Lucy McLauchlan: Vessels in Vain

15 May 2013 – 29 Sep 2013

Event times

Wed - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 3pm

Cost of entry

Free entry

The Public

West Bromwich, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Located within a few minutes walk of West Bromwich Bus Station and West Bromwich Central Metro Station
  • Nearest train station: Sandwell & Dudley

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Lucy McLauchlan is a contemporary artist from Birmingham. She is part of Beat 13 a collective of artists and musicians based in the city who have been active since around 1999.


Highly influenced by her hometown and its dynamic between industrial history, brutalist architecture and untouched countryside, she makes painted environments. These, in contrast to Birmingham's vibrant counter-culture usually more associated with heavy metal, portray flowing post-psychedelic forms that cover walls and ceilings to create environments that can include a wide assortment of found objects like drum kits or kitsch exotica incorporated into the overall design. McLauchlan's work frequently features recurring motifs that she paints with little or no preparation, executed almost entirely in black and white often using markers and pens with indian ink that allow her to act quickly and to draw in series of flowing marks that once made cannot be undone or covered over. This handmade approach to her work is something that she maintains in opposition to the highly technological techniques of contemporary graphics. McLauchlan's site specific murals and improvised paintings are organic and delicately intuitive appearing on public buildings, water towers, breast moulds, riot shields, doorways, driftwood and even a Rolls Royce. IMAGE: A collection of used medicinal bottles and containers from the work 'Vessels in Vain' - an assortment of discarded refuse / everyday modern waste. Thank you to D&P Waste in West Bromwich. Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm Sunday, 11am - 3pm * During the school holidays we will be open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 11am - 3pm on Sunday.

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