Which art galleries should I visit in Birmingham?
Birmingham is home to a wide and eclectic art collection, from new artists to the biggest pre-Raphaelite collection in the world.
You may be staying in one of the serviced apartments in Birmingham, or just visiting for the day. However long you are in the city for, try to make some time to visit at least one of these great attractions.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
This is where you will find the world’s biggest pre-Raphaelite collection of artwork. There are also collections of sculpture, silver and ceramics, and social history and ancient galleries. The Gas Hall Gallery is home to an ever-changing variety of exhibitions, and entry is normally free; however, there are exceptions for some exhibitions.
If you are staying in a boutique apartment such as 8waterloostreet or one of the city’s many hotels and you are a fan of contemporary art, make time for a trip to Ikon, a progressive and stylish gallery billed as one of Europe’s best. Admission is free, and there is a constantly-changing programme of events and exhibitions.
The Jewellery Quarter
Europe’s biggest jewellery school is in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. There are a range of galleries showing work, including the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, which is Britain’s second oldest independent gallery. St Paul’s Gallery is another must-visit and is famous for being the best retailer of signed record covers in the world.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
This is the place to go if you want modern classics alongside Old Masters. Here you will find works from the likes of Magritte, Degas, Money, Rossetti, Gainsborough and Rubens.
This Digbeth Gallery is unusual in its attempts to combine the space with its programmes. It has provided a home for long-term exhibitions from such international artists as Ivan and Heather Morison, Susan Collis, Lawrence Weiner and Liam Gillick.
The Custard Factory
Digbeth is also home to the Custard Factory, where you get to see work straight from the artists. It is a hive of creative talent and is home to Zellig, which accommodates no less than 101 independent creative businesses.
This charity and contemporary art centre, which is found in Cannon Hill Park, offers visual art galleries full of contemporary art from both established and emerging artists.