October Arts Guide for Birmingham

ARTs Editor, Sally Watson-Jones, gives us her ‘What’s On ARTs Guide’ for Birmingham this October.

Paul Newman – Stage
Saturday 26 September – Sunday 22 November
macbirmingham.co.uk
Paul Newman has created an installation in the response to the Arena gallery, where this exhibition takes place. Merging the chaos of the artist’s studio with the public exhibition space, the work explores both territories. The installation includes work that takes in a ten-year period, examining the idea of the internal landscape in a public space.
Admission: Free

Digbeth First Friday
Friday 2 October
digbethfirstfriday.com
On the first Friday of every month, Digbeth is packed to bursting with exciting and often challenging artwork. In October you can take in work from local and international artists, including film, performance, sculpture and see what artists in residence are up to. There’s pop up Indian street food and Bombay tapas to keep you going, and Edible Eastside will be giving out free beer and cocktails if you make a pledge to their crowdfunding campaign, www.crowdfunder.co.uk/homegrowncooks.
Admission: Varied

Fierce Festival
Wednesday 7 October – Sunday 11 October
wearefierce.org
Fierce Festival is back, now working on a biennial model, and brings original art and national and international touring work to Birmingham and beyond. Events include dance, performance art, listening parties, book launches and interactive exhibitions. The events take place in a number of venues across the city, including outdoor spaces. Some events are free, some can
Admission: Friday – Sunday pass: £75, Saturday pass: £45, Sunday pass: £20, individual event prices vary

Fiona Banner: Scroll Down And Keep Scrolling
Saturday 10 October – Sunday 17 January
ikon-gallery.org
The most comprehensive exhibition of celebrated British artist Fiona Banner, Scroll Down takes in over 25 years of work. Including epic wordscapes, photography, film and sculpture, the exhibition showcases previously unseen work as well as surveying some of her better known pieces. A companion book to the exhibition will be published by Banner’s own imprint, The Vanity Press.
Admission: Free

Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of E.R. Hughes
Saturday 17 October – Sunday 21 February 2016
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
One of the lesser known pre-raphaelite artists, E.R. Hughes was at the centre of the artistic movement; he was a model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and studio assistant to Holman Hunt. This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to his work, includes paintings, drawings and watercolours from both public and private collections. The exhibition takes place in the Gas Hall.
Admission: Adult: £7.00, Concession: £6.00, Children Under 16: Free

Sally Watson-Jones
Arts Editor, Grapevine Birmingham.

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