Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city @BM_AG

Ever since early hunter-gatherer tribes first sought the protection and benefits of settlements –beginning with Uruk, Eridu, Ur and Çatalhöyük – towns and cities the world over have offered a rich source of fascination and inspiration for artists of all disciplines. Continue reading

David Hancock: Cosplay until 1st June @WolvArtGallery

Arkham Asylum, David Hancock, watercolour, 2012The work of Manchester based artist David Hancock focuses on youth subcultures and in this latest solo exhibition he focuses on the world of ‘Cosplay’. Short for ‘costume play’ the relative recent craze is one that people have adopted to dress up as characters from various computer games, comic books and films. Continue reading

Birmingham Rep at 100

table18In February Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company celebrated its 100th birthday. The dramatic century was marked with a gala performance of Philip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! Following is a celebratory programme of exhibitions, activity days, guided backstage tours, an audio history project and a new website which will make the company’s remarkable archives available to the public for the first time. Continue reading

@ikongallery 15 years in Brindleyplace

Screen shot 2013-03-13 at 17.04.31It’s hard to recall the derelict space of Birmingham’s Brindleyplace compared to the destination it is now. Packed with offices and eateries it is home to one of the city’s favourite venues, Ikon Gallery and has become the must-visit place when aiming to impress friends from out of town. To celebrate 15 years since opening its doors to the public in its new home in Oozells Street School, Ikon presents 2 events to take you back in time and look at the history of the area. Continue reading

Thrift Radiates Happiness

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The imposing structure of the Birmingham Municipal Bank on Broad Street has stood overlooking the city as new buildings have emerged all around. Venues, bars, restaurants, hotels and office blocks have all sprung up around it over the years whilst the bank has sat redundant and unloved, until now. Continue reading