Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1DU
England

Website

Gallery home page

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wolves

Events

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/extended-events-view/

Exhibitions

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/extended-events-view/

E-mail

ArtGallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Telephone

01902 552055

Fax

01902 552053

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery
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Wolverhampton Art Gallery aims to provide a friendly, accessible and inclusive environment for visitors to explore art, at their leisure.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed: Sun & Bank Holidays

Admission charges

FREE

Getting there

The Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Wolverhampton, just 5 minutes walk from the bus, train and tram stations. Wolverhampton is well served with bus, train and tram links to Birmingham and other towns in the West Midlands.

If you are coming by car, follow the signs for Wolverhampton from the M5, M6 and M54, Wolverhampton Art Gallery is signposted off the city ring road. There are several car parks nearby. The Civic Centre car park is the closest for the Art Gallery.

Highlights of our art collections include pieces that examine the modern phase of the conflict in Northern Ireland, one of the largest collections of Pop Art outside of London and exquisite Georgian paintings from the 1700s. Extensive collections not on display but accessible through the new resource centre, include geology and archaeology.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Andy Warhol
  • 'Jackie'
  • Peter Blake
  • 'Beach Boys'
  • David Hockney
  • Conrad Atkinson
  • Rita Duffy
  • Willie Doherty
  • Anthony Haughey
  • 1960s Pop Culture
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pop Europe

Pop Europe

  • 5 July 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

A colourful display of Pop and Op Art, Expressionist and Abstract works, POP EUROPE! looks at artists working on the continent in a comparative aesthetic. Reviewing the idea of a Pop beyond Britain and America, this exhibition considers the context of their work alongside their transatlantic counterparts.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery has produced its first ever app to accompany this exhibition - download it now for iPhone, iPad and Android devices to find out more about the featured artists and artworks, and take part in our Pop Quiz! Visit is.gd/popeurope to get your free copy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/pop-europe/

Hawthorne Ridge

Brian Yale: First World War Battlefield Paintings

  • 26 July — 29 November 2014 *on now

This exhibition of paintings by Cradley-born artist Brian Yale forms part of our commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War. After attending Stourbridge School of Art, Yale studied at the Royal College of Art, at the same time as David Hockney and Allen Jones. He was later a designer with the Greater London Council but during that time he also pursued his love of painting.

The paintings, dating from the 1980s, are based on sketches made on the spot of some of the most famous and tragic battlefields of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/brian-yale-first-world-war-battlefield-paintings/

Stanza --- Parallel Realities

Stanza - Parallel Realities: Entropy through Black Matter

  • 20 September — 1 December 2014 *on now

Different ‘Black Country’ locations in Europe are merged together into an online networked artwork. Parallel Realities sits in the middle of a romantic reflection about the hard working industrial past and a future when the whole concept of work may become obsolete. This artwork has been specially commissioned by Wolverhampton Art Gallery as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival.
The work will also be presented at Kronika Bytom, Poland.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/stanza-parallel-realities-entropy-black-matter/

A Blast Furnace

The Making of Mordor

  • 20 September 2014 — 17 January 2015 *on now

‘Mordor’ conjures images of a charred wasteland exploited for its resources. This exhibition explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien’s depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home.

Alongside images from Tolkien’s sketchbooks, The Making of Mordor will feature works by other 20th century artists and writers who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and internationally acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition also features archive film.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/making-mordor/

Boulton Paul

Boulton Paul

  • 3 October — 31 December 2014 *on now

Following the closure of both the Boulton Paul site and subsequently the Heritage Centre set up by the Boulton Paul Association, former company employees continue to utilise their engineering skills at Wednesfield High School.

Here they share their knowledge and inspire future generations of engineers. Having received the Queen’s Award For Volunteering, they are celebrating several decades of working for the company - two of the group members have each clocked up over seventy years of service.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/boulton-paul/

Art of the Troubles

Art of the Troubles

  • 1 November 2014 — 27 February 2015 *on now

This major new exhibition features artists’ responses to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It offers avenues for exploring the way in which the Troubles have been viewed by artists and for reflecting on the manifestations and impact of violence and division in our society. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture. Art of the TroublesIt explores a broad range of themes including violence and destruction, suffering and loss traditions and life in the midst of turmoil.

Art of the Troubles has been developed in partnership with the Ulster Museum and includes many works from the collections of National Museums Northern Ireland including the recently gifted Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection. Also incorporated are loans from the Imperial War Museum, London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art as well as works from private collections and the artists themselves.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/art-troubles/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Victorian Gallery

Gallery Tour

  • 6 December 2014 From 12pm
  • 3 January 2015 From 12pm

Enjoy a guided tour of the Art Gallery for first-time visitors and regulars alike, find out more about the Gallery and its collections.

No booking required, please report to the gallery reception 5 minutes before the talk is due to start.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/gallery-tour-2014-10-04/

Art Speaking

  • 19 December 2014 1-2pm
  • 16 January 2015 1-2pm

Audio-described tours of exhibitions for people with visual impairment.

Winter schedule:

FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER - The Making of Mordor

FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER - Art of the Troubles

FRIDAY 19 DECEMBER - Pop Europe!

FRIDAY 16 JANUARY - Victorian Gallery

Free, drop in.
Please go to reception 5 minutes before tour start time.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

  • 22 November 2014 11am-4pm *on now

Come along to our sparkling Christmas Craft Fair and pick up handmade gifts from local makers, with festive themed activities for all the family and maybe even a visit from Father Christmas!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/christmas-craft-fair/

Longue March, 1976, Lithograph

Pop Europe? Symposium

  • 2 December 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Was Pop Art a British and American phenomenon? Reviewing the idea of there being a Pop beyond Britain and America this symposium addresses the issues concerning the geographical confinement of Pop Art. How did pop culture manifest itself artistically in Europe? Were there specific cultural parameters that enabled Pop to ferment?

This event takes place at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Arena Theatre.

Concessions available for students

£15 (£10), booking required

Admission

Concessions available for students

£15 (£10), booking required

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/pop-europe-symposium/

History Talk: Black Country Echoes

  • 19 December 2014 2-3pm

Paul Quigley, curator of Black Country Echoes, discusses the project and some of the fascinating stories he and the team unearthed while researching the region’s industrial heritage.

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/black-country-echoes/

History Talk: When Lloyd George came to Wolverhampton

  • 16 January 2015 2-3pm

A talk by Jefny Ashcroft on the subject of David Lloyd George’s famous visit to Wolverhampton in 1918.

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/events/lloyd-george-came-wolverhampton/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Archiving Place & Time-Education Pack

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wolves/learning/resources/archiving

This education pack is a free downloadable resource for use by group leaders, teachers and visitors to the exhibition Archiving Place & Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement.
This resource provides:
• Artist biographies and points of note;
• Exhibition introduction;
• List of keywords and phrases linked to the
exhibition theme;
• A selection of ideas for activities designed to
engage visitors with themes in the exhibition;
• Multi-layered questions focussed around key
works;
• Colour reference images for questions.

Creator

  • Education Department at Millennium Court Arts Centre in Belfast with additional material by Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Publisher

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

How to obtain

Download from the URL for free

Get Moving

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/shop

Animation gives children a strong sense of control: they get to create their own characters and make them do whatever they like. It is great for introducing students to the idea of concept in artwork and to storytelling. The content can be shaped by their life experiences and can work as a medium to express their feelings.
Animation can be used to improve literacy skills and to develop team-working skills. Producing animation may involve many processes: storyboarding, scripting, developing characters, creating the animated figures, recording vocals etc. These processes can be used to improve reading, writing and listening skills.
Because producing animation can be very time consuming

Creator

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Publisher

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

How to obtain

You can order this catalogue online by using our order form (via the URL).
A member of the retail team will then contact you to confirm postage costs and payment method.
We expect your order to be with you within 7 days from taking your payment.
Alternatively please call Wolverhampton Arts and Museums shop directly to place your order on 01902 550060.
£5.00 + p&p.

Junior Curators

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/wolves/learning/resources/junior_curators

Our Junior Curators resources have been designed for pupils in upper Key Stage 2.
A Junior Curators project can be carried out entirely in the classroom but would be greatly enhanced by a visit to a museum or gallery.
Pupils learn about what museum and gallery staff do during hands-on sessions including examining objects, researching and recording information about objects and by designing and creating an exhibition.
Information about a variety of museum objects is also provided which could be used to support other work in the Literacy or History curriculum.

Creator

  • Wolverhampton Arts+Musueums

Publisher

  • Wolverhampton Arts+Musueums

How to obtain

Download from the URL for free

WAVE website

Online Collections

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/collections/

Website with searchable database providing information about items from the collections held by Wolverhampton museums, galleries and archives.

Raw to Refined DVD

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/shop

Watch three makers transform basic materials into beautiful contemporary craft objects.
Working in their own studios, the makers demonstrate glass blowing, coil pots and hammered metal vessels.
Carolyn Genders: Ceramist
Inspired by views around her home, Carolyn creates impressive finished craft pieces by sculpting basic shapes created from coils of clay.
Wayne Meeten: Silversmith
Greatly influenced by the time he spent studying and working in Japan, Wayne creates beautiful silver vessels using hammered metal techniques.
Stuart Akroyd: Contemporary Glass
Stuart makes beautiful glass shapes using traditional glass blowing methods. He uses plants and creatures in the ocean to give him

Creator

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Publisher

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

How to obtain

Special Offer £6.00 (normally £10.00) inc p&p
You can order this catalogue online using our catalogue order form.
A member of the retail team will then contact you to confirm postage costs and payment method.
We expect your order to be with you within 7 days from taking your payment.
Alternatively please call Wolverhampton Arts and Museums shop directly to place your order on 01902 550060.

The Northern Ireland Collection: An Education Resource

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/shop

Invaluable to Art & Design, History and Citizenship teachers at KS3 and above, this resource will also appeal to those wanting to find out more about the history of The Troubles and artistic responses to it.
We also anticipate the resource supporting teachers in FE who have to deliver units based on the key skills alongside the National Diploma, especially communication - using conflict as a subject for debate and issues.
The hardback box contains an A5 book along with 20 A5 themed activity cards.
The resource provides:
1. Points of note about the artists and their work, for teachers to use and adapt
2. A student overview of the modern-day Troubles, which moves quickly through key eve

Creator

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Publisher

  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

How to obtain

Price: £9.99 plus P&P
You can order this catalogue online using our order form (via the URL).
A member of the retail team will then contact you to confirm postage costs and payment method.
We expect your order to be with you within 7 days from taking your payment.
Alternatively please call Wolverhampton Arts and Museums shop directly to place your order on 01902 550060.

Getting there

The Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Wolverhampton, just 5 minutes walk from the bus, train and tram stations. Wolverhampton is well served with bus, train and tram links to Birmingham and other towns in the West Midlands.

If you are coming by car, follow the signs for Wolverhampton from the M5, M6 and M54, Wolverhampton Art Gallery is signposted off the city ring road. There are several car parks nearby. The Civic Centre car park is the closest for the Art Gallery.

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