For too long Birmingham and the Black Country have failed to celebrate their importance as the birthplace of ‘Heavy Metal’. This summer however, that will change with Capsule‘s celebration of the music of the Midlands – Home of Metal. It’s time to put the region on the map.
Home of Metal – an exhibition exploring 40 years of Heavy Metal and its birthplace at BM & AG will bring together memorabilia sourced from the fans (many from Capsule‘s Home of Metal Open Days held over the last couple of years, a sort of Antiques Roadshow with a twist) as well as iconic items belonging to the bands themselves. Expect Black Sabbath‘s Mob Rules stage cross, Judas Priest’s costumes and original handwritten Napalm Death lyrics.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery will explore the visual language of Heavy Metal, displaying the work artists inspired by the genre including Matias Faldbakken, local artist Harminder Singh Judge, grindcore fanatic Damien Deroubaix and Napalm Death founder Nicholas Bullen.
The season continues with what promises to be a spectacular solo exhibition from former Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner at New Art Gallery Walsall who is often inspired by the Heavy Metal aesthetic, a chance to see Judas Priest‘s stage costumes at Walsall Leather Museum and even a bat walk in Haden Hill Park (let’s hope Ozzy’s not about for that one…)
The programme culminates in the Home of Metal Weekender including the Home of Metal – Heavy Metal and Place Conference. The weekend will see concerts, a silent metal disco and the return of the wonderful Vintage Mobile Cinema to the region (last seen at Flatpack).