Autumn 2019

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.


1464 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2BL

Opening times vary, see website for details.

  • See website for events and exhibitions programme


    Artefact is a co operative led art gallery and event space in Stirchley. A community focused workspace, they also function as a cafe and bar. 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 09/09 – 04/10 for maintenance)
Tel. 0121-414-7333

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • A Tale of Two Empires

    10 May – 15 March 2019

    Rome & Persia coins and seals display.

  • The Mughals

    11 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

    Indian miniatures, prints &coins display.

  • Truly Bright & Memorable

    25 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

    Renaissance altarpieces exhibition.

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
  • Home of Metal

    26 June – 29 September 2019


    A major exhibition exploring the legacy of Black Sabbath, their music, and their global fan base.

  • Thoughts on Portraiture

    3 August – 18 November 2019

    A new display exploring how artists have used a wide range of styles and imagery, including unusual animal and mythological references, to interpret complex human emotions.


Birmingham Open Studios

Multiple venues across South Birmingham

  • 5–6 & 12–13 October, 11am–5pm each day


    Birmingham Open Studios returns for its third year, with 67 artists across 33 locations. Meet local makers and buy direct.  Family friendly.

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG

Gallery: Tues–Sat 12-5pm. Café: Mon-Fri 9 – 5pm, Sat 12 – 5pm.
Tel. 0121-643-2617

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
  • Hacked! Games Re-designed

    13 September – 12 December 2019

    Exhibition exploring innovation in adaptive design & gaming.

  • Hacked! Gaming & music workshop

    5 October 12–5pm

    Family Friendly. Make instruments inspired by video games.

  • Art & Tech Summit – Climate Crisis

    23 November 11am – 5pm


    Event exploring how artists/technologists are tackling the future of our planet & society.


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

Tues – Sat 11–6pm and late for events.

  • First Friday and Launch

    6 September 6–9pm

    Digbeth First Friday and the launch of Testimony in Practice.

  • Testimony in Practice

    7 September – 25 October 2019

    Exhibition about post-communist memories.

  • Creating the Self Workshop

    21 September 10.30am–5.30pm

  • External projection in Minerva Works and Post-Soviet DJ set

    4 October 8pm

  • Studio 44 Exhibition

    2 November – 20 December 2019

    An exhibition of a collective of international artists based in Sweden.


Digbeth First Friday

Various Locations

6pm 'til late

  • Digbeth First Friday

    6 September 6pm–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.

  • Digbeth First Friday + Birmingham Weekender

    4 - 6 October

    Birmingham Weekender meets Digbeth First Friday for a bonanza weekend of free exhibitions and performances. With collaboration between individual artists and small and large regional arts organisations, and activity in the day and evening, it will shine a light on the city’s rich arts and cultural offer.

  • Digbeth First Friday

    1 November 6pm–late

Eastside Projects

86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR

Open Weds–Sat 12–5pm
Tel. 0121-771-1778

Eastside Projects
  • Summer Camp

    6 September 6–8pm

    One night only show of work by EOP members.

  • Exhibitions Launch

    27 September, 6–8pm

    Join us to celebrate the launch of two new solo shows by Lady Skollie and Sofia Niazi.

  • Lady Skollie

    28 September – 14 December 2019

    Wall paintings, performance and drawn, printed and painted works on paper.

  • Sofia Niazi: Unreal Estate

    28 September – 14 December 2019

    Solo show investigating the visual culture of the housing market.


Fierce Festival 2019

Locations and event times vary, see website for details

  • Fierce Festival 2019

    15 – 20 October 2019

    Various Prices.

    Join us for six joyous days of disruptive international performance, including acclaimed artists Miet Warlop, Justin Shoulder, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Nigel Rolfe and Keijaun Thomas. Expect heart-popping happenings where everyone and everything is allowed.


    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
  • Cooking Sections: The Empire Remains Shop – Birmingham

    Various dates.

    Off-site at Junction Works, B5 5RS. See website for dates and details.

  • And what it became is not what it is now

    6 September – 9 November 2019

    An exhibition, publication and public programme.


    See website for events and programme details.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS

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

Ikon Gallery
  • Stuart Whipps: The Kipper and The Corpse

    11 – 15 September 2019

    A restored 1979 mini alongside photography, texts and archival material reflecting on the closure of the Longbridge motor works.

  • Barry Flanagan

    18 September – 11 November 2019

    A major survey of work bringing together iconic bronze sculptures alongside earlier works made with rope, sand, cloth, stone, ceramics.

Jewellery Quarter Open Studios

Locations vary, see website for details.

Saturday 23/11 – Sunday 24/11, 10am – 4pm

Jewellery Quarter Open Studios
  • Jewellery Quarter Open Studios

    23 November 10am–4pm

    Behind the closed doors of the Jewellery Quarter artists, jewellers, designer makers, and fabricators create skilful work throughout the year.


    Open Studios is a chance to explore the workshops and studios, buy, commission or learn the skills yourselves and see why we remain a community of makers.

Midlands Arts Centre

Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH

9am – 9.45pm Gallery opening times vary, see website for details
Tel. 0121-446-3232

Midlands Arts Centre
  • Graham Chorlton: Suburb

    19 September – 10 November 2019

    Artist Talk and Tour – 6 Nov, 6.30pm. Free, book online.

  • Jenna Naylor: The Botanical Menagerie

    19 September – 17 November 2019



  • Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane: The Hills Are Shadows

    19 September – 24 November 2019

    Artist Talk and Tour – 24 Oct, 6.30pm. Free, book online.

  • Arts Markets

    3 Nov, 30 Nov, 1 Dec, 7 Dec and 8 Dec. 11am – 5pm



Medicine Bakery and Gallery

69a New Street, B2 4DU

Mon – Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 9am–5pm

Medicine Bakery and Gallery
  • BATHOS – A Ryan Williams Retrospective

    29 September – 13 October 2019

    An exhibition that commemorates the artwork of Birmingham-born artist, Ryan Williams, who tragically passed away in 2018 at the age of 26.


    With Paintings, performances, sculpture and ready-mades that explore concepts based on death, masculinity and helicopter-parenting.


171 Great Hampton Works, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, B19 3JP

Opening times vary, see website/listings for details.

  • Odox

    See website for programme details.

Ort Gallery

496 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH

Wed – Sat 12 – 5pm during exhibition times.

Ort Gallery
  • Schwarmerei Members Show 2019

    3 August – 28 September 2019

  • Meet the Artists Event

    7 September 2–4pm

  • Autism Friendly Late Opening & Guided Tour

    26 September 5–7pm

    Enjoy our current exhibition in a quiet and relaxed environment, guided tour available on request.

  • Vessels

    5 October – 23 November 2019

    Solo Show by Ahmed Magare.

  • Selling Art Work

    9 October 6.30pm

    £5/£3/free to members

    A professional development session led by Jaanika Okk on selling your work as a creative practitioner, £5/£3/Free to members.


    See website for full events and workshop programme.

  • Family Workshops

    19 October, 2 and 16 November

    Visit our website for more information

RBSA Gallery

4 Brook Street, B3 1SA

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

RBSA Gallery
  • Life’s Journey

    2 – 21 September 2019

    Retrospective Exhibition of Kate Fryer, RBSA (1910-2017).

  • John Ruskin: Watercolours & Drawings Talk

    3 October 6–8pm


  • Fragility: Prism Textiles

    8 – 19 October 2019

    Group Exhibition of contemporary textiles.

  • Love of Landscape

    4 – 16 November 2019

    Retrospective Exhibition of Glyn Griffiths (1926-1999)

Recent Activity

80-82 Floodgate Street, B5 5SP

Thurs–Sat, 12–5pm during exhibitions

Recent Activity
  • Nebelmeer

    2 August – 7 September 2019

    Solo exhibition by Victor Seaward

  • Snobs

    4 October – 2 November 2019

    Solo exhibition by Rosie McGinn

Research and Cultural Collections

The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Monday – Friday, 9–5pm

Research and Cultural Collections
  • Arts & Science Sculpture Commissi­on Exhibition

    7 June – 11 October 2019

    Arts & Science Festival and RCC have commissioned four artists to produce proposals for a new sculpture on campus. Explore each idea in the exhibition & vote for your favourite.

  • Tours & Talks

    1 September – 30 November 2019

    Discover the extraordinary artefacts at RCC through lunchtime tours, exhibition talks and more. Visit our website for details.

School of Art, Birmingham City University

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

Tuesday 03/09 5–8pm, Wednesday 04 to Sunday 08/09, 10am–5pm

School of Art, Birmingham City University
  • It’s not you, It’s me – Launch Event.

    3 September, 5–8pm

    Celebrate the opening of the Masters show at Birmingham School of Art.

  • It’s not you, it’s me. Birmingham School of Art MA Show

    4 – 8 September, 10am–5pm

    An exhibition of work from Birmingham School of Art’s postgraduate Fine Art, Art & Design, Art & Education and Contemporary Arts China students.


108 Digbeth, B5 6DT

Opening times vary, see website for details.

  • Workshop: Performance and Technology

    10 – 11 September 2019

    Led by The Other Way Works. Advance booking is essential

  • Open House Tour

    Most Wednesdays - times vary

    Take a tour of STEAMhouse, find out what support is available, meet the team and take a peek at the workshop facilities in the Production Space.

  • Short Course: Arduino for Beginners

    18 September – 9 October 2019

    Get tech savvy with this 4 session course. Booking is essential.

  • Workshop: Busyness Planning for Artists

    23 – 24 September 2019

    Led by artists Rosalie Schweiker and Ruth Claxton. Advance booking is essential – see website for more.

  • Short Course: Woodworking for Beginners

    Monday 7, 14, 21 and 28 October, 10am-1pm

    Advance booking is essential – see website for more.


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

Opening times vary, see website/facebook for details.

  • PLAY

    6 September – 4 October 2019

    Stryx Studio Holders Show 2019. Curated by Rupi Dhillon, Emily Scarrott and Emily Sparkes

  • Quebec Exchange

    1 November – 21 December 2019

    Exhibition showcasing works of three artists from Manif d’art 9 – The Quebec City Bienial 2019: Caroline Gagné, Anne-Marie Proulx and Nadia Myre