Art in Darlo and Walsall
Darlaston, otherwise known as Darlo, is part of Walsall; but doesn’t seem to always be remembered by the council when they are spending money. There is a ‘new’ art gallery in Walsall that aspires to hosting the Turner prize, but the work of local artists in Darlo went on display in the library. I went to review it and took a few pictures. These are the watercolours. I thought most of them were good.
The thing I liked about this little exhibition was that it really was work by Darlaston artists. They didn’t ask for work by local artists and then accept work from artists from other parts of the region or even outside the region, which often happens. Maybe Walsall Art Gallery will have a open summer exhibition for these artists and all the artists of Walsall.
I like the work of this artist and he probably deserves an exhibition of his own. He did win in one class, this picture wasn’t the winner; but I liked it.
You can sit by the triangular window in the library and watch the (traffic) lights change, a popular pastime in Darlo. Many buildings are multifunctional now. Walsall Art Gallery has a Costa coffee and other functions too. So art doesn’t have to be confined to the art gallery, it is also at home in a library. I have seen rooms in pubs dedicated to art too. All that is needed is a blank space on a wall.
I admit Darlaston library isn’t the ideal place, but they managed to display the pictures and give the artists some exposure. It could be a step towards an exhibition and proper recognition of their work. We need more open summer exhibitions at art galleries encouraging local talent. It was a shame there wasn’t a section for neodigital art and photography, but at least they tried. What do you think? Should art be the exclusive domain of artists and art graduates or should it be more socially inclusive. Is the council betraying it’s social principles by not having exhibitions for local people? Are they just as snobbish as the London galleries, only wanting the celebrities and the Starbucks crowd?