Sandwell Arts Trust, a registered charity, manages The Public - a creative place, inspiring art, changing lives – on behalf of Sandwell MBC.
The Public is a gallery, entertainment venue, learning hub, café and work space that anyone can use.
A gallery for the future– celebrating the vitality, diversity, humour of art, using technology to put the visitor at the heart of the experience.
“A playground for adults” Guardian
Entertainment venue– bringing comedy, music, theatre to West Bromwich and celebrating Sandwell talent with performances and activities from variety shows to tea dancing
“Wonderful venue”Al Murray
Learning Hub – for adults and children, for schools and holidays, a place to study and a place to gain valuable work experience
“You certainly brought out the best in them with the fun packed imagination and creativity tasks and also it was so nice to see them engaging more with each other to work as a team especially when building the castle!” Primary School
CaféBar – A great place to meet up, enjoy a wide selection of drinks and snacks and great value for money
“The café was friendly and very reasonable, and may I say, the carrot cake was the most delicious I have ever tasted!!”Trip Advisor
Work space– 29 companies are based in the building doing everything from digital design to photography to employment advice.
“You can come in for an hour, a day, or a lunch break. It doesn’t matter. The Public is the perfect name for this space, because it welcomes everyone, it’s there to be used, by us; the public.” Arts Award student ______________________________________________________________
It is a world class building set in the heart of Sandwell – today one of the most deprived areas in the UK but with a long history of creativity, innovation and community pride which changed the world.
Everything we do at The Public is about responding to these factors to be a force for the better in the community. At the core of our business we are committed to using the arts to raise aspirations – to bring the world to West Bromwich and take West Bromwich to the world; to open doors and provide opportunities that would not exist without The Public.
To do this, The Public also has a role in making the arts more accessible to a community which traditionally has low participation in the creative industries. We are a place where people who don’t normally feel comfortable in arts venues can enjoy themselves, feel welcomed and are confident to experience new things.
In essence, The Public is a creative place, inspiring art and changing lives.
Having welcomed more than 1 million visitors since 2009, The Public is establishing itself as a valuable community space welcoming everyone, as well as a place that supports local, new and young talent through our generous host programme and raises aspirations through work with established, nationally known artists and performers.
As a charity, The Public needs investment to support its key priorities so that the doors which have been opened and the new opportunities afforded to the people of West Bromwich and the wider region can continue.