The High Sheriff of the West Midlands visits LearnPlay Foundation

LearnPlay were very excited and honoured to have been visited by Mr Jonnie Turpie, the current High Sheriff of the West Midlands. Our Film Department gained a lot of valuable insight into the world of film and TV production via Mr Turpie’s day job running Maverick TV. We are very excited to work together going forward. To find out more about the office of the High Sheriff please click on this link Read more »


Lottery Grant Is Smashin’ News For Black Country Longwidge!

If you know your conk from your caerke’ole you probably come from Kiddie, Wolvo or maybe even Brummidge. That’s because you’d be speaking the longwidge of the Black Country. So you’ll be chuffed at the news the dialect is getting the recognition it deserves thanks to a project awarded £31,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Young people from the LearnPlay Foundation, based in West Bromwich, will chart the history and heritage of their Black… Read more »


City Deal Project

City Deal is a new and exciting project that LearnPlay Foundation have recently been awarded. LearnPlay is part of a bigger consortium of partners headed up by AGE UK based in Walsall. The overarching aim of City Deal is to help those furthest away from work mainly seniors within our community to gain new skills, confidence and experience in order to help them back towards the workplace. City Deal is a project that covers targeted… Read more »


InnoWork

The European project, Innowork, is a large multinational endeavor being led by Bulgaria and being partnered by the UK (LearnPlay Foundation), Finland (Muova/Vamk), Portugal (AidLearn), Austria (Merig) and Lithuania (KTC). The purpose of Innowork is to improve the use of creativity and innovation in the workplace with it hopefully concluding in the culmination of a large online innovation platform. This prestigious project is working alongside the Bulgarian chamber of commerce and industry, Vratsa, and is… Read more »


You’re Not Alone – Discussing Mental Health

A number of young people got together and wanted to share their experiences, views and advice on mental health issues. This video was developed to help raise awareness of mental health and that it’s important to discuss with people your problems and seek help from the right places.


Working with LearnPlay by Graham Peet

Ever since LearnPlay Foundation arrived at The Public I had thought that their presence created a great opportunity to extend the learning and cooperative nature of the work of the gallery. Here were a large group of Sandwell teenagers who were clearly interested in learning creative skills and yet were not privileged with the sort of access to those skills that young people in say London or Birmingham might be. The Public presented opportunities… Read more »


Bosses tell of their disappointment over Sandwell College plan for The Public

Businesses at The Public today spoke of their fears for the future and frustration at being kept in the dark after it emerged the £72 million arts centre could be become part of a college. Top-level talks are taking place between Sandwell College and council bosses about taking over the New Street building, just five years after it opened. Hundreds of people have already signed a petition against plans revealed exclusively by the Express &… Read more »


#LoveOurPublic – What The Public Means To You Part One & Two

Our teams jumped at the chance to get out there and talk to local people about The Public (the wonderful place we work our socks off in) to hear their views about why they love it.

This is the first teaser of a wider campaign to shout about how important the arts, entertainment, business hub and creative world that thrives within the big pink box at the heart of Sandwell.

Please share the love ^_^

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#LoveOurPublic Logos

To help us band together even more and show the world how much The Public means to us we’re asking businesses, single traders, artists, performers & voluntary groups who have benefitted from the fantastic venue to send us their extra support by way of a logo and web link so we can build a support wall. If you have something to you would like to say to support the #LoveOurPublic campaign, please send us a… Read more »


Injustice: Gods Among Us Tournament

Electronic Dojo is proud to announce its first event for Injustice: Gods Among Us! The game has been received really well so far so show up and show us what you’ve got! Date: Saturday 25th May Time: 12:00 – 19:00 Console: PS3 Entrance Fee: £5 (including all casuals) Tournament Entry: £5 (all towards the prize pot) Prize: Pot split (60:30:10) Many of our team are involved in the running of Electronic Dojo… Read more »


Love Our Public

Love our public campaign goes live!

LearnPlay Foundation, based within The Public, employ up to 200 local young apprentices. One of the reasons we chose The Public as a venue was because it was the only place in the Black Country that would directly allow our young people to work alongside internationally renowned artists and provide them with an aspirational pathway. Since the announcement on 9 May 2013 that Sandwell Council… Read more »