Institute of Fine Arts: www.barber.org.uk
Monet, Manet, and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix andvan Dyck — not to mention Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, van Gogh, Picasso, Hodgkin: You can see major works by all these great artists in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, at the University of Birmingham. There’s also a stunning coin gallery and anexciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities.
Housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street School, Ikon is Birmingham’s leading venue for contemporary art, housing temporary exhibitions plus a regular programme of talks and events.
mac birmingham: www.macarts.co.uk
Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is one of the country’s largest and liveliest arts centres. mac birmingham has recently undergone a £15m facelift, re-opening on 1 May 2010 and welcoming 600,000 visitors in its firs teight months of operation alone.
The RBSA Gallery, located just off St Paul’s Square, near Birmingham’s historic jewellery quarter, houses a permanent collection of over 400 works of art including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.