SMETHWICK

Smethwick is traditionally a town of innovation - it has an exceptional cast iron bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1829, and The Chance Brothers Glassworks made huge breakthroughs in glass manufacture, including the opalescent glass which fronts Big Ben. Smethwick is also the location of Warley Woods, one of Sandwell's forested areas covering over a hundred acres.

Smethwick is one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. It’s a longstanding neighbourhood of Irish, Sikh, Muslim Afro-Caribbean and White British communities. This is reflected in the choice of food available in the town.

Exhibitions

Jaskirt Boora, Anand Chhabra, Billy Dosanjh, Andrew Jackson, Black Country Sikhs, Sound Kitchen

EVENTS

HOME AND BELONGING

TUE 11 JUNE

11AM - 3PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

SANDWELL COMMUNITY HISTORY & ARCHIVES SERVICE, B66 1AA

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.

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Artist talk: anand chhabra

FRI 7 JUNE

6PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

GURU NANAK GURDWARA, SMETHWICK, B66 3AP

An opportunity to hear Anand Chhabra talk about the Apna Heritage Archive and gain an insight into this wonderful collection of images.

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COMMUNITY EVENT: MOTHERSHIP

THU 20 JUNE

1PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

THIMBLEMILL LIBRARY, SMETHWICK, B67 5RJ

In association with Liz Hingley’s Home Made in Smethwick exhibition, Multistory and Mothership invite you to join the MARKit group to hear about their creative textile skills and products. Refreshments provided.

ARTIST TALK: BILLY DOSANJH

TUE 18 JUNE

6PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

THE RED COW PUB, SMETHWICK, B66 3NL

Billy Dosanjh talks about his photographic series The Exiles and screens previously unseen Super 8 footage of the Punjab and Sandwell, chronicling one family's journey.

 

SOUND WALK: CUT & FADE

SAT 22 JUNE

10.30AM & 11AM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

MEET AT WHY NOT CAFÉ, SMETHWICK, B66 4BW

SOUNDkitchen lead a guided version of their sound walk, unveiling stories found within the high density of barbers and hairdressers serving the diverse local community.

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LAUNCH EVENT: JASKIRT BOORA

FRI 21 JUNE

6PM - 8PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

LIGHTWOODS HOUSE, SMETHWICK, B67 5DP

Join Jaskirt Boora and her family to celebrate her exhibition Mit ti Di KhushbooThe Smell of the Land, a universal story of migrant communities.

 

LAUNCH EVENT: BLACK COUNTRY SIKHS & BILLY DOSANJH

SAT 22 JUNE

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

1PM

SMETHWICK HERITAGE CENTRE, SMETHWICK, B66 3NJ

Come and join us for the launch of the Black Country Sikhs book and Billy Dosanjh's The Exiles with music by Balbir Bhujhangy.

FILM: COLOUR BOX FAMILY SHORTS

SAT 22 JUNE

11AM - 12.30PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

WHY NOT CAFÉ, SMETHWICK, B66 4BW

Inspired by SOUNDkitchen’s Cut & Fade project Flatpack presents a selection of ‘hairlarious’ animation shorts. Family fun for everyone!