Midlands art listings

The Herbert Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

024 7623 7521

Face to Face – portraits through time, including loans from the National Portrait Gallery, until June 4.

Coventry Arts Consortium, April 1 – 23.

Interesting and often-changing collection on display in galleries under headings including Art Since 1900, Godiva, Elements (natural history), History, Old Masters, Peace and Reconciliation, Sculpture, In store (can be visited).

Mead Gallery Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

024 7652 4524

Exhibitions often by internationally-known artists during term time only – next one From Far Away Uncle Moon Calls, major exhibition by Subodha Gupta – January 14 – March 11.
Artists’ Workhouse Artists Workhouse, The Royal Victoria Works, off Redditch Road, Studley, B80 7AU

07889 718242

Next exhibition – group show of Artists Workhouse artists and guests, Portraits (part 1) – March 4 – 12.
Compton Verney Compton Verney, near Wellesbourne, CV35 9HZ

01926 645500

The exhibition spaces close over winter. The next show is Creating the Countryside, Thomas Gainsborough To Today, which brings together Old Masters with contemporary artists, March 18 – June 18.
Deasil Gallery 44 Oxford Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RA

01926 290404


Small gallery with new exhibitions every three weeks. Neil Moore, The Answer? exhibition by realist painter, until March 30.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA

01926 742700


Journey Through Japan, featuring loaned items and pieces from the gallery’s own collection – January 20 – April 2. The Open 2017, April 14 – June 25.

Interesting, varied and often changing permanent collection featuring works from several centuries too.

Lewis Gallery Rugby School, off Barby Road, Rugby

01788 556417

Regular exhibitions, open weekday afternoons only.
Museum & Art Gallery Riversley Park, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU

024 7635 0720

The Man Behind the Museum, exhibition about the life of Edward Ferdinand Melly who founded the museum in 1917, on until May 14. The BFG in Pictures, until June 14. Festival of Arts, photography, until April 2.

Permanent displays of the gallery’s painting collection, plus local history, and George Eliot and the riting Room.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon Draw New Mischief, exhibition to accompany the Rome season, exploring 250 years of Shakespeare and political cartoons, until 15 September. The Play’s the Thing, family-friendly exhibition from 100 years of play making, until 25 February 2018.
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ

01788 533201

Sculpting the Museum, site specific response to the architecture and collections of the gallery by Michael Shaw – until March 25. Our Sporting Life, a look back at sport in the borough, until March 25.

The gallery also has Floor One gallery which hosts frequently changing exhibitions.

The White Room 111 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NU

01926 888086

Op Art Past and Present, various artists – until January 2017.

Gallery above graphics shop (ask to be let in), regular exhibitions generally of prints or paintings, by local or international artists.

West Midlands
Artix Gallery School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX

01527 577330

Take 13: Women Celebrating Colour, until March 26. John Tedstone: Chronophonbia, an exhibition about animals living in a world without people, 29 March – 23 April.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham The Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham, B15 2TS

0121 414 7333

Francis Bacon: Two Figures in a Room, on loan from the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, until 26 March. Copying the Masters, printworks, until 7 May. Excavating Empire – David Talbot Rice and the Rediscovery of Byzantium, photos, notes and drawings shown for the first time, until 11 June. Tumbleweed, sculptural work by NAWM artist Hannah Honeywill, until June 4. The Imperial Legacy in Coinage and Culture – until April 24.

Amazing permanent collection including major works by some of the biggest names and best-known artists in Western art, plus a huge drawing collection, and coin gallery.

Bilston Craft Gallery Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU

01902 552507

Bowls, Buckets and Bedsteads – Bilston industries between the wars – January 14 – March 25.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8000

New Art West Midlands – works by recent graduates of Midlands art schools, until May 14. We Built This City, exploration of the contribution of the Irish community to building the city, until 28 May. Birmingham People and Change in the Inner City, exploring how ordinary people have been represented in art in the 20th and 21st centuries – until March 31.  Birmingham Big Art Project, have your say on a new piece of public art – until April 23. I want!I Want! Art and Technology, a selection of Arts Council works by artists working with technology, 1 April – October 1.

Excellent large and varied permanent collection which is especially strong on the Pre-Raphaelites, David Cox, 18th and 19th century British drawings, Italian Baroque, modern and contemporary art, and applied art.

Ikon Gallery 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

0121 248 0708

Jean Painleve, first solo UK exhibition of French filmmaker and photographer of marine life. Oliver Beer, largest show yet by British artist working with film, sculpture and sound. Both 15 March – 4 June.
Mac Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

0121 446 3232

New Art West Midlands 2017 – February 18 – May 14. Beyond the Door: The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands -until March 25. Made at mac: explore photomontage until April 2. Here and Now, first curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for 20 years, April 1 – June 4.
RBSA Gallery 4 Brook Street, St Paul’s Birmingham, B3 1SA

0121 236 4353

Into the Woods, ceramics, jewellery and textiles inspired by woodlands, until May 20. Porcelain People on Pots, works by Gillian Lockwood until March 25. Paintings by Thomas Ashby contrasting the coastline of Cork and Tysoe in Warwickshire, until May 6.
The New Art Gallery Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG

01922 654400

A World Within, works drawn from many influences by Idris Khan, until May 7. Andrew Gillespie, Anti-Scrape, works around the application of print and the appropriation of forms and imagery from popular media, until April 23. Scenes of Walsall, works from 1825 until today, until July 16.

The gallery also has an excellent permanent collection, including the Garman Ryan Collection gifted to Walsall in 1973 and containing 365 works by some of the West’s best-known artists plus artefacts from cultures around the world.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DU

01902 552040

New Art West Midlands, until May 14. Guy Sherwin: Light and Paint 2017, a return to the Chelsea School of Art graduate’s earlier practices, until April 2. Michael Brennand Wood – Seeds of Memory, a look at the 40-year career of textile artist, until May 7. A Curious Turn, mechanical sculptures brought to life in show of automata, until May 21.
Elsewhere nearby

MK Gallery



900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA

01908 676900



Flashback, on site and online look back at the exhibitions in the gallery’s 16-year history, until 31 March 2017.

The main gallery will reopen in 2017 after renovation and expansion.

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery


Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

01604 838111


Closed for expansion project until 2018.
NN, Contemporary Art Northampton Number Nine, Guildhall Road Northampton, NN1 1DP, UK

01604 638944

James Smith – Memorability as an Image, photographic studies about loss, vision and a post war movement that refuses to die, March 17 – May 6.
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

01905 616979


Enquiring Minds, artworks featuring amazing activities and discoveries, until  November 11. David Cox and his Contemporaries, exhibition supported by loans of Constable and Turner, until June 3.

Plus permanent displays.