From the digital library of over 3,000 images, we have selected 50 photographs with a short explanatory text which offers some contextual background. This offers you a gateway to explore the collection.
It is unlikely that in the Black Country they had heard of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a community mural begun in 1978 by Judy Baca, made with some 400 young people and artists.
The multi-talented actor, director, writer, and producer, Orson Welles once wrote: ‘The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.’
The photograph here was taken on a bitter cold morning in February at the Public Works Depot, a site at the bottom of Sandwell Road where it was dead-ended by the Expressway, which itself looped around the town centre from Junction 1 of the M5 to Carters Green
The Jubilee Bus would, at times, operate as a travelling art gallery, the sides offering a large scale empty canvas or display surface, the whole day spent painting and creating.
Here we see a group of women from Oval Road, Tipton, alongside the Jubilee Bus, with food they have prepared for a celebratory party for children at the end of a playscheme week...
In December 1992, quickly following the destruction of the Ayodhya mosque in Northern India by Hindu extremists, there were a series of attacks on Hindu places of worship in the UK. In the worst attack, the Shree Krishna Hindu temple in Black Lake, West Bromwich, was completely gutted by fire.
Play and work with children and young people were both a significant part of the early work of community artists. One location for play and mural work in Sandwell was Alfred Gunn House in Langley...
Narinder Gill recalls: “This photograph transports me back instantly into a moment of time where I was the person sitting and experiencing a mix of emotions before my own wedding day.
Society deems certain types of heritage to be of value, say an oak timbered merchant’s house managed by the National Trust, or an Iron Age earthen hill fort such as Maiden Castle in Dorset, or a miniature netsuke sculpture from 17th century Japan. Community artists in the 1970s and 1980s explored other values, such as folklore […]
The clocks have turned back, the nights draw in, the weather gets more miserable and it’s nearly time to dust off a VHS copy of John Carpenter’s slasher classic ‘Halloween’.
In the mid-1980s, Jubilee Arts signed ‘agency agreements’ with both Dudley and Walsall Councils, aiming to expand youth arts work further across the Black Country boroughs and helping to develop new community artists and funding.