Living Memory

We are delighted to announce that we will be working as a part of the Living Memory project, funded by the Arts Council and the Heritage Lottery.


The project are working across the area to celebrate different aspects of everyday life that have been captured through people’s own photographs. The images hidden in our family albums, stored away in shoeboxes, and treasured in the collections of local enthusiasts can all offer rich perspectives on our rapidly changing society.

They are recording local people’s life stories and memories connected to their photography collections, making a series of new films, professionally archiving over 1000 favourite photographs, creating a new touring exhibition and much more besides.

6 regional artists have now been commissioned and over the next 12 months they will be working with communities and venues across Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton to develop and exhibit new work. They will be leading a series of creative development sessions within each community setting and producing new work that responds to the rich themes of the Living Memory Project.The 6 commissioned artists are:

Anand Chhabra
Harmeet Chagger-Khan
Andrew Jackson
Mel Tomlinson
Farhad Berahman, who will be based at Caldmore Community Garden
Brendan Jackson

The commissions are being hosted in partnership with the following community groups and organisations:

Gather CIC, Dudley
Dudley College
Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton
Caldmore Community Garden, Walsall
Grace Mary / Lion Farm Big Local, Oldbury, Sandwell
The Community and History Archive Service, based in Smethwick, Sandwell