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Vulcans Forge

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Photography exhibition featuring work from a two-year documentary project by Janine Wiedel in 1977.

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In 1977, Janine Wiedel was awarded West Midlands arts bursary to document the five counties of the West Midlands. She spent the first month driving, walking and talking to people in the area as well as researching background material from the library. The area was vast and her aim was to find the link that differentiated the five counties from other areas of Britain.

“As I got deeper into my subject them to feel the much of Birmingham and the West Midlands could well belong to Vulcans people: sons of fire, casting their thunderbolts”. Janine Wiedel

Janine gravitated towards the rundown industrial wastelands below spaghetti junction; aware of the deafening sounds coming from small, dilapidated workshops running alongside the canals. Historically Birmingham was referred to as ‘the workshop of the world’ and ‘the city 1000 trades’. It  was here that the Industrial Revolution had begun and remnants of this history could still be felt - Janine set out to discover how much this past still existed, and the document working lives that were in danger of disappearing.

This exhibition will run from the 9th November - 3rd December 2021 - Tickets are available to book FREE, with timed entry to aid social distancing and reduce the number of people in the gallery at any one time - You have a 1 hour time slot to spend in the gallery.

Please book 1 ticket per person attending for the time and date you require.

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