Artwork showcased online through digital exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

An art collection featuring work from Black Country artists has been showcased in a digital exhibition.

The Sea by Edwin Butler Bayliss. Photo: Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery made the call so people can see the paintings while it is closed amid coronairus.

To the Sea features a selection of pieces which will help residents escape to the coast from their home.

Councillor Harman Banger, cabinet member for city economy at Wolverhampton Council, said: "We understand that art is an escape for most so I am glad to see that we are working in a new way to ensure our collection is still reaching those who have an interest in art.

"We recognise our visitors are missing our cultural venues but we hope that through our digital platforms we can still inspire people and make art accessible.

"Over recent months many of us have had to change our holiday plans, so we hope this selection of artwork will help people escape to the coast – virtually at least."

The exhibition features work from Edwin Butler Bayliss and Bilston-born painter William Harold Dudley.

Mr Dudley's art developed at a time when the influence of French Impressionism, Newlyn School of artists, and the plein air technique drawing painters to the ocean.

He made several visits to Polperro, Cornwell, depicting the village's coastline in a piece which firmed a collection at Bilston Gallery.


The pieces, including some rarely-seen works, will feature alongside Bayliss – known as the Poet Painter of the Black Country.

Others works include maritime studies by renowned Cornish painter Alfred Wallis and Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth.

To view the collection visit

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