Join the all-new Black Country Collage Club!

For 2021 we’ll be teaming up with the Dudley People’s Archive using sourced, found and shared materials from people’s own collections and using the borough as our inspiration to start a collage club.

We’re inviting people from across the Black Country to join us via Zoom on Wednesday 20th January at 7.15pm to meet collage artist Mark Murphy and chat through ideas and themes for the forthcoming year.

We’ll be meeting once a month and sending out packs and prompts via mail, What’s App and email for people to use as source material. 

For each event there will be a meet-up (virtual at first then hopefully in person later in the year when times allow), a theme set and an opportunity to chat to other creatives.

We’ll share our work online and via social media to build up a set of images that will be used in an exhibition in Dudley towards the end of the year.

You don’t need any experience as an artist just an interest in joining in and creating something that can be shared and enjoyed with others.

The first meeting will be an opportunity to find out more and you can register here.

If you’d like to join us sign up here. The workshops will be FREE to attend however you may need some basic materials to take part which will be outline in the first get-together.

If you have any questions please email

Please note that a Zoom link will be sent ahead of the event.

This project is part of PAINT DUDLEY and supported by Creative Black Country and CoLab Dudley in partnership with the Dudley People’s Archive.

Jim’s sign writing workshops

Grappling with the idea that letters are made out of a series of shapes was a challenge for our second set of workshops with Jim of Seven 9 Signs.

Using paint and brushes we learnt the (very) basics of holding the brush, how to place the brush on the paper and how ‘not’ to twist it to make letters –  trying to forget everything we thought we new about writing words.

Pop-up exhibition in a day

We had great fun on Dudley Markets, and with our photo walks with Tom of Black Country Type, producing out pop-up exhibition in a day.

We had lots of people stop by and get creative with our pens and paints. Here’s just a couple of people who took part.

Thanks to WM Mayor Andy Street for dropping by to see the work and the Mayor’s Community Weekend who funded the day.

You can still see the work over at Gather Coffee shop, 65 High Street, Dudley.

Eye Candy pops up at the Winter Makers Market 2-4 December

For those that missed our beautiful pop up at Great Western Arcade in Birmingham during October then we are selling more artist items (prints, tees, badges, books, homewares and more) at the Winter Makers Market from the 2-4 December at the stunning Municipal Bank on Broad Street, Birmingham.

Free to attend they’ll be LOADS of ace makers, artists and designers selling their wares – including some of our lovely Eye Candy workshop hosts and illustration & art fair sellers. So we need you to save up your pennies, forget about the boring old High Street and join us, the Birmingham Originals team and Frilly Industries to buy ALL of your xmas gifts. They’ll be plenty of inspiration we promise!

We’ll be selling works from:
Jenny Haytch
Ben Javens
Alternative Aesthetics
Brennan & Burch
Nick Taylor Illustration
Roberta Fedora
We Are Dorothy
Miss Led

We’ve heard that there might also be some fun workshops to take part in too. Spread the word!