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Sheela Gowda, That Is No Lie (2015) FREE EVENT

1 Sheela Gowda

An exhibition of new installation works by Indian artist Sheela Gowda, which is a response to the gallery's space and also inspired by her experience of living in Bangalore, using a range of materials which conveys both poetic and symbolic elements.

When: From Jun 16, Tue-Sun, Bank Hols 11am-5pm, ends Sep 3
Where: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands. B1 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)121 248 0708
More Details: www.ikon-gallery.org

Francesca Currie ARBSA
Profiteroles, Oil FREE EVENT

2 Francesca Currie: A Study Into True Representation

A collection of oil paintings by new Associate, Francesca Currie. The artist is known for her figurative portraiture and still life works. Here, these paintings combine traditional techniques of the Old Masters with a contemporary viewpoint to create classical representational oil paintings with a modern twist.

When: Mon-Fri 10.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Where: RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. B3 1SA
Contact: +44 (0)121 236 4353
More Details: www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/francesca-currie-arbsa

FREE EVENT

3 I Know But I Don’t Know

Barber's artist-in-residence Matthew Pagett presents a series of prints created in response to the recent exhibition about early 20th century New York artist George Bellows, attempting to capture not just people and places but also thoughts and feelings.

When: From Jun 21, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, ends Sep 17
Where: The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts, University Of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands. B15 2TS
Contact: +44 (0)121 414 7333
More Details: www.mattpagett.co.uk

General exterior image of the Ikon gallery. FREE EVENT

4 John Stezaker: Horse

This multimedia exhibition by the conceptual artist features a video consisting of 3600 images of various horses taken at a side angle, which were collected from the front page of the same racehorse catalogue over the past 30 years. The images are projected at 23 frames per second to create a shaking and flickering portrait of a horse.

When: Tue-Sun 11am-5pm
Where: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands. B1 2HS
Contact: +44 (0)121 248 0708
More Details: www.ikon-gallery.org/event/horse

FREE EVENT

5 Summer Activity Days: Riddle Me An Animal?

As the long school holidays drag on and you are lost for inspiration to fill the endless days, why not go on an adventure of the mind with a series of literary games in Birmingham's Waterstones store? The children's floor is awash with fun activities to keep the kids entertained in the summer, and today offers brain-teasers where they must solve clues to find animals hidden throughout the store.

When: Aug 20, 11am-12noon
Where: Waterstones High Street, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. B4 7SL
Contact: +44 (0)121 633 4353
More Details: www.waterstones.com/events/summer-activity-days-riddle-me-an-animal/birmingham

A view of the Courtyard at the Birmingham Back to Backs from an upstairs window. Court 15 contained eleven houses with shared facilities such as the laundry and outside lavatories. TICKETED

6 National Trust: Birmingham Back To Backs

Step back in time in a carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard which gives an insight into the lives of ordinary people in Birmingham through the years. From the 1840s to the 1970s, these small homes were built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard, and the impact of that close-quarters living can still be felt.

When: Apr 1-Dec 22, Tue-Sun, tour pre-booking essential, Bank Hol Mons, tour pre-booking essential
Where: National Trust: Birmingham Back To Backs, 61-63 Hurst Street, Birmingham, West Midlands. B5 4TE
Contact: +44 (0)121 666 7671
More Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs/

Cadbury World. TICKETED

7 Cadbury World

Nestled in the heart of the Midlands, Cadbury World is Britain's very own version of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, revealing the history of cocoa and the Cadbury family during a tour that encompasses 14 different zones, including the Aztec Jungle, Cadabra and The Bourneville Experience.

When: Jan 25-27, 30, 31, Feb 1-3, 6-10, 13-15, 27, 28, Mar 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31, Apr 3-7, 24-28, May 2-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, Jun 5, 6, 8, 9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30, Jul 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, Sep 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, Oct 2-6, 9-13, 16-18, 30, 31, Nov 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-30, Dec 5, 6, 12-14, 19, 20, 10am-3pm, Jan 28, 29, Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 26, Mar 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Apr 1, 2, 8, 9, 23, 29, 30, May 1, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, Jun 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, Jul 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23-28, Sep 1-3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Oct 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 29, Nov 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 9.30am-4pm, Feb 16, 17, Oct 19, 20, Dec 21-23, 27-30, 10am-4pm, Jun 7, Dec 1, 4, 7, 8, 10am-2pm, Feb 18-25, Apr 10-22, May 27-31, Jun 1-3, Jul 29-31, Aug 1-31, Oct 21-28, 9am-4.30pm
Where: Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, West Midlands. B30 1JS
Contact: +44 (0)844 880 7667
More Details: www.cadburyworld.co.uk

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8 Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter

Discover the amazing history of 'The Workshop of the World' which has exsisted for the past 200 years. Take a tour of the Smith and Pepper factory with a skilled jeweller at work, enjoy a demonstration of jewellery making techniques at the jeweller's bench, or just admire the many showcases of jewellery on display.

When: Tue-Sat, Bank Hol Mons 10.30am-5pm, closed Dec 25, 26, Jan 1, 2
Where: Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, 75-79 Vyse Street, Birmingham, Worcestershire. B18 6HA
Contact: +44 (0)121 554 3598
More Details: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery

FREE EVENT

9 Water Lily Pond

The iconic work - known to be one of the most recognisable motifs of Impressionism - by French painter Claude Money will be on loan to the Barber gallery this summer from the Art Institute of Chicago. The work, depicting the artist's flower garden at his home in Givern, was created in his later years yet display incredible mastery and innovative talent.

When: From Jun 24, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, ends Sep 10
Where: The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts, University Of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands. B15 2TS
Contact: +44 (0)121 414 7333
More Details: www.barber.org.uk/water-lily-pond

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10 An Indian Summer: A Taste Of Goa

The Birmingham Whisky Club and Paul John's brand ambassador Shilton Almeida invite you to tantalise your taste buds and take part in an immersive tasting session. Feel like you are in the heat of a Goan summer as you learn about the history of the Indian whisky brand Paul John and sample their delectable drams.

When: Aug 25, 7pm-9pm
Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham. B2 5SN
More Details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-indian-summer-a-taste-of-goa-with-paul-john-indian-single-malt-tickets-35534006169?aff=es2

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