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Siân Macfarlane: We Are Illuminated

Date uploaded: April 27, 2015

Over the past 12 months, West Midlands based artist Siân Macfarlane has immersed herself in the history of Walsall at leisure and in celebration from the 1800s to the present day. The culmination of Siân’s research is a multi-layered film; rich in references to the variety of pastimes enjoyed and experienced by residents of the Borough across the ages. The exhibition is on display on floor 4 of the Walsall Art Gallery from the 1st of May to the 26th of July 2015.

Central to the film is the 1951 script, ‘The Pageant of Walsall’, written by M. Charles Bardell. The play charts poignant events and characters from Walsall’s history, from its origins as Wealshall in AD 916 to 1900. First performed in the Town Hall as the finale to Walsall’s Festival of Britain celebrations, extracts from the play are re-enacted by local students, with tableaux recalling stories of Margaret Paynell, Sister Dora and the Bayard Colts.

Rarely seen artefacts and memorabilia accompany the film. Audiences are invited to reminisce, be enlightened and become illuminated.

6pm to 8pm on Wednesday the 20th of May 2015 at Walsall Art Gallery.

The exhibition will be celebrated on the evening of the 20th of May along with; Small Worlds, Floor 3 and Elizabeth Rowe, everything lasts forever nothing lasts forever, 2015, Garman Ryan Hall, Floor 1.

In Conversation
Saturday the 20th of June 2015 at 2pm - FREE

Join artist Siân Macfarlane for an informal tour of the exhibition.

Book your free place at the gallery reception desk or by calling 01922 654400.

For more information about the artist click here.

Siân Macfarlane, We Are Illuminated (film still), 2014-15 HD video, Courtesy of the artist

Siân Macfarlane, We Are Illuminated (film still), 2014-15 HD video, Courtesy of the artist