Over the past three months, the public have been nominating people they know who are brilliant at what they do.
Hundreds of nominations from across the region were submitted for the June 30th deadline 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 Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who honed their skills to the highest levels. It was through their craftsmanship and diligence that the region became renowned as the industrial heartland of the UK, and while we successfully recognise our great industrial heritage, we believe it is time to represent the present-day masters who have been making tremendous strides.” Comments Project Coordinator Liam Smyth. “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, we are very excited to share our Masters with you.”
From the 1st August until November a Master a day will be released via the website and a publication with the Express & Star is planned later in the year to showcase the Masters in print.
The public will get the chance to get up close to some of the Masters who be appearing at a special Expo on Saturday 25th November at Starworks in Wolverhampton. The event will include a ‘Masters Market’, showcasing some of their innovative works, alongside Masters workshops, a specially curated food market and family events throughout the day.
To accompany the Masters Expo several artists have been commissioned to produce new pieces of work in response to the Masters. More information will be released soon.