About Midlands Art Papers Blog

Midlands Art Papers is a collaborative online journal, working between the University of Birmingham and 11 partner institutions to showcase the world class art and design collections in public collections across the region. The first issue will be launched in October 2017, and will feature focused studies of individual objects, curatorial perspectives on exhibitions, and … Continue reading “About Midlands Art Papers Blog”

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‘Coming Out’ Exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

‘Coming Out’ has recently opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, this exciting new exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. It is thought to be the largest LGBTQ+ exhibition in the UK and brings together the work of various artists exploring themes of gender and … Continue reading “‘Coming Out’ Exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery”

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New Acquisition and Loan at the Barber Institute

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts have recently acquired Naum Gabo’s Linear Construction in Space No. 1 (1942/3), made during the wartime period spent in St Ives. Sculptural abstraction is evoked through the thermoplastic properties of the perspex used to create the work, a new form of plastic provided by a chemist friend. This was … Continue reading “New Acquisition and Loan at the Barber Institute”

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‘Beyond the Battlefields’ at University of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are showing exhibitions focusing on the work of amateur photographer Käthe Buchler. The exhibitions have been organised by The Voices of War & Peace WW1 Engagement Centre and the photos are from the collection of the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony. … Continue reading “‘Beyond the Battlefields’ at University of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery”

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Midlands Art Papers and ‘Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past’ Exhibition Launch

Last Thursday The New Art Gallery Walsall hosted the official launch of Midlands Art Papers as well as the exhibition ‘Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past’. The turnout was fantastic and we would like to thank everyone who came along to support – gallery staff, UoB staff, students and general public! The … Continue reading “Midlands Art Papers and ‘Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past’ Exhibition Launch”

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‘Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past’ and Midlands Art Papers launch 12th October at The New Art Gallery Walsall

  As part of Black History Month, The New Art Gallery Walsall is opening an exhibition Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past, alongside the launch of Midlands Art Papers on 12th October 6-8pm. There will be a short introduction to the exhibition from curators, Dr Greg Salter and Dr Kate Nichols from the Department … Continue reading “‘Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past’ and Midlands Art Papers launch 12th October at The New Art Gallery Walsall”

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‘Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice’ at The New Art Gallery Walsall

Last night was the preview of Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Turner’s works are exhibited alongside contemporary art works which respond to the artist’s oeuvre. It displays how Turner’s influence has carried on into art practices today. Highlights include Cornelia Parker’s ghostly gallery of Turner’s canvas liners and … Continue reading “‘Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice’ at The New Art Gallery Walsall”

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Käthe Kollwitz and Sofia Hultén at Ikon Gallery this Autumn

Last night Ikon Gallery in Birmingham launched two new exhibitions – Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz and Sofia Hultén: Here’s the Answer, What’s the Question?. The exhibition of Käthe Kollwitz’s etchings is haunting, displaying her preoccupation with themes of poverty, grief and death. Anguish and trauma are suggested in the violent scratches conveying the faces and … Continue reading “Käthe Kollwitz and Sofia Hultén at Ikon Gallery this Autumn”

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Behind the scenes at BMAG and The New Art Gallery Walsall

Ahead of launching the first edition of Midlands Art Papers in October, we have had the opportunity to see some of the West Midlands galleries object files, as well as their storage collections, as part of our research. The first purpose of our trips was to view the object files of some of the research … Continue reading “Behind the scenes at BMAG and The New Art Gallery Walsall”

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Claude Monet’s Water Lily Pond on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Claude Monet’s Water Lily Pond (1900) is on display in at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts this summer! This remarkable painting can be viewed in the Blue Gallery until 10th September. It has been positioned next to the gallery’s other Monet work The Church at Varengeville (1882) and the works compliment each other well. It … Continue reading “Claude Monet’s Water Lily Pond on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts”

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