The art & soul of Wolverhampton

Ask the majority of people in the Wolverhampton area where the art gallery is and they’ll be able to tell you. Ask them where the art galleries are and they may struggle past that initial one. The art gallery, of course, is the Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Lichfield Street. This famous, beautiful old building opened in May 1884, designed by Birmingham architect Julius Chatwin and funded & constructed by Philip Horsman, the gallery sees (at last count) in excess of 150,000 people through its doors per year.

A few people may remark that there is also the Bilston Craft Gallery. But what of lesser known galleries and spaces in locations that perhaps aren’t so prominent?

A short walk through Queen Square to Victoria Street will take you to the Wolverhampton branch of Castle Gallery. This gallery is in a prominent location and is part of a chain – there are Castle Galleries all over the country (two, for example, are in Birmingham). Part of the Halcyon Group (Haylcyon itself beginning in the Midlands in the 1980s with Halcyon Gallery, Birmingham), Castle Galleries are passionate about art and art exhibitions – often having artists visit their galleries. Castle Gallery Wolverhampton is home to local artist, Paul Horton’s work as can be seen here.

Asylum Art Gallery on Clifton Street

Just outside of the city centre, we have Asylum Gallery. Situated on Clifton Street, this gallery has been open little more than a year but is increasingly known for being a cutting edge creative hub right in the heart of our artists quarter at Chapel Ash. Asylum wants to engage local people in a piece of our culture that they may feel is out of their reach for whatever reason – the signs are, it is succeeding in this. Tucked away as it is, you may not have seen Asylum, but a short wander to the right of Tattoo Palace keeping eyes left will get you there.

Eagle Works prior to construction of the new Sainsburys

Just down the road behind the new Sainsbury at Graisley is Eagle Works. An intelligent use of this Victorian former factory, Eagle Works on Alexander Street has been used as an art studio for a good many years (since 1987). There is no dedicated website, but you can discover what’s going on at the Eagle Works Facebook page.

Not too far away in Whitmore Reans is Belinda Maria Longsden’s White B Gallery. Belinda is a mixed media fine artist who also takes commissions and White B Gallery is open by appointment only.

As well as galleries, art can be found in several other places in Wolverhampton – café’s Wild Bytes and Zuri in the city centre as well as restaurant Hungry Bistro either permanently or on occasion display artwork.

More to come on Wolverhampton’s art scene soon.

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  1. suspiciouslygooddeals

    A Friday or Saturday night open gallery event across the city would be great. I’m hoping there’s one in the works!

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