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Your guide to art in Birmingham

Artists on Show in Birmingham

Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations

Ikon Gallery

Forty-year-old Ikon gallery began life as a small kiosk in Birmingham's Bullring shopping area and grew to become the city's leading contemporary arts venue. Now housed in a former Victorian school in the city's centre, Ikon presents a continuous programme of art exhibitions reflecting the full spectrum of contemporary artists' activities, as well as running off-site projects, talks, tours, educational workshops and seminars.


Visited by over half a million people a year, Midlands Arts Centre offers a varied programme of arts events and education activities as well as a continually changing series of arts exhibitions in its various public spaces.

International Project Space

Located in South Birmingham at the Bourneville Centre for Visual Arts, ISP's exhibitions, residencies and talks serve local, national and international audience as well as staff and students at UCE Birmingham's Institute of Art and Design.

Birmingham Big Screen

Birmingham's Big Screen in Chamberlain Square has counterparts in Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool. Between September and November 2006, all five celebrate the birthday of Manchester-based media arts commissioners The Bigger Picture with after-dark video screenings.


Founded to promote the development of media arts and interdisciplinary arts practices, Vivid runs a flexible presentation space suitable for both exhibitions and live events. Its exhibitions programme restarts in February 2007 with a series of shows by West Midlands artists.

Colony, Birmingham Artists, Springhill Institute

Birmingham boasts a good variety of independent, not-for-profit, artist-run spaces and organisations. Birmingham Artists was founded in 1987 by artists in pursuit of affordable studio space. As well as studio management, the artist-led group now runs projects, workshops, open studio days and other events. Window Gallery at Birmingham Central Library showcases the studio's activities to the general public.

"Your values mean nothing!" announces the website of artist-run project Colony. We're sure they aren't referring to Birmingham Artists, so this must be a quote from work in their forthcoming show Legacies of Dissolution (see below). Colony has led a nomadic existence since its birth in 2004, but maintains its commitment to "art which is interesting", irrespective of genre.

Founded about the same time, artist-led Springhill Institute greets website visitors less abrasively with promises of "a rich residential atmosphere, coffee, home cooking and comfy sofas". Presently in hibernation, its exhibition programme recommences in April 2007.

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