Willard Wigan MBE: In the Eye of the Needle
August 5 @ 11:00 am - October 28 @ 4:00 pm
This exhibition showcases twenty-one miniature works from Willard Wigan’s collection which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Many of the artworks have never been seen in Birmingham before, including the world’s smallest Pair of glasses on a pin head, Hatty Mcdaniels from Gone with the Wind, and Fred Hammond, the Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer. Alongside the new pieces, visitors will be able to see some of Wigan’s most popular sculptures which include Evolution (from ape to man), The Last Supper, Christ the Redeemer, Gold Galleon on a pinhead and the Guinness World Record holding sculpture Golden Voyage – a motorbike carved from specs of gold inside a hollowed out human hair. This showcase is Willard’s first exhibition in the city since displaying artworks at the Library of Birmingham in 2015. The micro sculptor, who is famous for sculpting the world’s smallest works of art, has been celebrated in the Guinness Book of World records, as well as being awarded an MBE for services to art.
Inspired to capture the attention and awe of his subject matter in the smallest and most microscopic of detail, Wigan imagines and creates a microscopic world that entices people to look closer.
Entry to the exhibition, including a tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £8 for concessions. Willard Wigan exhibition only tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2.50 for children. Pre-booking is available.