The Great Barnfield Rambles is an investigation into the life of the enigma that is Fred Barnfield, a locally celebrated artist and Sandwell legend.

Trevor Pitt has been rambling (walking) and rambling (talking) with people from the Black Country who knew Fred to create his Audio Ramble installation, showing at Wednesbury Library. The podcast will be available on the Blast! website from 24 May.

Trevor will lead a ‘ramble’ on the festival’s final weekend, taking in locations in Wednesbury that were significant to Fred, and providing an opportunity to dig deeper into the stories that made him such a fascinating character. Further information here.

Art works by Fred, and memorabilia loaned by his family, friends and members of the public, will be on display at this event.  If you have anything made by Fred, or associated with him, we’d love to include it. You can drop it off at the main desk in Wednesbury Library from Monday 24 June during opening hours.   It will be very well looked after and returned to you.

This commission is part of the Forge Artist Open Call Programme which invited 12 West Midlands artists and/or curators to make new bodies of work for the Blast! Festival and take part in a mentorship programme.



24.05.2019 – 29.06.2019

Opening times:

Mon - Wed & Fri: 9:30AM - 5:30PM

Thurs: 9:30AM - 1:30PM

Sat: 10AM - 4PM



Wednesbury Library, Walsall St, WS10 9EH


The Great Barnfield Rambles (30min)

Interviewees in order of appearance: Ian Bott, Mandy Barnfield, John Allen, Robert Hazel, Tony Mallam, Keith Hodgkins, Julie Callcott & Gavin Jones.

Interviews with Fred Barnfield: courtesy of Barney Snow

Music: Ben Sadler



Trevor Pitt is a Birmingham based artist and curator with a track record of creating inventive, intelligent and collaborative projects in galleries and community contexts for over 20 years. He has worked in various formats including installation, music, performance, public art, exhibitions and events.