Edwin Butler Bayliss: Poet Painter of the Black Country

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

19 January 2013 - 27 April 2013

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Evening in the Black Country by Edwin Butler-Bayliss

Evening in the Black Country by Edwin Butler-Bayliss © the artists estate

An exhibition of work by Edwin Butler Bayliss will illustrate his importance as one of the few 19th century painters of the industrial landscape.

The son of a local ironmaster, his inspiration came from the factories and mines of the Black Country, particularly the area around Bilston and Tipton close to the Hickman furnaces.

Also featured in this exhibition are the works of Butler Bayliss’ contemporaries including William Sidney Causer (1876- 1958), Richard Samuel Chattock (1825 – 1906) and Joseph Vickers de Ville (1856– 1925). Present-day artists Robert Perry, Brian Steventon, Paul Hipkiss, and Arthur Lockwood will also have work on display.

Cover of Edwin Butler Bayliss publication

Edwin Butler Bayliss publication

An illustrated publication to accompany the exhibition is for sale in the Gallery shop and online from the Staffordshire Gifts website.

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Watch Dr Connie Wan talk about the exhibition..

Study Day

Included as part of this exhibition is a special study day ART AND THE BLACK COUNTRY  on Saturday 23 March 10.30am- 4pm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate the influence of the Black Country and its changing landscape and industry on artists both past and present.

The day features a variety of insightful talks by historians and a contemporary artist.

10.30 – 10.45: Introduction

10.45 - 11.45: Dr Malcolm Dick (University of Birmingham) – Depictions of the Black Country in the Eighteenth Century

11.45 – 12.45: Dr Connie Wan (WAG) - Edwin Butler Bayliss: Poet Painter of the Black Country

12.45 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 2.30: Michael Hall (Francis Brett Young Society) – Francis Brett Young

2.30 – 3.30: Brian Steventon RBSA – On-site artist at Black Country Living Museum

3.30 – 4.00: Closing remarks/additional questions

Booking essential

Tickets: £25 per person (includes lunch and refreshments). To ensure your place on this event please book online or call the gallery on 01902 552055.