EVENT18.03.2023 / 2.00pm3.15pm

Stuart Whipps

Plum Pudding: Boot House

Artist Stuart Whipps presents Plum Pudding: Boot House, a collection of stories that centre around three modernist buildings in the West Midlands – Whipps’ family home in Perry Common, Birmingham Central Library and the Wolverhampton School of Art.

I learnt to read by reciting words from used tobacco tins in our family home on Enderby Road but it was in the library at Perry Common that I withdrew my first book. Our house, the eponymous boot house of the title of this event, was demolished in the dying days of the twentieth century but the library remains and hosts a reading of a text I’ve written in response to Ikon’s exhibition Horror in the Modernist Block – Stuart Whipps

About the artist

Stuart Whipps is an artist based in Birmingham. He often makes work about things he doesn’t understand and doesn’t know how to do. Recently this included restoring a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers, training to make geological thin sections at the University of Birmingham, and propagating begonias at West Dean in Sussex.

This event is organised to coincide with Ikon’s exhibition Horror in the Modernist Block.

Horror in the Modernist Block is supported by Fluxus Art Projects, Embassy of the Netherlands, Freelands FoundationItalian Cultural Institute and The Modern Institute.

Event Date

Saturday 18 March 2023

Event Details

This event takes place at Perry Common Library

Free, suggested donation £5

Wheelchair accessible

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A British Sign Language interpreter can be provided. Please contact us at least 10 working days in advance of the event to request a BSL interpreter


Perry Common Library

Perry Common Library, College Road, Birmingham B44 0HH

Image Credits
1. Stuart Whipps. Image courtesy of the artist. 2. Stuart Whipps, Enderby Road, Perry Common (2006). Scan of medium format contact sheet. Image courtesy of the artist.


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