Spring 2018

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.
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • The Artist in Art

    19 January – 13 May 2018

    The creative mind in drawings and prints, featuring Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Dyck, Rodin and Picasso.

  • The Rhythm of Light

    16 February – 13 May 2018

    Dazzling early 20th-century Scottish Colourist paintings from the Fleming Collection.

  • Working in Colour

    23 February – 10 June 2018

    400 years of colour printmaking by Gillray, Turner, Ernst, Lear et al.

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 exploring gender, sexuality and identity. Artists include Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Linder, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Richard Hamilton, Gillian Wearing and Vanley Burke.

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.


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

Tuesday – Friday 11–6pm, Saturday 12–6pm.

  • Public Preview

    2 February, 6–8pm.

    All are welcome to come along and celebrate the exhibition launch.


    See website for full events programme.

  • Ground Control

    3 February – 31 March 2018

    Exhibition by Bucharest based artists Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan.


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

    • See website for programme 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
  • Our gallery is currently closed for renovation. Please visit our website for details of offsite projects and events.


The Old Wig, 55 Great Tindal Street, Birmingham, B16 8DR

Opening times vary, see website/listings for details.

  • Failbetter Launch Show

    10 – 16 February 2018

    Group exhibition of existing studio holders to celebrate the relaunch of The Wig as Failbetter.

  • Failbetter Residencies: Libby Cuffley


    The first of this years artist residencies.


    Please see our website for details of public events and full 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

    Performance/installation celebrating our Wholesale Markets, see website for details.

  • Art Club

    Free visual arts workshops for people aged 8–18.

  • Wholesale Memory

    21 January – 8 April 2018

    Exhibition at Library of Birmingham about our markets, work from Nita Newman, Dan Burwood and more.


    See website for details of one off events and exhibitions.

Grand Union

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

Wed–Sat, 12–5pm.
Tel. 0121-643-9079

Grand Union
  • Deeper in the Pyramid

    2 February – 21 April 2018

    Solo exhibition by Melanie Jackson.


    February – May

    A series of events organised by Anna Santomauro and Valerio del Baglivo, see website for details.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

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

Ikon Gallery
  • Thomas Bock

    Until 11 March

    Drawings, paintings and photographs.

  • Edmund Clark: In place of Hate

    Until 11 March

    Photography, video and installation.

  • Langlands & Bell Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe

    21 March – 10 June 2018

    Sculpture and installation.


  • Rie Nakajima Cyclic

    21 March – 3 June 2018

    Sculpture, sound and performance.

The Lombard Method

68a Lombard Street, Digbeth, B12 0QR

Opening times vary.

The Lombard Method
  • See website for programme details.

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)
  • Slime Cities

    15 January – 16 April 2018

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

  • Light Fantastic

    25 April – 20 June 2018

    Exhibition exploring the use of light therapy.

Ort Gallery

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

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

Ort Gallery

    18 January – 3 March 2018

    Solo exhibition about superstition and religion in the Caribbean.

  • Artist Talk

    21 February, 6pm.

  • Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath: Janet Mendelsohn

    10 March – 28 April 2018

    Photographs of Balsall Heath in the 60’s.

  • Exhibition Opening

    10 March, 2pm.

  • Kieran Connell Talk

    17 March

Parkside Gallery

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

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

Parkside Gallery
  • Timm Sonnenschein: Division, Resistance & Empowerment

    15 January – 24 February 2018

    An exhibition of documentary photography.

  • The History of Asian Youth Culture

    5 – 30 March 2018

    Charting the history of British South Asian youth culture.

  • Flatpack Film Festival: Art Lab

    9 – 28 April 2018

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, B3 1SA

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

RBSA Gallery
  • Open All Media Exhibition 2018

    1 – 31 March 2018

    Our annual show of artwork by a variety of artists working in different media, subjects and styles.

  • Hilary Paynter Solo Exhibition

    4 – 21 April 2018

    New large-scale wood engraving, collages, and significant prints from a lifetime’s work by renowned printmaker Hilary Paynter, Hon RBSA.

Recent Activity

82 Floodgate Street, B5 5SP

Thurs–Sat, 12–5pm

Recent Activity
  • See website for programme details.


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

Wed–Sat, 12–4pm

  • ‘…we don’t talk anymore’ 

    6 April, 6–9pm.

    Residency closing event.

  • Francesco Polazzi

    2 – 16 March 2018

    Solo exhibition.

  • ‘…we don’t talk anymore’

    18 March – 15 April 2018

    Residency by Dan Auluk.


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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

  • See website for programme details.

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, B15 2TT

Opening times vary, see website for details.

University of Birmingham
  • Arts & Science Festival

    12 – 18 March 2018

    A week-long celebration of ideas, research, culture and collaboration. The 2018 festival is themed ‘Stop/Start’ and brings together artists, thinkers and scientists in a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events across campus and beyond.


    See website for programme details.

Vittoria Street Gallery

School of Jewellery, 82–86 Vittoria Street, B13PA

Monday – Friday, 10am–4pm.

Vittoria Street Gallery
  • In the Loupe 2

    26 February – 9 March 2018

    School of Jewellery staff show.

  • Subterranea

    21 March – 9 April 2018

    Curated artist show.

Vivid Projects

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

Opening times vary, see website for details.

Vivid Projects
  • Treeline

    1 December 2017 – 3 February 2018

    Art and change adaptation through biomimicry.

  • Black Hole Club

    2 March, 6–8pm.

    Introducing the 2018 artist cohort.

  • THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN by Femme Feral (Phoebe Patey Ferguson)

    6 April

    Performance. See website to book.

  • Live Archive

    13 – 21 April 2018

    Progressive artist film and video spanning five decades.


Workshop Birmingham

Locations and event times vary, see website for details.


  • 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.