Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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

Monday - Saturday - 10.30am - 16.30pm
Sunday - 11am - 4pm

Closed: Bank Holidays

Admission charges

FREE - some exhibitions are charged for. Please check our website for further details.

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.
Cooper, Alfred Egerton (1883 – 1974). Lady in Red Velvet,

Painted Ladies: An Exchange of Ideas

  • 12 January — 1 September 2019 *on now

Painted Ladies is a display of 20th century paintings depicting women painted by both female and male artists including Emma Bolland, Dorette Outlaw and Alfred Egerton Cooper. Many of the works on display have not been shown for many years.
The exhibition invites visitors to think about the ways that female and male artists have represented women in art. The exhibition also invites visitors to consider the Victorian collection in the Gallery and observe how the representation of women may have changed since the Victorian era.

Painted Ladies is an attempt to raise questions and invite viewers to participate in the conversation, and to share their thoughts, ideas and insights.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the University of Birmingham, curated by Rafailia Thiraiou, MA student in Art History and Curating.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/22093/

Pick of the Pops

  • 2 February — 1 September 2019 *on now

Pop Art was one of the most important and influential art movements of the 20th-century. Emerging in the 1950s, it was inspired by popular culture, the modern world, and the post-war consumer age.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery has a long history of collecting Pop Art and is home to the largest Pop collection in the UK outside London. This new exhibition showcases highlights from this culturally significant and internationally-renowned collection, including works by famous Pop artists such as Pauline Boty and Andy Warhol, alongside a selection of rarely-seen pieces.

Visitors will also have the chance to vote for their favourite artwork on display, with the results used to form our very own Pick-of-the-Pops…

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/pick-of-the-pops/

An image of a painting by Lisa Henderson

Lisa Henderson Landscapes

  • 9 March — 9 June 2019 *on now

Lisa Henderson is originally from Cardiff but her art and practice is closely linked to the West Midlands and Staffordshire, where she has lived since the 1970s.
Her work is inspired by the shapes, colours and textures found in nature. Henderson’s paintings use collaged, recycled and pre-prepared papers alongside printmaking techniques such as wiping, scratching and breaking in to the picture’s surface to achieve rich texture and colour in an abstract and fluid creative process.
This new exhibition features paintings, drawings and collagraphs inspired by wild and natural landscapes and includes a new Cannock Chase series, inspired by the seasons. The landscapes of Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and imagined ‘other worlds’ are also represented in the show.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/lisa-henderson-landscapes/

Webb, William J. The Lost Sheep, 1864

Radical Landscapes: Pre-Raphaelites and Their French Contemporaries

  • 28 March — 9 June 2019 *on now

This exhibition features the landscape paintings of Pre-Raphaelites painters such as Ford Madox Brown, William Homan Hunt and John Everett Millais.

The Industrial Revolution had a profound impact on the natural environment, radically changing the appearance of the world. This exhibition explores the approach of the pre-Raphaelites and their contemporary French early Impressionists like Pissarro or Cézanne to these changes. Radical Landscapes looks at how the artists’ approaches to painting en plein air developed alongside increased leisure and tourism, the proliferation of the railways and the influence of religion.

The exhibition draws together major works from museums and galleries across the UK including Manchester Art Gallery, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and National Galleries Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/radical-landscapes-pre-raphaelites-and-their-french-contemporaries/

Vallotton, Felix (1865 – 1925). L’Averse (The Shower) 1894

Making an Impression: Prints by Manet, Pissaro and their Contemporaries

  • 28 March — 9 June 2019 *on now

This stunning new exhibition showcases the work of masters of 19th century French Impressionism including Manet, Pissaro, Cézanne, Renoir and more.

The exhibition explores the ways in which Impressionist artists embraced advances in artistic technology to experiment with etching, lithograph and drypoint printing techniques to capture fleeting moments; blurring the boundaries between drawing, photography and printing. More than 30 works feature in the show and explore themes including The City and Modern Life, Portraits and Landscape and Labour.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is one of the first venues to host this new and prestigious touring exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Many of the pieces in the exhibition are being displayed for the first time.

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/making-an-impression-prints-by-manet-pissaro-and-their-contemporaries/

Grayson, John. La Brexiteuse à petits talon, 2018

John Grayson: Enamel | Substrate - Revaluing Lost Craftsmanship

  • 6 April — 30 June 2019 *on now

John Grayson is a craft maker and PhD candidate who has spent the last five years researching Eighteenth-Century South Staffordshire Enamels to reveal the secrets of their manufacture more than 200 years ago.

South Staffordshire Enamels were decorative objects such as snuff boxes and candlesticks. Made from thin copper foil, and coated with layers of lustrous enamel, these ornate items were highly desirable.

This exhibition presents Grayson’s practice-led research exploring the lost craftsmanship used in their manufacture; particularly the making of the copper substrate that gives each enamel its shape. Grayson’s project reveals how the objects were constructed and the techniques replicated today ensure that the technology remains relevant to contemporary making.

Co-curated by Ruthin Craft Gallery, Vittoria Street Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/john-grayson-enamel-substrate/

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 29 June — 1 September 2019

Now in its fifty-fourth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The exhibition, developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, is visiting Wolverhampton as part of a worldwide tour and for the first time showcasing the full collection, 100 images and 45 digital shots.

This year the competition received more than 45,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers from more than 95 countries, all of whom were competing for the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Tickets: £5.50
Children: £3.50
Children aged 2 and under: FREE
Family Ticket: (2 Adults and 2 Children): £14.50

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/WPY54

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.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1DU
England

Website

Gallery home page

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

Events

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

Exhibitions

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

E-mail

ArtGallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Telephone

01902 552055

Fax

01902 552053

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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