PAiL – Open Photography Exhibition at The Public

poster by sumerstudioWhat’s The Focus? is an exhibition of the best photographs submitted in response to an open call. Photographers willing to be exhibited at The Public are welcomed to submit their work. The challenge is your photographic response to the following quote by Harold Pinter: Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? Pictures should be sent by Monday, 30th of September. The successful works will be displayed during the exhibition at The Public. For more information and to apply go to

Area Culture Guide – March/April edition


Check out the all-new sparkly edition of Area Culture Guide for March and April. Take a look inside for Art, Music, Comedy, Theatre and listings… Continue reading

Black Country Legends @_the_public – 13 Feb to 6 May

Richard Billingham 2

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

@thenowweare This Weekend (7-8 April) @_the_public

The NOW WE ARE WEEKENDER is the latest event in the UK to celebrate all that is brilliant in indie-pop n’ roll thrills, spills and bellyaches! Organised by those people at Funny Looking Cat (who’ve had past fingers in such pies as Indietracks and The Little Hellfire Club) this debut mini-festival will be a fast-paced musical mash-up for all the family. Continue reading

To You From Super Me – exhibition

Wednesday 8th June sees the official launch of  TO YOU FROM SUPER ME at The Public in West Bromwich from 6pm..

Marvel/DC comic book illustrator John McCrea (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider Man) and celebrated image-maker Chris Keenan have collaborated with Friction Arts to work with a Sandwell youth group to produce a knock-out contemporary video installation and exhibition taking place at The Public throughout June. Continue reading

BASS FESTIVAL – Throughout June 2011

BASS Festival 2011
Various venues

The BASS festival hits its sixth year running in the city, housing a line-up that is sure to educate and blow the minds of the Birmingham masses. The UK’s only month-long celebration of black music and art, the BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) runs throughout June offering a feast of urban culture. Following the theme of Revolution, the festival brings together a multitude of mediums all under one banner; from grime and dubstep performances to street dance, spoken word poetry and fashion events, all celebrating the revolution of urban culture. 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

Shazia Mirza – Multiple Choice

Shazia Mirza – Multiple Choice
The Public, West Bromwich
25th September

“Most people have a crush at 16, a relationship by 32, sex in between. Not me and Susan Boyle (allegedly)”

Guardian Weekend columnist and international award-winning comedian, Shazia Mirza’s reputation precedes her. She has had people rolling around laughing all over the world with her notoriously hilarious, dead-pan stand-up and is now bringing the funny to West Bromwich this month with her new and award-winning live show ‘Multiple Choice’, at The Public. Continue reading