The Witching Hour at BMAG

By on 08/11/2010 in Culture, News
  • Art of Ideas Presents: The Witching Hour – An exhibition curated by Matthew Collings and Matt Price
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • November 11-14

Featuring photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, animation and installation, 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.

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.

The exhibition has been organised as part of Art of Ideas, an initiative funded by Arts Council England and managed by Arts & Business that aims to promote collecting of contemporary art in the West Midlands.

Find out more information about the Art of Ideas initiative

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