New Black Country exhibition to showcase international artists' work

Halesowen News: A new commission from Birmingham artist Lucy McLauchlan for the exhibition. A new commission from Birmingham artist Lucy McLauchlan for the exhibition.

INTERNATIONALLY renowned artists are displaying their work at a Black Country gallery this month.

A new exhibition Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary at The Public, West Bromwich, will feature work by Jeremy Deller, Alan Kane, Birmingham’s Lucy McLauchlan, Tracey Emin, Vivan Sundaram, David Shrigley, Doug Fishbone and Martin Creed.

The exhibition is curated by David Thorp and opens on Wednesday, May 15 and will run throughout the Summer.

Curator David Thorp said: “Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary has its origins in the idea that The Public is a place where visitors can encounter contemporary art that is accessible and which resonates with the familiar but extends and challenges perception at the same time.

“Rather than preaching about the value of art it celebrates the vitality, diversity and humour that art can embody.”

The pieces on show take inspiration from the artists’ early life and experiences which included folk and street art, politics, urban decay and the grass roots of culture.

India’s Vivan Sundaram will also be attending and talking about his work, his experiences with garbage collectors on streets of Delhi, our throwaway society and redefining the boundaries of art and fashion.

As well as artists from across the world being featured Birmingham sculpture Lucy McLauchlan will be showing off a brand new work which was commissioned for the exhibition.

Linda Saunders, managing director of The Public said: “We are delighted to be working with David Thorp to bring together contemporary artists whose work is so complimentary to our approach. In a town better known for football and heavy industry, this exhibition builds on our success in generating real excitement in the arts.

“Over the last year, The Public had a record 380,000 visitors who came to participate in and explore our galleries and interactive work.’ Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary is at The Public from May 15 to 29 September, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, and is free to visit.

For more information about exhibitions at The Public visit www.thepublic.com or call 0121 533 7161.

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