Winter 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.

Argentea Gallery

28 St Paul's Square, B3 1RB

Tues–Sat, 12–6pm

Argentea Gallery

    26 October – 18 November 2017


    Solo exhibition by Birmingham artist Tom Bird.  Working within tightly prescribed limits, Tom Bird has photographed the shutters of Birmingham’s extensive assortment of surviving Victorian and 20th century industrial buildings.  Recalling the work of the Abstract Expressionists, the result is a series of large-scale geometric abstractions that focus the attention on form, colour, scale and composition.

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
  • Excavating Empire

    10 October 2017 – 18 March 2018

    Byzantine gold, silver and bronze coins.

  • Kollwitz and Contemporaries

    22 October 2017 – 14 January 2018

    German Graphic Art by Dix, Grosz, Beckman and Klinger.

  • Pride and Persecution

    27 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

    Dramatic Old Testament scenes by Dutch Golden Age genius Jan Steen.

  • Tales from History

    27 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

    Prints and drawings by Rembrandt and pupils.

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
  • Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

    2 December 2017 – 15 April 2018


    A ground-breaking exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales. The exhibition will feature over 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists who explore gender, sexuality and identity.

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)
  • Instructions For Humans

    Until 16/12

    Exhibition exploring art in times of mass surveillance.

  • Art & Tech Social

    Dates TBC

    Monthly workshop with Artists & Microsoft Researchers.

  • STEAM Workshops

    04, 11 & 18/11 & 02/12, 12–4pm

    Fun workshops inspired by engineering and art with Juneau Projects. 7yrs +


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

Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 12–6pm

  • Behind the Curtain Film Festival

    1 – 11 November 2017

  • Anna Molska in conversation with Stuart Whipps and Ralf Kirsten’s film Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life

    2 November, 6pm

  • Queer Archives Institute (QAI)

    10 November – 31 December 2017

    Exhibition by Karol Radziszewski.

  • Queer Archives from Europe

    10 November

    Art seminar.

  • Kisieland

    11 November, 6pm

    Film & artist talk.



    See website for other events


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    3 November, 1 December


    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 Public Meeting #3: Unspoken policies of education

    1 December, 2–5pm


    Eastside Projects has transformed into a think-tank, focusing on three policies on three different scales and led by artists Teresa Cisneros, Christian Nymapeta, Ciara Phillips and Rehana Zaman. All are invited to contribute.


    See our website for booking details and for info on our full events programme.

Friction Arts/The Edge

79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH & 'The Wedge' Pershore Street, B5 6UN

Opening times vary, see website for details

Friction Arts/The Edge
  • Everything Must Go

    1 November 2017 – 28 February 2018

    Exhibition of the last days of Brum’s historic Wholesale Markets @ ‘The Wedge’, B5 6UN.

  • Art Club

    Free visual arts workshops for people aged 8–18.

  • Digbeth First Fridays

    Non-mainstream activities for the adventurous.


    Various one off events and exhibitions – see website for programme details.

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.

  • Notes on Communication: VOZ RARA

    A programme of events by curators-in-residence exploring voice and communication. Various dates and times, see our website for details.

Harris Moore Fine Art Supplies & Framing

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

Mon–Fri 9.30am–5pm, Sat 9.30am–1.30pm

Harris Moore Fine Art Supplies & Framing
  • Artists canvases and stretcher bars, professional painting supplies and picture framing.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

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

Ikon Gallery
  • Thomas Bock

    6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018

    Drawings, paintings and photographs by convict artist Thomas Bock (c.1793–1855).

  • Edmund Clark: In Place of Hate

    6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018

    Exhibition of work produced in response to Edmund’s residency at HM Prison Grendon.

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
  • Matthew Murray: Saddleworth Moor 

    18 November 2017 – 21 January 2018

    Responding to a landscape – a series of landscape images, challenging preconceived ideas about the moor, from Birmingham based photographer.


  • Playback

    7 – 24 January 2018

    An interactive exhibition of short films.

Open Wide (Birmingham Dental Hospital exhibition space)

5 Mill Pool Way, B5 7EG (sat nav B5 7SA)

Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Open Wide (Birmingham Dental Hospital exhibition space)
  • Caught in a Trap

    13 September 2017 – 10 January 2018

    An art exhibition about white blood cells by Josefine Hirshfeld.

  • Caught in a Trap Workshop

    26 October, 2–5pm

    Free art workshop.

  • Slime Cities

    15 January – 16 April 2018

    An art exhibition about bacteria by Sarah Kuehne and Elin Thomas.

  • Slime Cities Launch

    15 January

    Free opening event.

Ort Gallery

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

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

Ort Gallery
  • Eca Eps: From Chibok to Calais

    Until 11 November

    Solo Exhibition about the displacement of people.

  • DIY Zine & Tote Bag Printmaking Workshop

    11 November, 1–2.30pm


    Family friendly workshop with SHOUT Festival.

  • UTSAV Festival

    25 November – 8 December 2017

    Launch 24/11, 6-8pm. More info on website.

  • Karen McLean

    18 January – 3 February 2018

    Solo exhibition about superstition and religion in the Caribbean.

Parkside Gallery

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

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

Parkside Gallery
  • Architecture, Festival and the City

    13 November – 29 December 2017

    An exhibition in association with the Architectural Humanities Research Association.

  • Timm Sonnenschein

    15 January – 24 February 2018

    A solo exhibition of photography.

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, B3 1SA

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

RBSA Gallery
  • Equivalent 8

    30 October – 18 November 2017

    A showcase of abstract and semi-abstract sculptures, paintings, and drawings by 8 RBSA artists.

  • Colour and Form: William Gear (1915-1997)

    1 – 18 November 2017

    An exploration of William Gear’s work and his key role in developing abstract art.

  • StArt

    30 December 2017 – 10 February 2018

    Original artwork by RBSA artists all priced at £300 and under!

Recent Activity

82 Floodgate Street, B5 5SP

Thurs–Sat, 12–5pm

Recent Activity
  • Felt Tip

    6 October – 18 November 2017

    Solo exhibition by Tom Worsfold.

    See website for further programme details.


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

Wed–Sat, 12–4pm

  • Holders Show

    1 – 9 December 2017

    Group Exhibition by Stryx Studio Holders, curated by Asuf Ishaq.

  • Holders Show Private View

    1 December, 6–9pm

  • Open Studios Closing Event

    9 December, 12–5pm

Vittoria Street Gallery

School of Jewellery, 82–86 Vittoria Street, B13PA

Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm

Vittoria Street Gallery
  • British Art Medals

    30 October – 17 November 2017

    National student medal project.

  • Ambiguous Implements

    27 November – 15 December 2017

    A touring show re-thinking familiar objects.

  • Jo Pond

    8 January – 2 February 2018

    Solo show.

Vivid Projects

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects
  • Jamal Harewood: The Privileged

    3 November, 7–9pm

    Visit website to book.

  • Slap In The Face: Twiggy Birmingham

    10 – 18 November 2017

    In association with SHOUT 17

  • Rights Wot Rights?

    22 – 25 November 2017

    Interdisciplinary collective REPEATOR explore an archive of Birmingham workers campaigns. Part of Being Human 2017.

  • SYN

    1 December, 7–9pm

    New work from Grace A Williams & Priya Saujani.

The Wig

55 Great Tindal Street, Ladywood, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see website for details.

The Wig
  • GESTALT Residency: Marcus Keating

    1 – 23 November 2017

    See facebook page for details.

  • Blood & Bandages

    24 November, 7pm–late

    Our FINAL party. The Wig invites you to its barbershop before it heads into hibernation, gets a full restyle and re-opens it’s doors in 2018. This will be our last ever event as The Wig.


    25 November 2017 – 31 January 2018


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and event times vary, see website for details.

  • Site Visit: We Spray Anything

    25 November, 12–2pm


    Artists, designers, creative makers. Find out all about spray painting techniques and new materials on this site visit to WeSprayAnything in Bromsgrove. Advance booking is essential.


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