100 Masters is a new campaign produced by Creative Black Country that aims to identify contemporary skilled people from the region and help inspire future talent. The public are being asked to have their say and nominate someone they know who is brilliant at what they do. No achievement is too big or small; maybe your neighbour bakes the best bread you’ve ever tasted, or your local landlord brews the best beer?
Did you know that a West Bromwich cactus-breeder has received gold at RHS Chelsea for the last seven successive years? What about the Dudley-born fashion illustrator who counts RnB star Rihanna and the Kardashians as her fans? Heard about the Wolverhampton lecturer who has won an unprecedented international accolade for his pioneering research into the medical uses of sugar? Only last year at the Edinburgh Fringe, a care worker from Sandwell beat 14 professional comedians to win the ‘Joke of the year 2016’.
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.
We know there are more stories out there of local people receiving attention and accolades for their work and we want to find and promote these individuals. The project is open to ideas of noteworthy people who have forged their own path and displayed outstanding ability that has influenced others in their field.
A master can be from any walk of life and there are no restrictions in specialism but they must have either been born, educated, lived or worked in Sandwell, Walsall, Dudley or Wolverhampton for a significant period of time.
Do you know someone that deserves to be recognised for their passion and commitment? Then you can nominate them at http://www.100masters.co.uk/nominate-a-master/
About the Masters
–West Bromwich cactus breeder – Stan Griffin
–Dudley born fashion illustrator – Elizabeth Ilsley
-Award winning Wolverhampton lecturer – Moses Murandu
–‘Joke of the year 2016’ winner from Sandwell – Masai Graham
See the current Masters at http://www.100masters.co.uk/portfolio/meet-the-masters/