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 »

Black Country Legends – Little Big Planet 2

LearnPlay Foundation are an Interactive Digital Media organisation who are running an apprenticeship scheme based at The Public.

The Public asked apprentices at LearnPlay to design a game for this exhibition based on mysteries and legends of the Black Country. Created in an online gaming world called Little Big Planet the group worked with local artist and historian, Brendan Jackson.


The history of the Black Country gets computerised for new exhibition

The history of the Black Country is being retold in 21st century style as part of a computer game specially commissioned for an exhibition at The Public. It has been done by apprentices on the LearnPlay Foundation scheme based at the arts building in West Bromwich, and is based on the platform Little Big Planet. The students have put together storylines including titbits of history, local landmarks, legends and even ghost stories which… Read more »

Passionate support for The Public

Today, The Public received messages of support from passionate fans in light of the shock announcement by Sandwell Council into reviewing the building’s use.

Show your support on twitter via: #SupportThePublic

Since opening in August 2009, The Public has seen steadily increasing visitor numbers, with over 380,000 in 2012-13, and its one millionth visitor expected this June.

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Gaming Zone at The Public

If you ever wanted to know more about computer gaming then now is your chance. Come along and work with young apprentice game designers, learning how to design, build and play your very own game levels. Book early to avoid disappointment Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the Easter holiday 2, 4, 9 and 11 April 2013 11.30am – 2.30pm Suitable for ages 11+ All children under 14 must be accompanied by an… Read more »

Little Big Planet at The Public

LEGENDS BY LEARNPLAY FOUNDATION A new Black Country themed interactive game designed by apprentices from LearnPlay Foundation in the style of Little Big Planet. Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday, 11am – 3pm