During the Summer the public nominated people they know who are brilliant at what they do. Hundreds of nominations from across the region were submitted and now the 100 Masters list has been compiled.
The exceptional list of Masters range from award-winning authors, sought-after designers, green-fingered gardeners, globe-trotting art directors, engineers, athletes, crafts people, entrepreneurs, brewers, dancers, artists, poets and community ambassadors, with plenty in-between, all representing extraordinary present-day talent from the Black Country.
The shortlisted Masters were chosen via a panel selection process and come from a dazzling breadth of backgrounds, ages and areas of the region.
The roots of ‘making’ in the Black Country haven’t disappeared, we’re just not good at shouting about it. We successfully celebrate our industrial heritage, and the craftsmanship that contributed to worldwide trade centuries ago. But what about our contemporaries?
Makers today are equally pioneering, influential and enterprising, and very diverse in practice. 100 Masters has given us a chance to rediscover ‘making’ in 21st century and reveal a new generation of skilled people who have mastered their craft.
The final 100 Masters showcase the wealth of talent that our area has to offer. From names you will most certainly recognise to many that you won’t, but whose skills are of equal value.
A Master a day will be released via the website 100masters.co.uk and a supplement with the Express & Star is planned for the 19th November to showcase the Masters in print.
The public will get the chance to get up close to some of the Masters who will be appearing at a special FESTIVAL OF MASTERS on Saturday 25th November at Starworks Warehouse (pictured) in Wolverhampton.
The event will include a ‘Masters Market’, showcasing some of their innovative works, alongside Masters workshops, a specially curated food market from Digbeth Dining Club and family events throughout the day and in to the evening.
To accompany the Festival several artists have been commissioned to produce new pieces of work in response to the Masters. This includes photographer Laura Dicken, performance artists Amelia Beavis-Harrison, and digital tech wizards Urban Hax as well as our guest creatives Juneau Projects.
Entry to the Festival is free and all are welcome. A full line-up will be available soon.
A MAP to the venue is here. Starworks Warehouse, Frederick Street, W2.
Directions: Starworks Warehouse on Frederick Street is next to St John’s Retail Park. A 10 minute walk from Wolverhampton Train Station or 5 minutes from the Mander and Wulfrun Centre.