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Home of Metal


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.

The season kicks off on 18 June with exhibitions at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

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).

Tickets are already on sale for the BM & AG exhibition and conference.

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One comment on “Home of Metal

  1. Keith Bracey
    June 7, 2011

    Brilliant Brum and the Black Country in celebrating our ‘Heavy Metal Heritage’ with the Home of Metal initiative and Exhibitions this summer……my wife Mary’s family the Sherwood’s of Tipton have known the Plant family for most of their lives and she is donating three items of her own personal Robert Plant memorabilia, a child’s Led Zeppelin t-shirt given to her by Robert in 1971 when she was 8 on his return from a triumphant US tour, the EP ‘Led Zeppelin’: ‘Acoustically’ featuring an acoustic version of ‘Stairway’ which was never released as a single in the UK and a personal note from Robert to Mary, scribbled on a piece of scrap paper……Get along to the Home of Metal exhibitions, at BMAG, Wolverhampton’s Art Gallery and the New Art Gallery, Walsall, where my wife’s memorabilia will be displayed as part of Mark Titchner’s art installation. Keith Bracey, Metal Fan and Led Zep fan since 1970. Rock On!!!!!

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