Alan Kane
4 Bed Detached Home of Metal

Alan Kane, Nature Morte - 3 patches x 668%
(The Neighbour of the Beast), 2019

Contemporary art collides with metal culture in this unique exhibition created by artist Alan Kane and commissioned as part of Home of Metal.

Alan has conceived of the spacious and elegant Floor 3 Galleries as a domestic environment, playfully confounding notions of public and private space and expectations of scale, purpose and value. Metal as material and “Metal” as a global cultural phenomenon interplay throughout this part-domestic and part-institutional space.


A Metal “Lounge” brings together a range of works by contemporary artists, some of whom are also metal fans. The Lounge is themed around M(m)etal with a domestic bent. Participating artists are Jeremy Deller, Una Hamilton Helle, Des Hughes, Jim Lambie,     Sarah Lucas, Jessica Mallock, Mike Nelson, Simon Periton, David Shrigley, Mark Titchner, Hayley Tompkins, Cathy Ward & Eric Wright and Charlie Woolley as well as Alan Kane himself who has created brand new sculptures, paintings and prints especially for the exhibition.


Midlands metal fans Kayleigh Archer, Samantha Hornsby, David Jolley, Millie Millburn, Bill Sneyd and Philip Walchester have worked with Alan and the Gallery team to create domestic-themed installations as part of the exhibition, celebrating their collections. These presentations evoke the spirit of Walsall’s renowned People’s Show’s of the 1990s and Alan Kane and Jeremy Deller’s Folk Archive of 2005 onwards, both of which celebrated everyday creativity.


Alan Kane’s 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal  is a celebration of passion, creativity and collaboration, bringing together the contemporary visual arts with the world of Heavy Metal music and culture.


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A limited edition tea towel (edition of 300), designed by Alan Kane, has been produced to accompany the exhibition. It is available for sale in the Gallery Shop for £9.




Home of Metal Closing Event

Saturday 31 August, 11am-4pm

11- 3pm – Jo Millburn and Craig Earp will be leading drop-in Mask-making workshops.

11-4pm  – Red Elizabeth metal make-up/face-painting on Floor 3.

3-4pm  – Performance by HAQ123 on Floor 3.


Please see our What’s On section for further information including events and activities for children and families.




Alan Kane 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal Exhibition Interview with subtitles