Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. From the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork and a creative hub packed with new artists.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world, as well as collections of silver, sculpture, ceramics and ancient and social history galleries.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Gas Hall Gallery houses a constantly changing programme of exhibitions. Entrance is free except for certain exhibitions.
One of Europe's leading contemporary art galleries, Ikon is stylish, progressive and recognised for its individuality. The Ikon exhibits the best international and British art in a changing programme of exhibitions and events. Admission is free.
Birmingham's unique Jewellery Quarter is home to Europe’s largest school of jewellery. There’s a number of galleries showcasing work including the UK’s second oldest independent art gallery; the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. St. Paul’s Gallery is also a must visit and is notable for being the world’s leading retailer of signed record covers.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts has an outstanding collection of Old Masters alongside and modern classics. You’ll see works by Rubens, Gainsborough, Rossetti, Monet, Degas and Magritte.
Eastside Projects based in Digbeth is a new model for a gallery, one where space and programme are intertwined. Alongside experimental contemporary art practices and exhibitions, the gallery has featured long-term, permanent works from international artists such as Liam Gillick, Lawrence Weiner, Susan Collis and Heather & Ivan Morison.
Also in Digbeth - for those who like their art straight from the artist - there’s The Custard Factory: a vibrant, buzzing corner of Birmingham that’s home to a hive of young creative companies, galleries and fine artists. The newest development of the Custard Factory is the dazzling Zellig which provides an inspiring environment for 101 independent creative enterprises.
The Art Lounge, the largest commercial gallery of contemporary art in the city centre is located in the Mailbox and in Brindleyplace you’ll find Number 9 the Gallery a must-visit for anyone interested in fine and modern arts.
Less than 20 minutes from the city centre you’ll find the gallery space at Solihull Arts Complex which exhibits a programme of exciting contemporary work by regional and national artists. The Gallery also commissions professional artists to create new works and run education activities.
Up Coming Art Exhibitions
Wonderland, 19 April, Harborne Art Gallery
We welcome well-known Twickenham based artist Stephen King (no, not the horror writer) and favored artist of actor and writer Nigel Planer to Harborne Art Gallery with a solo exhibition of his bold and evocative landscape paintings. These are combined with his portraits of Alice in Wonderland, which come from a series of portraits he produced of amateur actors in their costumes. His art is now rising in value, so don’t miss this utterly beautiful spring exhibition.
Stephen was born in industrial South Yorkshire in 1958 and from 1961 grew up in rural Shropshire. His teenage angst years saw a move to the North East from where he made a dash for freedom by attending the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham.
After completing his education, he moved to London and worked as artist’s assistant to Sir Howard Hodgkin and Barry Flanagan amongst others.
He works and lives in Twickenham to this day. Exhibitions include Whitechapel Open, Square Gallery Highgate, Stephen Bartlett Gallery, Godalming Museum Gallery, London Sketch Club, Royal Oil Painters Institute, London, Gallery 286, Earls Court, Congregational Gallery, Rothbury and now Harborne Art Gallery.
Download the Birmingham Art Map here - The Art Map is designed to make it easy to discover, explore and enjoy the great art, ideas, culture and creativity made by Birmingham for Birmingham. All exhibitions and events listed are free unless otherwise stated.
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