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“Good exhibitions, but some disappointing aspects”

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
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Owner description: With its family friendly displays and interactives, Wolverhampton Art Gallery can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.See permanent displays dedicated to key periods in history alongside regularly changing exhibitions that embrace painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, multi-media, and more. From grand paintings by 18th century greats, to thought provoking contemporary pieces, there’s always something new to discover.Relax in the laid-back setting of the Art Gallery Cafe, with its delicious menu, ranges of speciality loose-leaf teas and fresh coffee, and discover a treasure trove of crafts, cards and jewellery in the gallery shop.
Reviewed 6 June 2017

A group of our My Style participants got the opportunity to visit the Wolverhampton Art Gallery on 30th May for a Discover in a Day trip. The lego art exhibition Brick Wonders was available to visit as well as a selection of other free exhibits. There were also children's activities in one of the upstairs rooms. We asked the young people to write some reviews on their experiences, and they were all excellent so we thought we would share them with you.

The variety of exhibitions available appealed to all the young people who visited. One young person found the Robert Perry exhibition to be the most inspiring. Several commented on how much they enjoyed the Sensing Sculpture exhibition. One young person told us that their favourite exhibition was Brick Wonders:
"My favourite piece was making Niagara Falls. This was my favourite piece because its natural lego and I love natural lego."

The exhibitions all came with detailed explanations, which really helped understanding the pieces of art. Many had audio descriptions that accompanied them, but a few of them were broken. This felt odd and one young person commented that they thought that the AV equipment should have been fixed in time for the holidays.

There was some confusion over areas that were free to access. Some of the participants found a collection of dressing up clothes in the Georgian room, but were approached by a member of staff who told them that they had to pay to be in that room. This was frustrating as there were no signs to indicate this so they decided to move on.

A pretty good day out, but between the broken equipment and the confusion over the dressing up there are things that could be done to make things even better. The Robert Perry exhibition is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance, and if you pay to go into Brick Wonders that is also a great exhibition. The tactile nature of the Sensing Sculpture exhibition was very popular with all our participants.

Thank WiP16
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

We've been here a number of times and particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibitions. The automatum exhibition was good but sadly the "brick" exhibition had to be paid for. This hadn't been mentioned on the website and left us disappointed.

Thank Jim T
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

A beautiful Victorian art gallery in the heart of Wolverhampton. I was delighted to visit at the time the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition was on - truly stunning paintings I had not seen before. There was also an exhibition by local craftmakers which was very interesting. Best of all, it's free. Would appeal to children too.

Thank lorrainese22
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

The museum is quite small, but has a good selection of exhibitions, which are constantly changing.

There are plenty of interactive displays for young children as well as a well stocked gift shop.

The staff are lovely and very helpful.

Well worth a visit. Currently there is a brilliant exhibition about automata and visitors can turn the handles and watch the clockwork models move. Brilliant for kids.

Also easy to get to, right in the heart of the city with good transport links.

Thank louise j
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

I visited the current exhibition of mechanical sculptures and automata, "A Curious Turn", yesterday, What a superb experience! Even though I went on my own, it was a lot of fun and very interesting too. I am an artist and school technician and appreciated both the artistic and quirky, ingenious, mechanical aspects of the whole thing; I also gained a lot of inspiration for ideas to take back to school and use with some of our pupils, especially those who struggle to understand how simple mechanical things work. There are very good working models that you can have a go at and see how different cams, levers and other things work and you can operate most of the beautifully made exhibits too. I saw a group of primary school children near the end of their visit there and they were bursting with enthusiasm and wonder! As an older child in my 50s I was too!
This gallery has a good range of exhibitions through the year, including art from local community projects and from the 'golden age' of Wolverhampton's prestigious School of Art. It also has a good collection of more unusual Pop Art. The staff are helpful and the cafe is a very pleasant place to get either a drink and cake or a meal. Children are well catered for here too. The displays are thought provoking but there is also a sense of umpretensious humour present that you don't always find in art galleries. Recommended.

Thank Ping P
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