FROM photography to pottery and music to murals, organisers are promising something for everyone at this year's Cradley Heath Arts Festival.

The fifth annual free community arts festival, organised by Cradley Heath Creative, takes place on Saturday, June 8.

Four different venues - the Holly Bush Arts Pub, the Art Yard Gallery, Haden Hill Park and Cradley Heath Library - will host an exciting mix of exhibitions, events and practical workshops.

It will be the first time photography has featured at the event, thanks to a collaboration between Cradley Heath Creative and Blast! photo festival.

The Holly Bush will be the hub of the event, hosting drop-in workshops for solar powered photography, stop-motion animation, embroidery involving photography, portrait painting and creative writing.

It will also host viewings of the results of an open competition for three-minute films made on mobile phones.

These events will run alongside expressive ballet workshops led by Elisha Willis, former Prima Ballerina at Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as pottery and mural painting.

The Holly Bush will also host the 'Comedy Caravan' and Cradley Heath Creative’s famous Oss Box, a horse trailer converted into a mobile arts venue.

In the evening there will be live music, performances, an art auction and the opportunity to meet artist Vicky Roden with ‘Honours’, her sideshow of Sandwell civic artefacts.

Finally, there will be a showing of ‘Glory of the Garden’, a new film from Black Country visionary artist Paul 'Rick' Jones.

At the Art Yard, on Redall Hill Road, meanwhile, there will be a felt sculpture workshop.

The gallery is also holding an exhibition over the next month, running until June 29, featuring artists’ interpretations of local people and places, alongside photographs of Sandwell people by famous photographer Martin Parr.

Haden Hill will be hosting ‘Painting in the Park’ on June 8, a day’s interpretation of the park’s dramatic landscape, open to artists working in any art form.

Finally, Cradley Heath Library will host special children’s arts activities during its opening hours.

The full festival programme can be found on

Cradley Heath Creative is grateful for the support of all the venues involved in the festival, for funding from Multistory and Sandwell Council and sponsorship from Midland Film and Arts, Dunn’s Digital Imaging and Jessops.