An exhibition of photographic work inspired by Birmingham’s industrial, political and social history will be on display at Argentea Gallery from 25 July to 7 September 2019. “Forward”, a collection of work by artist Gwen Wilkinson, explores facets of the city’s rich heritage through installations, prints and ceramics. One extraordinary piece on display will be Wall of Wonder (2019), a large-scale series of 80 cyanotypes depicting highlights of significant events, inventions and people from the 13th Century to the present day.
The collection reflects Wilkinson’s deep fascination with the city and its history. She explains: “I don’t think people outside of Birmingham realise quite what a fascinating place it really is nor the vital role its Lunar Society played in the advancement of science, engineering, manufacturing and the arts. This exhibition is a site-specific response to my many visits to Birmingham over the years and each piece of work relates to notable points in its history, good and bad, and to the remarkable people responsible for the city’s identity. I am thrilled to be able to show this collection of work at Argentea and hope the people of Birmingham enjoy it”
Wilkinson is the recipient of several art awards including the Thomas Dammann Jr Award 2018 Golden Fleece Award in 2011 and the Artlinks Award in 2009. Her work is represented in several State art collections including the Office of Public Works and the Department of Foreign Affairs.