In 2016 a meeting took place at The Art Yard gallery in Cradley Heath to discuss running a project that would include poets and artists working together, followed by an exhibition of their work at the gallery.
A name was needed for the project and Warren McCabe-Smith suggested it should be called 'PoArtry'. Rick Sanders was present at the meeting and agreed to manage the project. What followed was the first of many similar PoArtry projects held country-wide.
The next year saw the poem 'Portrait Of A Poet' written by Glen Phillips recorded as a movie by Cradley Heath Film and produced by MFAA(The Art Yard). Since 2017, MFAA(TAY) has gone on to produce many collaborative projects involving; songwriters, musicians, poets and artists.
Work experience graphic design student Yang Hang from Halesowen College took part in producing the poem movie short 'Pride Of The Black Country' while on placement at the gallery in February 2018.
The film produced by Midland Film And Art members was mainly illustrated using the paintings and sketches of A Ewart Chapman and demonstrates how poetry and art can often work in harmony to showcase historical facts.
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The above poems and songs were produced as part of a Green Landscapes project artists led by Martyn Harris and funded by Arts Council England.