Six arty attractions to get you through the remaining January blues


Parkside Gallery

Parkside Gallery

Now that all of those cherished festive celebrations are well and truly finished and all that’s left is the remnants of absolute indulgence and the prospect of getting through the rest of those dreaded January blues, attentions turn to the New Year.

But we think that the seriousness of imminent pressures and optimistic resolutions projected for the forthcoming year can be put on hold just for a few minutes. Take a look at this list of lovely light-hearted examples of art-based attractions and deals that is sure to lift your spirits and ensure that you convincingly shake off all of those January blues!

1. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 130 Years

Find out about the story of the Museum & Art Gallery in a special anniversary exhibition.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating its 130th birthday. Opened on 28 November 1885 by the future King Edward VII, it was established with the aim of inspiring creativity and learning amongst the people of Birmingham. Saturday 24 October 2015 – Sunday 31 January 2016

2. Spectrum Fine Arts & Graphic Materials

Exclusive Birmingham Art Map Offer 10% off RRP on Sennelier Artist Oil Pastels (loose stock). Quote ‘Artmapoffer7’ to receive discount. Valid 01/11/2015 – 31/01/2015/ T & C’s apply. Not available in conjunction with other discounts. Sunday 1 November 2015 – Sunday 31 January 2016

3. Hopes + Dreams: Statements of Intent Explored

A manifesto is a public declaration of intent, an opportunity to put into words your hopes and dreams. It’s a way to encourage support for your ideas, to influence others and inspire support for your point of view. Whether political, artistic, or religious, manifestos have been the source of some of the most important, influential, and thought-provoking concepts in history. Monday 11 January 2016 – Friday 12 February 2016

4. Duck Weave: Richard Woods

‘Duck Weave’ is the development of a thousand year old building technology recently rediscovered by Richard Woods. Here the gallery present the first research stages of his redeploying of this ancient Midlands construction technique. Saturday 30 January 2016

5. flockOmania2

Welcome to flockOmania2, the solo exhibition created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson showcasing wearable objects, exploring the interrelationship between Jewellery and Performance.The exhibition has been created in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance has provided the catalyst for this body of work. Monday 22 February – Friday 1 April 2016

6. Wendy Ramshaw’s Room of Dreams

Wendy Ramshaw (born 1939) is one of Britain’s most accomplished artist jewellers, and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to unveil what is widely regarded to be her masterwork, the Room of Dreams. This installation is made up of many parts, from small jewels in frames to large freestanding furniture. Monday 22 February – Friday 1 April 2016

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