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COLLECTIViSM #8, March 2016

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger than reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” Anaïs Nin

HANNAH BOYD: Hannah Boyd’s oeuvre explores nature, process, human interaction and language. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics and a Master Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wolverhampton , her practice includes ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and film, collective art projects that respond to the land and natural materials which she uses to provide social commentary. Hannah has 10 years of teaching experience, teaching adults of mixed abilities including mental health, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. She is the Lead Tutor over the ALDD (Adults with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities) at Wolverhampton Adult Education Service where she

coordinates provision for ALDD Students. She teaches a variety of arts and crafts activities integrating IT, Maths and English and has delivering training to staff. She also has a number of years’ experience delivering workshops to children and families.


Edition 8

We are human, we make mistakes as did I in the last edition. In the article about West Side Artists Quarter you may have looked to page 4 to see a map of the proposed area... it was not there. Apologies, it is now. The council have recently given their support (not their money) to this excellent identification of a well- established artistic area that will stretch loosely from Graiseley (adjacent to the proposed development of Market Square), encompass Chapel Ash and West Park extending out to Newhampton Arts Centre in Whitmore Reans. The value of arts and access to creativity can never be underestimated. Wolverhampton, contrary to what some



Mental Spaces is a Community Interest Company based at the Newhampton Arts Centre We encourage, enable, develop, mentor, facilitate, empower and support local creative arts practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds.

believe has a diverse, thriving creative element that is an asset and can only enhance our city. Arts and culture is essential for our well being and to confront and challenge thoughts and introduce a dimension crucial to the whole. Don’t neglect your creative self. This mag is as good a starting point as any and is full of inspiration. Embrace and support the part of you that needs fulfilment through the mysterious, beautiful and magnificent thing we call art… in all its many guises in whichever way suits you.. Editor


As an organisation, our ‘mission’ is to nurture artistic practice, foster mental wellbeing and facilitate professional development – all within a welcoming environment and supportive network.

Address: Room 107, Theatre Block, Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4AN | | Facebook: /MentalSpacesWM | Twitter: @MentalSpacesWM Photograph by Mental Images

Crown Works Studio Just off Commercial Road, half a mile South East of Wolverhampton City Centre is Crown Works Studio, a professional multitrack digital recording studio. The name Crown Works is a continuation of the once important Black County Industry of nail and tack making. The studio is situated on the old Crown Nail Company site that made tacks and nails from around 1850 – 2004. It is a rich part of Wolverhampton’s industrial heritage and has a fascinating history. When the factory closed, 5 of the machines, some designed and made in Wolverhampton, were saved by the Black Country Living Museum including one from the 1870’s that will be part of a new working exhibit showing the manufacture of cut nails. The studio has been redesigned to a very high standard creating a professional space and on entering one can see a direct part of this history. In the corridor are the weighing scales- a massive, impressive piece of the buildings previous life and an excellent feature.

The studio is run by Ross and Gazz who both grew up in Wolverhampton. Ross is responsible for the business side of the studio, overseeing the financial and creative element of Crown Works. He is a musician and is currently in bands “Off the Rails” and “What the Funk” and teaches guitar. His has a technical role in the studio, engineering when required. Gazz is a professional producer and engineer. Also a musician, he spent his earlier years playing in cover bands. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He toured 12,00 gigs in 4 years, worked at Magic Garden recording studio with his first full time engineering job working on Twangs 1st album which made the top 3. He has engineered on sessions with Robert Plant, Ocean Colour Scene, Moloko, The Holloways. Gazz was backstage at V festival with Paolo Natini the night before Oasis split. Whilst freelancing Gazz decided to pool resources with Ross and on 16th July

2014 moved into the building. In November the conversion was finished (You Tube – “Recording Studio Build – Crown Works Studio”) opening the door to first client at the end of November 14'. The studio is warm and welcoming with 2 main rooms. There is a big live room, a dynamic space that accommodates the band playing together - Fleetwood Mac, Wall of Sound style the only one of it’s kind in Wolverhampton. The digital multi-track production takes place in the 2nd room, which is a smaller creative space.

The studio provides young bands with a quality recording and a sellable result to get them noticed. Advice and guidance are provided with a professional experience to get the best results. The studio promotes artistic development. Gazz is able to provide a range of sounds including acoustic, full band and electronic to show and explore a variety of possible outcomes to an artist.

The studio have recently worked for BBC’s The One Show doing voiceovers for two articles featured on the programme. Whilst visiting the studio I was made very welcome and the passion and dedication was apparent throughout. There were a band having a pre-production session in the main room and I got to hear some tunes from one of their very talented clients - rock band God Damn. The lyrics were poetic and clever and the sound loud. I was delighted to hear a never heard before unplugged acoustic version

of one of their tunes and the quality and production is excellent. Their debut album “Vultures” is out now. For more information about Crown Works Studio visit:

Sarah Harford

Democracy Under Threat Land of rampant Tories, nothing is for free Nicked the last election, how lucky can you be? And now we’ll fix the next one – you want to make a bet? The ballot made us mighty, will make us mightier yet And government by Tories will be all you’ll ever get. Remember that May morning? “One nation” was the line But now the country splits apart And leaving Europe’s fine. If Scotland’s independant And Labour has the blues We’ve got the future sorted Why should we ever lose? The ties of social fabric Are fraying from the strain Museums, libraries, swimming pools Are drifting down the drain; But the folk who really matter They know we’ve got their backs The banks are making profits And paying zero tax. There’s google paying peanuts George Osborne thinks that’s right And he’s the iron chancellor Who holds the purse strings tight. For his PR consultant The rules are quietly bent She’s earned herself a pay-rise Of 42 per cent.

What if our air’s pollluted? We never liked it clean It was only as a gimmick We pretended to be green. About the long-term future We couldn’t give a fart So sod the solar panels And let the fracking start. For Britain still can rule the waves We’re bombing Syria too When countries welcome migrants We hang back in the queue. But the Russians have got money so We hope that they will stay And when they poison refugees We look the other way. Land of rampant Tories, we’ve cut electoral rolls There’s a load of Labour students who won’t make it to the polls. We’re changing all the boundaries, but you lot needn’t mind ‘Cos by the next election, you suckers all will find This government’s for ever, there’ll be no other kind. Paul Francis (

Strangers We mistreat those close to us; we live in a world where strangers are more our own blood than those who raised us. Who the hell can you call a friend or enemy? But when we choose to let go, we are left with regret. Hoping one day, Karma will make it all right again. Our souls begin to weep into a stranger’s eyes, they take you in. They treat you as one of them own, regardless

of your sin. The clock does not stop for no one, it does not care. The stranger will not judge you, so do not run. Time does not care if you bleeding, begging or trapped in hell, the strangers will protect you and keep you well. We all disappear but the strangers will live to tell the tale. Arun Paul Kapur

Migrants come

Aunties Auntie Marjorie wasn’t my actual aunt but my mam’s aunt when in huge families. “Aunt” that lovely catch-all word for best friends Edna, Connie and mum kith and kin mixed triangle of school girls later linked by off spring, swapping gossip, knitting patterns and children’s comics when their three corners of the rounder’s team; bowler, back stop, first base Edna, Connie, mum dissolved into a faster memory. Mum never liked her brother Jack’s wife, I sensed it, never called her auntie, After all she wasn’t kin. Aunt Helen was, a secret liaison in a humbug kiss knowing tight-arsed Uncle Joe would have sworn at the extravagance of a ten shillings postal order. Muriel and Ilma apologising for unreliable ovens as Dylan’s kitchen of unwanted aunts came alive. Auntie Velma, glamorous as Ava Gardner God’s Gift for Uncle Ben who in those veiled times and lost identities was brought up unaware his sisters were really his aunties. Steve Harrison

I'VE SEEN Through a great field of green Through the trees On the other side of the pathway I love the forbidden colours I love this clearing This place where I would be slain The place where my whole life sleeps Ana Cordeiro Reis

People flee. Sneaking in Painful exile. Choices? Take our jobs Positively enrich. Close the door Reach out. Think Easy time Hellish terrain. What are they leaving? Cold blooded terror.

Sylvie Irons

The Wilderness Garden The Boundary Way Community Garden lies on the western “edgeland” of Wolverhampton next to Highfields School. The site climbs the flank of Springhill. The elevated position seems to turn its back to the town and gaze out across the rolling fields to the Wrekin and Stiperstones. It is a satisfying place to “just be”. Small but somehow intricate and varied. A lost garden, a mystery, it intrigues the imagination. The possibilities seem to come with every twist in the path one takes. It is of course man made and recent; a solution to the problem of an awkward, undesirable part of the allotments: the wilderness. Many still call it the Wilderness Garden. I like this term. It remains a place where badgers roll and foxes stroll in the certainty of their true ownership. It was this community garden that first drew me to Boundary Way six years ago. I worked on trying to maintain various parts of it but it needed a raison d’être. It needed more people to come and use and care for it. (Even some people with allotments at Boundary Way didn’t realise it was there!) Tom one of the old plot holders did, he often came

up to the Wilderness garden after digging his own plot to look at the flag irises in the small pond. “Bloody beautiful” was his poetic response. Children also love the mystery of the place that feeds their imagination. Schools and the local library had used the story telling area and sometimes there were volunteer groups that were in search of a day’s project or pay-back to the community, but there was no sustained continuity. The garden is made up of several distinct areas. There is an orchard with local varieties of apple, pear and quince. There is a story telling area in a grove, a more formal area with potager and raised beds, a mini-forest garden, a woodland walk and a large polytunnel. All of which are in need of continued care and development. I have ideas of how to shape these developments but the key is to make the whole area sustainable. Not enough of the plot holders have the time or the inclination to help in the garden. What is needed is a completely separate group who want to take part in the satisfying and enjoyable tasks of working with nature. Our fundamental aim is to retain the Wilderness Garden as an edgeland shared by wildlife and sympathetic humans. We are concerned with sustaining habitats for flora and fauna and therefore, we do not use chemicals but work with nature in a balanced way. Above all the Wilderness Garden is a lovely place to be. It is a venue: a place for a garden party; searching for minibeasts; apple harvesting and processing; wild herb foraging. I am particularly keen to use the garden as an artistic venue. When- at a meeting- I heard that Ann Walker was looking for a place to build a camera obscura, I invited her to Boundary Way to see if it would suit her project. I am happy to say that she was captivated by the situation and the potential. She now has a prototype shed camera obscura and

has planning permission to build the real thing. She is now hard at work gathering money and backing to realise the project. This has given me and other members of the Boundary Way community a great deal of hope. The project has already gathered wide interest from artists, photographers, plotholders and children through our open days. She will be running courses to support the venture next spring. Contact information is given below.

see what it could do for you and what you could do for it. I hope that this article has peeked your interest and that you will come and visit the Wilderness Garden. You can contact me, Howard Berry at “h.berry@” Ann Walker at “ann.” Howard Berry

I hope that you have been interested to have read about the Wilderness Garden and would like to visit it to

Zen Thinker Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” Source: - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit. com/10-short-zen-stories Adam Dacey

Breaking barriers The Black Country Deaf Football Club (Black Country Deaf Football Club ) was co-founded in 1993. The club has competed in various mainstream leagues and competitions since formation such as Wolverhampton Combination League, Beacon Football League and Sandwell Premier & District League. This team gives an opportunity for people with a hearing loss to be actively involved in playing football. When you think about providing your children with their first taste of playing football their initial encounter may be via an after school club, advert in the local newspaper, word of mouth via the local pub, or maybe for children to attend a local team for under 7’s or 9’s etc. run by one of the parents at your child’s school. If the child then is really enthusiastic and enjoys playing, maybe develops a skill for the sport they can then continue at school and get a true understanding of the rules and etiquette of football (especially the offside rule). From here they may progress on to join a local amateur football team, where they can receive regular training and coaching and potentially may lead on to playing in a professional capacity. That is football! For Deaf people the journey is often very different…

Children who have been diagnosed as being Deaf, often with a hearing family have many more challenges to face. Form the parents struggling to understand the implications for both themselves, their child and the future, before even knowing about what type of hearing or cochlear what be best for their child or if they should have them at all, going on to schools whether it be a local mainstream school with a hearing unit attached or a boarding school many miles away. All this and worrying about how their child will fit into society and where there are suitable role models to show what life choices they can make and all the achievements they can still gain. If the child does attend mainstream education is there communication support provided and if so that child can also access the after school clubs (NDCS Hands up)? Bearing in mind when children are in mainstream education they may be in a specialised unit, although they will have access to most of the curriculum there may be certain aspects of the curriculum that will be replaced. This may be so that the children can attend speech and language therapy for example, but by doing this they will fall behind on other subjects. This can have a knock-on effect to the child understanding basic information, maybe a sport session is stopped one week and therefore do not have a full understanding

of the sports, the rules and regulations within that sport so are at a disadvantage. These constant barriers in both children and adults can lead to significant frustrations. It has been reported that Deaf people are twice as likely to experience mental health issues (Sign Health) compared to hearing people. There are currently 11 million people (1 in 6) in the UK who have a hearing loss, calculating then the number of those people who have an active interest in sport, then those who have adequate access to communication to then take part in sport the numbers dramatically drop. People who wish to play for BCDFC do not have to have any type of hearing loss; hearing and people with a hearing loss are all welcome. There is no team clubhouse or designated pub so recruitment is often done by friends telling friends who tell friends and so on. One of the barriers faced are, as previously explained that many players who want to get involved are not aware of the main rules, these are often adults who are over 20 years old. The current members live in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Solihull, Stoke and Derby. There are several players who volunteer to travel vast distances to both train and compete on a weekly basis. The team are currently playing in Division 5 of the Sunday League Wolverhampton Sunday League. Another barrier is communication, when playing in the league of a majority of hearing teams. Fortunately a few of the players are able to lip-read which helps significantly. Play can be rough, with tackles sometimes being due to frustrations, whistles being blown without a wave of the hand to make it accessible, players often not being informed of decisions, being unable to challenge the referee for explanations as to why etc. Funding is also a big problem; players have to cover many of the costs themselves. Sourcing sponsorship is often difficult, who would fund a Deaf football team, what would they gain in return? I have previously gone through the Yellow Pages and wrote to over

40 companies who had “Black Country” in their company names; asking for a donation or sponsorship, giving all the facts and figures about our team etc., no replies were ever received from any of the companies. Looking at the team dynamics, we have a full spectrum of backgrounds and personal achievements for the players. From people who are unemployed and receiving support from organisations for example Remploy to help them find suitable work, through to a player who is a Chief Executive of a Deaf organisation with an annual income of under a million pounds. With such an array of life experiences, commitment and expectations for each match this makes for an interesting and challenging team. We have recently had an influx of requests from players from Birmingham, of school leaving age with no hearing loss but have English as their second language. This creates further barriers which we are adapting and working through to continue be an inclusive team. This year BCDFC have competed in the British Deaf Football’s Cup and England Deaf Football’s Challenge Cup, with approx. 18 teams competing from all over the UK. Only a few of these teams are like BCDFC and also competing in mainstream leagues. The top 2 or 3 qualifies for Deaf Champions League, that takes place in one venue in Europe in the following season. Players that compete in these matches can then be headhunted and selected to compete in the European Deaf Football Championships, Deaf World Cup or go on to play for Team GB in the Summer Deaflympics. One of the current players within BCDFC competed in the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics and achieved a gold medal; he is also the current chair for the GB deaf football squad. I am the secretary for UK Deaf Sport who is the national governing body of Deaf sport. My role among others is the authorise which GB teams go on to compete at an international level. Gordon Hay

The Royal Oak- Compton Road It is not an understatement to say that nestled on the Compton Road is a gem of a place called The Royal Oak. In their 10th year at the helm, the pub is run by Keith and Sue - the longevity speaking for their ability to keep a good thing going-a big achievement in today’s tough climate. Located in brewery territory the Royal Oak is an inviting, comfortable, old style pub complete with a lovely pub dog running about. The venue is a must for beer lovers offering guest ales and a good well-kept range. Check the website for details of each months’ guests. It is also a must for music lovers alike. Every Wednesday is open-mic night with an open door policy, free for all to come along and perform with the potential to get booked for a weekend slot. Friday and Saturday nights are all about live music. Fridays focus on acoustic sets, Saturdays host a single band. If the standard is anything to go by the night “Off the Rails” were playing then high praise is in order. The band were tight, delivering a live set you would pay good money to see and it was rammed! Bookings are made through Jo Davis who oversees the music side of

things. Saturday nights are live music all the way with a no backing tracks policy. Megan Reece, who was recently on The Voice turned up after it was announced on Facebook. Coming soon are Rhythm Thieves. The pub hosts a wide range of musical genres including Beat boxing, Blues, Rock and Soul. With Spring on its way you will also be able to go on Sunday afternoon’s (weather permitting) to see a live band perform. Keith is good at forecasting the weather-he has been known to advise couples on a good day to marry (just joking)! The Royal Oak has been an integral part of Junction Festival, raising the roof with a packed line up of top quality music. Keith, Sue and their customers support a number of charities. Every year for the last 7years, Oakfest has taken place on August bank holiday. Many local bands take part and the event provides a platform for younger, unknown bands/performers. A particular charity is picked and receives all monies raised. Each year between £800£1100 is raised. An event not to be missed. Any music enquiries contact Jo Davis – see the pubs facebook page and website for details and information. Web: Email: Phone: 01902 422845

WESTSIDE ARTISTS' QUARTER 01. White Bee Gallery Court Road WV6 0JL 02. Newhampton Inn Riches Street, WV6 0DW 03. Newhampton Arts Centre Dunkley Street WV1 4AN 04. City of Wolverhampton College Paget Road WV6 0DU 05. Combermere Arms (Junction Festival) Chapel Ash WV3 0TY 06. Royal Oak (Junction Festival and Oakfest) Compton Rd WV3 9PH

07. Clarendon Hotel (Junction Festival) Chapel Ash WV3 0TN 08. Viner Gallery & Hutton Theatre Wolverhampton Grammar School Compton Road WV3 0TZ 09. Asylum Gallery Clifton Street, Chapel Ash WV3 0TZ 10. Eagle Works Alexandra Street WV3 0TE Map by Marie Jones:

ICONTEMPOR A M ARY ART FAIR MENTAL SPACES C.I.C., in conjunction with ‘The Newhampton Arts Centre’, are providing a three day ‘Contemporary Art Fair’, showcasing a dynamic and eclectic range of local Artists’ work. MENTAL SPACES develops and supports local Artists by providing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to working within a ‘creative community hub’ as part of Wolverhampton’s Westside Artists’ Quarter. WE ARE NOW INVITING YOU TO EXPERIENCE: ‘I AM

F R I DAY 1 A P R I L | 6 -10 p m S AT U R DAY 2 A P R I L | 10 a m -10 p m S U N DAY 3 A P R I L | 10 a m - 5 p m An exploration of identity and how this is defined in an ever changing and expanding multicultural society by West Midlands-based Artists. With a mixture of media including live music and performance, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film, interactive activities and workshops, we welcome you to fully immerse yourself in the distortion of our many identities. Presenting pieces in response to a vital and frequently challenged area, over twenty Artists explore our fractured awareness of the foundations of humanity. Much of the artwork will be for sale and each visitor will have ample opportunity to communicate with a range of Creative Practitioners. With many local Arts Organisations both attending and exhibiting, there is chance to network and learn about community art support, projects and funding available in your area.

Map by: Marie Jones, Creative Wolverhampton

LO CAT I O N: As part of our on-going vision to work with and unite all cultural providers based within Wolverhampton and the Black Country – to produce a visible, relevant and viable creative community with lasting social impact.


Theatre Block | Newhampton Arts Centre | Dunkley Street | Wolverhampton | WV1 4AN

C O N TAC T D E TA I LS: Hannah Taylor – Events and Communications: Tel: 07775433314 Email: Visit:

Join us for a night of vinyl delights & musical surprises! We provide the decks, you provide the songs. On the second Friday of every month from 8pm – 12am. Keep an eye out for special additional themed nights.

STRICTLY VINYL ONLY! Admission free, just turn up, add your name to the blackboard and we’ll all enjoy your 10 minute vinyl offer.

Join us at The Hungry Bistro on the first Friday of the month when the All Hands DJ’s will be playing a mixture of soul/Latin/Jazz/Ska & funk for your delectation.

“Serving up the best in food & music” Website: Facebook:

STITCH OUR CITY Come and help the Woolverhampton craft group to create a woolly map of our city! If you're interested in knitting or crochet, join us to knit a piece of your city. Don't worry of you can't knit or crochet yet, we can teach you the basics - anyone welcome. •• Saturday 12 March, time and location TBC •• Tuesday 12 April, 6-9pm, Light House •• Saturday 23 April, time and location TBC •• Tuesday 26 April, 6-9pm at the Light House •• Tuesday 10 April, 6-9pm at the Light House •• Saturday 14 May, time and location TBC The map will be installed on International Yarn Bomb Day in June.

Woolverhampton is a craft group that meets at the Light House in Wolverhampton. Launched in October 2012, the group comes together once a month to knit, crochet and chat, with members sharing their crafty skills and knowledge, as well as making new friends. This project is supported by an Open Access Award from Creative Black Country as part of the Creative People and Places scheme. To find out more, find us here: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:

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COLLECTIViSM #8, March 2016  

Latest edition of COLLECTIViSM magazine: March 2016. COLLECTIViSM supports the city’s diverse community through the arts, music and social s...

COLLECTIViSM #8, March 2016  

Latest edition of COLLECTIViSM magazine: March 2016. COLLECTIViSM supports the city’s diverse community through the arts, music and social s...


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