As the new university year begins there is plenty to see and do around the city. With exhibitions, events and festivals, Birmingham’s art scene offers something for everyone.
Parkside Gallery has picked its top 10 events and exhibitions in Birmingham this autumn.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) is the city’s biggest art museum. As well as a large collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings and historic objects it hosts contemporary exhibitions.
I Want! I Want!: Art and Technology features some of the most influential artists of the last 20 years. But you’ll have to be quick to catch this exhibition before it closes on 1 October.
(1 April – 1 October 2017)
Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage at the Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham doesn’t only hold books. It also puts on exhibitions and music events throughout the year.
Its upcoming exhibition, Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage, will explore Britain’s 400 year relationship with South Asia. Celebrating Birmingham’s diversity, the exhibition will investigate how this connection has shaped the city.
(15 July – 4 November 2017)
Digbeth First Friday
Digbeth is a thriving hub of upcoming artists and spaces.
The first Friday of every month Digbeth comes alive. Live music, street food and entertainment fill the streets as galleries and venues host a range of late night events.
(The first Friday of every month, 6pm until late.)
Pleasure is a Weapon at Grand Union
Susie Green’s first UK solo show, Pleasure is a Weapon will combine sculpture, performance and painting in an exhibition at the forefront of contemporary art.
Look out for a series of performances, talks and screenings that will accompany the exhibition.
(1 September – 18 November 2017)
Saddleworth Moor: Responding to a Landscape at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
The MAC’s upcoming exhibition redefines landscape photography. Saddleworth Moor: Responding to a Landscape showcases the work of photographer Matthew Murray and his unique approach to photographing the world.
Also check out the MAC’s packed programme of theatre, cinema and art events.
(18 November 2017 – 21 January 2018)
Brummagen at Parkside Gallery
Well we had to include one of our own exhibitions at some point. And Brummagem deserves its place on the list!
Sara Kulman and Andrew Kulman chart the history of Birmingham’s buildings in Parkside’s upcoming exhibition. Illustrations, paper sculptures and animations explore the overwhelming sense of nostalgia as Birmingham is redesigned and regenerated.
(18 September – 27 October 2017)
Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz at Ikon Gallery
Ikon gallery is one of the city’s most distinguished galleries. Situated in Brindley Place, Ikon hosts national and international artists in a packed programme of exhibitions and events.
In its upcoming exhibition, Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz, Ikon explores the life and works of Kollwitz – one of the leading artists of the early 20th century. Showcasing 40 prints from the British Museum collection, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience the emotional quality of Kollwitz’s drawings.
(13 September – 26 November 2017)
Fierce Festival is one of the country’s biggest live art festivals. For one week it fills the city with theatre, dance, music, installations and live art.
This years’ highlights include Be the Change at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and live art in Victoria Square.
(16 October – 22 October 2017)
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Legacies: JMW Turner and contemporary art practice at The New Art Gallery Walsall
Not all of the Birmingham’s art is in the centre of the city. The New Art Gallery Walsall is one of many acclaimed galleries that exist across the region.
Works by Turner and the contemporary artists that he has inspired come together in a unique exhibition as part of the gallery’s ongoing partnership with the Tate.
(22 September 2017 – 14 January 2018)
Birmingham Weekender is the city’s biggest art festival, hosted by some of Birmingham’s most prestigious venues.
This year’s festival is jam-packed with dance, exhibitions, parties, curator talks and much more. With events ranging from an orchestra in a multi-storey carpark to an Art Rave at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Birmingham Weekender looks set to be a highlight of the year.
(22 September – 24 September 2017)