Right now, Birmingham’s buzzing.
Birmingham has seen an amazing transformation in recent years and is now regarded as a world-class city to meet, eat, shop and visit. The city is buzzing and there has never been such an exciting time to visit.
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Top 10 things to do and see in Birmingham this week
Manif D'art 9: The Quebec City Biennial - Large Against The Sky, Small Between The Stars
Gallery director Jonathan Watkins curates this display, named in reference to lyrics by Quebec-born singer songwriter Leonard Cohen and exploring the place of humanity in the natural order. Visitors can see works by artists including Haroon Mirza, Polly Apfelbaum and more.
Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life In Drawing
As part of 12 concurrent exhibitions across the country, 12 of the influential artist's drawings will be available to view and enjoy, in honour of the 500th anniversary of his death. Images will take in the full range of Da Vinci's interests, from architecture to botany.
Matthew Krishanu: A Murder Of Crows
Mischievous, malevolent and sometimes comical, Krishanu's birds are partly inspired by crows in art and literature; for example, Crow by Ted Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe's raven, or the mythical crows of trickster tales. Dozens of Matthew Krishanu's painted crows will be displayed throughout Ikon's neo-Gothic premises. Always painted singly and never in flight they appear almost anthropomorphic.
Women Power Protest
Works by contemporary artists, including Susan Hiller, Lubaina Himid, Mary Kelly, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sonia Boyce and Margaret Harrison, each offering a contemporary and modern look at exploring protest, social commentary and identity and marks the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.
Within And Without: Body Image And The Self
In a world of smartphones, selfies and CCTV cameras, body image has never been under fiercer scrutiny. This revealing exhibition examines how social, historical and cultural factors impact on social status, gender, health, politics, religion and sexuality. The show also ponders how these timely concerns are expressed through art.
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The Last Roman
A dazzling collection of coins from the rule of Emperor Justinian I, the so-called Last Roman Emperor, who rose from humble peasant origins in Serbia to become the most powerful man on Earth. He was responsible for a daring programme of construction works as well as an overhaul of the Empire's fiscal economy.
Winterbourne Botanic Garden
Designed by Margaret Nettlefold and bequeathed to the university, Winterbourne Botanic Garden is a six-acre suburban refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, the garden is festooned with unusual species, spread generously between a sandstone rock garden, Japanese bridge, glasshouse and pergola.
Thinktank: Birmingham Science Museum
The notion that science is stuffy and boring is quickly dispelled at the award-winning Thinktank. The museum boasts fun interactive displays and hands-on exhibits divided into 10 themed sections over four floors. Visit the Planetarium and dive into the marine world before you learn about innovative technology or the inspirational story of the Spitfire, which helped to win the Second World War.