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See the best art right in the heart of the country

See the best art right in the heart of the country

18th June 2013

Galleries across the West Midlands are coming together to highlight a wealth of art on our doorstep, much of it free entry, to find the most-loved piece of art in the region.

Art in the Heart is a celebration of great art, amazing exhibitions and great days out in the West Midlands. It is a partnership with 23 art galleries and venues who collectively recorded over 6 million visitors during 2011-12. Art in the Heart is supported by Arts Council England and led by Birmingham Museums Trust.

Arts enthusiasts can expect to see, and be inspired by, some of the best national and international artists and exhibitions across the West Midlands, from Botticelli, Rembrandt and Constable to Monet and Picasso and Damien Hirst.

Visitors to each venue are invited to tweet using #artinmyheart stating which piece of art they love at that venue and why. Maybe it is the building itself, a permanent piece of artwork, or an exhibition or artwork not normally seen in the region.

In Birmingham visitors can see some of biggest name artists with works on loan from major national collections. Portraits by Rembrandt and Goya are on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Art in their exhibiton About Face: European Old Master Portraits from National Collections, whilst in Warwickshire oil sketches by Turner and Constable are exhibited at Compton Verney.

In Walsall key works from Damien Hirst will be on show at The New Art Gallery Walsall and in Stoke-on-Trent work by leading contemporary artist Richard Long is on show at The Potteries Museum and Art Galleries. 

The Public in West Bromwich presents a stellar exhibition of contemporary art including pieces by Tracey Emin and Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley.

Visitors can also expect to see some of the most innovative contemporary projects across the region by both national and regional artists. In Worcestershire West Midlands craft makers will exhibit at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum whilst in Birmingham renowned photographer Vanley Burke will represent the diverse cultures around Soho House.

Artist-led contemporary gallery Eastside Projects will exhibit the work of two international artists for the first time in the UK.

Simon Cane, Interim Director, Birmingham Museums Trust, said: ‘The West Midlands has a wealth of great art and culture and we are delighted to be leading this project to showcase those treasures to the rest of the nation and beyond. There are 23 venues involved in the Art in the Heart and we all want to encourage people to come and explore what’s on offer – there is truly something for everyone’.

To find out how you can join in the celebration of great art in the West Midlands visit: ww.artintheheart.org.uk

Tweet us at @AITH_ with #artinmyheart

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