Autumn 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 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

    Unearthing coin hoards in the UK and abroad.

  • All the World’s A Stage

    5 June – 25 September 2016

    Elizabethan and Jacobean portrait paintings, prints and rare books of patrons and writers in Shakespeare’s circle.

  • Bellows & The Body:The Real, the Ideal & the Nude

    21 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

    George Bellows and the New York Ashcan school’s take on the human form.

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.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG

Wed–Sat, 12–5pm
Tel. 0121-643-5016

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
  • Art&Tech Social

    1 August – 31 October 2016

    Every second Tuesday 6–8.30pm, monthly socials for creative tech. All welcome. Free food and drink!

  • Justin Wiggan: Life Echo Preview

    25 October 2016, 6–8pm

  • Justin Wiggan: Life Echo

    26 October 2016 – 20 January 2017

    Explore a nest of therapeutic phonic memories.

  • Family Workshop

    28 October 2016

    Create family soundscapes that trigger happiness. Ages 7+.


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

Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 1–6pm

  • Weekly Family Art Workshops

    9 July – 3 September 2016

    Just drop in every Saturday, 2–4pm.

  • Kamil Tatara: Exodus Project

    15 July – 15 September 2016

    Solo exhibition by young Polish artist Kamil Tatara discussing migration and displacement, accompanied by a series of events and performances. See website for details.

  • Centrala Artloft

    1 August – 31 October 2016

    See website for details.

  • Suming Rupi

    3 August 2016, 8pm


    An evening of Taiwanese music.


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    5 August, 2 September, 7 October 2016, 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
  • Summer Camp 2016

    5 August 2016, 6–8pm

    Special Digbeth First Friday presentation of work by ESP members.

  • Production Show: Prototyping, Discovering, Analysing

    1 October – 10 December 2016

    With new work by Linda Brothwell, Alice Channer, Nicolas Deshayes, Des Hughes and Peter Nencini made with local jig makers, foundrymen, gunmakers, platers, ceramicists and data analysts.

    Public preview Friday 30 September, 6–8pm. See our website for full events programme.


Eye Candy

Location and opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Eye Candy 2016

    15 September – 6 October 2016

    Eye Candy returns with visual treats including Coffee & Candy - pop-up events in indie coffee shops and bars throughout the city, an Illustration and Art Fair on 01/10 at St Martin in the Bullring, and a host of masterclasses to get you up close and personal with your favourite artists, illustrators and makers.


    For full programme and dates see website.

Grand Union

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

Open Wed–Sat 12–5pm during exhibitions.
Tel. 0121-643-9079

Grand Union
  • Chthonic Reverb

    17 June – 5 August 2016

    Solo exhibition of new work by Laura Oldfield Ford.

  • Indoor/Outdoor

    2 September – 5 November 2016

    A two-part solo exhibition by Mitra Saboury, at Grand Union and Millennium Point, curated by Anneka French.

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

    1 August – 31 October 2016

    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.

  • Ria Hartley on ‘Making’

    10 August 2016


    Talk by artist Ria Hartley at Vivid Projects.

  • Helga Henry on ‘Funding’

    17 August 2016


    Talk by Birmingham Hippodrome Director of Organisational Development Helga Henry at Vivid Projects.

  • Homegrown@Vivid Projects

    9 September 2016

    The final performance of the Homegrown artist development project. At Vivid Projects.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

Tues–Sun 11am–5pm and bank holidays.
Tel. 0121-248-0708

Ikon Gallery
  • Jesse Bruton

    6 July – 11 September 2016

    Paintings by one of the founding artists of Ikon.

  • Kan Xuan

    6 July – 11 September 2016

    A selection of single screen video pieces.

  • Patrick Killoran – Observation Deck (Birmingham)

    6 July – 11 September 2016

    Horizontal viewing platform.

  • Pamela Scott Wilkie – Journey

    6 July – 11 September 2016

    Silkscreen prints inspired by journeys.

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
  • Common Culture Cabaret

    1 August – 11 September 2016

    Moving image work made in response to the unruly traditions of the popular culture.

  • Peter Kennard: Off Message

    24 September – 27 November 2016

    A thought provoking retrospective exhibition, showcasing his career, spanning over 40 years.

Office for Art, Design and Technology

MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

Opening times vary, see website/listings for details.

Office for Art, Design and Technology
  • Offset Weaving

    25 August 2016, 6–9pm

    Offset Weaving is a residency which started in May. During this event London based artist Stewart Easton will present and discuss his work-in-progress and Emily Roderick will make a digital performance exploring woven material using microscopes and code.

Parkside Gallery

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Parkside Gallery
  • BCU: A Year in Pictures

    6 June – 20 August 2016

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

  • Michael Balcon: Birmingham’s FIlm Knight

    12 September – 21 October 2016

    A look at the life and film career of Birmingham-born Sir Michael Balcon, one of the most influential UK film producers.

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
  • Next Wave

    21 September – 15 October 2016

    This biennial exhibition is designed to help support and promote emerging and early career artists.

  • Print Prize

    19 October – 12 November 2016

    Our biennial exhibition aims to champion the range of contemporary printmakers within the UK. The exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


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: Ruth Claxton

    August 2016

  • Nomadic Vitrine: Sam Curtis

    September 2016


    For full programme details please visit our website.

School of Art, Margaret Street

Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, B3 3BX

3 & 4 September 10am–4pm, 5–8 September 10am–5pm

School of Art, Margaret Street
  • Strange Attractors: Exhibition Launch

    2 September 2016, 5–8pm

  • Strange Attractors

    3 – 8 September 2016

    A diverse range of artwork from Arts Based Masters students at Margaret Street School of Art. Around the building, students show work from study and practice during full and part-time study.

School of Jewellery at The Waterhall

The Waterhall, Edmund Street, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

Sat–Thurs 10am–5pm, Fri 10.30am–5pm

School of Jewellery at The Waterhall
  • Boundless Boundaries: Exhibition Launch

    2 September 2016, 6–8pm

  • Boundless Boundaries

    3 – 15 September 2016, Sat–Thurs 10am–5pm, Fri 10.30am–5pm

    An international collective of Masters students in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products, showing a variety of works at the Waterhall Gallery.

Spectrum Fine Art & Graphic Materials

175 Corporation Street, B4 6RG

Mon–Sat 9am–5.30pm

Spectrum Fine Art & Graphic Materials
  • *Current Offers*

    1 August – 31 October 2016

    40% off RRP on Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic 60ml tubes and Maimeri Blu Superior Watercolour 15ml tubes. 35% off RRP Daler Rowney Georgian Oil Colour 75ml and 225ml tubes. Many more offers in store!


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

Opening times vary, see website for full programme details.

  • Short Circuit

    2 September – 29 October 2016

    Touring international group show of digital art curated by Aly Grimes. Exhibition launches with ‘Sonification Studies’ performance by Antonio Roberts.

  • Juneau Projects: Augmented Reality Workshop

    7 October 2016, 6.30–9.30pm

  • Dawson, Korupczynska and Stenton

    4 November 2016, 6.30–8.30pm

    A collaborative merging of sound and visual art.

Vivid Projects

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects

    9 September 2016

    Experimental performance night.


    16 – 17 September 2016

    Works and ephemera spanning 25 years of media arts.


    22 September 2016

    Robert Mapplethorpe pop-up event for Scalarama 2016.


    7 October – 5 November 2016

    Exhibition exploring the late, innovative Birmingham born artist.


    See website for full programme details.



Location and opening times vary, see website/listings for details.

  • Longbridge Light Festival: Shadow Factory

    22 October 2016, 6–10pm

    Longbridge town centre will be transformed through temporary and permanent light and art installations. The festival theme ‘Shadow Factory’ relates to the history of Longbridge, exploring and interpreting multiple social, physical and political narratives embedded within the past, present and future.

The Wig

55 Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see listings for details.

The Wig
  • Minervala Market

    6 August, 13 August, 20 August, 27 August 2016, 7–10pm

    Jonathan Graney and Dale Hipkiss bring Brum the ultimate post-apocalyptic trading outpost. Stay informed @MinervalaMarket.

  • 17 September 2016, 6–10pm

    An evening of manipulated experiences featuring spoken word, music and visual art curated by studio holder Mia Suhr.


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Workshop Birmingham connects artists, designers and makers with manufacturers, material suppliers and workshops. Visit our website to browse Make Works Birmingham, our online directory of local manufacturers and to find out about our programme of factory visits and practical workshops.