Tindal Street Press – The Year Ahead

Another good year beckons for independent Birmingham publishing house Tindal Street Press, as the rich vein of form they’ve struck in recent times looks set to continue. In their always-strong list are several titles they’re particularly excited about, and that should be contenders for the long- and shortlists of the major prizes as well as making a splash in the literary pages.
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Did you just say you wanted a place to buy pieces from those on the cutting edge of art and design? Well, have we got a treat for you. BlowCreates is a new pop-up gallery that has set up and nestled itself in Zellig, the Custard Factory’s latest expansion, that hopes to welcome a new batch of shoppers whose purchases are creatively inclined. Continue reading

Pogus Caesar – Sparkbrook Pride

Birmingham-based photographer Pogus Caesar has a new book coming out, specially commissioned by Be Birmingham and published by Punch and OOM Gallery Archive. Sparkbrook Pride consists of 70 black-and-white photos of residents of Sparkbrook – where Pogus grew up – all taken with his trademark Canon Sureshot camera. The book also has a foreword written by Benjamin Zephaniah and an introduction by Paris-based photographer Nigel Dickinson. Continue reading

The Life of the Mind: Love, Sorrow and Obsession

An exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith and inspired by a bronze sculpture of Sir Jacob Epstein’s 15-year-old daughter Esther, delves into the psyches of an eclectic group of historic, modern and contemporary artists. Continue reading

Secret Egypt

A blockbusting new exhibition at Coventry’s Herbert will investigate and challenge the myths about ancient Egypt put about by Hollywood and popular media. Secret Egypt gathers over 200 objects from museums around the country including a mummy – called Perenbast, from the 22nd dynasty, discovered in 1909 – on loan from the Manchester Museum. Continue reading