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Ken Wood's Second Art Exhibition at The Portal, Dudley

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Black Country nostalgia - on canvas
Black Country artist Ken Wood first exhibited his work at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's visitor centre, the Portal, last summer – and it was so successful he's been invited back for a second show.

His new exhibition runs at the Portal until April 14, 2017. Entrance is free and all the artworks are for sale.

Ken Wood, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Portal Building, Art Exhibition, Black Country
Artist: Ken Wood at his Portal exhibition


Ken's oil paintings showcase Black Country industry and waterways, as well as how families lived in the area hundreds of years ago. Views in this new exhibition include atmospheric scenes of Atherstone locks, the Wordsley Cone, Netherton Branch, alongside scenes of Black Country life such as Gettin Babby Washed.

Ken Wood, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Portal Building, Art Exhibition, Black Country
Atmospheric: Atherstone locks


Ken's dramatic and vibrant use of oil paints captures skies glowing in pinks and reds from the roar of the furnaces which would be kept going through the night. Images of everyday life focus on the family lives of workers. Paintings such as New Arrival and Late for School show touching and intimate moments in the life of a Black Country family.

Ken Wood, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Portal Building, Art Exhibition, Black Country
Touching: New Arrival


Ken Wood was born in Ironbridge and later moved to Dudley. At an early age he became aware of the intense labour carried out by the local people keeping industry alive in the area. Ken's paintings are testament to this industrial heritage. His works have been exhibited widely and even found their way to the USA and New Zealand.

When asked to stage his first exhibition at the Portal last year he said: "I have exhibited my work at several venues throughout the Black Country and beyond so when I had the opportunity to show some of my paintings at the fabulously impressive building, the Dudley Canal Trust's Portal, I jumped at the opportunity."

Ken Wood, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Portal Building, Art Exhibition, Black Country
Venue: Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's Portal building

"We're so pleased to be welcoming Ken back to the Portal for a new exhibition for 2017," says Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. "His last exhibition was very successful and visitors loved his atmospheric industrial scenes which are perfect for our location at Dudley Canal Tunnel and limestone mines."

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Why? Black Country nostalgia
When: Until April 14, 2017
Phone: 0121 557 6265
Where: Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's Portal Building
Cost: Free
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