Over the last few weeks, we’ve been thinking about how we can respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and we’re producing a new digital programme called Stories in Isolation to support local artists and our Blast! Creative Network. We’ll be sharing their photography, poetry and film with you over the upcoming weeks that responds to the current situation.  Please keep checking this page as the project evolves weekly and follow #storiesinisolation on social media to keep up-to-date.


Herbert Walters 

Herbert Walters is a Birmingham based documentary photographer who completed his HND at Sandwell College followed by a degree at Birmingham City University, where he became an artist in residence.  He recently presented his exhibition ‘Vision of Moments’ at the Medicine Bakery & Gallery in Birmingham city centre and has shown his work at Heart Break Gallery, New York; SOAS University, London; Midlands Arts Centre; and The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham.


Bhulla Beghal

Bhulla Beghal is a professional filmmaker from Smethwick. Having grown up amongst a manufacturing environment, making was deep-seated early on. Highlights from working in production include being a cinematographer for a feature documentary in Abu Dhabi and leading the art department for a documentary on the Suffragettes.


Catherine Turner

⁣Catherine Turner is a photographer and designer based in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. Focussing on street and documentary photography, Catherine’s work shares poignant snapshots of daily life and family stories in the Black Country and beyond.⁣⁣


Thea Brown

Thea Brown grew up in Telford and spent much of her childhood involved with Telford Community Arts. She received her art training in Liverpool, Sheffield and Birmingham. Thea uses a variety of media - drawing, photography, performance and installation – to explore elements of femininity, hope and desire. She is currently based in Tipton and is Head of Art at a secondary school in West Bromwich.


Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is an artist who works with collage. During the past eight years, alongside his design practice, Mark has enjoyed setting himself the challenge of making collage in a purely analogue way. Seeking out weird and wonderful print from the last 60 years his hand-cut, paper collages play with graphic composition, juxtaposition, space, scale and surrealism. Sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, often humorous.


Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger

Poets Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger have written poetry that tells of everyday experiences in lockdown – including trying to get your 10,000 daily recommended steps in, and a night out on lockdown.