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Thomas Bock

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This is the first exhibition dedicated to the work of Thomas Bock (c.1793 – 1855) since 1991, and the first ever outside of Australia. Bock was one of the most important artists working in Australia during the colonial years. Born in Birmingham (UK), he trained as an engraver and miniature painter. In 1823 he was found guilty of “administering concoctions of certain herbs … with the intent to cause miscarriage” and was sentenced to transportation for fourteen years. Bock arrived in Hobart, Australia, the following year, where he was qu

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Edmund Clark

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

The current high level of criminal re-offending signifies an intrinsic failure in Britain’s penal system. It is Ikon’s conviction that the arts can be an especially effective way of engaging with offenders who feel alienated from mainstream education and employment, in order to break the vicious circle. Edmund Clark has been Ikon’s artist-in-residence (2014-17) at Britain’s only therapeutic prison, HMP Grendon in Buckinghamshire. An artist with a longstanding interest in the incarceration and its effects, this exhibition showcases the

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Playback

mac Birmingham, Moseley

9am - 5pm Tuesday to Sunday Free Admission We start the new year with Playback, an interactive exhibition showcasing over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers from across the country. These remarkable and award-winning short films made by emerging talent span a range of art forms and topics – from krumping and parkour dance shorts, to an animated tale of teenage love that unearths our desire to be as cool as the zines we read. The exhibition is made up of individual touchscreens – choose what to watch from drama, comedy, dance

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Withnail & I

The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre, Birmingham

"We want the finest wines available to humanity!" A one off screening of the cult classic Withnail & I, the best wines will be on offer at our bar. Tickets only £5! Withnail & I (15) London 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's

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The White Evening

The Prince of Wales Moseley, Birmingham

“There is no such thing as white feminism. Because if it’s white, it’s not feminism. It’s either talking about all women, or it’s not.” - Gloria Steinem This is an introduction to a series of evenings that delve into our experiences as feminists and questions the assumptions that we can sometimes make. The 'White Evening' aims to open up discussions surrounding Western and White feminism and its current nature. Though our topics are serious and complex we are aiming to keep these evenings as relaxed as possible and in doing so c

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The Death Show

Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham

Death. A bit grim, isn't it. Morbid, macabre and even unmentionable, but does it have to be that way? Drawn together by their shared fear of death, 'thanatophobes' Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck invite you to embark on a journey of discovery, contemplation and courage. Take time to celebrate your own mortality, laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the grim reaper and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming. Created and performed by Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls Director Bernadette Russell Post-Show Discussion Follow

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TEEFORDAPLUG presents STONEYISLANDS

Lab 11, Birmingham

Lets bring the underground scene to surface in an abandoned warehouse! From 10pm till late STONEYISLANDS showcases unique talent and creates the vibe through future sounds, free improvisation, trap, rap, rnb, hip-hop, old skool garage and guilty f**king pleasures! BIRMINGHAM the wave coming... Be ready to do a madness with us when it hits.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast

The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre, Birmingham

The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen brings you the Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast Join us for an hour of unlimited pancakes with all your favorite toppings plus as much tea, coffee, and juice as you like Unlimited Breakfast from 10.30 - 11.30 Breakfast at Tiffany's screening at 11.30 £15 plus booking fee. Film only ticket available too. Note: please email food@mockingbirdcinema.com confirming your party size so we can have your tables ready. http://www.mockingbirdcinema.com

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Kaleidoscope Launch

The Night Owl, Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM. Thursday 1st February marks the launch of KALEIDOSCOPE - a new monthly night of live music and art, set in our beautiful quirky home of The Night Owl. We've put together a stellar line-up of some of Birmingham's best bands, artists and DJs for our huge launch party - plus it's FREE ENTRY, with plenty of cheap drinks deals on the night too. What more could you ask for!? ***LIVE MUSIC*** // Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam // Birmingham cult heroes that need no introduction. Recently joined by a fifth member, they bring their rousing

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Deeper in the Pyramid

Grand Union, Birmingham

Grand Union is pleased to present Deeper in the Pyramid, a project by Melanie Jackson. Deeper in the Pyramid is an expansive new body of work comprising of animation, sculpture, a filmed performance and a publication in a graphic novel format, written in collaboration with Esther Leslie. We are taken on a journey of lactic abstractions, through the webs of bio-invasion and collective fantasy that interconnect various life forms through milk, its technologies and representations. The ontologies of species and gender have always been shaped by

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Digbeth First Friday

Digbeth, Birmingham

Time to try something new. Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. With different things to see and do each month anything could happen on a First Friday night out. Digbeth First Friday runs from 6pm ‘til late and event times vary. We recommend you check the listings in advance so you can make the most of your evening. Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the day

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Amélie Brunch

The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre, Birmingham

The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen brings you the Amélie brunch! Who doesn’t want free-flowing prosecco or bloody marys? The unlimited bubbly is served, while you wolf down two courses of delicious BRUNCH. **2-course Lunch** with unlimited prosecco and bloody mary's included!!! Unlimited Prosseco with Dining 11am - 1pm. The film starts just after 1pm. http://www.mockingbirdcinema.com

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BADWATER

mac Birmingham, Moseley

Sun 4 Feb, 7.30pm | Age 14+ BADWATER is an original production by Birmingham based contemporary dance company HEARTLESS, under the direction of their Artistic Director: Matthew Lambden BADWATER looks at the current state of the world through the eyes of various different characters as they all deal with their own personal battles and find solace in their suffering Please note that there may be strobe lighting in effect. https://macbirmingham.co.uk

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Macbeth

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of ourselves. Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeth’s unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control. With a cast of ten and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal w

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Grimm Tales Retold

George Cadbury Hall, Birmingham

By Phillip Holyman. Directed by Little Earthquake Jakob and Wilhelm’s famous fairy stories get a Little Earthquake-over, with six new adaptations showing some familiar characters in a dark new light. Spiked with black humour and sprinkled with gore, these tales are decidedly Grimm and deliciously unexpected. Performance Dates Thursday 8 - Saturday 10 February 2018 at 19:30 Saturday 10 February 2018 at 14:00 Box Office Enquiries: 0121 414 5676 Address: George Cadbury Hall 998 Bristol Road Selly Oak Birmingham B29 6LG Free parking i

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Salon

Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Join Zoë Thomas as she talks about her research into the suffrage movement and the role that the arts played. This salon event will explore the central role that artistic women and men-from jewellers, portrait painters, embroiderers, through to retailers of ‘artistic’ products-played in the suffrage campaign in Britain. As political individuals, they were foot soldiers who helped sustain the momentum of the movement and as designers, makers and sellers they spread the message of the campaign to new local, national and international audien

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Poetry Jam V Birthday Special

Town Hall Birmingham, Birmingham

Poetry Jam V Birthday Special | Thursday 8th February | Birmingham Town Hall | 7 til Late Celebrate our fifth birthday with a Poetry Jam special hosted at hosted at Birmingham Town Hall by THSH. Poetry Jam is a monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click, where spoken word artists take to the mic to tell stories about themselves and the world - unfiltered*, unapologetic and united. The night is a beautiful combination of first timers and established poets. Everyone is welcome. You can expect open mic performances, mini-rave music int

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Neighbourhd #11

The Night Owl, Birmingham

GET TO KNOW US: Neighbourhood is about creating a network of local musicians in the city of Birmingham, creating an environment in which progressive urban music can develop, community can be grown and a generous/collaborative culture can be nurtured. That said, if you're not a performer, this night is already gaining monentum and attracting an incredibly high level of musicianship and artistry so turn up expecting a truely exciting and spectacular show! GUEST ARTISTS: Heretic + Neighbourhd House Band Originally hailing from Brum, Heretic i

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LoveBrum's 3rd Birthday Party

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

Come along to our third-year celebrations at the home of musicals, dance, opera, ballet and Birmingham's favourite pantomime! With plenty of surprises in store. Join us and our members for some networking, along with a complimentary drink, canapes and of course - birthday cake! 6pm - 9pm Free entry with guestlist. Party guests advised to use the Thorp Street entrance (stage door reception) for access to the event. Parking options: 1. Road parking available on Thorp Street (free after 6pm) 2. Arcadian car park: The Arcadian Centre, 41 Br

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Verve Poetry Festival 2018

Waterstones, Birmingham

Verve Poetry Festival is back and somehow, despite being in the same place and happening over the same length of time, is bigger and better than ever. So come and experience us quash the laws of space and time whilst taking a wrecking ball to all you thought poetry could, would and should be. * OUR PROGRAMME IS NOW LIVE * With 50+ poets over 30 events in a packed weekend, Verve is passionate about making poetry approachable for everyone. So, whether your bookshelves are bursting with poetry books, you've never read anything since the AQA GCSE

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Drag and Draw

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

Drag and Draw – Life Drawing Special Saturday 17th Feb, 12 – 4, Gas Hall with performances in the Round Room Free event The art of drag continues to evolve, provoke and affect popular culture. Join us for a truly memorable life drawing session with as difference in the iconic Gas Hall in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery studying drag artist Seemaa Butt a.k.a Naz in all her finery. Posing, performing and reacting to the crowd, our queen will be there to inspire your own artwork. From the finery of hand crafted costume detail to the make

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Write Club workshop and evening talk

Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Write Club Workshop: 2pm – 4pm Public Talk: 6.30pm – 8pm Huw Lemmey will be joining Write Club to host a workshop exploring the relationship between memory and place. Drawing on his own research and writing on the subject, his workshop will involve helping participants to access past experiences in different forms and to focus on different textual responses to landscapes and environments of the past. Huw Lemmey is an artist, writer and publisher based between London and Barcelona. He writes on culture, politics and sexuality, and is the a

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The New Artist Economy

Centrala, Birmingham

Exploring the role of artists as pioneers of new systems, The New Artist Economy features a discussion and panel of artists redefining economics and creating their own infrastructures and solutions for sustainable practice. Speakers: Jessica Cheetham - a director, producer and faciliator. As part of Spun Glass Theatre, Jessica set up The Spark Factory, a theatre co-operative, working to find a model that offers an affordable route to fringe festival participation. Imbue - an artist whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. He’s

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TERRA FIRMA

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

Thrilling dance triple-bill featuring choreography by Caroline Finn, Marcos Morau and Mario Bermudez Gil. Terra Firma tells stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities Beautifully unsettling and full of character, The Green House brings the outside in; on a Wes-Anderson style TV set, the ‘stars’ are stuck in a never-ending loop. Tundra is a barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life and tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. Atalaÿ is a watch tower from which far off lands c

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Project Birmingham Presents Medicine

Medicine Bakery & Gallery, Rubery

We, Project Birmingham, are proud to present to you: Medicine Gallery. If you know what's good for you, you'll have already been to Medicine Bakery & Gallery on New Street to gorge on Kronuts, Kruffins, and all things sourdough. The hand-crafted, delicious baked goods are only the tip of the iceberg though folks. Medicine have uncovered a hidden gem for us, and this deserves a true celebration. The gallery space has been rooted in Birmingham's art scene since the Victorian period - and we are planning to launch it back into the 21st Century w

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People Are Clouds

Stryx, Birmingham

Francesco Polazzi is an Italian artist based in Bologna. His energetic oil paintings combine figurative elements with an abstract style. The artist integrates human and animal forms with pattern and flattened areas of colour. We love the spirit of fun that runs through Francesco’s works: his colours are vibrant and his compositions bold. The artist studied Philosophy before pursuing Fine Art at Birmingham City University. He was awarded the Peers Prize during his time at Birmingham. Francesco has exhibited his work in the UK and Europe, b

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Minnie Bella presents: Makeup Masterclass

Hilton Hall, Essington

Sunday 4th March 2018 Champagne reception at 1.30pm Masterclass starts at 2pm All Ages Welcome

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Rie Nakajima

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Rie Nakajima is one of the most experimental artists working in the UK. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others, raising important questions about the definition of art. Nakajima makes pieces often in direct response to architectural space, using a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects. Ikon’s exhibition consists entirely of new work and includes a number of performances in collaboration with other artists. https://ikon-gallery.org

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TORO: BEAUTY AND THE BULL

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

PREMIERE A unique, gender-questioning take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast set in a dystopian South American landscape. Toro is a darkly comic and melodramatic spectacle, where a young girl is gambled by her father and won by a female bull and her tribe of animals in drag. Toro is a filmic, postcolonial tale about the fear and demonization of anything other, exploring issues of homophobia, colonisation and immigration. Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra is a DanceXchange Associate and nominee for the UK Critics’ Circle National Danc

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JAWS IN CONCERT

Town Hall Birmingham, Birmingham

Steven Spielberg’s original summer movie blockbuster Jaws will be screened at Symphony Hall accompanied by the Czech Symphony Orchestra who will perform the iconic score which won John Williams the Best Original Score Academy Award®. Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, this masterpiece of suspense tells the tale of a small New England seaside community terrorised by a predatory great white shark. Upon its release, Jaws became the most successful movie of all time, and Spielberg has often credited Williams’ iconic score with

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BreaK Mission X British Breaking League

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

http://BreakMission.org Break Mission 2018!! Welcome to our 6th year and have we got an event for you we are hooking up again with B-Side Hip-Hop Festival also with British Breaking League to bring you a whole weekend of Hip-Hop dance, Music workshops and parties with special guests!! LOTS MORE TBA!!!!!! HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!!!! Give us a like on Social media and keep up to date with our events BREAK MISSION Facebook - Break Mission Insta - BreakMission Twitter - Break_Mission BRITISH BREAKING LEAGUE Face Book - British Breaki

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The Hip-Hop Colour Festival 2018

Leveldigbeth, Birmingham

UK’s 1st Hip Hop Colour Festival Launches in Birmingham! Throw your colour in the air like you just don’t care for the UK’s first Hip Hop Colour Festival! Brought to you by Multi-Award Winning Shaanti - an essential part of the city's music scene since the 1999 - in association with street-food alternative event pioneers Taste and Liquor. The Hip Hop Colour Festival is an annual event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture at Level Digbeth, a converted Cash and Carry in Digbeth. The festival promises to be like no other, wi

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Osman Yousefzada

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the first solo exhibition by Birmingham-born fashion designer Osman Yousefzada. A firm fixture at London Fashion Week, Osman is the go to designer for a host of celebrities and high-profile women from the worlds of art, film, design, entertainment and commerce. His style combines haute couture techniques and fabrics with modern perception of what women need today along with strong social commentary. Ikon’s galleries will be transformed by an installation that displays Osman’s own creations with assemblages of ‘metamorphosed

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Francis Alÿs

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon’s exhibition by Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs reflects on the notion of turbulence itself, from simple instability to chaos, from a meteorological phenomenon to a geopolitical context, from a simple knot in the hair to an ascending spiral. Knots represent links and bonds, as well as resistance and binding. Tornado (2000-10), a 30-35 min’ video sees the artist chasing “dust devils” and attempting to enter their eye with a camera in hand. Alÿs films their windless core, a monochrome of dust that literally abstracts him from the

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Vladimír Kokolia

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the first UK exhibition of work by Vladimír Kokolia, the renowned Czech artist who established himself on the international circuit at Documenta 9, 1992. A combination of new and recent paintings, the show exemplifies an intensely experimental attitude that distils abstraction from everyday experience. Kokolia is very alive to the possibility of epiphanies, seemingly unremarkable events that give rise to a kind of weaving of wonder. “I usually paint some snapshot, some distinctly illuminated scene I glimpse somewhere, even per

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Lunar Festival 2018

Umberslade Farm Park, Tanworth in Arden

Save The Date! After a year's absence, Lunar Festival will be returning to Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth In Arden on 27th - 29th July 2018! We plan to shake things up a little with some awesome artists, experiences, venues, exhibitions, food and drink but within keeping the Lunar spirit of years gone by! More information and ticket details coming soon but for now save the date! http://lunarfestival.co.uk

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Polly Apfelbaum

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon’s Autumn exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum will exemplify an art practice that places emphasis on the essential quality of materials, especially colour and texture, whilst asserting the importance of popular culture and craft activity. Her use of various fabrics – stained and dyed – and more recently glazed ceramics, is beguiling and refreshing in its offerings of simple pleasures. In this way, she subtly assumes a political, and feminist, position, challenging pomposity, notions of entitlement and hiera

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Haroon Mirza

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces entirely with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound. Involving smart sampling, often through collaboration with other artists, Mirza conveys an easy-going knowingness through a wide range of cultural references that foils sheer physical impact. His understanding of the nature of human perception – of what and how we see and hear – is demonstrated and combined with countless possibilities of mean