Local exhibition puts art on the Black Country map

A University of Wolverhampton art student is putting art on the map in her new solo exhibition at Dudley Archives and Local History Centre.

Aimee Millward, 24 from Wrens Nest in Dudley, is studying a Master’s Degree in Fine Art at the Wolverhampton School of Art.  Her Virtual Mirrors (Intersection of the Real and Unreal) exhibition explores the reality and abstraction of the Black Country.

Using maps from the Dudley Archives as inspiration, including maps of the Wrens Nest Estate, Upper and Lower Gornal, Sedgley, Dudley and Wolverhampton, Aimee has created an abstract version of the maps, looking at into space, location and geometrics and turning them into colourful, abstract paintings using both canvas and mirrors.

Aimee, who also works at Temple Street Studios in Wolverhampton and studied A Levels at Dudley College, said:  “My new work has been stimulated by aerial photographs and maps of the Black Country.  I studied maps from the collection at Dudley Archives from the 1800s to the present and I focused on this location because I wanted to re-interpret the area that I have been surrounded by since birth, using bright, vivid colours.

“I wanted to give people a new perspective on traditional maps and was really interested in the process of layering and the dialogue of time, picking up on shapes and lines and then getting the audience to view the work as if they were looking at a map.”


The exhibition runs until Saturday 19th August 2017 at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.  Contact Aimee by email for more information: aimeesfineart@yahoo.com.


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Date Issued: 22nd June 2016

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