BBC WM 95.6’s most ambitious tour rolls into Dudley

I was delighted to be asked to work on another mural with the theme of Dudley heritage – a favourite topic of mine! I have very much enjoyed the preparation and research for suitable images, as well as visiting local places to take photos to use as inspiration."Maren Lilley, Artist
Date: 04.06.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.50
The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour is gaining momentum. Following the success of its Wolverhampton gig, the team moves on into Dudley, for another week of seasonal family fun (10-16 June).

And while live broadcasts entertain the listeners, members of the BBC WM 95.6 team are also getting stuck into another community project. Run by Dudley Council's Adult and Community Learning team, the award-winning Artspace project is helping transform the town centre’s empty properties.

BBC WM 95.6’s Pete Morgan, Adrian Goldberg, Caroline Martin, Danny Kelly and Paul Franks are all fully involved in the latest project. The presenters are encouraging people to join them in painting a large mural in Birdcage Walk, close to Dudley’s bus station.

Help is on hand for anyone who’s not a dab-hand at painting. Having sketched the outline of the mural in the disused shop, artist Maren Lilley is holding workshops and offering tips and advice for those involved in Artspace.

She says: “I was delighted to be asked to work on another mural with the theme of Dudley heritage – a favourite topic of mine! I have very much enjoyed the preparation and research for suitable images, as well as visiting local places to take photos to use as inspiration.

“I am looking forward to four days of dotting paint onto the mural canvas with all the people involved with this project,” Maren continues. 

“Artspace is wonderful and, being in the heart of Dudley Town Centre, it will attract many people to get creative and discover a new hobby… or maybe even more!”

The BBC WM 95.6 bus is also supporting the four-week tour around the region. It’s stopping off to allow listeners to jump on board and enjoy an interactive radio experience, including the chance to have a go at presenting a news bulletin, which is broadcast live to the audience outside the bus.

BBC WM 95.6 Editor, Gareth Roberts, says: “After a great first week in Wolverhampton we’re even more excited about the rest of the tour. It’s the station’s most ambitious to date and the whole team, including presenters and producers, is out on the road throughout June not only broadcasting live and meeting listeners, but also getting stuck in and helping put something back into communities across Birmingham and The Black Country.”

The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour runs from Monday 3 to Sunday 30 June. During its week in Dudley the tour visits:

  • Monday 10 June: Market Place, Dudley
  • Wednesday 11 June: Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge
  • Thursday 13 June: Summer Square, Halesowen
  • Friday 14 June: Pearson Street, Brierley Hill
  • Saturday 15 June: Pearson Street, Brierley Hill

BBC WM 95.6’s Summer Tour also supports community projects in: Wolverhampton (Monday 3-Saturday 8 June); Handsworth (Monday 17-Sunday 23 June) and Tamworth (Monday 24-Sunday 30 June).

Notes for editors

The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour consists of the following community projects. Details of the ones in Handsworth and Tamworth will be announced soon:

  • Wolverhampton (3-8 June) transforming a disused, overgrown allotment site into an organic, community garden in Wednesfield.
  • Dudley (10-16 June): art project – a mural painted by local people on the wall of a disused shop. This project runs in partnership with Dudley Town Council.
  • Handsworth (17-23 June): Taste of Handsworth – creating a local food festival in partnership with South & City Community College, Handsworth Campus.
  • Tamworth (24-30 June): A shelter for pregnant teens, in partnership with the Homestart Charity.

Artspace

Artspace is provided by Adult and Community Learning – part of Dudley Council.

The project opened in its first location in Dudley town centre in December 2009. Since then the project has occupied six different locations – three in Dudley (including its current location in Birdcage Walk) and one each in Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and Netherton.

Artspace is now applying for charity status which it hopes will come effective in Sept/Oct, 2013. 

The project recently won first place in the Learning Through Arts and Culture Award as part of Adult Learners' Week which is run by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

BG