In association Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Arts Council and the University of Wolverhampton, I was asked to produce work celebrating and reflecting on the manufacturing and industrial heritage of the Black Country. The attached images were taken at the Handicare factory in Kingswinford. Handicare are a global manufacturer of mobility aids for disabled and elderly people. They have been in business since the 1980’s and have previously been associated with other companies such as Sunrise Medical and Minivator. The work focuses on the production of their stairlifts depicting the manufacturing processes and the tools they use to create their products. Tools for designing, measuring, drilling and bending are in use today just as they were in the last century. The chain from the past is linked to the present, continuing the legacy of the Black Country industry. Tools are an integral part of the manufacturing industry and history shows they played an important role during the shaping of the Black Country. And now they continue to play this role, breathing life into new businesses; creating jobs and wealth for the country.
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