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Arts Council funds Home of Metal celebrating the West Midlands as the birthplace of Heavy Metal

  • Date: 5 July 2011
  • Area: Midlands
A large gold sign saying home of metal

Home of Metal entrance. Credit: Capsule

Throughout the summer Home of Metal is running in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Celebrating the fact that the area is the birthplace of Heavy Metal, it features exhibitions and events. It is supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the arts, National Lottery scheme.

Key exhibitions and events include:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

40 years of Heavy Metal and its Unique Birthplace - featuring iconic items from key bands as well as unseen memorabilia.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Visual Language of Heavy Metal - including the work of several artists who use typography, vintage t-shirts, sculpture and sound to explore the aesthetic features of Heavy Metal.

Manufactory - artist Chris Coekin exhibits photographs and sound recorded on the shop floor of a heavy industrial factory.

The New Art Gallery, Walsall

Be True to your Oblivion - a major solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist and former Turner Prize nominee, Mark Titchner whose work is influenced by Heavy Metal.

Walsall Leather Museum

Judas Priest and the Heavy Metal Look - the historic home of leatherworking features the look of Heavy Metal and its most famous sons.

Dudley Museum & Art Gallery

Metal - celebrates the links between metal manufacturing in the Black Country and Heavy Metal music.

Bilston Craft Gallery

Reverberation: The Art of Bashing Metal Then and Now - featuring outstanding historic examples of the Black Country's metalworking traditions.

On Yer Mettle! - work by members of Bilston Craft Gallery.

The Public, West Bromwich

The Art of Noise - features work from local, national and international artists who explore the relationship between sound, music and the visual arts.

Additionally there are family friendly events across the region, a conference at the University of Wolverhampton and many other activities.  

The Arts Council grant of £138,000 was awarded to organisers Capsule Events Ltd, who are based at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

Kate Pryor-Williams, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, West Midlands, adds: "Home of Metal recognises that although the genre of Heavy Metal has spread far and wide, its roots are in the West Midlands and this series of exhibitions and events capitalises on this.

"The carefully thought out programme features significant visual artists such as Mark Titchner  and the range of events has academic, special interest and populist appeal.  It creates a legacy and puts fans and galleries at the centre of this exciting programme.  It will also attract many visitors to the region."

For further information visit The Home of Metal website