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The Witching Hour at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Witching Hour at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

8th November 2010

Art of Ideas presents The Witching Hour exhibition at the Waterhall in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for 4 days from Thursday November 11th to Sunday November 14th.

The Witching Hour is an exhibition that explores darkness and dark things in the work of over 20 artists from, or based in, Birmingham and the West Midlands. It features photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, animation and installation.

Art of Ideas is an Arts Council England initiative led by Arts & Business which aims to promote contemporary visual art making it more accessible to audiences and new potential buyers. Hosted by critic and TV broadcaster Matthew Collings, this edition of Art of Ideas is focused on the West Midlands and takes the form of a high profile exhibition and series of events in November 2010.

The 'witching hour' is supposedly the time of night when strange things happen, the witching hour is associated with the supernatural, witchcraft and folklore, represented in the exhibition in the form of baroque skeletons, macabre fighting insects, shadowy figures, ghoulish faces and ritualistic paraphernalia. But it is also an exhibition about something perhaps even more unsettling: the darkness that pervades everyday life, whether in the architecture of an abandoned factory, a run-down 1970s housing estate, an after-hours hairdressers or in people’s own homes. It is an exhibition about the disconcerting, strange and uncanny that exists in our built environment, our social fabric and sometimes purely in our own minds.

The exhibition includes internationally renowned artists such as Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, George Shaw, Hurvin Anderson, Richard Billingham and Roger Hiorns, along with leading emerging artists such as Stuart Whipps, Juneau Projects and Harminder Singh Judge.

Find out more information about the Art of Ideas initiative.

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