Summer 2016

On this week (check for opening times) *Roaming venue (not on map)

The Art Map lists only some of the exhibitions and events on offer. For full programme details visit individual websites.

A3 Project Space

2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Opening times vary, see website for details.

A3 Project Space
  • Goodbye Wittgenstein

    25 July – 5 August 2016

    A series of interventions in public spaces by artist group qujOchÖ that include a residency at BOM and an event at Digbeth First Friday. Part of an international exchange between artists from Linz and Birmingham curated by Trevor Pitt (UK) and Thomas Philipp (Austria). See website for full details.


The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

Open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Buried Treasures

    6 May 2016 – 27 February 2017

    The excitement of unearthing coin hoards in the UK & abroad.

  • All the World’s a Stage

    5 June – 15 May 2016

    The Court, Patrons & Writers in Shakespeare’s Circle – Elizabethan & Jacobean portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, plus prints & rare books. Please see our website for tours, talks, workshops, concerts & other events.



Birmingham City University

Locations and opening times vary, see website for full programme details.

  • Inspired Festival

    11 – 26 June 2016

    A two week festival showcasing student work within arts, design & media. Venues across the city, check website for details.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

Open Mon–Thu 10am–5pm, Fri 10.30am–5pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

    28 May – 4 September 2016

    Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s last self-portrait takes centre stage in this striking exhibition exploring the concepts of physical and metaphorical turning in portraiture. This is the first ever exhibition curated by internationally renowned artist, John Stezaker.

Birmingham Printmakers

90 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR

Opening times vary. Please see our website for details.

Birmingham Printmakers
  • A diverse range of printmaking workshops are on offer. See website for details.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG

Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm
Tel. 0121-643-5016

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
  • Ingenious and Fearless Companions

    1 April – 11 June 2016

    Exhibition by HAB science & art collective exploring microscopic life at the edge of space.

  • Open Rights Group

    Third Wednesday of the month 6.30-8.30pm.

    Meet up for those interested in open source culture and online rights.

  • Open Code

    Every Tuesday 6-9pm.

    Open session for folks who program and those who want to learn.


Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Tuesday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 1pm-6pm

  • a-eight

    20 April – 31 May 2016

    Group exhibition of young and emerging Eastern and Central European artists.

    See website for full programme details.

Clipping the Church

St Barnabas Church, High St, Erdington B23 6SY

Saturday 11 June, 3-6pm

Clipping the Church
  • Clipping the Church

    Saturday 11 June, 3-6pm

    Tereza Buskova will adorn a Birmingham Church with ornate baked bread and encircle it with a living garland of people.


    Sign up at to join the artist in this re-enactment of a forgotten English tradition!


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    6th May, 3rd June, 1st July, 6pm-late.

    Time to try something new! Spend an evening exploring extraordinary culture, art, food and music across Digbeth. With so many organisations, venues and independents involved, what’s on and where changes each time, so check our website for details.

Eastside Projects

86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth B9 4AR

Open Wed–Sat 12–5pm
Tel. 0121-771-1778

Eastside Projects
  • Production Show

    29 April – 16 July 2016

    Taking ‘the artist and the engineer’ as a modus operandi, ‘Production Show’ is an evolving programme of relationships, commissions, exhibitions and events which explodes Eastside Projects as an active space of research, development, prototyping, manufacturing and display. For full details please visit our website.

Grand Union

19 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Open Wednesday - Saturday 12-5pm during exhibitions.
Tel. 0121-643-9079

Grand Union
  • Prem Sahib: Grand Union

    21 April – 3 June 2016

    Solo exhibition of new work by Prem Sahib, exploring queer space and physical encounters.

  • Laura Oldfield Ford

    17 June – 5 August 2016

    Solo exhibition of new work by Laura Oldfield Ford, following her residency at Grand Union in 2015.

Harris Moore Fine Art Supplies & Framing

12 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RT

Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm.

Harris Moore Fine Art Supplies & Framing
  • 1 May – 31 July 2016

    *10% Student Discount & 3 for 2 on All System 3 Acrylics and Georgian Oil Paints*

    Professional Art Supplies; Made to Measure Canvases & Stretcher Bars; Fabrics by the Metre; Bespoke Picture Framing for all types of Artwork and Textiles; Paper, Board and Mounts Cut to Size; Canvas Print and Artwork Stretching.


Home for Waifs and Strays

Locations and opening times vary.

  • Homegrown

    9 May – 9 September 2016

    Artist development programme with performances and talks open to the public. See website for more details.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

Tuesday - Sunday 11am -5pm and bank holidays
Tel. 0121-248-0708

Ikon Gallery
  • Dan Flavin: It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else

    13 April – 26 June 2016

    Ikon presents a major exhibition of fluorescent light works by Dan Flavin (1933–1996), one of the most important post-war American artists.


Jewellery Quarter Open Studios

Various locations, see website for details.

  • Jewellery Quarter Open Studios

    23 & 24 July, 10.30am–5pm

    Ever wondered what happens behind all of those closed doors in the Jewellery Quarter? Over the weekend makers, designers, heritage venues, galleries and much more open their doors and invite you in. Come and see what we do!

The Lombard Method

68a Lombard Street, Digbeth, B12 0QR

Opening times vary.

The Lombard Method
  • See website for programme details.

mac birmingham

Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

Opening times vary, see website for details
Tel. 0121-446-3232

mac birmingham
  • Barbara Walker: Shock & Awe

    23 April – 3 July 2016

    A major new commission of large scale drawings highlighting the contribution of black servicemen and women from 1914 to the present day.

  • Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical and 11 Drypoints

    23 April – 19 June 2016

    Two collections of etchings and drypoints illustrating the artist’s deepest thoughts and memories.



Locations and opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Shift 1: Claire Hickey

    2 – 19 May 2016


  • Shift 2: Laura Burns

    20 – 24 May 2016


  • Shift 3: Sarah Taylor-Silverwood

    25 May – 8 June 2016

    Balsall Heath.

  • Shift 4: Emily Warner

    9 – 26 June 2016

    Balsall Heath>Digbeth.

    See website for full details.

Parkside Gallery

City Centre Campus, Parkside Gallery, The Parkside Building, Cardigan Street, B4 7BD

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Parkside Gallery
  • Is There Anyone Out There?

    2 – 27 May 2016

    An archive exhibition exploring the alternative music scene in late 80’s Birmingham.

  • BCU: A Year In Pictures

    6 June – 30 July 2016

    A visual review looking back at Birmingham City University’s academic year 2015–16.

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, B3 1SA

Open Mon–Fri, 10.30am–5.30pm, Sat 10.30am–5pm, Sun 1pm–5pm
Tel. 0121-236-4353

RBSA Gallery
  • Prize

    4 May – 4 June 2016

    With a £1,000 top prize, this annual exhibition attracts talent from across the UK.

  • New Curators: Sculpture

    8 – 18 June 2016

    An exhibition of sculpture and 3D forms selected by volunteers on the RBSA’s New Curators scheme.

  • Summer Workshops

    18 July – 20 August 2016

    Select from a variety of practical art workshops, ranging from one to three days long.


Recent Activity

Nomadic Vitrine invites artists to respond to a display case, which is placed in various locations around Birmingham. For dates and full programme details please visit our website.

  • Nomadic Vitrine: Susie Green


  • Nomadic Vitrine: Jack Brindley


  • Nomadic Vitrine: Ruth Claxton


Rope Press

The Jubilee Centre (Unit 108), 130 Pershore Street, Digbeth, B5 6ND

Monday - Thursday. Visit by appointment only.

Rope Press
  • Summer School + Art Book camp

    1 May – 31 July 2016

    A jam packed season of exciting new workshops focused on affordable skill learning and accessibility. Including risography + zine + book making!


    Art Book Camp Max 8 people. Tickets start at only £8 each.

    Check our website for dates and bookings.

School of Art, Margaret Street

Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, B3 3BX

Opening times vary, see listings or website for details.

School of Art, Margaret Street
  • Ellipsis

    Tues 14–Thurs 16 June, 10am-6pm, Fri 17 June, 10am–5pm, Sat 18–Sun 19 June, 10am–4pm.


    Graduate Show of work by third year BA (hons) Fine Art students, curated by Yvonne Hindle.

  • Ellipsis: Private View


    All are welcome, refreshments will be available. More information about the exhibition and artists can be found on our website or social media.

Spectrum Fine Art & Graphic Materials

175 Corporation Street, B4 6RG

Mon-Sat 9am–5.30pm

Spectrum Fine Art & Graphic Materials
  • 1 May – 31 July 2016

    *Exclusive Birmingham Art Map Offer*

    10% off RRP on Daler Rowney Cartridge Pads. 10% off RRP on Roberson “Charles” Oil Paint tubes (loose stock). Quote “Artmapoffer9” to receive discount. Valid 01/05/2016–31/07/2016. T&C’s apply. Not available in conjunction with other discounts.


13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Opening times vary. See website for full programme details.

  • Soup Residencies: Part III – Interdisciplinary Practices

    6 May 2016, 6-8pm

    Introductory exhibition of residency artists; Megan de Greef, Johnny Gordon, Raquel Macartney, Chuma Martin, Duncan Poulton and Gavin Rogers.

  • Soup

    3 June 2016

    Curated open studios.

  • Soup

    1 July 2016, 6-8pm

    Residency artists’ exhibition.


University of Birmingham

Locations and opening times vary, see website for full programme details.

    • See website for programme details

Vivid Projects

16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects

    6 May

    Film screenings


    7 – 21 May 2016

    Post-Punk exhibition and events – see website for full details.

    Launch for Digbeth First Friday, 6 May, featuring a live set from filmmaker John Bradburn aka Ferric Lux, 7–7.30pm


    19 May, 7–9pm

    Film screening & talk at Birmingham City University’s, Parkside building.


    3 June

    Bowie night with Black Hole Club.


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Workshop: An Introduction to 3D scanning and printing

    Saturday 14 & Monday 16 May


    Please visit our website for full event details and to browse ‘Make Works Birmingham’ our online directory of materials suppliers, workshops and manufacturers aimed at artists, designers, architects and other creative makers.