Weekly Events and Exhibitions: 10 - 16 June

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This week, Blast Festival of Photography, Talks and Walks higlights the Sandwell town of Oldbury, with artist talks, exhibition tours, film screenings and workshops taking place throughout.

Exhibitions taking place are Estate Return by Robert Clayton at Rounds Green Library, Kate Jackson’s The Village at Langley Park Lodge and Family Portraits by Inka & Niclas Lindergård at Oldbury Council House.

For a full list of artists exhibiting work throughout the Festival, you can download the brochure or visit the artist pages.


On the 11th of June, Andrew Jackson hosts a visual storytelling workshop. On June 13th is the preview of Mahtab Hussain’s exhibition The Quiet Town of Tipton and Dr Euripides Altintzoglou will be ‘in conversation’ with Anand Chhabra (Apna Heritage Archive) and Emma Chetcuti (Multistory Director). On the 14th June Kate Jackson introduces The Village; an exhibition of work newly commissioned as part of the Forge Programme.



Workshop: Home & Belonging

Andrew Jackson leads a visual storytelling workshop, learn to tell your story of belonging, through words and pictures, and help tell the story of Smethwick.

 Time: 11AM – 3PM

Location: Sandwell Community History & Archives Service, Smethwick, B66 1AA

Free event / Book here



Exhibition Preview: The Quiet Town of Tipton

A preview of Mahtab Hussain’s exhibition The Quiet Town of Tipton and an 'in conversation' between Euripides Altintzoglou (Wolverhampton School of Art), Anand Chhabra (Apna Heritage Archive) and Emma Chetcuti (Multistory).

Time: 5PM – 7PM

Location: Wolverhampton School of Art, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT

Free event, no booking required.



Exhibition Launch: Kate Jackson

Join photographer Kate Jackson for an informal talk and introduction to her recent project and exhibition The Village, celebrating the resilience of smaller shops and businesses in Langley. Refreshments provided.

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Location: Langley Park Lodge, Oldbury, B69 4SL

Free event, no booking required.



On June 15th, why not make a day of it and join Robert Clayton for a talk and family friendly workshop at Rounds Green Library to celebrate the launch of his exhibition ‘Estate Return.’ Then head over to Langley Park Lodge to watch the fantastic Agnes Varda documentary ‘Faces / Places’ and then stay for artist Mark Murphy's Collage Party.


Exhibition Launch: Estate Return

Join Robert Clayton and library staff for a talk, family-friendly art workshop, food and refreshments to celebrate the launch of his exhibition Estate Return and pick up a free copy of the exhibition newspaper.

Time: 11AM – 3PM

Location: Rounds Green Library, Oldbury, B69 1DZ

Free event, no booking required.


Film Screening: Faces / Places

A warm, enlightening and surprising documentary following Agnes Varda and fellow artist JR as they travel around rural France creating portraits of the people they meet.

Time: 6PM - 7.30PM

Location: Langley Park Lodge, B69 4SL

Booking essential, £3PP Book here


Workshop: Collage Party

Join Mark Murphy for a celebratory collage workshop, turning the creative reigns over to you to make your own fantastic collage creations.

Time: 7.30PM – 9PM

Location: Langley Park Lodge, B69 4SL

Free event / Book here

Highlights from other towns include: Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab and the Black Country, UK; Polska Britannica // Stories of Home by Czesław Siegieda and Jon Tonks; Tipton Carnival Queens Shine Again by Erik Kessels; The Caravan Gallery; Black Country Living; Five Decades of Self PortraitMitti Di Khushboo – The Smell of the Land by Jaskirt Boora; Faye Claridge's Parody Pies; and Black Country Sikhs

If you’re making a weekend of it and are not local, our recommendations about where to eat and drink can be found here and the Premier Inn on the High Street in West Bromwich is the closest accommodation to the festival activities.


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