In 2013 Tom Hunter was commissioned to create new work in two districts of Birmingham. His work saw him finding, exploring and revealing places and spaces that were usually out of public view, closed off or accessible to only a few people in the city. He made exquisite images of member’s clubs, temples, political chambers, heritage sites, factories and churches using a pinhole camera the pictures were rich and engaging.
The 60 new works were exhibited in the public realm in curated exhibitions in two public squares. The exhibitions were sited in the business district and in the Jewellery Quarter.
Artist David Bethell was awarded a residency at Wolverhampton Art Gallery during which he created a fictitious character and narative based upon their fine art and geology collections. Following the residency Bethell made new works, including sculpture, installation, photography, film and performance, in the Staffordshire landscape. The new work was curated for exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery during 2013.
The exhibition documents the adventures and explorations of fictitious character Dr. Bird, an eccentric adventurer, gardener, inventor and explorer. Bethell’s work is about land, landscape and our place within it. The exhibition is an artist’s response to the Victorian Fine Art and Geology Collections alongside ongoing concerns relating to human influences on the rural landscape.
The project also saw new writing commissioned from Anneka French and Anna Falcini. A publication by the artist accompanied the exhibition.