EVENT18.03.2023 / 2.00pm3.15pm

Stuart Whipps – Plum Pudding: Boot House

Performance Reading and in-conversation

Artist Stuart Whipps presents Plum Pudding: Boot House at Perry Common Library, 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. The performance is followed by an in-conversation between the artist and Jo Capper, Collaborative Programme Director, Grand Union.

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

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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.

Jo Capper is an artist, educator and Curator she currently works at Grand Union as their Collaborative Programme Director and initiated the Collaborative Programme The Growing Project – A community Led Growing Project .  She is a founding member of Bearwood Pantry, a community food activist group and currently sits on the Board of Bearwood Hub which is working towards a newly imagined community space.

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.

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This event takes place at Perry Common Library

Free, suggested donation £5

Wheelchair accessible

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For additional access enquiries please contact learning@ikon-gallery.org

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

On-road parking is available on Hawthorn Road, B44 0HH.

The number 7 bus stops near Perry Common Library which departs from Snow Hill in Birmingham city centre.

The number 907 bus stops near Perry Common Library which departs from Dale End in Birmingham city centre.

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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