Must see creative events and exhibitions in Birmingham this summer

Birmingham is a city that’s currently brimming with immense creativity and culturally significant movements. From the vibrant, independent scene in Digbeth to the gorgeously, modern district surrounding Brindley Place. Commercial practises sit side-by-side with those who are traditionally deemed as ‘underground’, however, in Birmingham these terms and categories don’t seem to matter. The UK’s second largest city is simply a euphoric melting pot of individuality and colourful freedom. So, we decided to check out the best current events and search for future ones so that you can dive right into Birmingham’s creative heart.

Vladimír Kokolia at Ikon (until September)
Ikon shows the first UK exhibition of work by renowned Czech artist Vladimír Kokolia. A combination of new and recent paintings, drawings and installations, the show exemplifies an intensely experimental attitude that distils abstraction from everyday experience… Read more.

100 Years, So What? at Centrala (until 28th July)
Centrala presents a group exhibition 100 Years, So What? by Polish multimedia artists: Małgorzata Dawidek, Iwona Demko, Dorota Hadrian, Zofia Krawiec, Katarzyna Perlak, Alicja Rogalska and SIKSA. 2018 marks the centenary of women gaining voting rights in many countries around the world including Poland and the UK. Artists show their works that enter into a dialogue on what this centenary means for women now, through the new mediums of avant-garde art… Read more.

Experiments in Silk Screen Printing at Birmingham Art Gallery (8th September)
Join artist Rob Conway for a mindful and relaxed afternoon experimenting with the medium of Silk Screen Printing. Inspired by artworks from the Arts Council Collection, Rob will take you on a tour exploring artworks in the exhibition The Everyday and Extraordinary – a chance for exploration, sharing and some quick sketching to inspire you… Read more.

See You at Breakfast at Grand Union (17th July)
Photographer, archivist and activist, Ajamu and artist/curator, Marlene Smith first met in the small hours of a Brixton morning in 1989. Over six months in 2017 they embarked on a series of informal “Pyjama Dialogues” at the start of each day… Read more.

Beloved by Kashif Nadim Chaudry at Ort Gallery (15th August – 29th September)
Kashif Nadim is a Nottingham born artist of Punjabi origin who still lives and works in the East Midlands. He studied Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London, graduating in 2005 and continuing to developing his textile orientated art practice, now Kashif Nadim is holding a solo exhibition at the Ort Gallery, Birmingham from 15th August… Read more.

Image of Ikon © Handover Agency

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