Mobile horse box arts centre is mane attraction in Black Country

Interest is soaring in this quirky mobile ‘Oss box arts venue which has been popping up in locations across the Black Country.

Mobile horse box arts centre is mane attraction in Black Country

Metal sculptor Tim Tolkien and Cradley Heath Creative secretary Elizabeth Lee with their novel ‘Oss Box’

The original 1970s horse box spends most of its time in Cradley Heath on supermarket car parks but recently ventured to West Bromwich for the Sandwell Arts Festival last month.

The travelling performance vessel is the creation of Cradley Heath Creative.

It’s so far been used for shadow puppetry, musical performances and a camera obscurer; although it is currently under maintenance for one of the side doors to drop down to create a touring stage. Tim Tolkien, famous for his metal sculpting works – most notably the 50 foot Sentinel sculpture in Birmingham – is the man tasked with the transformation of the ‘Oss Box.

The box – on the road – with its art and black country food
The box – on the road – with its art and black country food

He said: “I joined Cradley Heath Creative just over a year ago and there was a small surplus of money, so out of conversations at the pubs came the idea of the ‘Oss Box. Originally we were just thinking of ideas for a little venue, which was a shed, then became a caravan, before ending on a horse box.”

Mr Tolkien is the great-nephew of world famous author J. R. R. Tolkien.

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