The Public is an exciting and dynamic hub in the heart of West Bromwich. Community engagement is central to everything we do and the iconic pink and black building is the perfect home for local groups to gather, share, create and enjoy.
The following case studies show how we are meeting our mission of ‘creative place, inspiring art and changing lives’.
“The space, the fluidity of the building and architecture, colours, noise and interaction of the exhibits are wonderful, as are the helpful and knowledgeable staff members.”
“As an eighteen year old creative arts student I feel that The Public is a truly brilliant and unique idea that will benefit and inspire people of all ages.”
Work Experience Student (from Holly Lodge High School, Smethwick):
“When I first heard of The Public, I thought it was just an art gallery, but now I’ve been here I know that it is a performance space and much more. It has been a great experience and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”
External Event (Home of Metal) Organiser:
"Hosting the event at The Public gave us a great opportunity to engage with the local community, who are at the heart of our project, with attendance from Heavy Metal fans, local history enthusiasts, families and young people alike. The Public's events and marketing team were extremely helpful throughout the planning and delivery of our Open Day and the front of house team were fantastic on the day of the event. We look forward to working with The Public in the future."
Artist, Martin Parr:
"I was very impressed by how The Public responded to the ideas around my Black Country shooting and turned this into reality very smoothly. My project needed to have a good public profile and this was achieved very well indeed."
Artist, Colin Yates:
"In my programme of work, I was encouraged to take risks and display quality and challenging artwork. I was allowed freedom of choice with the back up of supervision when required, this made for a very amicable relationship. The Public is aware of the needs of the local community, but does not pander to conventional, ‘safe and conservative’ tastes. In State of Play ‘Score is silver, art is gold’ 2010 a range of local, national and international artists were shown, with the work linked into The Public’s diverse educational programme."