‘Thanks to new investment from the National Lottery supported Ambition for Excellence programme, Multistory has been awarded £417, 954 to bring Blast! – a new six month arts festival – to Sandwell, West Midlands in 2019.
Blast! will provide an ambitious programme of photography, digital media and spoken word performances in public spaces, community venues, pop-up sites and outdoor areas across Sandwell.
The festival will be developed over the next two years and will run from April to September 2019, with each month celebrating one of Sandwell’s six major towns; Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.
New commissions from established and emerging artists will bring the stories of local people to life. Student curators, with the support of internationally recognised artists, will create displays throughout the festival, using digital technology and resources from Multistory’s extensive photographic collection.’