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Arts and crafts in West Midlands

West Midlands (including Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton)It has a population of around 2,700,000 and covers approximately 90,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.

County flag of West MidlandsThe term West Midlands is used to describe both the county, which was established in 1974, and the larger region of which it forms a part, which can be confusing. The county of the West Midlands has within it seven metropolitan boroughs, which are Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell, along with the cities of Coventry, Wolverhampton and the largest Birmingham. Since Medieval times the area produced textiles and metalwork and the industrial revolution led to the growth of manufacturing industries, which also helped to support graphic design, product design and printing businesses. Performing arts venues in West Midlands include Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton and the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham is a venue for a wide range of events, including concerts and trade shows which attract audiences from across the UK and overseas.

During the Victorian period, the Birmingham School of Art and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists played an important role in the Arts and Crafts movement and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. During the 20th century, local artists were prominent in surrealism, abstract art, pop art and photo-realism and a number of Turner Prize winners were born in Birmingham. Work created by the artist David Cox, who was born in the city in 1783 and died there in 1859, represents an early form of impressionism and examples of his work can be seen in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The museum and gallery has many thousands of exhibits, including paintings by other renowned artists from the 14th to 21st centuries, as well as ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and artefacts of local historical interest. Other attractions in West Midlands include the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Back to Backs, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Bantock House Museum in Wolverhampton, the Pen Museum in Birmingham, Coventry Cathedral, Aston Hall and Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Institches Design

Institches Design

Walsall, West Midlands

From greetings cards to box frames and hanging hoops amongst other things home. Each ...

Bonificata Steampunk Designs

Bonificata Steampunk Designs

Birmingham, West Midlands

Bonificata is a small family-run business with a workshop based in the West Midlands. ...

ScoobandCo

ScoobandCo

Walsall, West Midlands

We are scoob and co - we make handmade dog accessories. Bandanas and bow ties.

Judes Toy Box

Judes Toy Box

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

I am a nursery teacher and day nursery owner who has diversified to start a toy store. ...

Woven Wonders

Woven Wonders

Oldbury, West Midlands

Handmade crochet plushies, we make various animals such as cows and pigs, dinosaurs and ...

Lindsey B images

Lindsey B images

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

I am an award winning photographer based in the West Midlands in the UK. I sell professionally ...

Hiren

Hiren

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

My name is Hiren and Im the founder of Arashiyama. Working as a practising doctor in ...

Charls Melts

Charls Melts

Birmingham, West Midlands

My name is Charlotte, and I have recently started my own Wax Melt business, selling homemade ...

Elaine Farmer Mosaics

Elaine Farmer Mosaics

Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Elaines mosaic creations are hand made using vitreous and iridescent glass tiles, mirror ...

Manor Crafts

Manor Crafts

Birmingham, West Midlands

Manor Crafts offers a range of bespoke crafts made to order for a special present and ...

Peebs portraits

Peebs portraits

Brierley Hill, West Midlands

Successfully sold many pet and family portraits..working from photographs...using acrylic ...

KN Crafts

KN Crafts

Birmingham, West Midlands

Handmade and hand finished cards, gift tags and small gifts. Cards for any occassion, ...

African Arts and Crafts

African Arts and Crafts

Bromsgrove, West Midlands

We offer a variety of crafts made in Zimbabwe. All our arts and crafts are made by orphans. ...

Nosterfield Crafts

Nosterfield Crafts

Coventry, West Midlands

John makes from his garage most wooden products including wood turned pens, clocks, candle ...

Greetings cards for all occasions

Greetings cards for all occasions

Moseley Birmingham, West Midlands

My company name is Truck Art by Uzmah Naz, l am the founder of the company, all my products ...

The Art Of Fluer

The Art Of Fluer

Streethay, West Midlands

Resin art with preserved and dried flowers Candle holders, body sculptures, frames and ...

Pompoms and crafts galore

Pompoms and crafts galore

Wolves, West Midlands

I make pompom crafts such as wreaths and bouquets, as well as flower arrangements, wax ...

Bespoke By Bennett

Bespoke By Bennett

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Everything made by hand is a unique piece including home items and decor, jewellery, ...

Dobbys Creations Limite

Dobbys Creations Limite

Solihull, West Midlands

We specialise in 3D Printing currently focusing on Animal Busts Faux Taxidermy. From ...

Pure Luxx

Pure Luxx

Walsall, West Midlands

Hi, my name is sonia , the past year and half I have been working really hard in creating ...

Pelsall Keepsake Pens

Pelsall Keepsake Pens

Walsall, West Midlands

I turn unique, high quality keepsake from a variety of materials, from scrap wood to ...

Dahkeiy Jewellery

Dahkeiy Jewellery

Walsall, West Midlands

An intricate, well crafted item of jewellery is a work of art and a pleasure to behold. ...

Seetoyx Magnetic birthday cards

Exhibitor

Coventry, West Midlands

Our brand started with a simple idea - to make birthday cards that were not only unique ...

Judi

Exhibitor

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I make both beaded and semi precious jewellery, all pieces are different. I sell at craft ...

Christines Crafts

Exhibitor

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Various crafts often enhanced bought items aquired from charity shops etc and further ...


Robert Radford Welch

(Born 1929 in Hereford in West Midlands), Silversmith

Welch trained as a silversmith in Birmingham but was influenced by the modernism of Scandinavian designs and created clean and functional designs.

Edward Coley Burne Jones

(Born 1833 in Birmingham in West Midlands), Pottery and ceramics, Jewellery, Painting, Stained glass

Burne-Jones was a major player in the revival of stained glass in Briton, during his time with and as a founder of Morris, Marshal, Faulkner and co.

Benjamin Williams Leader

(Born 1831 in Worcester in West Midlands), Painting

Benjamin Williams Leader, English artist, was known for his landscape paintings.

William Moore

(Born 1790 in Birmingham in West Midlands), Painting

He was a well known portrait painter in his own right and the father of Henry Moore and Albert Joseph Moore. He took up portrait painting in around 1810, when he was about 20 years old. He gained a good reputation and some success in London before moving to York. He worked in oils, pastels and watercolours.

Matthew Boulton

(Born 1728 in Birmingham in West Midlands), Silversmith

Matthew Boulton was a renowned English silversmith and manufacturer. He co-owned the Soho Manufactory in Birmingham, which produced a range of luxury goods including silverware. Boulton was known for his innovative designs and technical skill, and his work is highly prized by collectors today.