Project Partners

A Partnership Project

Brierley Hillness was led and funded by the English Heritage Outreach team in partnership with Dudley Arts Council, Artspace Brierley Hill, Dudley Performing Arts, Brierley Hill Community Forum, the Adult and Community Learning Service at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and in collaboration with Audiences Central and the Public Art Unit at DMBC. It ran from January until the end of June 2011. Learn more about the people behind the project and community participants… 

A little bit about our organisations

                                              Dudley Art Council is one of, if not the oldest arts council in the country. Founded in 1946, they are a registered charity run on a voluntary basis to foster and promote the maintenance, improvement and development of the arts in the Black Country and the West Midlands. DAC manage the Artspace project in partnership with Dudley Council. For more information visit:

                                            English Heritage is the public body responsible for protecting and promoting the historic environment in England. It not only takes care of some of our most important historical sites but developed projects with groups like Artspace to increase awareness of the local community’s own heritage and promote cohesive adult and family learning. The Outreach team developed, funded and managed the Brierley Hillness project. For more information visit: Please note the Outreach Team was disbanded in March 2011.

                                           Artspace is a venue bringing free workshops and exhibitions into the heart of Brierley Hill town centre. Adults and families are welcome to come along and have a go at jewellery making, painting, audio recording, bag making and much more. We also offer free gallery space to local artists and community groups.

                                           Dudley Performing Arts provides a high quality Arts Service that promotes opportunities for artistic and creative development across the whole community. There’s an enormous range of visual art, dance and movement, music and drama opportunities for adults and children at DPA all year round.  For more information visit:

Brierley Hill Community Forum aims to improve communication in the area. They run the popular online ‘Brierley Hill Blog’. Subscribers receive a weekly email containing a Brierley Hill events guide and important links to related websites. To sign up to Brierley Hill Blog go to:

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Adult and Community Learning Service) has closely supported the Artspace in partnership with Dudley Arts Council, and provides much of the Art based learning through the space. For more information visit:

 In collaboration with

 Audiences Central is an audience development agency for the West Midlands, They are uniquely positioned to help arts and cultural organisations make a real difference to building and sustaining audiences for their work and are responsible for the Brierley Hill photo competition, which ran alongside a popular Martin Parr photography exhibition at Artspace, and ‘Artsnation’, a project which promotes art in the West Midlands. For more information visit:

The Public Art Unit was set up 20 years ago. Dudley is one of the few local authorities in the country to have its own public artist. The Borough Artist provides in-house advice and expertise to develop public art initiatives. For more information visit:


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