Birmingham Weekly Arts Roundup, June 13-19

There’s something of an end-of-season feel to the local visual arts scene this week.  Rachel Adams is wrapping up her three-month residency at the Lombard Method, where she’s been analysing the cultural value of materials by exploring the aesthetics of sci-fi, classical sculpture and decorative craft.  Suburban Mystic, her closing exhibition (pictured below), opens on Thursday (June 13) and promises a juxtaposition of past and present styles.

At the Ort Gallery in Balsall Heath, Paul O’Kane’s Downtime project comes to an end.  Centring on those unexpected pockets of free time that occasionally bubble up amidst the hectic day-to-day, O’Kane has been curating mixed-media contributions from the general public.  The project finishes up on Wednesday (June 19).

At the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Metropolis exhibition is beginning to wind down, but the curators will be on hand for a lunchtime talk on Wednesday (June 19).

Meanwhile, at the Mac in Edgbaston, Greg Lucas’ Blog Papers exhibition is drawing to a close.  Before it does, the man himself drops into the Hexagon Theatre on Thursday (June 13) to present The Blog Papers Exposé, a slide show demonstrating photography’s ability to intrigue.

As a prelude to Lucas’ slide show, photography fans can head to the Warwick Arts Centre on Thursday (June 13) afternoon for a cross-disciplinary discussion about the power of photos to create false memories.  Artist AR Hopwood will introduce submissions from the False Memory Archive, while psychology professor Dr Kim Wade presents her research into memory and suggestion.

As for new shows, Jeff Lomas’ raku pottery exhibition opens at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists on Monday (June 17), while a display of John Hampton’s botanical paintings begins at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday (June 15).

Meanwhile, in theatres, the Old Rep has a short run of Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife opening on Thursday (June 13), while the Stripped Down Theatre company return to the Old Joint Stock on Saturday (June 15) for Our Kylie’s Havin’ A Bab, the natural progression from last year’s Our Kylie’s Gettin’ Wed.

Also this week, you have the chance to see Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience – without having to leave the West Midlands.  The National Theatre beams a live performance from London’s Gielgud Theatre to a swathe of local venues on Thursday (June 13).

Younger theatregoers are well catered for this week too.  Pirates of Cannon Hill (pictured top) begins a short run in the Mac’s Outdoor Arena on Friday (June 14), while the award-winning Complicite company bring Lionboy, their first family show, to the Warwick Arts Centre from Tuesday (June 18).

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