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Free art show highlights local talent
Midland artists are displaying their works at a free exhibition at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's visitor centre, the Portal.

The Trust's first open exhibition, which runs until September 18, 2017, celebrates the creativity of locals who have used a number of different media and styles in their works.

Dudley Canal Trust Summer Open Exhibition, The Portal, Art Exhibition, Linda Thornton, Adrian Clamp
Varied: A mix of styles at Dudley's Summer Open Exhibition


Subjects range from drawings inspired by the limestone caverns and historical engravings to studies of wildlife, canal scenes, portraiture, landscapes and architecture.

The vast range of media includes pencil, chalks, watercolours, oils, acrylics, hand printed vinyl cuts, knitting and crochet, felt and embroidery and hand quilting.

Dudley Canal Trust Summer Open Exhibition, The Portal, Art Exhibition, Linda Thornton, Adrian Clamp
Debut: Linda Thornton's Christmas on the Cut


For several of the entrants, this is their first time exhibiting. Linda Thornton's textile art work, Christmas on the Cut, is inspired by her childhood in Oldbury in the 1950s when she loved to walk along the canals with her grandfather.

"I've always been fascinated with the fact that people could make a home and live on a canal boat," she says, adding that she enjoys seeing canal boats decorated with flowers in summer time, yet cosy in winter when they are topped off with a Christmas tree.

There are artworks that draw inspiration from further afield, such as Adrian Clamp's A Modern Metropolis. After visiting America, Adrian began to manipulate images to portray a constantly changing city.

Dudley Canal Trust Summer Open Exhibition, The Portal, Art Exhibition, Linda Thornton, Adrian Clamp
Inspired: Adrian Clamp's A Modern Metropolis


Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, says: "We're amazed by the entries to our open exhibition. We have such a brilliant range of works which really do celebrate the creative talents of our local community. We hope that visitors come to support this exhibition and enjoy the fantastic display."

Established in 1970, the Dudley Canal Trust was created to protect and preserve a spectacular network of underground canal tunnels carved beneath the region to mine the raw materials that powered industrial growth. Over 70,000 visitors each year are welcomed onto regular guided boat trips through the tunnels, accompanied by videos, lifelike reconstructions and music and
light shows.

Dudley Canal Trust Summer Open Exhibition, The Portal, Art Exhibition, Linda Thornton, Adrian Clamp
Venue: Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust's visitor centre, the Portal
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Why? Talented Midland artists show their work
When: Until September 18, 2017
Phone: 0121 557 6265
Where: The Waterside Gallery at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trustís visitor centre, the Portal, Birmingham New Road, DY1 4SB
Cost: Free
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