Sunday, 4 September 2022

New exhibition ‘Paperpulp’ showcases artist’s mixed media work at Lighthouse


A new exhibition has opened at Light House’s Balcony Gallery in Wolverhampton’s iconic Chubb Buildings. ‘Paperpulp’, by Ghislaine Harrison, highlights the development of the artist’s work as she explores light and shade through combinations of different media and techniques, with pulped paper, embroidery and patchwork coming to together to form intriguing and beautiful artworks.

Ghislaine, a University of Wolverhampton alumna who alongside her creative practice has also worked in arts education, will be holding ‘meet the artist’ sessions where members of the public are invited to view the exhibition and take the opportunity to discuss it directly with the artist herself.  These will be taking place on Thursday 8th September at 3pm and Thursday 15th September at 5pm.

Light House CEO Kelly Jeffs says of the exhibition,

‘We love showcasing artist’s work here at Light House, and it’s been a pleasure to work with Ghislaine and to see the exhibition develop as it was installed. The work is stunning to see in person so you can appreciate the textures and details in each piece. The exhibition really brings to life the beautiful space that is our Balcony Gallery. We’d also like to thank Paul Kitterick, Cory McClane and Margot McClane for their technical and curatorial assistance installing this show.’

Ghislaine’s exhibition runs until the end of September and can be viewed between 2pm and 8pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

Have your say on the future of arts and cultural provision in Worcester

Worcester City Council logo

Worcester residents are invited to have their say on a blueprint that will shape the city’s arts and cultural provision for the next five years.

Worcester City Council is seeking feedback on its draft Arts and Culture Strategy to ensure it represents the wide variety of cultural activities in the city, and people are being encouraged to give their views at

Worcester has a well-established cultural scene, both amateur and professional, and it already hosts hundreds of events each year, from small community initiatives to major festivals that attract thousands of visitors to the city and provide a valuable boost to the economy and national profile of Worcester.

Arts and cultural activity is important as it brings communities together, contributes to jobs and prosperity, attracts visitors, and supports health and wellbeing. Many arts organisations in Worcester are key employers.

Performance venues, museums, galleries, historic buildings, libraries, and public art are core parts of the unique picture of Worcester as a home, tourist destination, and business base. The wide range of galleries, shops and studios that host, display and sell visual and applied arts provide both social and economic benefits to the city.

The aim of the strategy is to support and develop arts and culture in the city, and to set out how the City Council will secure and invest funding, and work in partnership with local organisations.

Councillor Robyn Norfolk, vice chair of the Place & Economic Development committee, said: “I would urge residents to read the draft Arts and Culture Strategy and to have their say on what happens next at We’re looking forward to working with residents, cultural partners, and other stakeholders to make sure that Worcester is a city with creativity at its heart.”

From festivals to theatre, from dance to music - there is already a wealth of activity taking place all over the city, led by a vibrant mix of volunteer-led and professional organisations. Events range from the Elgar Festival to the popular Light Nights, while a range of exhibition spaces include the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, the Museum of Royal Worcester, the Bevere Art Gallery, Yew Tree Artist Studios and the new opportunities provided at The Arches – Worcester.

Worcester is currently undergoing a significant period of change and regeneration, having benefited from almost £40m of Government funding in recent years. This money is enabling improvements to heritage buildings and the repurposing of many public spaces and buildings, and the draft Arts and Culture Strategy looks at how this can be a platform to showcase the city on a national and global stage.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 30 September. To have your say, go to

Celebrate Sandwell's heritage

Logo promoting Sandwell Heritage event

National Heritage Open Days start on Friday 9 September and run until Sunday 18 September.

Members of the public get the chance to enjoy and explore heritage for FREE with events, peeps behind the scenes, talks, walks and open days.

Discover the ironmongers of the 1600s from Oak House. Explore some of the weird and wonderful objects in our museum collection. Enjoy a talk about the history of Bromwich Hall (Manor House) and visit our fantastic medieval encampment with loads of great activities for all ages.

Celebrate 100 years of Haden Hill Park with live music and entertainment, explore the attics at Haden Hill House and the cellars of the Old Hall. Discover the little known story of Bishop Asbury, explore life on the canals at Galton Valley and enjoy a tour of parts of Chance Glassworks.

Details about individual events and activities in Sandwell

Sunday, 28 August 2022

An exhibition of stories of the Pandemic through Photography and Quilting


Looking Back Moving Forward Exhibition Flyer

Meet Sandwell's BOSTIN PEOPLE


Poster for celebrating Sandwell's Bostin people

Celebrating Sandwell and its Bostin People

📢 We're so proud to be telling the stories of all of these Bostin People who are helping us to celebrate Sandwell

Meet Karnell, Haseebah, Sadeh, Dave, Brian, Parmjit, Amy, Marcus and Mollie... you'll be seeing them all around Sandwell on our billboards!

⭐ They're all incredible people. And they're not the only Bostin People and Bostin Places we have to be proud of in Sandwell.

❤ Check out their stories on the Celebrate Sandwell website

International Festival of Glass - 2 days left!

International Glass Festival

 Friday 26 -  Monday 29 August

The International Festival of Glass will take place across Stourbridge Glass Quarter 

'Expanding Horizons' showcases East Asian influences and celebrates the UN International Year of Glass.

 Expect four days of dynamic and dazzling glassmaking, family friendly events, street entertainment, lots of free activities and have a go workshops. 

There is a free shuttle bus between the venues.


Wolverhampton Centre offers a new Oasis for the city’s young people in care


The City of Wolverhampton’s Council new Oasis Co-Production Hub, for children and young people who are in or leaving care, was officially opened yesterday (Wednesday 24 August, 2022).

The Oasis, on Willenhall Road, is the main base for the city’s House Project, a partnership between the council, Wolverhampton Homes, the National House Project and commercial partner Reconomy which supports young care leavers make the transition to independent living...continue reading

Cazoo Grand Slam Darts returns to Wolverhampton!

Cazoo Grand Slam Darts returns to Wolverhampton!

The darts are returning to Wolverhampton this November! Experience the iconic Grand Slam where sport's biggest party will be back with all of the top names in the sport.

This year’s Cazoo Grand Slam will take place at Aldersley Leisure Village from 12 to 20 November and tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. 

One week to go until Godiva festival


Volunteer wanted to support Dance to Health at Wyndley Leisure Centre, Sutton Coldfield

Activity Volunteer – Dance to Health

Focus Birmingham is looking for a Dance Group Activity volunteer.

Our range of group and activities are growing, building on the invaluable social opportunities we offer to those with visual impairments.  We are looking to expand our dedicated team of volunteers to support a range of groups and activities.

Role Tasks and Skills required:

-        Providing help to individuals attending and staff

-        Support those attending to make connections and    social interactions

-        Acting as a sighted guide, push wheelchair if needed – training is provided

-        To undertake any other training relevant to this role

-        A commitment to the aims and values of Focus Birmingham

-        Great communicator

-        Willing to get stuck into a variety of activities

-        Friendly and welcoming

-        Flexibility and reliability


At Wyndley Leisure Centre, Sutton Coldfield each Tuesday from 6th September, 10.30 – 12.30


-        Focus Core Training elearning training

-        Any additional relevant training to enable you to undertake the role

Further information

For more information about this role or if you would like to apply, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on:  07734373408, email: