Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Black Country The Public is bringing together a series of exhibitions to highlight the region’s unique and quirky characters. The exhibition includes the remarkable and startling images by Dudley born Turner Prize nominee, Richard Billingham whose photographs from the series ‘Ray’s A Laugh’ include the brutally honest everyday portrayal of his alcoholic father Ray (pictured) and heavily tattooed mother Liz taken in the nineties.
A short film and artwork by Barney Snow concentrates on the mysterious AJW whose sketches of 1940s Hollywood star Mario Lanza have appeared on beer mats, postcards and scraps of paper, and left across the Black Country in pubs, shops, libraries and public buildings baffling locals for years.
‘A Most Peculiar Place’ by Brendan Jackson takes the form of a huge map revealing the things that are odd and just plain strange about the region, while ‘Characters’ is a selection of images of some of the more interesting Black Country people which have been submitted by members of the public.
*Image courtesy of Richard Billingham