Art Events for Feb-April

Here’s a look at some of the exhibitions coming up in the next few months.

SWIFTY POP SHOP
Sauce Gallery, Gibb Street, Birmingham
Until mid February
Swifty’s Pop Shop opened in Birmingham’s Sauce Gallery with Punch Records and proved so popular they extended the exhibition of his work.  Features Swifty’s Newsagents installation this life size shop front was partly inspired by Peter Blake’s ‘Toy Shop’ and the artist’s fond memories of a local village newsagent in Lancashire. There are some great signed prints for sale – make sure you snap them up quick.

Mitra Memarzia: The Unwanted Gift Shop
Until 18 April
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square
01922 654400
New Art Gallery Walsall want you to exchange, display or transform your unwanted presents when artist Mitra Memarzia opens up her Unwanted Gift Shop as part of her three month residency.
If you got some tacky ornament, horrible socks or useless gadget you can donate them to Mitra’s shop. Each item taken to the Unwanted Gift Shop will be catalogued and displayed, and donators will be given the opportunity to either exchange their rejected gifts for another item at a special Swap Party (on Saturday 17 April), or have them transformed into a work of art – potentially increasing their value.
The Unwanted Gift Shop is part of The New Art Gallery Walsall’s 10th anniversary celebrations. A full programme of exhibitions and special events will launch with the opening of PARTY!, an exciting and eclectic exhibition featuring over 50 international artists (12 February – 18 April 2010).

On the Movement of the Fried Egg and Other Astronomical Bodies
Joao Maria Gusamo and Pedro Paiva
3 February – 21 March
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Back to challenge the confines of 16mm film art, this Lisbon duo return with a collection of films taken in Brazil, that embodies a deep curiosity about the nature of reality and the constant dialogue between fact and fiction.
Birmingham & West Bromwich in Miniature

Elizabeth Short
3 February – 7 March
The Public, West Bromwich
Short’s series of photographs depict the normally large as strangely small in this exhibition at The Public.

Claudia Borgna
The Rea Garden Artist in Residence
12 February -14 February
1-8, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5ST
The hidden piece of land in the midst of the factory units is the unusual art space that is The Rea Garden. It has been home to Pigeon’s of late with a project from [insertspace] however the second artist in residence will be displaying her outdoor sculptural installations
Private view Thursday 11 February 6 – 9 pm.

Beatlemania
Three White Walls Gallery
Mailbox, Birmingham
18 February – 29 March
The Mailbox will be hit by Beatlemania for an exhibition of rare photographs of the Fab Four. The 23 photographs taken by Tom Murray on the Mad Day Out will be on display, to coincide with the release of limited edition prints of the images.
Sixties society photographer Tom Murray had the great unexpected honour of photographing The Beatles in what was one of their most famous official photographic assignments. Invited to join the renowned photographer Don McCullin – best known for his war photography – to assist on a photo shoot, Murray had no idea who his subjects were to be.

West Midlands Open 2010 (pictured)
6 March – 2 May
Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Open, the biennial collaboration between Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, celebrates the vibrant talent of the Wes Midlands Art Scene allowing regional artists the chance to show their work at these major venues.

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