Art in Walsall?
I photographed a few of the exhibits in the local art gallery on Sunday. I think this exhibit probably has a cultural significance to a minority of people. Is it art? Does it belong in an art gallery? The gallery serves the people of Walsall.
Working people, young people, old people, disabled people and people from many ethic minorities. Should the gallery pander to minorities or be populist?
I quite like this one, but it’s nothing special is it? I suppose it’s all a matter of taste. The main complaint about the gallery is that they don’t show local artists from Walsall, who actually pay for the thing.
The piazza outside is hardly Venetian, despite being on the waterfront. I’m surprised that Costa Coffee didn’t want it to have a more upmarket look. That horrible building is a hotel apparently. I suppose it matches the other horrible buildings around the waterfront.
The building in the foreground has had a for let sign on it for as long as I can remember. I’m not surprised. They seem to like to like grey and brown in Walsall; in West Bromwich they prefer pink…
This was my attempt at art, this week. Would a local gallery commission me to do a print and exhibit it? That seems very unlikely. They only expect local people to pay for their gallery. The architects and artists come up from the South of England and their economic hub of activity; London. No wonder London is rich when our local politicians insist on throwing our money their way at every opportunity.
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