Wolverhampton artist Willard Wigan MBE is preparing to display his brand new micro-sculptures in a new exhibition in the city.
The internationally renowned artist, who is famous for creating the world’s smallest sculptures which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin, will be showcasing 21 of his miniature works at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
Running from Friday August 4 – Saturday October 28, the new collection will include new pieces alongside artworks that 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 Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Fred Hammond.
The showcase, which is Willard’s first exhibition in the city since 2015, will be displayed in the Museum of Jewellery Quarter’s new commercial gallery space in the Smith & Pepper Tea Room.
Having gained international acclaim for his works, Willard has been celebrated in the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as being awarded an MBE for services to art in 2007. As recognition of his success, he was also commissioned to replicate the Coronation Crown in celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee.
Willard has also designed a bear for The Big Sleuth that is currently on display in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which holds a secret that visitors will discover when they visit.
The exhibition will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 5pm. Entry, which includes a tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £8 for concessions. There will also be Willard Wigan exhibition only tickets available – costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £4 for concessions.