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Arts Connect and Wolverhampton School of Art are offering 5 West Midlands secondary schools/colleges the opportunity for a group of their students to work with acclaimed photography artist Tom Hicks aka Black Country Type. Students will experience a 2-hour session which includes a photo-walk in Wolverhampton City Centre where Tom will discuss his practice and guide students to investigate and photograph their surroundings, and take part in activities at Wolverhampton School of Art.

No previous experience of photography is necessary, students will need access to a smart phone or digital camera for the session.

We would like to work with up to 5 West Midlands secondary schools/colleges and plan for sessions to take place in February and March 2023. If you would like to apply for your students to take part in a free photo-walk session please complete the Capturing Place: Black Country Type Student Photo-Walk proposal form and return to Becky Thompson by Monday 9th January.


Please download the proposal form here.

Contact Becky with any queries


About Tom Hicks
Tom Hicks is the artist behind the documentary photography project Black Country Type. His work explores the post-industrial landscape of the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering, and signs. Hicks also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features, objects and structures.

Influenced by psychogeography, his photographs are taken on regular ‘drifts’ through the Black Country, typically by bicycle. Hicks work has been published and exhibited widely, most recently in the photobook I.D.S.T  (The Modernist, 2020) and The Dereliction (Hercules Editions, 2021), a collaboration with the poet Liz Berry. Wolverhampton Art Gallery staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2020.


There will also be a session for West Midlands Arts Educators on 28th January, 2023. Click here to learn more.

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