FOUND, The New Art Gallery Walsall – 30 January- 3 May

FOUND Paul Chiappe Untitled 48FOUND brings together seven contemporary artists who work with found images to explore themes of loss, memory and mass cultural experience.

By transforming, cutting, embellishing and re-working visual material sourced from the internet, flea markets, magazines and discarded personal collections, the artists enter into the histories and narratives present in strangers’ images.

Drawing attention to our relentless consumption and self-projection of visual information in a digital age, the selected works by Paul Chiappe, Ruth Claxton, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Vesna Pavlović, Erik Kessels and John Stezaker reverberate and bring into question the feeling of being suffocated and framed by representations of other people’s lives, tastes and experiences.

The exhibition will include six new works specially commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city @BM_AG

Ever since early hunter-gatherer tribes first sought the protection and benefits of settlements –beginning with Uruk, Eridu, Ur and Çatalhöyük – towns and cities the world over have offered a rich source of fascination and inspiration for artists of all disciplines. Continue reading

Area Guide November Issue

Welcome to the November edition of Area Culture Guide – we’ve got our round-up of favourite things happening around the West Midlands over the forthcoming month. Pick up your copy at the end of this month from the usual outlets or take a browse online here… Continue reading

There is a Place – Exhibition @newartgallery until 14.4.12

An array of local, national and international talent comes together to combine their disciplines for a special exhibition taking place at the New Art Gallery Walsall until April. Continue reading

Lucid Dreaming in The Cage

New Art Gallery Walsall
Sunday 5 and 12, and Tuesday 14 December
Sessions at 12pm and 2pm

We spend a third of our lives asleep and a lot of that time is spent dreaming of things like business reports or getting eaten by the dishwasher. Most of us have little control over what our minds conjure up between the waking hours, but if you want to claim that time back and master your dreams then a lucid dreaming workshop in Walsall might just be for you. Continue reading

Untying Space

Untying Space
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Until – 4 July
Sun K Kwak designs every new piece of work as reaction to each specific location and the Korean artist’s latest temporary piece will be a sprawling creation across the crevices and contours of The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Each formation is carefully crafted from vinyl and masking tape, placed precisely and painstakingly to give the impression of an unprocessed and flowing entity that responds with the building. Sun will have sixteen days to shape her designs and the exhibition in Gallery 1 will finish with the ultimate display of the impermanent nature of her work, by tearing it all down.

Craig Bush

May issue of the Culture Guide

We’ve been very busy at AREA CULTURE GUIDE central making sure you know all about the amazing things happening around the West Midlands and so here is our MAY edition. Get yours from the usual distribution points.

The Special Edition that we produced on behalf of Visit Birmingham will be available from the new mac which is launching this weekend so make sure you get down a pick yourself up a copy.