Spring 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
  • See website for programme details.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

Open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm (Closed 13/02 & 14/04)
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Excavating Empire

    Until 18/03/18

    Byzantine coins.

  • Two Figures in a Room

    10 February – 26 March 2017

    Major Francis Bacon painting on loan.

  • 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 inspired by Caravaggio & Catholic acts of mercy.

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
  • Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates the Arts Council Collection

    26 November 2016 – 12 February 2017

    Ryan Gander curates works from the Arts Council Collection.

  • I Want! I Want! Art & Technology

    1 April – 1 October 2017

    Works from the Arts Council Collection spanning the last 20 years show how artists have navigated and contributed to a social, cultural and technological revolution.

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

    08/02, 07/03 & 11/04. 6–8.30pm.

    Monthly workshops for creative tech. All welcome. Free food & drink!

  • Genecraft: Preview

    21 February, 6–8pm.

  • Genecraft: Art in the biogenetic age

    22 February – 13 May 2017

    New ‘living’ artworks by artists Laurie Ramsell and Gina Czarnecki.

  • Genecraft: Biohack

    29 – 30 April 2017

    A two day event exploring art & genetics. For more info, please see our website.


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

Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 1–6pm

  • Seventeen

    27 January – 25 March 2017

    Olga Grotova, Nika Neelova, Yelena Popova. Group exhibition by female Russian artists.

  • Seventeen: Exhibition launch

    27 January, 6–8pm.

  • Post-Paradise (4)

    27 January, 8pm.


    Experimental composition series.

  • poetryartexchange

    5 April – 3 June 2017

    Eastern European poetry exhibition.


    See website for additional events.


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • 3 February, 3 March & 7 April, 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: Building, Developing, Testing

    28 January – 22 April 2017

    Evolving group exhibition.

  • A Nightmare on BAME Street

    28 January – 22 April 2017

    Animation and knitting by Glasgow based Hardeep Pandhal.

  • Sonia Boyce: Performances

    17 February & 7 April, 6.30pm.

    Live improvised performances.


    For details and full events programme please visit our website.


Flatpack Festival

Locations and opening times vary see website for details


  • Flatpack Film Festival

    4 – 9 April 2017

    Flatpack will rise again. See website for programme details.

Friction Arts

The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Opening times vary, see website for details
Tel. 0121-772-6160

Friction Arts
  • Events including Digbeth First Friday and a free visual arts club for 8-16's. This Spring we will be focusing on the soon-to-be-demolished Wholesale Market, its history and people –with exhibitions at the Edge, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the market itself. See website for details.

Grand Union

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

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

Grand Union
  • Hand and Mind

    3 February – 25 March 2017

    An exhibition and series of performances in search of the link between speech and gesture. Curated by Vanessa Boni, featuring artists, writers and choreographers. Check website for various events and performances.


Home for Waifs and Strays

Locations and opening times vary.


  • See website for full programme details.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

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

Ikon Gallery
  • Roger Hiorns

    7 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

    Through the transformation of materials and objects, Roger Hiorns’ exhibition focuses on various aspects of modern life.

  • Jean Painlevé

    15 March – 4 June 2017

    First UK exhibition of work by pioneering 20th Century French filmmaker.

  • Oliver Beer

    15 March – 4 June 2017

    Mixed media installations by award winning emerging artist.

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
  • The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands: BEYOND THE DOOR

    13 January – 26 March 2017

    Artwork, writing and music from secure settings in the West Midlands, including prisons and hospitals, curated by young people from Walsall Youth Service.

  • New Art West Midlands 2017

    17 February – 14 May 2017

    A showcase of new graduate work from the region’s art schools.

Ort Gallery

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

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

Ort Gallery
  • Kristina Cranfeld In this perfect British landscape…

    16 February – 8 April 2017

    Exhibition of surreal works that query identity and citizenship.

Parkside Gallery

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Parkside Gallery
  • All Because of You

    26 January – 24 February 2017

    A photographic exploration of the cultural history and present practices of the Northern Soul scene in the Midlands.

  • Made in the Middle

    6 March – 29 April 2017

    An exhibition showcasing the best contemporary crafts from the Midlands. A touring exhibition by Craftspace.

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
  • Photographic Prize

    16 February – 11 March 2017

    First launched in 2015, this exhibition celebrates photographic artwork by emerging and established photographers.

  • Open all Media

    16 March – 8 April 2017

    Our annual show of artwork by a variety of artists from across the region working in a different media, subjects, and styles. All artwork is for sale.


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.


  • Recent Activity will be launching a new project space in Spring 2017. For details of forthcoming programme please see our website.

Rope Press

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

Monday - Thursday. Visit by appointment only.

Rope Press
  • After Work Club

    Tuesdays, 6–8.30pm

    A free creative club to work on your own projects.

  • Risograph Workshops

    Wednesdays, 7–10pm.

    Discover how risography works.

  • Open Days

    4 February & 1 April, 11am.

    Visit and learn more about us and our projects.


    See website for details of book launches and other events.


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

03/09–29/10 Thurs–Sat, 12–4pm.

  • #sorrynotsorry

    3 – 11 February 2017

    An exhibition of politically charged performances by Matthew Springer, Ed Wakefield, Tasos Stamou and Daniel Salisbury.

  • Distracted Anecdote

    3 – 11 March 2017

    An exhibition by Martin Green and guests.

  • Seize Projects

    7 April, 6–9pm

    Slice Vol.1 exhibition: Seize Projects, curated by Emma McKinney

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Opening times vary, see website for details.

University of Birmingham
  • Arts & Science Festival

    13 – 19 March 2017

    The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival is a week-long celebration of ideas, research, culture and collaboration.  The 2017 festival is themed ‘land and water’ and brings together artists, thinkers and scientists in a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events across campus and beyond.

Vivid Projects

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects
  • Gestalt

    3 February, 6–8pm

    Performance event for Digbeth First Friday.

  • Black Hole Club

    3 March, 6–8pm.

    Introducing the artist collective for 2017. Part of Digbeth First Friday.

  • Dot.Art

    7 – 28 April 2017

    Exhibition and events curated by Office for Art, Design and Technology focusing on the internet as medium and site for art from 1990 to now.

The Wig

55 Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see listings for details.

The Wig
  • Green Shoots

    11 – 19 February 2017

    Group Exhibition of current and previous Wig Studio Holders.

  • Green Shoots: Private View

    11 February, 6–9pm

  • the path of the sun

    21 – 26 March 2017

    Solo exhibition by Mia Suhr.

  • the path of the sun: Private View

    21 March, 7pm.


    See Facebook Page for further programme details.


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and opening times vary, see website for details.


  • Factory Visit: Ash & Lacy

    22 February, 2–3.30pm


    Visit the factory floor and discover what metal perforating, expanding and turret punching offers creative makers.


    To see our full events programme, book a ticket or explore Make Works Birmingham, our Directory of materials suppliers, manufacturers & workshops, please visit our website.

  • Workshop: Making with Glass

    18 March, 10–4.30pm


    Introduction to working with glass, with glass blower Charlotte Hughes Martin.