This week sees Ikon launch the UK’s most comprehensive collection to date of the definitive works of Russia’s arguably most evocative contemporary artist, Timur Novikov. Until the end of April, Ikon plays host to the exhibition, co-curated by his step-daughter, mapping not only Novikov’s progressive career and artistic vision from the 1980s right through to his final works in the Noughties, but also tracing him and his contemporaries’ political and artistic ideologies, alongside visible representations of his decline in health.
The South Birmingham suburb of Stirchley has been quietly undergoing something of a cultural revolution over the past few years, thanks to a group of creative and proactive residents with a passion for presenting films in locations like pubs and Balti restaurants, a successful healthy living social enterprise offering courses and produce, a monthly food and craft market as well as live performances and community workshops in and around the locale. Continue reading
Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Black Country The Public is bringing together a series of exhibitions to highlight the region’s unique and quirky characters. The exhibition includes the remarkable and startling images by Dudley born Turner Prize nominee, Richard Billingham whose photographs from the series ‘Ray’s A Laugh’ include the brutally honest everyday portrayal of his alcoholic father Ray (pictured) and heavily tattooed mother Liz taken in the nineties. Continue reading
So, it’s the time of year when everyone gets dewy eyed and love struck – yes Valentine’s Day is coming. Not that we’re keen on falling in love with the ‘commercialism’ of it all but it’s good to have an extra excuse to party or wine and dine the ones we love, right? Here’s our pick of what to do, whether you’re coupled up or single and ready to mingle.