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9th May 2024


Johnny Vegas has collaborated with the esteemed Wirral artist Emma Rodgers with a joint exhibition titled “Metamorphosis.”

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Both artists have presented two-dimensional pieces as well as sculptures in bronze, clay, and 3D printing, all unified by the theme of flight. Inspired by the collections at the Walker, they explore the concept of ‘metamorphosis’—a transformation that can be either mental or physical—through their creations.


One of Johnny’s artworks featured angels perched on metal RSJs, which provided a contrasting finish that completed the display. However, the RSJs were too heavy. Johnny reached out to Acres to create replicas of the RSJs from a thinner, lighter material, with the condition that they retained the same industrial appearance as the original pieces.

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Johnny visited Acres on two occasions to communicate his requirements. After a number of variants testing out different thickness of material the perfect balance of weight vs aesthetics vs functionality was found!  Johnny even joined in with the team during the final manufacture. Johnny described Acres as “the best kept secret” commenting that “metal work is too small a word. They can fabricate anything and have ‘metal ninja’s’ around every corner”.

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Luke Parker, Managing Director at Acres Engineering commented ‘we are proud that Johnny selected Acres to work with on this important project so close to his heart. Johnny was really impressed with our facilities, our craftsmanship and most importantly our team. It was great to see Johnny getting so involved and engaged, but that didn’t stop us from having a lot of fun along the way. We look forward to working with Johnny in the future on bigger projects – watch this space!”.

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The exhibition at the Walker will be open from April 30, 2024, to March 31, 2025. Additionally, a selling exhibition will take place at the Bluecoat Display Centre, starting Wednesday, May 3, and concluding on Saturday, June 15.


Check out our Press Release here.


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