WEST
BROMWICH

West Bromwich is synonymous with its football team, West Bromwich Albion.  At an altitude of 551 feet (168m), it’s the highest ground of all of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs. Not far from the town centre is Oak House, a timber framed building dating from the sixteenth century.

Just outside the town centre is the beautiful Dartmouth Park, which borders Sandwell Valley park and farm where you can feed farm animals and travel around on a quadracycle. 

West Bromwich is celebrated for its indoor and outdoor markets where you can buy everything from handbags, fabrics and Caribbean foods whilst meeting the wonderful market traders and enjoy the familiarity of a place that is centred around a human connection. Built in 1874, is the West Bromwich Town Hall of Gothic design, home to a Grand Organ and the Multistory offices.


Exhibitions

Dawinder Bansal, Stephen Burke, The Caravan Gallery, Chantal Rens, Annegien Van Doorn, Girl Gaze, Rob Hewitt, Bethany Kane, Erik Kessels, Jan McCullough, Niall McDiarmid, Sandwell Stories, Czesław Siegieda, Jon Tonks, Nilupa Yasmin


EVENT

BLAST! FESTIVAL GUIDED TOUR

FRI 24 MAY

4PM - 6PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

MEET AT THE TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY

Be guided around the streets of West Bromwich by our amazing volunteers, taking in the many sites of the festival.

Book here.

BLAST! FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT

FRI 24 MAY

6PM - 9PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Join us to mark the start of The Caravan Gallery’s six week long evolving exhibition the Sandwell Pride of Place Project, celebrating all things Sandwell.

POP-UP ZINE LIBRARY

SAT 25 MAY

10AM - 4PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

BLAST! SHOP, WEST BROMWICH, B70 6EU

Curator of Brum Zine Fest, Louise Byng, and zine librarian extraordinaire, Hannah Prentice, will host a pop-up zine library for one day only!

 

POP-UP ZINE WORKSHOP

SAT 25 MAY

2PM - 4PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

BLAST! SHOP, WEST BROMWICH, B70 6EU

Louise Byng & Hannah Prentice (Brum Zine Library) invite you to experiment with story and language to explore 'youth' and produce your very own zine.

GIRL GAZE EXHIBITION TOUR

SAT 25 MAY

12PM - 1PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

BRITISH MUSLIM SCHOOL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8NX

Curator of Girl Gaze, Iona Fergusson, introduces the artists behind Girl Gaze and Asian Women & Cars: Road to Independence and will take you on a guided tour.

Book here.

CENTRALA DISCUSSION FILM CLUB

SAT 25 MAY

1PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

CENTRAL LIBRARY, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DZ

Join Centrala for their discussion club with the screening of The Last Resort (2000) directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

Book here.

 

BLAST! FESTIVAL GUIDED TOUR

SAT 25 MAY

2PM - 4PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

MEET AT THE TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY

Be guided around the streets of West Bromwich by our amazing volunteers, taking in the many sites of the festival.

Book here.

ARTIST TALK: JON TONKS & CZESŁAW SIEGIEDA

SAT 25 MAY

3PM - 4.15PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Photographers Jon Tonks and Czesław Siegieda will discuss their exhibitions with guests – writer and film-maker Jane Rogoyska and Founder of EWA CIC, Elizabeth Kardynal.

Book here.

LAUNCH EVENT: JON TONKS & CZESŁAW SIEGIEDA

SAT 25 MAY

4.30PM - 7.30PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Join us for a preview of the exhibition and a celebration of Central and Eastern European culture with the finest pierogi and folk music.

Book here.

 

LAUNCH EVENT: STEPHEN BURKE

SUN 26 MAY

3PM - 5PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

THE VINE, WEST BROMWICH, B70 6RD

Join Stephen Burke to preview his exhibition of West Bromwich Albion and have a curry whilst you’re there!

CHILDREN’S POETRY WORKSHOP

TUE 28 MAY

2.30PM - 3.30PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

CENTRAL LIBRARY, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DZ

Have you ever wanted to become a captivating poet and storyteller? Join poet Jasmine Gardosi for a workshop of interactive games and activities. Ages 6 to 13. Book via Central Library: 0121 569 4904.

FILM: DIY DRIVE IN / COLOUR BOX

THU 30 MAY

11AM - 1PM

BOOKING ESSENTIAL/ £2.50PP

TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY

Families, come and join us for a DIY Drive-in! Build your own cars from scrap materials and park yourself in our drive-in movie theatre to watch a selection of short films.

Book here.

 

ARTIST TALK: LAURA PANNACK

THU 30 MAY

6PM - 8PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Laura Pannack talks about her project The Cracker, followed by discussion with Bethany Kane and Inès Elsa Dalal about working with young people and the ethics of consent.

Book here.

FILM & ARTIST TALK: PIGEON PARTY

WED 5 JUNE

6PM

BOOKING ESSENTIAL/ £5PP

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Martin Parr joins us for a screening of his film Mark Goes to Mongolia feat. Black Country pigeon breeder, Mark Evans. Includes a pigeon masterclass with two of Mark’s top birds!

Book here.

CEE ARTIST NETWORK EVENT

THU 6 JUNE

6PM - 8.30PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Centrala host a space for Central and Eastern European artists and curators to present their work and network with peers and photographer, Jon Tonks.

Book here.

 

ARTIST TALK & FILM: JANINE WIEDEL

FRI 21 JUNE

1PM - 3PM

BOOKING ESSENTIAL / £3PP

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

A screening of Camera in the Streets, a documentary about Janine Wiedel’s work photographing West Midlands industry, followed by a discussion between Janine Wiedel and curator, Craig Ashley.

Book here.

TALK: DAWINDER BANSAL

WED 26 JUNE

6PM - 8PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY

Join Dawinder Bansal 'in conversation' with a dynamic guest panel of South Asian women who are passionate about cars, driving and influencing social change for South Asian girls and women in the UK and India.

Book here.

CELEBRATE SANDWELL

FRI 28 JUNE

11AM - 3PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

TOWN HALL, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DY

A free, fun event showcasing a wide range of local organisations and community groups in Sandwell. For Blast! Festival, local students will run a pop-up photo booth.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WHOM?

FRI 28 JUNE

6PM - 8PM

FREE EVENT / BOOKING ESSENTIAL

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

Join Anthony Luvera (artist, writer and educator), Janice McLaren (The Photographers’ Gallery) and Brian Homer (artist) for a panel discussion in celebration of the launch of Photography For Whom? – a new periodical focused on socially-engaged photography. Published biannually, Photography For Whom? seeks to shine light on significant yet overlooked work of the past and to generate debate about contemporary practice. Photography For Whom? is edited by Anthony Luvera, supported by Grain and Multistory.

Book here.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

SAT 29 JUNE

10AM - 5PM

BOOKING ESSENTIAL / VARIOUS £PP

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8ND

An opportunity for emerging artists to gain advice from a selection of photographers, curators and reviewers on how to develop their photography career. In association with GRAIN.

See website for application details.

CENTRALA DISCUSSION FILM CLUB

SAT 29 JUNE

1PM - 3PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

CENTRAL LIBRARY, WEST BROMWICH, B70 8DZ

Join Centrala for their discussion club with the screening of Dziennik z podróży (A Diary of a Journey) from 2013, directed by Piotr Stasik.

Book here.

 

CLOSING PARTY: THE CARAVAN GALLERY

SAT 29 JUNE

6PM - 9PM

FREE EVENT / NO BOOKING

FORMER POUNDLAND, WEST BROMWICH, B70 7NN

A final chance to make your mark on The People's Map of Sandwell and admire the finished exhibition in a festive atmosphere! Refreshments and entertainment provided; all welcome!