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Capturing the Dudley Odeon

UK based artist Jackie Sanderson is holding her first solo exhibition of photographs at the Dudley Canal Trust’s Portal building over the next two months. Jackie lives in the Black Country and the photographs in this exhibition show her passion for local history and Art Deco buildings. These photographs capture the old Odeon Cinema in Dudley which is now home to a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall. Beautifully composed shots reveal her passion for 1930s buildings and her keen eye for strong geometric shapes.

"We’re so excited to be displaying Jackie’s works in our new temporary exhibition space”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. "This is the first photography exhibition at the Portal and we have been really impressed by these fascinating images of a wonderful building full of history”. 

Jackie works in a broad spectrum of media, using a combination of photography, installation and projection. The combination of these three media enables her to express her point of view by not looking at the world from the conventional eye level. She sees beauty in structures and industrialisation. To see more of Jackie’s work or to get in touch you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The exhibition will also feature a glimpse into the history of other Dudley cinemas. There will be an opportunity to join in by adding to the wall of memories looking back at time well spent at Black Country cinemas. 

Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund £989,000, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership £755,000 and Biffa Award £500,000.  Other charitable donors include The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Dudley Canal Trust, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips), and £30,000 raised by a public appeal.

The exhibition is free to visit and will run from 2nd September – 2nd November 2016. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition will be for sale. For more information, visit the Trust’s website at or call 0121 557 6265.

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