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Arts collective unveil plans to put Cradley Heath on the creative map
1:04pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A BRAND new group has been launched in Cradley Heath to promote creative and artistic excellence in the town.
Creative Cradley Heath is hoping to turn the town into the cultural hotbed of the borough after Sandwell Council announced the axing of The Public.
The group is made up of artists, historians writers, musicians, sculptures, designers and other people in the creative industries who have promised to pool resources for the good of Cradley Heath.
Artist Fran Wilde, who moved to the town last year, chaired the first meeting.
She said: “Cradley Heath is not a cultural wasteland and we want people inside and outside the town to know what is artistically going on in their doorstep.
“The closing of The Public in West Bromwich is a real loss to Sandwell because it had real ambition but Creative Cradley Heath is about art from the grass roots and it is really exciting to see everyone working together and coming up with ideas.”
She added: “The town has some wonderful sites where art can either be performed, installed or showcased and we will be working to use these places in the future.”
Chris Self, the artist who set up the groundbreaking Oaks Project which teaches art to adults with learning difficulties, is a founder member of the group.
“Cradley Heath has some fantastic creative people who do amazing things and we are sick of the town been described as full of chavs and other negative labels.
“This group is really exciting as there are some world renowned artists and writers in Cradley Heath and hopefully will be getting those involved too.”
Cradley Heath and Old Hill Councillor John Tipper attended the first meeting and is backing the group.
He said: “Cradley Heath has its detractors, but those of us who live in or love the town know that it's full of talented, creative people.
“This is an opportunity to give them the chance to shine.”
The next meeting of Creative Cradley Heath is on Monday, September 30 at 5pm at The Oaks Project, Cradley Enterprise Centre, Maypole Fields.
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