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Arts Council England - Character Portraits Project

Arts Council England have granted a £15,000 funding award to MFAA to resource a Character Portraits Project in collaboration with its partner organisations.

24 artists were selected following an application process at the start of the year to create 24 real-life portraits of characters nominated in recognition of the work they do in their local communities across Dudley and Sandwell.

Partner organisations, Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (DCVS), Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Sandwell Networkers Group, Greenwich Leisure Limited (Dudley Libraries) and Sandwell Library Service have nominated 24 characters and are hosting 12 portrait sessions at libraries across the boroughs of Dudley and Sandwell. The remaining portrait sessions will take place at The Art Yard, a boxing club and sheltered centre.

First the take part was Trevor Purcell who helps the community of Rowley regis and oversees council operations in Sandwell. Trevor met with MFAA Chair, Warren McCabe-Smith, at Cradley Heath Library to begin creating the portrait which attracted several visitors throughout the day. The second portrait was begun by MFAA Secretary, Martyn Harris, at Dudley Central Library on Saturday 2nd June.

Midland Film and Art


Midland Film and Art is a membership club where people can enjoy screenings of films or view artwork and crafts that would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas or exhibitions, or be available locally. These shows usually have an educational aim, introducing new audiences to different audiovisual works through screening and display, encouraging participation in arts and crafts. A common feature that may characterize a Midland Film and Art meeting is that they either begin with an introduction to the audience and/or end with the promotion of a discussion about the film/art, where assistants, organizers and sometimes the filmmakers/artists themselves, exchange their views.

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