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The red-bricked Victorian gothic building

in central Birmingham that houses the

Fine Art department of BCU is the 

Hogwarts of the Midlands.  It cost

£21,254 in 1893, and the structure is said

to be Birmingham architect  J.H. 

Chamberlain's masterpiece.  Ian Emes, an 

animator and film director from Handsworth,

known for his work with Pink Floyd, is an

ex-student, as is Harry Eccleston, an artist

from Coseley,who became the first full-time

artist for English bank notes for the Bank 

of England.  David Prentice, an artist from

Solihull, has produced artwork for the

Department of Metallurgy and Materials at

the University of Birmingham, where

Chris worked in surface research. Prentice

taught at Margaret Street for a number of years.  

Prentice has lived and worked in 

Malvern, Worcestershire, since1990 and

frequently paints views of the Malvern


Inspired by the hand-made nails of the Industrial Revolution,

Chris produced Another Nail in the Wall as part of a Level 4

sculpture option. 

Another Nail in the Wall 



wood and metal

nail 110 x 22 cm

metal plate 50 x 50 cm

BCU BA Fine Art 2010-13

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