Barbara Milhayi’s Terra Firma at Centrala
Premiering on Digbeth First Friday and running until September, the Hungarian artist Barbara Milhayi’s Terra Firma exhibition is sure to kick up a storm. Her art spans all media, right the way from self portraits to painting, filmmaking and performance. Her naïve style is reminiscent of the recently deceased Microsoft Paint and touches lightly and colourfully on topics such as feminism, which combine to create an insight into the mind of the artist.
Fri 4 Aug – Sat 16 Sep, Centrala Gallery, Unit 4 Minerva Works 158 Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5RT. Free. www.digbethfirstfriday.com
Museum of The Moon at The Think Tank
A scale replica of the moon will be taking over the Think Tank this August thanks to the artist Luke Jerram. Jerram’s gorgeous installation uses imagery from Nasa to make it appear as if a life-like version of the floating ball of rock is being presented right before us. Featuring a sound composition by the BAFTA and Ivor Novello winning composer Dan Jones, this is set to be a truly exquisite and immersive experience. The exhibition will also be open after hours as part of Digbeth First Friday. Tickets for the Digbeth First Friday showing are at the cheaper price of £5.
Ongoing exhibition: 21 Jul – 20 Aug, 10am-5pm, £13.50, Concessions £9.50, Child (3-15) £9.75, under 3’s Free. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Lost Generation at TILT Birmingham
Pinball themed bar TILT opens its doors to the new exhibition ‘Lost Generation’. Exploring the themes of British youth culture in an appropriately non-conformist space to escape the mundanities of everyday life and celebrate millennial counter-culture in all its gloriously anarchic forms. Organised by Beth Kane, the artists involved are employing analogue photography by way of the breaking the mainstream and are celebrating all things alternative by displaying their work through ‘zines. This exhibition looks great and gives an exciting platform to Birmingham’s vibrant DIY scene. Do watch this space.
12 – 16 Aug, 10am-10pm, Tilt Birmingham 2 City Arcade, Birmingham B2 4TX. Free. www.tiltbrum.com
Willard Wigan’s Microscopic Artworks at The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter
Prepare to be amazed by the art of Willard Wigan – a sculptor who specialises in making an art form out of minutiae. Typically crafted out of the eye of a needle or the head of a pin there is no over-exaggeration when his work is described as ‘microscopic’. The Wolverhampton born sculptor’s exhibition features works that have never been displayed in Birmingham before, such as the world’s smallest pair of glasses and a minute reproduction of Hatty McDaniels from Gone With The Wind. Wigan’s art will be on display at The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter’s new exhibition space in the Smith & Pepper tea room.
Fri 4 Aug – Sat 28 Oct, Tues – Sat 10.30am – 5pm. The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter 75-80 Vyse Street Birmingham, B18 6HA. £10, Children £5, Concession £8. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Pharaoh, The Art of Hip Hop at The Gap, Moseley Road, Birmingham
This free exhibition running through August features a debut exhibition from this breakthrough artist who uses fineliners, promarkers and brushmarkers to convey the power of music through art. His imagery reflects the raw energy and style of the leading young Hip Hop and Grime artists and features artists like Big Narstie, Novelist, Action Bronson, Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller and more. See our full preview here.
Digbeth First Friday, various events inc. Eastern Bloc Disco
This month’s Digbeth First Friday line-up is another combination of events which will definitely not disappoint. Alongside Milhayi’s work (see above), Centrala will also be hosting the exhibition ‘The Devils Advocate’ – a collection of artists who will be exploring the themes of gender and culture whilst also going through the process of ‘contesting an argument’. This exhibition features a mixture of work spanning painting, sculpture, jewellery and film which is sure to leave its viewers baffled and intrigued. Meanwhile, Stryx will being playing host to ceramic artist Emilie Atkinson. Her event ‘Cauliflower Couscous’ strives to look at contemporary attitudes towards food, whilst also further exploring the themes of value, need, desire and control.
Fri 4th August, various venues in Digbeth, 1pm-late. Mostly Free/minimal cost. www.digbethfirstfriday.com
Family & kids holiday creative sessions at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
All sorts of creative pursuits for the entire family are afoot in the superb surrounds of Wolverhampton Art Gallery this summer. Test your sculpture skills at a Family Sculpture Day on Sat 5 Aug (drop-in £5 per child). Curl up for Animal Storytelling or go back to Egyptology School on Mon 7 – Wed 9 Aug, 10.30am – 3pm (£15 per day or £40 for 3 days). There’s also two daycation Craft and Cake sessions on Tue 15 & Thu 17 August, 11am – 2pm (drop-in £5 per child aged 8-12) where you can drop the kids off at an arts and crafts workshop while you enjoy free tea, coffee, cake and the newspapers in their chilled-out quiet room. A Farm Animal Thursday on Thu 24 Aug inspired by the gallery’s collection offers make and takes of the furry, feathered and winged variety for all the family. Get stuck in. Call 01902 552038 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve a place.
Published on: Tue 1 Aug 2017