Summer 2017

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
  • Veg Growers Exchange

    13 May 2017, 2–5pm

    Join other growing addicts to exchange surplus plants and seeds, share your knowledge and ask questions.

  • Sufficient

    5 – 13 May 2017

    An exhibition of photographs by Ming De Nasty that plot her personal growing year during 2016 as part of a wider project in which she documented the experiences of urban growers in Birmingham.

Argentea Gallery

28 St Paul's Square, B3 1RB

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Argentea Gallery
  • Data Soliloquies

    11 May – 10 June 2017

    Solo exhibition by Martin John Callanan.

  • W:E

    20 July – 26 August 2017

    Solo exhibition by Samin Ahmadzadeh.
    See website for details.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

Open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun 11am–5pm. (Closed 19/06)
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Tumbleweed

    24 February – 4 June 2017

    Original Hannah Honeywill sculpture prompted by historic picture frames.

  • Works of Mercy

    7 April – 21 May 2017

    Attilio Fiumarella’s dramatic photographs of street people inspired by Caravaggio. 

  • More Real than Life

    9 June – 24 September 2017

    Early studio portrait photography, featuring celebrities from Oscar Wilde to Queen Victoria.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

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

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • I Want! I Want! Art & Technology

    1 April – 1 October 2017

    Works from the Arts Council Collection spanning the last 20 years, featuring artists who have been influenced by the rapid development of technology. Works tackle a range of themes such as human relationships and behavior, surveillance and the habits of modern society.

Birmingham Printmakers

Unit 312 Jubilee Centre, 130 Pershore Street, B5 6ND

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Birmingham Printmakers
  • See website for programme details.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG

Wed–Sat, 12–5pm
Tel. 0121-643-5016

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
  • Genecraft: Art in the biogenetic age

    Until 13 May 2017

    ‘Living’ artworks by Laurie Ramsell & Gina Czarnecki.

  • Opening Event

    16 June 2017, 5–6.30pm

  • A White House on Paradise Street

    17 June – 2 September 2017

    Exhibition inspired by the city’s involvement in early photography by Jo Gane, Leon Trimble and Pete James.

  • Open Rights Group Meet Up

    26 June & 24 July 2017

    Campaign group focusing on digital rights.

  • Artist Talk

    27 June 2017, 12–1.30pm


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

Tues–Thurs 11am–6pm, Fri 11am–11pm, Sat 12pm–11pm

  • poetryartexchange (Romania/UK)

    18 April – 3 June 2017

    Sound and visual installation.

  • From Romania with Love

    22 April 2017, 4–6pm

    Live poetry and discussion.

  • First Friday

    2nd June

    Poetry Performance by artists and late viewing of exhibition.

  • Seminar

    3 June 2017, 12pm–4pm

    Transnational poetry and artists’ seminar and discussion.


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    5 May, 2 June & 7 July 2017, 6 'til 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: Artists House

    20 May – 15 July 2017

    Featuring works by Heather & Ivan Morison, Laura Aldridge, Alice Gale-Feeny, Honor Gavin & Theatrum Mundi, Liam Gillick, Jasleen Kaur and Hardeep Pandhal.

  • the conditions we’ve set up for ourselves

    20 May – 15 July 2017

    Solo exhibition by Alice Gale-Feeny


    Visit our website for full events programme

Grand Union

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

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

Grand Union
  • The Dutch Window

    5 April – 22 July 2017

    Solo exhibition by Seecum Cheung. Free lunches and discussions throughout check website for details.

  • Curatorial Curriculum Session One

    28 – 29 April 2017

    Curating Performance led by Susan Gibb.

  • Curatorial Curriculum Session Two

    26 – 27 May 2017

    Curating as Publishing led by Tom Clark.


Home for Waifs and Strays

Locations and opening times vary.

  • Live Art Cinema

    25 May 2017, 7–10pm



    A night of cinematic performance in partnership with The Magic Cinema.


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

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

Ikon Gallery
  • Sidney Nolan

    10 June – 3 September 2017

    Rarely seen spray painted portraits of famous people by one of the most important Australian artists of the 20th Century.

  • Sheela Gowda

    16 June – 3 September 2017

    New installation by renowned Indian artist inspired by her experience of Ikon Gallery and ideas and observations informed by living in Bangalore.

Jewellery Quarter Open Studios

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 10am–4pm

Jewellery Quarter Open Studios
  • 29 – 30 July 2017

    Jewellery Quarter makers, artists, galleries and small manufacturers invite you to “come see what we do”. Meet the makers and see how Birmingham is still the City of 1000 Trades.


    Opening times vary – check our website for details of individual venues.

mac birmingham

Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

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

mac birmingham
  • Here and Now

    Until 4 June 2017

    First major exhibition of contemporary tapestry from across the globe.

  • ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer

    27 May – 10 September 2017

    Acclaimed international artist showcases a range of pieces, depicting recurring themes of power, war, sex and money.

    Preview 26/05, 6–8pm free, booking required.

Ort Gallery

500–504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH

Tues–Sat,12am–5pm during exhibition times.

Ort Gallery
  • Schwarmerei Members Show

    11 May – 8 July 2017

    Group Exhibition by Ort Gallery Members.

  • Schwarmerei Members Show Opening Event

    11 May, 6–8pm

Parkside Gallery

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Parkside Gallery
  • Cabinets of Costume

    9 May – 2 June 2017

    An exhibition presenting costumes from the University archive from the 1800’s.

  • Inspired Festival

    10 – 23 June 2017

    A celebration of this year’s graduates in the form of exhibitions, music, theatre performances and more.

    For more details check

  • One Year On

    12 – 30 June 2017

    An exhibition of graduate work from 2016.

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 2017

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

  • New Curators: Sculpture

    8 – 18 June 2017

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

  • Summer Workshops

    18 July – 20 August 2017

    Select from a variety of practical art workshops, ranging from 1 to 3 days long.

Recent Activity

82 Floodgate Street, B5 5SP

Thurs–Sat, 12–5pm

Recent Activity
  • The Dark Away

    21 April – 27 May 2017

    Solo exhibition by Kira Freije.

  • Jack Lavender

    15 June – 21 July 2017

    A solo exhibition by Jack Lavender.


First Floor Gallery, Centrala, Minerva Works, B5 5RT

Mon-Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 1pm–6pm

  • FLUX

    2 – 10 June 2017

    Room7’s debut exhibition brings together new work from contemporary artists Mark Houghton, James Lomax, Anna Parker and Zoe Robertson. The exhibition explores the boundaries of the body and the space it moves within.

  • FLUX Digbeth First Friday

    2 June 2017, from 6pm

    Includes a one-off performance by Zoe Robertson.

Rope Press

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

Open Mon-Thurs by appointment

Rope Press
  • See our Facebook page or website for programme details.


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

03/09–29/10 Thurs–Sat, 12–4pm.

  • SLOW COOKER: SOUPptIV Artist Residency

    5 May 2017, 6–8pm

    Introducing the artists: Ian Andrews, Hannah Taylor + Emily Scarrott, Tom Kilby, Amy McLelland, Frederic Hubble.

  • Curated Open Studios

    2 June 2017, 6–8pm 

  • Culmination Exhibition Opening

    7 July 2017, 6–8pm 

  • Culmination

    Wed-Sat, 12–4pm

    Exhibition open.


498–500 Moseley Road, Balsall Health, B12 9AH

Opening times vary, see website for 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
  • Dot.Art

    5 – 27 May 2017

    Exhibition and events exploring the internet as medium and site for art. 1990 to now.

  • Transmission

    2 – 4 June 2017

    Grab a radio and tune in to the Black Hole Club.

  • Digbeth Delights

    16 – 17 June 2017

    Live coding and visuals for Supersonic.

  • Superceded

    30 June – 7 July 2017

    Exhibition exploring technological obsolescence.

The Wig

55 Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see listings for details.

The Wig
  • The Wicker Man

    1 May 2017, 6–10.30pm

    Our Mayday celebrations, a screening of the 1970’s Cinematic CLASSIC. Film starts at 6.30pm prompt followed by:

  • Hail The Queen Of The May!

    1 May 2017, 8.30pm

    See in the sunset at our Mayday Shindig. Animal Costumes Encouraged. Dressing up box available to all attendees.

  • Residency: Kate Spence

    1 May – 30 June 2017


  • Residency: Dan Auluk

    1 June – 31 July 2017



Workshop Birmingham

Locations and opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Visit our website for details of factory visits and practical workshops and to browse Make Works Birmingham our growing directory of materials suppliers, workshops and manufacturers in and around Birmingham.