Amelia’s Magazine | The Making of Mordor at Black Country Echoes Festival

Category: Art

Wadsworth_ In the Black Country
Wadsworth, In the Black Country.

Mordor conjured images of a charred wasteland exploited for its resources. The Making of Mordor exhibition at Black Country Echoes Festival explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien’s depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home.

Empire Marketing Board poster
Empire Marketing Board poster.

Alongside images from Tolkien’s sketchbooks, signed first editions of his novels and iconic illustrations by concept artist Ted Nasmith, The Making of Mordor features works by other 20th century writers and artists who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and artist Euripides Altintzoglou, along with an indoor forest by internationally-acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson.

Richard Billingham, Black Country Night
Richard Billingham, Black Country Night.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm