City residents are invited to a free evening event to celebrate spring exhibitions at Wolverhampton Art Gallery next week.

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Five artists will host talks at Wolverhampton Gallery Gathering, at the Lichfield Street venue on Thursday 16 March between 5.30pm and 8pm.

Visitors can mingle and enjoy music, drinks and light bites in the gallery's café and sensing sculpture space, as well as drop in on various talks taking place. 

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "This is the first gallery gathering of its kind. It's an evening event so we hope people will drop by after work, have a look at the art on show and meet some of the artists who are currently exhibiting.

"Staff are organising talks, there will be music and some refreshments, which we hope will encourage people to enjoy a get together in the gallery and learn a bit more about the art on show."

Artists hosting talks in the different galleries during the evening include leading international textile artist, Michael Brennand-Wood, whose latest exhibition Seeds of Memory spans his 40 year career.

Chila Burman will talk about her show Beyond Pop, which is full of vibrant artworks informed by popular culture, Bollywood, fashion and found objects, celebrating South Asian femininity.

Visitors can hear Kate Morgan-Clare talking about the next generation of exciting contemporary artists showing their work in New Art West Midlands 2017. This is an annual showcase for exciting new contemporary art by Fine Art or visual arts graduates of the five university art schools in the region.

John Grayson and Melanie Tomlinson will talk about the amazing moving mechanical sculptures on show in A Curious Turn. The exhibition features 30 pieces of extraordinary automata magically brought to life.

There will be a small charge for food and drink, plus a prize draw to win tickets for the must see upcoming LEGO exhibition 'Brick Wonders'.

  • released: Wednesday 8 March, 2017