ARt Galleries In Birmingham
Art lovers flock to Birmingham to enjoy the wide and varied selection
of galleries on offer. From old oils to modern art and new media exhibitions
you’ll find plenty of interesting art collections dotted around
Your first port of call should be a real local treasure, Aston
Located at Trinity Road, Aston, this impressive building was erected
in the 17th century and built in Jacobean style for Sir Thomas Holte.
The house contains furniture, paintings, textiles, and metal work
from the collections of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery [map].
Your next stop should be one of the world’s finest small galleries.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts [map]
housed in the University of Birmingham, has an excellent reputation
for offering art lovers something out of the ordinary. There’s
an extensive collection of European art here and staff are on hand
to offer guided tours.
From an intimate venue to a huge building, the Birmingham Museum
and Gallery [map]
has vast collections covering fine art, archaeology and ethnography,
natural history, social history, science, technology and industrial
history. Give yourself plenty of time to peruse the many collections
located at Chamberlain Square. There’s also a café and
gift shop on site to complete your visit.
Built in 1590 Blakesley Hall [map],
Yardley, is a beautiful building that was previously owned by Richard
Smallbroke. Reflecting the lavish lifestyle of the late Tudor and
Stuart period, the house is testament to the art and décor
of those fascinating eras. Visitors are welcome throughout the year
to enjoy the fine collections on offer.
If you’re looking for something far more contemporary check
out The Ikon Gallery [map],
Oozells Square, Brindley Place, which is home to quality art work
from across the globe. A continuous programme of changing exhibitions
means that it is impossible to see everything in this interesting
gallery in one visit.
In addition to displaying art, the Ikon Gallery aims to encourage
public engagement with art and debate on artwork, and so also plays
host to a range of speakers, artists, and classes for beginners to
get involved with art themselves.
The Artifex Gallery has many similarities to the Ikon Gallery, however
its focus is on the visual arts. The Artifex Gallery [map]
is a stunning gallery showcasing the very best contemporary British
art and design. Situated in a converted barn, the gallery displays
some of the finest pieces of contemporary furniture, glass, ceramics,
metal work, jewellery, and paintings being produced today, with an
emphasis on innovation and high quality craftsmanship.
Artifex shows a programme of changing exhibitions on two floors incorporating
a variety of media. There is a large area devoted to paintings, all
original, featuring the work of about 18 artists at any one time.
Ranging in styles and techniques, the gallery displays the work of
contemporary artists from all over the British Isles.
The furniture gallery specialises in one-off pieces of contemporary
furniture made by Britain’s finest craftsmen. You can buy from
the large selection on display, seek inspiration from the extensive
portfolios of work by all of the makers, or turn your dreams into
reality with the personal commissioning service.
Artifex Gallery is located at Mitchell Art & Craft Centre [map],
Weeford Road, Sutton.
The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
is one of this country’s leading and busiest arts centres, welcoming
over half a million visitors each year. Set in the magnificent Cannon
Hill Park, less than two miles from the city centre, MAC plays a unique
role in Birmingham’s cultural development, covering all art
forms and reflecting the diversity of cultures in the region.
With three performance spaces (including the unique outdoor arena),
a cinema, six galleries and exhibition spaces, and fourteen studios
and workshops, MAC offers an extensive programme encompassing drama,
music, dance, film, comedy, visual and performance arts.
Events include internationally renowned festivals and exhibitions,
world premieres of new works and visits from established national
companies. There is also an opportunity to learn new skills or progress
existing talents with over 5,500 educational sessions and master classes
to choose from each year.
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