Weekly arts roundup, July 30-August 5

PICK OF THE WEEK

Hiroshige’s Japan: The Fifty-Three Stations Of The Tōkaidō
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, from Saturday August 1

Utagawa Hiroshige’s fabled set of 19th-century ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting the journey to Kyoto from what is now the city of Tokyo.  Also on display are artefacts from the gallery’s own collection, with Wolverhampton having been central to the manufacture of japanned ware in the 1800s.

ALSO THIS WEEK

EDDIE CHAMBERS AND MORGAN QUAINTANCE

Eddie Chambers and Morgan Quaintance in conversation
Ikon, Thursday July 30

One in a series of discussion events on subjects pertaining to art and race, as the University of Texas academic Eddie Chambers speaks with The Culture Show’s Morgan Quaintance.

VARIATIONS ON NORMAL

Variations On Normal
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, from Saturday August 1

Forming part of Coventry’s Festival of Imagineers, a rib-tickling selection of inventive drawings from self-styled “thinkerupper” Dominic Wilcox.

BEYOND THE BALLOT

Beyond The Ballot: A People’s History Of Democracy
Mac, Saturday August 1

Bite The Ballot is a movement that has been working with Brum’s youngsters in an attempt to foster their political engagement, with this special live show comprised of the voices of political figures that have inspired them.

GOOD KIDS

Good Kids
Mac, Sunday August 2

A one-off Edinburgh preview for a delightful show by Gridlock – Oxford University pair Tom Dowling and Kieran Ahern – which celebrates their Brummie upbringing.

DOGFIGHT

Dogfight
Old Joint Stock, from Wednesday August 5

The OJS’ Musical Theatre Company take on one of the most critically-acclaimed musicals of modern times, the story of US Marine Eddie Birdlace’s relationship with demure waitress Rose.

STILL RUNNING

BIRMINGHAM FEST

Birmingham Fest
Various venues, until Sunday August 2

The conclusion of 17 days of independent theatre spread across four venues – the Blue Orange, the Crescent, the Old Joint Stock and @AE Harris.

FAY NICOLSON

Fay Nicolson: OVER AND OVER PURE FORM
Grand Union, until Saturday August 8

An examination of the physicality of images and the transformative effect of repetition, with the pieces on display forming only one part of the overall enterprise.

DATE FOR THE DIARY

FIERCE FESTIVAL

Fierce Festival
Various venues, from Wednesday October 7

The 2015 edition of the internationally-acclaimed live-art festival, and the swansong for outgoing directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison.

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