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Photographs by Richard Billingham, Brian Griffin, John Bulmer and Peter Donnelly showing the industrial and cultural heritage of England’s Black Country are on show in Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Light House as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival.

Showing art and writing as well as photography, the festival aims to explore how the Black Country’s industrial past shaped JRR Tolkien’s writing in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery exhibition, and to display the region’s rich photographic history from the 1960s-90s in the Light House show.

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Encompassing 25 venues spread across Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich, Bilston, Sandwell and Dudley, the festival will also include cinema screenings, a classic car show and The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliasson – an installation representing the forest cut down to make Mordor.

Black Country Echoes Festival is open from 20 September to 17 January 2015.

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Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is a freelance journalist who contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, The Calvert Journal, Aperture, FOAM, IMA, Aesthetica and Apollo Magazine. Prior to going freelance, she wrote and edited at BJP for 15 years. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy