Image credit:  Martin Parr. England. Walsall. The Black Country. The Royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William. Partying at The Lion Club. 2011. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.  Commissioned by Multistory.

Martin Parr
Black Country Stories

Black Country Stories brings renowned Magnum photographer, Martin Parr, on a photographic journey across the Black Country.  Starting in 2010 and finishing in 2014, Martin is visiting markets, temples, factories, social clubs, tea dances, dog training classes, summer fetes and a whole mixture of other places in Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley. 


This special display showcases the photographs Martin took in Walsall throughout 2011.

Over the last 12 months he visited local leather and metal factories and met the people that keep these industries alive; various places of worship that reflect the cultural diversity of our borough; experienced our vibrant social scene; sampled traditional Black Country foods and joined our Royal Wedding celebrations!


You can also listen to a selection of stories from Walsall residents talking about their lives, work, families, and experiences of the Black Country and share your own experiences in our ‘memory wall’. A final exhibition will take place at the gallery in 2014, followed by presentations in Wolverhampton and Dudley.


The New Art Gallery Walsall is grateful to Launer London, Kirkpatrick Traditional Ironwork, J.& E. Sedgewick & Co and Pat Gorman Pies for donating some of their products for the exhibition.


Black Country Stories is commissioned and produced by Multistory, a community arts organisation based in West Bromwich. For further information on the project click here.