Marvel/DC comic book illustrator John McCrea and celebrated image-maker Chris Keenan have collaborated with Birmingham-based Friction Artsand a Sandwell youth group to produce a knock-out contemporary video installation that reveals the personalities of eight extraordinary young people.
Returning to The Public by popular demand, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary imagination of eight talented individuals with autism from the Windmill Young People’s Centre, offering a fascinating insight into the ‘superpowers’ of these often misunderstood young people.
Facilitated by Sandra Hall and Simon Walker, Friction Arts worked with Sandwell Youth Services (SEND) for over nine months, hosting a series of workshops in which the group developed their own ‘Super Hero’ themes. Fusing animation and film, the exhibition celebrates their unconventional and liberated approach to the world.
The finished work includes an over-sized, three-screen video projection along with original images drawn by John McCrea of each young person who took part. Animator and media artist Babis Alexiadis captured the art process to produce a documentary film to accompany the piece.
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Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
*Open daily throughout the school holidays (23 July - 31 August)