Exhibitions at the Exchange

Exhibitions at The Exchange explore the different challenges affecting the West Midlands, the United Kingdom and the world and showcase the research going on at the University of Birmingham with local and global partners to help tackle these issues. Explore the current and past exhibitions held at The Exchange to learn more about these key topics.

Abstract microscopic photography of a Graphics Processing Unit resembling a satellite image of a big city

AI Futures

February - November 2024

Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00, Free Entry

We're thrilled to announce that our 2024 programme will journey into the brave new world of artificial intelligence. AI has the power to transform industries and enhance our lives, yet it raises concerns about job displacement, privacy, and security. Through our programme of exhibitions and events at The Exchange, we'll explore vital questions through the lens of University research: Can AI create things or is it just copying? Should we be scared? And what will the future look like? In our exhibition in the Vaults explore 2 interactive installations, AI Dialogues and Looking for Love.

AI Dialogues

February - November 2024

Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00, Free Entry

Embark on a future-focused journey with AI Dialogues, an interactive touch screen featuring leading academics from across University of Birmingham. This digital experience invites you to physically touch the future and gain firsthand insights into the advances in artificial intelligence shaping out world - directly from the experts steering them. Our academics consider the boundless possibilities as well as the challenges and ethical considerations that accompany this transformative technology.

Photographs of academics in front of bright colourful backgrounds
Pink and blue graphic with pink hearts and the words Looking for Love and I am a robot

Looking for Love

February - July 2024

Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00, Free Entry

Can you teach a robot how to love? Part modern-day tamagotchi, part interactive fiction, Looking for Love is a playful experience that takes place over a message-based app. Take a seat in Fast Familiar’s ‘internet café’ to teach a robot about romance. Surely training the machine on everything the internet knows about love will result in unparalleled romantic success?

Thrift Radiates Happiness

February - October 2024

Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00, Free Entry

The Exchange was once the headquarters of Birmingham Municipal Bank. Thrift Radiates Happiness is a photographic display of images of the bank, when it was first opened in 1933. Images have been reproduced courtesy of the Library of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library, Lloyds Banking Group Archive.

Black and white photograph of a group of workers who build The Exchange in 1933

Image Copyright Lloyds Banking Group Archive.