Willard Wigan: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition (April 2019)

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Dr Willard Wigan MBE, the world’s leading micro-sculptor, is to bring a new exhibition to Sutton Coldfield Town Hall next Easter.

His pieces of art, some smaller than a full stop in a newspaper, cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are presented in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin and displayed under specially constructed microscopes. His work has been shown all over the world, with his exhibitions bringing in crowds of visitors of all ages, as his work needs to be seen to be believed. 

‘Willard Wigan Through The Looking Glass’ is to be held in April at the charity trust venue and is a joint project with the Town Hall and the local community.  

Willard, who holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest sculptures, is creating a new Alice in Wonderland micro-sculpture for the exhibition. “Alice has always been my passion and favourite character because she shrinks”, he said. “I sculpted her in the eye of a needle with the mad hatter years ago, but this time she will be on her own and much more detailed. People will be in for a BIG surprise and they won’t believe their eyes.” 

“Willard is the ultimate expert in making sculptures shrink, just like Alice in the story” says the Town Hall’s Julie Rennison, who is developing the project with the Birmingham based artist. “We’ll also be hosting the family show ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in our theatre in the Easter holidays and the idea is to bring the town together with an Wonderland theme.” 

The exhibition, containing around 20 sculptures, will be open to the public and school groups from 1st April and through the school holidays until 26th April. 

 Willard, who has a permanent exhibition at The Broadway Museum in the Cotswolds, has been visiting The Town Hall to plan the project.

More details will be available later in the year, and companies wanting to get involved in the town events should contact Julie at the Town Hall on 0121 296 9543.