Some of the region’s best artists, including a world-renowned photographer and film-maker from Sedgley and a talented dancer and singer from Wordsley, will be showcasing their work alongside that of pupils from schools across the Black Country at a popular local media centre this weekend.
The Cutting Wren, a film by Sedgley-born Teddy Powell – whose clients include, BBC, Apple, Disney and VH1 – will be shown as part of the Moment arts festival taking place this Saturday, October 8, at Wolverhampton’s Light House Media Centre.
Moment, which is the brainchild of Wordsley-born singer, professional dancer and creative director of Imprint Dance Company, Susanna Westwood, is the culmination of a series of workshops led by professional artists in secondary schools across Wolverhampton and Walsall.
She says: “Moment will showcase the best that the arts has to offer, all in one place. Working with young people and the local community makes this event a unique experience, bringing a whole new audience to the arts.”
And for Susanna, who studied a dance degree in London before going to New York to work with the highly acclaimed Hip Hop Dance Conservatory, there’s no place like home when it comes to working with like-minded, talented people.
Having now moved to Wolverhampton, she says: “Big cities such as London and New York are very exciting, but it’s so nice to come back to the Black Country and collaborate with local artists – there’s a real sense of coming home. After all, I’ve known some of these people for years – Teddy, for example, used to play saxophone in a band and we met during gigs we were both performing at.”
Also appearing at Moment will be best-selling Stourbridge author Miranda Dickenson, who is also something of a musical talent. She’ll be performing songs from her debut album and EP, which is being released in November to coincide with her new book.
There will also be works on show from renowned Dudley-based painter Oliver Pengilly.
Tickets for Moment cost £4 and are available to book from www.moment.eventbrite.com, or can be purchased on the door for £6.
The event, which runs from 7.30pm until 10.30pm, has received support from the Arts Council West Midlands.
Visit Susanna’s Soundcloud page to hear some of her tracks.