Art lovers have the chance to meet 2 leading Midlands artists when Wolverhampton Art Gallery hosts a creative afternoon.

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The gallery is welcoming respected artists David Bethell and Adam Kossoff, who are both currently exhibiting their works at the Lichfield Street gallery, next Saturday, 25 July, 2015.

David, whose show Dr Bird - Conquering Clouds is currently on show, will take part in a panel discussion from 2pm to 3pm and then Adam will host a talk and tour of his show Animal Architecture from 3pm to 4pm.

Visitors can join the panel to discuss David's exhibition about an eccentric Victorian inventor called Dr Bird who likes exploring the Staffordshire landscape.

Dr Bird's contraptions are in the gallery alongside films, photographs and sculptures about his adventures on Cannock Chase, Ecton Hill, Staffordshire and Tettenhall until Saturday 15 August, 2015.

David spent time working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery's Victorian and geology collections as part of his research into the show, and will be joined by curator Jane Morrow and geologist Christopher Broughton for the discussion.

The centrepiece of Animal Architecture is a film narrated by Sir Lenny Henry about the restoration of the famous enclosures at Dudley Zoo.  The Arts Council of England funded film was compiled during the restoration of the zoo's entrance and bear ravine and is being shown at the gallery until Saturday 19 September, 2015.

Adam, a Reader in the Moving Image at the University of Wolverhampton, will be joined by curator Pierre d'Alancaisez.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We are fortunate in Wolverhampton to have some fascinating exhibitions which are closely linked to our heritage and it is a bonus to have the artists who created them on hand to meet visitors and chat about the current exhibitions.

"This is an afternoon where visitors and artists can meet David and Adam and find out what inspired them to create their respective pieces."

For more information, please call 01902 552055 or visit Type=links;Linkid=6114;Title=Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage;Target=_blank;.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and entry is free.

  • released: Thursday 16 July, 2015