July 6, 2018

We’re excited to share with you an image from photographer @niallmcdiarmid from his series of #Sandwell portraits commissioned by #Multistory for Blast! Festival. The work will be exhibited next year as part of the #BlastPhotoFest2019 shown across the 6 #Sandwell towns. . . “I’ve really enjoyed getting started on my Multistory project and have been travelling across the region regularly over the past month. The basis of the series is to build a portrait of the six towns across Sandwell, photographing the people I meet in my own style. The area is ethnically very diverse so I’m enjoying meeting people from a huge variety of backgrounds. However at the same time not only is it physically in the centre of the country but it seems to be right at the heart of the contemporary England, mirroring many of the changes and challenges that are so regularly discussed. High points so far – the great market at Blackheath, jumping on buses out of Oldham, walking the canals around Tipton, a great coffee morning at West Smethwick Baptist Church on the way to visiting Marshall Street where Malcom X visited in 1965. I even met people who were living on the street when he visited. Lastly I love the John Taylor Duce building in Wednesbury. I’d like to find out more about that. Very intriguing building. Low points so far – the seats on the tram..so uncomfortable. I’m starting a one man campaign for cushions to be supplied!” Niall, July 2018 . . Image: Indoor Market, West Bromwich – June 2018 Niall McDiarmid . . . . . #AmbitionforExcellence #ACE #CultureMatters #Community #Photography #NiallMcdiarmid #portraits

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June 26, 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear that our good friend David Goldblatt has died. We partnered with David from 2011 to May 2017, as part of his long-term photographic project about South African ex-offenders, which he extended to the Black Country to take portraits at the scene of crime. David was driven by personal experience […]

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May 22, 2018

This is @corinnenoordenbos taking over the #Multistory Instagram to highlight the launch of my book and exhibition Black Country Lungs. This is Janice. She suffers from #COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). When Multistory invited me to the Black Country, I took the opportunity to explore health issues. Statistics showed that this post- industrial community has more health-related problems than other areas of the UK. I decided to focus on COPD and lung problems. I was curious about the connection between the Black Country and ‘black lungs’. . . The exhibition is now on show @lightwoodshouse until 31 May 2018. The book can be purchased from the Multistory shop. . . Image: Janice, Black Country Lungs, 2018 Corinne Noordenbos . . #multistorytakeover #blackcountrylungs #multistoryartist #corinnenoordenbos #lungs #sandwell #community #photography #art #portraits

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We’re recruiting! – Programme / Marketing Assistant

May 2, 2018

It’s an exciting time at Multistory; we continue to invite artists to make art with, for and about local people in response to their lives and experiences and, next year we’re taking this to the next level by producing Blast!, a major new arts festival of photography, walks and talks in Sandwell. Blast! will take place […]

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April 25, 2018

Only a couple of weeks before #BlackCountryLungs our new photographic exhibition with @corinnenoordenbos opens @lightwoods_house_and_park from 17 – 31 May 2018 – it tells the stories of people living with #COPD in the Black Country – don’t miss a guided tour with the artist on 19th May at 11am. See link in bio for more details. . . Image: Don, Black Country Lungs, 2018, Corinne Noordenbos . . The Black Country Lungs book can be pre-ordered on our website. . #multistory #multistoryartist #sandwell #lungs #breathing #photography #community #stories #sandwellcouncil #ACEMidlands

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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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