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Arts Events and Exhibitions: January 2017

New Year, new regular feature on the blog! At the beginning of each month I will be creating a list of some events, exhibitions, and workshops that have caught my interest. Feel free to link to any I may have missed and you are looking forward to in the comments below.

The Art of Science Exhibition: Unit Twelve

Opening January 12th.

If you haven’t discovered Unit Twelve yet then it really should be on your artist destination list this year. Nestled in the Staffordshire countryside this contemporary art and craft gallery, run by the wonderful artist Jennifer Collier, has a track record of stunning exhibitions featuring a range of established and up and coming artists.

The Art of Science Exhibition looks like it will be a fabulous start to this years line up. Featuring a range of artists that explore themes and visual imagery related to the scientific.

From the Unit Twelve website:

This exhibition will show the wealth of diverse contemporary craft currently being made that that fit into the categories of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Entomology.

With work from Naomi Greaves, Anna Collette Hunt, Chrissie Pritchard, Nancy Sutcliffe, Jillian Riley, Jennie McCall, Libby Ward, Olivia Stava Hawley, Steven Bradley, Vinegar & Brown Paper, Laura Mabbutt, BLOTT WORKS, Julia Smith and Mauri Beardshaw.

It is also worth mentioning that Unit Twelve also runs workshops, often by the current artists featured in the exhibitions. Having attended a number of these myself, I would highly recommend them to anyone interested.

SOT2021: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

With Stoke-on-Trent putting in a strong bid for City of Culture in 2021, it would be remiss of me not to include some of the wonderful events and exhibitions that are taking place there at the moment.

If you are looking for somewhere to start then the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is a good place to start. During January they have a number of exhibitions running concurrently, including Fabulous Ladies of Stoke-on-Trent, The History of Etruria; Factories and Festivals, and Potted Histories, Named, Dated, and Inscribed Pottery.

Poetry and Contemporary Art Workshop: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

14th January, 1pm – 3pm

At only £2.50 for a two hour session this looks like a really good value event if part of your New Year’s resolutions is to get in touch with your inner poet. This workshop will be run by a professional poet in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Heated Exchanges: Craft and Design Centre, Manchester

This ongoing exhibition, due to finish in early February, has brought together a number of contemporary artists working with glass. An elusive artistic medium, glass requires a lot of skill and creativity to work with. Judging by the images that accompany the exhibition on the Craft and Design Centre’s website there is some really interesting work here.

Indoor Creative Photography: Gainsborough Artworks

Saturday 28th, 10am – 1pm

This workshop with local photographer Dawn Jutton (see my recent interview with Jutton here) will help you get to grips with all kinds of photography in artificial light. Torches, candles, lamps – if you want to experiment with your light sources then this is the photography workshop for you.

I have done a number of workshops run by Jutton, as well as being a member of the No.1 Ladies Photography Group (read my post about our latest meeting here) that meets regularly at the studio in the Gainsborough Works building in Stafford. It is always a welcoming and creative atmosphere. If you are a complete beginner you needn’t feel anxious about going along as everyone involved with these workshops is always eager to help and Jutton is a skilled teacher – you will soon be getting to grips with your camera.

Drink and Draw: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday 28th, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Put yourself in place where doodling on something isn’t frowned upon. Let your alcohol assisted creativity soar… and most importantly… drink and draw!

Sometimes our inhibitions are our greatest obstacle when trying to get our thoughts down on paper. This event, however, seeks to loosen those up a little. A fun and sociable way to get you drawing this January.

This is a free event (unless you count your bar tab) at the Edwardian Tea Rooms of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. No booking is necessary. For more information take a look at their Drink and Draw Facebook Group.


So that’s my pick of events and exhibitions this month. Let me know what you are looking forward to in the comments!

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