Based in West Bromwich, Multistory works with outstanding artists to make art with, for and about the people of Sandwell. Our projects reflect and celebrate everyday life from factories, pubs and clubs, people’s homes, places of worship and markets. We work with local residents, photographers, artists, writers, documentary film-makers and many more.
Multistory commissions new work with acclaimed artists who are recognised by their peers for their work. We’re doing this in order to develop a body of outstanding work called The Multistory Collection. We also nurture and support emerging artists to develop their practice.
We want local communities to be able to work with the best artists we can bring here because they deserve no less, and also because we want the artists to engage those communities in their creative work. Whatever we do must stand as a powerful artwork in its own right. We also believe that the best way to secure our work and its future is by producing outstanding work that people want to see, support and be involved in.
The Multistory Collection is a growing body of work has been produced since 2010 and includes works by Martin Parr, Margaret Drabble, Susan Meiselas, David Goldblatt, Mahtab Hussain, Liz Hingley and many more. It includes photographic images, stories, film, interviews with artists and oral histories from participants. The Multistory Collection has been archived and digitized to make it easily accessible.
We have worked with a range of partners to deliver a diverse range of projects across a variety of settings over the past years. These include: Sandwell Council, the BBC, the Financial Times, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth University, Black Country Touring, and many more.