The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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A middle class designed city with no style - Arthur Dooley pulls no punches in Birmingham.
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For the Liverpool born artist Arthur Dooley a 1971 visit to the city of Birmingham with its bustling ring-road and what he calls "filing cabinets in the sky" is not a time to celebrate modernism but a chance to castigate the architects and celebrate the neglected talents of the working class. The "streets should belong to the people" he contends and, as he joins the pedestrians forced into dimly lit walkways, you have to agree with him.
Arthur Dooley was best known for creating sculptures in both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals in Liverpool. In 1972 he presented a television view of his own beloved city of Liverpool called One Pair of Eyes, which again cast him as the voice of the common people against the worst excesses of post-war city planning.