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Wolverhampton Art Gallery announced as Wolverhampton's City Treasure

  • Date: 18 April 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Royal London Building, Wolverhampton

Royal London Building, Wolverhampton. Credit: Debbie Shelley

Two Fine Art students from the University of Wolverhampton invite you to explore their city by embarking on a treasure hunt to discover the nominated places voted by citizens of Wolverhampton. The competition was fierce but Wolverhampton Art Gallery was announced as the winner of City Treasures at a presentation evening at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 17 April 2013.

Jo Rooney and Debbie Shelley are 2nd year students at the University and created City Treasures. The two artists believe in using their practice to make work relevant to today and accessible to everybody. Their work investigates the social dimensions of local communities and they work in the public domain, using the urban elements as their inspiration whilst re-engaging the public with their surroundings.

City Treasures is a hunt for the forgotten beautiful landmarks and architecture hidden within the City. Wolverhampton has suffered a serious decline in recent years so the artists wanted the project to promote good things about the city. The project aims to promote the city in a fun and engaging way, continuing the theme of turning a negative in to a positive from Before I Die, which showed humble dreams of the city’s inhabitants.

Jo Rooney said “We spent a lot of time in the city during the Before I Die project talking to people, and we had this time to look around our surroundings. City Treasures encourages people to look up at the great things about Wolverhampton… We want to give our city a chance to show that throughout the economic downturn, the great architecture upon which a small market town was built still survives and shares its history with a new generation.”

Debbie Shelley said “We really enjoyed the community feel of the Before I Die project and we wanted to follow that with something to promote city in a positive and fun way that really gets people involved. We wanted to send people on an adventure through the city, to discover new places and inspire them to be proud of their heritage”

The project has received an incredible response from the local community and support from local venues. From the top ten voted treasures, two treasure hunts will be created, a family fun packed hunt of the city and a cryptic clue adult hunt for the puzzlers amongst you. These will be launched at the open Heritage Days in September and will then become a permanent feature available to be picked up from Wolverhampton Art Gallery for locals and visitors to discover what wonderful buildings and history Wolverhampton has to offer. Join in the fun and follow City Treasures on Twitter.