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Robert Clayton - Estate

  • Library of Birmingham Centenary Square, Broad Street Birmingham B1 2ND (map)

Spotlight in Foyer: Free Entry

L A Noble Gallery in partnership with The Library of Birmingham and GRAIN photography hub are delighted to present this exhibition.

All works in the series are available for purchase as limited edition c-type prints from L A Noble Gallery only. For further information please contact us by clicking on this link.


Shot twenty five years ago on the Lion Farm Estate, in Oldbury, West Midland Clayton’s Estate captures life on a housing estate in the early 1990’s. The works on display masterfully exhibit the real lives of those living there in the 1990’s alongside an appreciation of the architecture that surrounds them. This insightful glimpse into the past also reveals its relevance today as social housing in the UK erodes still further as the welfare state and the ideology that created such places has been worn down by greed and gentrification. Taken from his book of the same name this exhibition is perfectly placed to serve the public as a tacit reminder of the need for social housing.


Quotes about Estate:


The strength of Clayton’s vision and his work’s usefulness (and poignancy) are founded in its balance. What is special about Estate is Clayton’s humane rendering of it as a time capsule that emphasises ordinariness. This was how it was for millions of people in the early ‘90s. Jonathan Meades – artist, filmmaker & writer

The photographs themselves are so beautifully framed and composed, creating a rather epic feel to these everyday moments. Anyone with an interest in postwar British social history, modernist architecture or street photography should really enjoy ‘Estate’. John Grindrod – Concreteopia author 

Estate book available

Limited Edition of 750 copies Works are taken from his new limited phonebook Estate – published by Stay Free Publishing priced £35 + p&p – containing sixty seven colour plates and essays by Jonathan Meades and Laura Noble. It is available for sale at the Library and is also available from several outlets in the UK. To order online please go to

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