Between the Hammer and the Anvil

A special free night event celebrating the Black Country as the Home of Metal, that will include live metal music by the Gentlemans Pistols, screenings of metal music related films from the region, workshops, tours of the Mark Titchner BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION exhibition, Silent Heavy Metal Disco presented by The Flying Sound Co and much more! Not to be missed! Just come along!


As part of a special knees-up taking over the gallery for the night we’ve put together Patch Jacket, a collage of clips and shorts exploring the full spectrum of metal devotion.


The event is presented as part of Home of Metal, a celebration of the music that was born in the Black Country and Birmingham.  Created and produced by Capsule, the project brings people together to share their passion and to explore Heavy Metal through exhibitions, film screenings, live events, a conference and family friendly activities.  Four decades since Heavy Metal was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world, Home of Metal honours a truly global musical phenomenon.


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Launched in June this year, the Home of Metal 2011 summer programme has seen thirteen high‐profile heavy metal‐inspired exhibitions take place across Birmingham and the Black Country, including shows at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and a solo exhibition from former Turner Prize‐nominee Mark Titchner. Now, the summer’s activity culminates in the Home of Metal Weekender, which will take over the region from 1‐4 September.

The weekend is bursting with events all inspired by Heavy Metal and its unique birthplace. Highlights from the weekend include an international heavy metal conference, featuring some of the world’s leading academics and ‘metallectuals’, and a touring film programme Metal on Film, which will celebrate the genre’s celluloid highlight. Metal on Film will also provide an opportunity to see beautiful footage of the industries that helped shape metal’s sound in the Vintage Mobile Cinema, a beautifully restored picture‐palace on wheels which was commissioned in the 60s to tour factories around the UK.


Photo courtesy of The Flying Sound Company