Autumn 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.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

Open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun 11am–5pm. (Closed Mon 16/10)
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • More Real than Life

    9 June – 24 September 2017

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

  • Claude Monet: Water Lily Pond

    1 August – 10 September 2017

    Impressionist icon on loan from the US.

  • Pride and Persecution

    27 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

    Masterpieces from UK, Europe & US by Dutch 17th-century genius Jan Steen, featuring Old Testament scenes.

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.

  • Faces of Peace & War

    21 September 2017 – 16 January 2018

    Works by the German photographer Käthe Buchler, taken during the First World War on the German home front.

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)
  • A White House on Paradise Street

    17 June – 19 August 2017

    Exhibition inspired by the city’s involvement in early photography.

  • Summer Camp

    21 – 25 August 2017


    Learn how to solder & code by making your own invention! 9–12 year olds.

  • Instructions for Humans Exhibition Preview

    12/09, 6pm.

  • Instructions for Humans

    13 September – 16 December 2017

    Group exhibition by UK and international net artists.

Centrala ArtLoft

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

Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 12–6pm

Centrala ArtLoft
  • Suspect Objects & Suspect Subjects

    1 – 13 October 2017

    Solo exhibition by Faisal Hussain exploring themes around islamophobia, racism and the portrayal of Muslims in mainstream media.


    See facebook or website for full programme details.


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

Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 12–6pm

  • Terra Firma Artist Talk & Exhibition Opening

    04/08, 5–6pm & 6–8pm.

  • Eastern Bloc Disco

    04/08, 8pm–late First Friday.

  • Terra Firma

    5 August – 16 September 2017

    Solo exhibition by Barbara Mihály.

  • View point

    23 September – 31 October 2017

    Solo Exhibition by Karina Marusinska. Exhibition Opening 22/09, 6–9pm.

  • Art Seminar

    23/09, 10–4pm.


    See website for programme details and events.

Devils Advocate

Centrala ArtLoft, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Tues-Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 12–6pm

Devils Advocate
  • Devils Advocate

    2 – 8 August 2017

    Group Exhibition. Selected artists: RJ Davis, Eden Calgie, Azadeh Sarjoughian, Leah Jefferson, Rachel Jones-Jones, Charlotte Audrey.

  • Opening Night



Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    4 August, 1 September & 6 October


    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

c/o 122 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS

Opening times and locations vary, see website for details.
Tel. 0121-771-1778

Eastside Projects
  • Policy Show

    From 15 September

    This Autumn Eastside Projects will transform into a think-tank, focussing on three policies on three different scales and led by artists Ciara Phillips, Rehana Zaman, Christian Nymapeta and Teresa Cisneros. Dates and locations vary. See our website for information, event details and opportunities to get involved.


Fierce Festival 2017

Locations and event times vary, see website for details

  • Fierce Festival 2017

    16 – 22 October 2017

    Fasten your seatbelts – Fierce is back! Expect an exhilarating line-up of international performance art, installations, talks and parties. 50+ events, 8 UK premieres and 6 world premieres.


FLUID Festival

Locations vary, see website/listings for details

Sat 23/09 2–11.30pm, Sun 24/09 12–3pm

  • FLUID @ Birmingham Town Hall

    23/09, 2–3pm.

    Composers discuss ‘What does Queer sound like?’

    Free, book via website.

  • FLUID @ Minerva Works

    23/09, 3–11.30pm.

    Performances in Vivid Projects, Stryx & Nicholson School of Dance. £15 advance, £20 on door.

  • FLUID @ Eden Bar

    24/09, 12–3pm.

    Performances in the marquee plus vegan Sunday brunch. Free & brunch £4.

Grand Union

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

Wed–Sat, 12–5pm.
Tel. 0121-643-9079

Grand Union
  • Pleasure is a Weapon

    1 September – 18 November 2017

    A solo exhibition by Susie Green.

  • Curating as Activism Workshop

    13 – 14 October 2017

    Led by Morgan Quaintance (booking essential via our website).

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.

  • Sheela Gowda

    16 June – 3 September 2017

    New installation by renowned Indian artist.

  • Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz

    13 September – 26 November 2017

    A British Museum Partnership Exhibition organised by Ikon.

  • Sofia Hultén

    13 September – 26 November 2017

    Film, photography and sculpture exploring the nature of time.

International New School

Unit 1, The Jubilee Centre, 130 Pershore Street, Digbeth, B5 6ND

International New School
  • See our facebook page or website for programme details.


    Crowd funding for an exciting new gallery, open access print facility and studios for small organisations, creative professionals and artists, open to general public, check out our crowd funder.

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 Hop Project

    9 September – 12 November 2017

    An historical exploration of hop pickers and hop production in the West Midlands. Opening event 25/10, 6–7.30pm.


  • Sally Payen: The Fence and the Shadow

    23 September – 26 November 2017

    New series of paintings exploring the women’s peace camps and anti-nuclear protests at Greenham Common. Preview 22/09, 6 – 8pm.

Ort Gallery

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

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

Ort Gallery
  • The Better Side of Wings: Ahmed Magare

    12 – 16 August 2017

    Exhibition engaging in conversations of racial identity, particularly exploring self-identity within the Somali migrant experience.

  • From Chibok to Calais: Eca Eps

    7 September – 11 November 2017

    Exhibition exploring displacement and survival and the chaos presented by conflict, migration and civic nationalism.

Parkside Gallery

The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Mon – Fri, 9am–7pm & Sat 9am–6pm (term-time only)

Parkside Gallery
  • Brummagem: Lost City Found

    18 September – 27 October 2017

    An exhibition presenting visual responses to the city including print and paper construction.

  • Architecture, Festival and the City

    13 November – 29 December 2017

    An exhibition forming the backdrop for a wider conference, including presentations through films, posters, photographs and pieces of art.

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, B3 1SA

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

RBSA Gallery
  • Brilliance in Birmingham

    Until 23/09

    A display of jewellery, ceramics, and textiles by designer-makers championing the range of creative talent within the City. Prices start at £6.

  • Metropolis: Sponsored by Maguire Jackson

    24 August – 30 September 2017

    An exhibition of original artwork to celebrate Birmingham’s status as the second largest metropolis.

Recent Activity

82 Floodgate Street, B5 5SP

Thurs–Sat, 12–5pm

Recent Activity
  • Nomadic Vitrine


    A solo presentation by James Parkinson.

  • France-Lise McGurn

    10 August – 15 September 2017

    A solo exhibition by France-Lise McGurn.


    See website for further programme details.

Research and Cultural Collections

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS

Mon – Fri, 9am–5pm

Research and Cultural Collections
  • Delta Field Grid: David Prentice

    4 August – 6 October 2017

    Presenting recently gifted works, this exhibition features large-scale 1970’s paintings exploring colour, space and line. Exhibition Launch 03/08.

  • Beyond the Battlefields

    20 October 2017 – 14 January 2018

    Works by German photographer Käthe Buchler alongside materials exploring the role of the University during WWI.

School of Art, Birmingham City University

School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

Open 02/09 – 07/09, Mon – Fri 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun 10–4pm.

School of Art, Birmingham City University
  • Margaret

    2 – 7 September 2017

    Exhibition Launch 01/09 5–8pm.

    Uniting students from the arts based masters disciplines for their end of year show the exhibition is set amongst the Gothic architecture of the School of Art and presents the artists and practitioners of tomorrow.



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

03/09–29/10 Thurs–Sat, 12–4pm.

  • Reception


    Photography show by Marcin Sz + Ian Jones. Curated by Komlaish Achall.

    Private View 6–9pm.

  • Un-Scene exhibition


    Duo collaboration by artists Rob Hamp & Halina Dominska.

    Private View 6–9 pm.

  • Performance night in conjunction with Fierce Festival


    Arma Agharta, Alex Billingham, Eothen Stearn.

    Private View 6–9pm.

Vivid Projects

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects
  • No Copyright Infringement Intended

    1 – 23 September 2017

    Group exhibition about copyright in the digital age.

  • Videotheque

    6 – 28 October 2017

    Rights Wot Rights? Weekly programme of activist print and video from a politically charged decade.

  • Museums at Night events

    26 – 28 October 2017

    Featuring Birmingham art collective REPEATOR.

The Wig

55 Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see website for details.

The Wig

    1 August – 31 October 2017

    Alex Billingham presents the final run of residencies of his curatorial takeover before November’s hibernation shutdown shindig.

    Please see website for associated events.

  • GESTALT Residency 3

    1 – 31 August 2017

    Nadine Paige-Riley

  • GESTALT Residency 4

    1 – 30 September 2017

    Lucy Harrington

  • GESTALT Residency 5

    1 – 31 October 2017

    Marit Cooper


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and event times vary, see website for details.

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