This year, for the first time, 23 of the region’s best galleries and attractions come together to highlight the wealth of art on our doorstep. There’s no over arching theme, simply some of the biggest names in contemporary and classical art exhibiting in the West Midlands. See everything from masters Rembrandt and Goya at the Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham to key works by Damien Hirst at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, there’s something to appeal to everyone.
Highlights include; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s resident collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. One of the finest collections of its type in the world, see it for the first time or revisit and appreciate with new eyes.
The Public, West Bromwich, plays host to Britain’s representative at the Venice Biennale, Jeremy Deller’s collaborative project with Alan Kane, Folk Archive. The account of popular British culture brings together drawing, paintings, film, political opinion and humour, as well as a life-size Michael Jackson scarecrow. Tracey Emin’s autobiographical film ‘Why I never became a dancer’ and animations from Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley are also part of The Public’s summer programme, running until September.
Classic Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, accompanied by a series of Alice themed, family friendly events, runs until September (see page 10). And, much-loved illustrator Quentin Blake shows his latest commissioned art therapy work until November.
Another must for families, the new Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season launching September which promises to host a wealth of exciting events, workshops and interventions.
Led by Birmingham Museums Trust the project aims to make art more accessible, appealing to seasoned arts enthusiasts, newbies and families alike. Venues support each other to promote the quality art exhibitions and events across the region.
Running throughout the rest of the year venues stretch from Stratford to Stoke. Including Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford; Soho House, Birmingham; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum and AirSpace Gallery, Stoke.
Artintheheart.org.uk | @AITH_
Until December 2013
Words: Hannah Wood