Love is Enough > Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

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Rarely-seen works by William Morris and Andy Warhol from public and private collections across the UK and the USA have been brought together by Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller who turns curator for the ‘Love is Enough’ exhibition at BM&G.

Six extremely rare and fragile historic tapestries illustrating the story of the search for the Holy Grail are being put on display in Birmingham for the first time in seven years.

The tapestries, acquired for Birmingham’s collection between 1907 and 1980, were designed by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle and are the only versions from the Holy Grail series in any public collection. The Summons, The Arming and Departure, The Failure of Sir Gawaine, The Ship, The Attainment and Verdure are the most complete surviving representation of the series, which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding achievements of the British Arts & Crafts movement. Continue reading

AREA GUIDE – Latest edition

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Our annual festival edition is out now and is packed with competitions to win tickets to the best UK & European summer festivals. Read it online here or pick it up at venues throughout the West Midlands.

Whatever your taste in music we have it covered. The competitions are going live daily on our sister site fusedmagazine.com and we announce them over on our twitter feed so make sure you are following us over there too.

There is also the usual fine mix of upcoming art exhibitions, gigs and events.

New Art WM Annuale, 20 March – 15 April

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New Art WM Annuale is a new project which showcases artists living and working in the West Midlands and encourages people to become buyers of contemporary art. While the UK’s art market thrives in the capital it isn’t as obvious in some of the regions.

Several past initiatives in the West Midlands have proved popular but the irregularity of selling exhibitions and art fairs in the region, alongside the lack of contemporary selling galleries, prohibits the continued sale of works to the public. Continue reading

Compton Verney exhibitions in 2015

PAR397323In mid-March the award winning art gallery of Compton Verney will re-open it gates to the public. Throughout the year, the stunning grounds of the 18th century country mansion will be the venue for some promising exhibitions.

This year, Compton Verney has the honour to be partner of the National Gallery’s masterpiece tour 2015. In the first half of the year the exhibition Canaletto: Celebrating Britain shows a collection of paintings and drawings, which the Venetian painter created during his long-term stay in Britain between 1746 and 1755. The exhibition will be accompanied by Canaletto’s masterpiece A Regatta on the Grand Canal, which is a loan from the National Gallery. Continue reading

Will Shannon: The Closet Craftsman at mac – 14 Feb–19 April

WebMulti-talented artist Will Shannon’s exhibition ‘The Closet Craftsman’ launches the Craftspace Curates season at mac. Combining the role of designer, maker, manufacturer and architect Shannon creates alternative and mobile workspaces.

Resonating with the city’s heritage as a place for trade and making things the exhibition includes the newly commissioned ‘Market Factory’ piece. Shannon subverts the idea of a traditional market stall and re-imagines it as a space in which to fuse making and selling. Using only simple hand tools Shannon goes back to basics using traditional joinery techniques and hand skills to craft beautiful limited edition chairs for sale. Continue reading

AK Dolven – Please Return, 4 February – 19 April – Ikon Gallery

A K Dolven, please return (2014),Installation photograph, Courtesy John FallonPlease Return is the latest exhibition by Norwegian artist AK Dolven at Ikon. Through a combination of painting, photography, film and sound Dolven’s work represents the natural forces that surround us. Her choice of subject matter is similar to the renowned nineteenth century painter and fellow Norwegian Peder Balke (1804 – 87) whom Dolven identifies with whose work she has chosen to include in the exhibition alongside her own. Continue reading

Area Culture Guide – New Art West Midlands Special Edition

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Welcome to the all new edition of Area Culture Guide with a special focus on this year’s New Art West Midlands.

It is PACKED with culture, exhibitions, interviews and listing for upcoming events around the West Mids.

They’ll be on the streets from Monday and also available extensively at:

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Herbert Museum and Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Museum and Area Gallery
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

In the meantime you can read the digital edition here.

BICYCLE BASKET BAZAAR, 9.8.14 Southside, Birmingham

Next week (Saturday 9th August) Eye Candy joins up with POD Projects to present the fabulousBicycle Basket Bazaar at Summer in Southside.

The Bicycle Basket Bazaar project, run by Trevor Pitt of POD Projects, involves a unique array of retailers each presenting their art and wares into bike-baskets, panniers and around their cycles: kind of like an art fair meets car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment. In essence, BBB is a celebration of the bicycles, creativity and good cheer. Continue reading

Ikon – Those were the decades… starts this weekend

Residents of June Street, Salford, 1973.This year marks Ikon’s 50th and to celebrate the milestone they are presenting a series of events focusing on the five decades of the gallery’s history and the social, political and cultural context. This weekend sees the focus of the 60’s and the rise of counterculture.

Saturday 29 March, 11am-8pm – The Library of Birmingham

The first event in this series celebrates the 1960s. A full day of talks, screenings and discussions includes… Continue reading