Sandwell Stories

April 23, 2018

Drum roll please… Sandwell Stories, a new bi-monthly podcast produced by Multistory will share stories of people we meet on the streets, at home and in the workplace – we’ll capture their views, ideas, stories and opinions. The podcast will sometimes be led by the individuals and groups we meet and reflect their interests or […]

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Multistory is extremely excited to announce The Caravan Gallery as one of our lead artists for the Blast! Festival programme. Artist duo Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale will be touring their caravan – ‘a mobile gallery and social club on wheels’ – round the six towns of Sandwell throughout 2018, developing their Sandwell Pride of […]

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April 4, 2018

We’re delighted that @dawinderbansal1 is our third artist commission for 2018 /2019. Dawinder will produce an art installation celebrating the lives of first generation South Asian migrant women living in Sandwell. Through a collection of oral history interviews, photographs and moving image Dawinder will explore the relationships between these women and their cars. The work will also highlight the positive impact of future generations of Asian women who now benefit from the sacrifices of the first generation living within patriarchal and traditional Indian family structure. The project will launch as part of Multistory’s Blast! Festival in June 2019. . . Photo credit: Dee Patel . . . #Multistoryartist #Multistory #BlastFestival #DawinderBansal #MyCarOurStory #firstcar #stories #community #oralhistory #photography #firstgeneration #artistcommission #BlackCountry

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March 31, 2018

Out and about in #WestBromwich with photographer @jon_tonks meeting and photographing Polish families attending Swieconka (food blessing) and getting ready for Easter at St Michaels Church. Part of an ongoing project – more soon! . . . . . #Multistoryartist #Multistory #JonTonks #behindthescenes #Sandwell #BlackCountry #święconka #easter #celebrations #photography #community

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March 29, 2018

We’re delighted to be working with artist @sarahtaylorsilverwood on a new commission for 18/19. Sarah is launching an award to celebrate women. The award will focus on honouring the many important and varied roles that women play, and will culminate in a new series of portraits by Sarah of the award winners. The women will be nominated by people in #Sandwell and portraits will be shared in community centres and libraries across the borough. . . Sarah Taylor Silverwood is a visual artist with a practice rooted in drawing and language, used as material to produce print, animations and installation works. She often pulls together narratives through collaboration, a specific site, or a curatorial framework. She enjoys working with people, whether with other artists, or by inviting participation in the work. Sarah is currently working towards a solo show at New Art Gallery Walsall (2019). . . . . . #Multistoryartist #newcommission #Multistory #communities #women #womensaward #portraits #drawing #participation #nomination #BlackCountry

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March 21, 2018

#WorldPoetryDay – we’ll be working with performance poet #EmmaPurshouse on a commission for 18/19 called #TiptonTales Emma will work with local residents to produce a site-specific piece of spoken word theatre with a loose but coherent narrative that will be set and performed in a building / location in #Tipton (one of the six towns in the borough of Sandwell). The history of the building and the people and families who inhabited or frequented the place will be represented as spoken word pieces linked together to represent the diversity of voices in #Sandwell – they will be created by both Emma and artists she collaborates with. Collaboration is one of Emma’s preferred methods of working and she has previously written and performed pieces in this way, including a show which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. . . . . #spokenword #performancepoet #MultistoryArtist #participation #collaboration #community #connected #communitystories #TheMultistoryCollection #6townsofSandwell

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March 15, 2018

We’re very happy to announce ‘Black Country Lungs’, our new book with photographer @corinnenoordenbos is now available to pre-order from the Multistory shop ahead of the official publishing date on 19th May 2018. Link in bio. . . ‘Black Country Lungs tells in striking images and short words, the stories of 20 Black Country folk who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). It is a courageous and honest collaboration between artist and subjects that conveys the personal histories of the people behind the statistics’ – John Middleton, President, UK Faculty of Health. . . Thanks to the generosity of project participants and partners who made this possible and also @ben.weaver for the book design. . . #Multistory #collaboration #britishlungfoundation @britishlungfoundation #COPD #lungs #breathing #artsandscience @artssciencefest #photography #portraits #respiratory #pulmonary rehab #art #corinnenoordenbos #sandwell #BlackCountry #sandwellcouncil #ACEMidlands #BlackCountryLungs

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March 10, 2018

The @artssciencefest starts on Monday @unibirmingham. Don’t forget to visit ‘Black Country Lungs’, our outdoor exhibition outside the Bramall building. There are still places available on the guided tour & talk with #CorinneNoordenbos. Book here http://bit.ly/2BfPleO . . . . . @researchandculturalcollections #art #COPD #exhibition #multistoryartist #sandwell #blackcountry #portraits #universityofbirmingham #lungs #BLF #collaboration #artsandscience #disease #guidedtour #artisttalk

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