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West Midlands Open

I am delighted to announce that I am exhibiting in the #WestMidlandsOpen This opportunity to celebrate the quality and diversity of the visual arts across the region will take place at The New Art Gallery Walsall, 20 May - 25 September 2022 (Preview Thursday 19 May, 6 - 8pm).

Works were accepted from West Midlands-based artists, artists currently studying in the region and those who have studied in the region within the last 10 years. Works were selected by Skinder Hundal MBE (@skinderhundal), Director of Arts, @britishcouncil, West Midlands-based artists Maryam Wahid (@maryamwb) and Nilupa Yasmin (@nilupayasmin_), as well as a panel of Gallery staff led by Director Stephen Snoddy (@snoddy.stephen).


Discover the full list of artists via the link in @thenewartgallerywalsall bio.


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Artwork description:
mum started out as a portrait of my mother when she was 30 years old. Initially in charcoal. I did not feel I was capturing her, except her penetrating eyes, her gaze does not falter. As I worked I was becoming angry about Covid and the restrictions. I felt I was losing precious time when who knows how much longer I will have. I hate wearing masks and in anger I wiped out the mouth as I felt we were not being heard or seen. The elderly were being wiped out again. This image has a slight resemblance to The Queen and on reflection I have always felt that she is gagged not free to speak her mind. 

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    Acrylic on canvas

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My goal is two continue making art as long as I can in the hope that one day I can show my work at Pangolin Gallery London

Sarah Fortes Mayer

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