The Arts Foundry publishes the best new poetry, fiction, memoir, and essays coming out of the Black Country. Regional writing deserves a stage of its own.

The Arts Foundry is about identity and culture… it’s about place, and trying to find your place. Foundries are in the business of moulding and shaping things. That’s what artists, writers, and poets do, too.


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Latest News


Submissions to the Arts Foundry are now open!

Send us your work…

You can submit your work via the submissions page. There are guidelines there as to word limits and the type of work we are looking for. Currently open to art, poetry and fiction.

We like to keep things simple, so all you have to do is paste your work into the online form, or send us an artist’s proposal and hit Submit! If you don’t like forms, you can email


The Black Country Arts Foundry was set up in October 2017 by writer Louise Palfreyman to celebrate regional arts and promote new artistic and literary talent. Our team is made up of people who live or study in the Black Country.

Since our launch, it has been our pleasure to publish a host of new writers of fiction and poetry from the Black Country and beyond, and to cover art exhibitions, research projects, and individual artists.

The project is part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme (AA2A) and Louise was the first writer-in-residence at the University of Wolverhampton.

We appeared at Wolverhampton Literature Festival in January, and have read at local events in the region, including the excellent Permission to Speak in Stourbridge. More events coming soon…

Review your favourite shows and gigs…

We need you to help us cover the Black Country. Send us your coverage of theatre productions, gigs, comedy, spoken word nights…

Use the Contact Page to submit your reviews.



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The Singh Twins: major exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh are artist sisters who take on women’s history, consumerism and colonialism in their latest exhibition… An exciting new collaboration between Wolverhampton Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and Creative Black Country sees hit exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins head to the city in July. From current debates around ethical trade and consumerism through … Continue reading The Singh Twins: major exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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Central themes include place and displacement: stories of belonging, and not belonging; art and writing which explores identity, loss, and renewal; and work expressing what makes the region, and each person in it, unique.

Submissions are open until the end of August. The editor aims to respond within twelve weeks.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Blog posts and nonfiction should be no more than 750 words
  • Short stories can be up to 2,000 words, prose memoir 1,000 words
  • Send in essays on the Black Country of up to 1,500 words
  • Poets, please send up to three poems
  • Artists, please email a proposal
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted, but no previously published work


Please submit completed work (for written entries) in the My Work section below. Artists, please send details of your work with a link to images.


  • The Black Country Arts Foundry welcomes artists and writers over 16-years-old, and is committed to publishing undiscovered and emerging voices.
  • The Arts Foundry is looking for artistic responses to the region, with strong narratives and bold themes at the heart of submissions across all media.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but tell us if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • No previously published work.
  • Fact checking is essential so please provide sources for nonfiction and essays.
  • Reach for something true. Aim for originality, a new voice or vision saying something different about the place you live in, or the place you may have left behind.


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