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Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s First Open Exhibition

This summer Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust is proud to announce its very first Open Exhibition. Entries have been pouring in from local people. This exhibition has been an opportunity for everyone to get involved, whether they exhibit regularly or have never displayed an art work anywhere before!

The open exhibition is all about celebrating creative people from a diverse range of practices, backgrounds and subjects. The diverse range of media, styles, and subjects will be exhibited between Monday 17th and Monday 18th September 2017.

“We’re amazed by the entries to our open exhibition. We have such a brilliant range of works which really do celebrate the creative talents of our local community”, said Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. “We hope that visitors come to support this exhibition and enjoy the fantastic display”.

Artworks range from drawings inspired by the limestone caverns and historical engravings, to studies of wildlife, canal scenes (both local and further afield), photography, portraiture, the everyday, landscapes, and architecture.

There is also a vast range of media including pencil, chalks, watercolours, oils, acrylics, hand printed Vinyl cuts, knitting and crochet, felt and embroidery, and hand quilting.

For several of the entrants, this will be their first time exhibiting. Many of the works displayed are by local people who have grown up by the Black Country Canals and feel a connection to Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust and our local heritage. Linda Thornton’s beautiful textile art work ‘Christmas on the Cut’ is inspired by her childhood in Oldbury in the 1950s. She loved to walk along the canals with her Grandad, “I’ve always been fascinated with the fact that people could make a home and live on a canal boat”. She loves seeing canal boats decorated with flowers in summer time and cosy in winter, topped off with a Christmas tree.

There are also plenty of art works which draw inspiration from further afield such as Adrian Clamp’s ‘A Modern Metropolis’. After visiting America, Adrian began to manipulate the images that he had taken on his camera in order to portray a constantly changing city.

Over the next eight weeks, visitors will be able to view original artworks for free in the Waterside Gallery at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s visitor centre, the Portal.

Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) £989,200, 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 be running from 17th July to 18th September.

For more information, please visit our website

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