Black Country Echoes Festival presents: The Making of Mordor

20 Sep 2014 – 17 Jan 2015

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Monday — Saturday: 10am — 5pm

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom


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  • The Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Wolverhampton, 5 minutes walk from the bus, train and tram stations.
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‘Mordor' conjures images of a charred wasteland exploited for its resources. This exhibition explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien's depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home. Alongside images from Tolkien's sketchbooks, signed first editions of his novels and iconic illustrations by concept artist Ted Nasmith, The Making of Mordor features works by other 20th century writers and artists who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and artist Euripides Altintzoglou, along with an indoor forest by internationally-acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson.


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