Martin Parr’s Black Country Stories

Martin Parr’s Black Country Stories

4th October 2014 - 11th January 2015

New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall


Floor 3

Over the last 4 years, Magnum photographer, Martin Parr, has created a photographic portrait and archive of life in the Black Country through photography, film and oral histories.

Martin has made many visits to Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley, meeting a wide range of local people. He has visited shops and markets, places of worship, football grounds, factories, pubs and clubs, dances and parties, cafés and restaurants, dog training classes, summer fêtes and street parties celebrating the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee.

Four specially commissioned films offer a fascinating insight into Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory in Dudley; the world of Black Country pigeon fancying; Stourbridge’s Tudor Crystal and the coach holiday company JR Holyhead, based in Willenhall.

Commissioned by Multistory, working in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Wolverhampton Art Gallery with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A publication published by Dewi Lewis accompanies the exhibition priced £30.

Preview: Friday 3 October, 6-8pm

Join New Art Gallery Walsall  for the launch of this exhibition in the company of the artist.

In Conversation: Tuesday 11 November, 6.30pm

Join Martin Parr as he discusses the project with Emma Chetcuti of Multistory.

Book your place by calling 01922 654400.

Image credit: Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014,commissioned by Multistory.

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