Blast! Creative Network


Blast! Creative Network is a group of artists and creatives which evolved out of the Multistory Blast! Festival 2019 and is growing steadily. Taking place once a month, the BCN programme offers talks, workshops, opportunities and social events to bring local emergent artists a year-long programme that provides a space for knowledge sharing and support. We invite art practitioners, curators and community groups to speak about a range of subjects designed to help local emergent artists and creatives to develop their practice.

We also offer members the opportunity to test out new ideas and platform their work through our Online Residency space on our website, as well as on our social media channels. We accept proposals for individual as well as collaborative projects between more than one member of the group.

The programme is open to emergent artists and creatives based in Sandwell and the Black Country, from all practices, backgrounds and ages. Participants from Birmingham may also be considered if they live within one mile of our office in West Bromwich (B70 8DY). Events usually take place at West Bromwich Town Hall but due to current COVID-19 restrictions all future events will take place on Zoom until further notice.

The Blast! Creative Network Programme is open to emergent artists and creatives from all practices, backgrounds and ages and welcomes people of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, ages and sexualities. In order to ensure that sessions are welcoming and supportive for members, we ask all participants to follow the Code of Conduct.

To apply to become a member, or if you are already a member and want to apply for an Online Residency, download and fill out the forms below and return to

BCN Membership Application Form

BCN Online Residency Proposal Form


Upcoming talks AND workshops:


Approaches to Photography

Yas Lime, Kate Jackson & Paul Samuel White

27 October, 6.30-8pm

This talk explores varied approaches to photography and is aimed at creatives based in Sandwell and the Black Country who would like to develop their career in the photographic industry. Artists and photographers Yas Lime, Kate Jackson and Paul Samuel White, will share from their practice, give insight into how they started out in their field of work, and tips for early career photographers. Please message if you would like to attend.


Talk Danni Ebanks Ingram

11 November, 6-7.30pm


Workshop Fundraising for Projects

Jenny Moore

25 November, 5-7pm


Talk UK Black Female Photographers Group

Jemella Binns & Denise Maxwell

9 December, 6-7.30pm


Talk Jagdish Patel

20 January, 6-7.30pm


Talk The Sustainable Darkroom

Hannah Fletcher

10 February, 6-7.30pm


Talk Elizabeth Wewiora

14 March, 6-7.30pm