Our Commonwealth: The People of Sandwell 

Karl Blick, Smethwick. Photograph by Anand Chhabra 2021
Karl Blick, Smethwick. Photograph by Anand Chhabra 2021

A new partnership project between the Living Memory Project and Sandwell Advocacy to celebrate some of the extraordinary contributions made by ordinary people from across Sandwell to mark the staging of The Commonwealth Games 2022.

Over the next six months, we are working with individuals from across Sandwell to feature in a life-story and photographic exhibition together with a new film that will be launched in June 2022.

We are inviting nominations of people that you think should be celebrated for who they are and what they do. We are especially inviting nominations for people who have a heritage link with countries across the globe, but no one is excluded. We want to highlight the things ordinary people do for each other across Sandwell and who help make it the rich and vibrant place it is today.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

What’s happening? 

  • Photographer Anand Chhabra is working with up to 25 community-nominated participants to produce a series of contemporary portraits and recorded stories that will be exhibited at venues across Sandwell in May/June 2022
  • Filmmakers Joseph Potts and Lauren Hanchard will produce a new film with individuals and groups across Sandwell to explore themes of community, belonging and commonwealth 
  • A series of creative workshops with community groups and local schools to explore aspects of photography, family history and personal artefacts

Call for nominations ** Please note - as of 30th January 2022 nominations are now closed. Thank you for all your submissions**

We are looking for nominations for individuals who have contributed to making Sandwell the warm and supportive place it is today. Their contributions could be in the area of family, caring, education, sports, the voluntary sector, health, emergency and welfare services, or something else! 

Do you know someone who you think should be recognised for who they are and what they do? You can nominate yourself! 

What will happen

We are working with a group of community members to select the nominations who go forward to work with Anand and the project team. Please note that making a nomination does not mean that the person nominated will be automatically selected to be part of the project.  

Our selection criteria:

  • Creating a selection of participants that represent the diverse communities of Sandwell. 
  • Creating a selection of participants that reflect the diversity of personal stories.

Do you know anyone who should be celebrated for who they are and for what they do to help others?

Either fill in the very simple form below or if you prefer, email us here


Our Commonwealth - make a nomination

Please tell us a little bit about them. For example, what do they do that should be recognised and celebrated?

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