artists Guide to the Black Country and a talk from Alex Kelly of Third Angel on Sunday at the Town Hall. Continue reading

Bostin T-Shirts

Bostin T’s are fast earning themselves a revered reputation around the country with their brand of tongue-in-cheek T-shirt designs. Thanks partly to the recent spate of famous Brummies sporting their goods, from soul sensation Beverley Knight to the ITV’s Adrian Chiles, Bostin T’s are popping up all over the place.

Started a decade ago, the brand is the brainchild of by Donato Esposito who loved the positive nature of the word ‘bostin’ so much that he decided to create a T-shirt company that reflected the feel good ethos the name inspires. The brand has seen a rapid growth in sales due to its diverse range and innovative self-deprecating humour, playing on many of the stereotypes of Brummies throughout the region. During the recent election campaign they threw their political hat into the ring with a series of satirical T’s comprising the Election Collection.

The expansion of the brand includes brilliant Black Country observations ‘Oss’ (Horse), Yam-Yam, and our personal favourite – a take on the iconic I ‘heart’ NYC to I ‘Heart’ Tipton. Bostin is currently working with the team behind Birmingham’s City of Culture bid by creating a T-Shirt that embodies what people believe defines Birmingham as a city of culture.