Weekly arts roundup, October 8-14

PICK OF THE WEEK

Making It: Sculpture In Britain: 1977-1986
Warwick Arts Centre, from Thursday October 8

For the first time, a comprehensive roundup of this pivotal era, which saw sculpture imbued with a new lease of life thanks to the influence of conceptual art and developments overseas.  In the Midlands as part of the Arts Council Collection’s touring programme, over 40 artists are on display, including Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Antony Gormley.

ALSO THIS WEEK

BIRMINGHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Birmingham Literature Festival
Various venues, from Thursday October 8

This year’s celebration of the written word at the Library of Birmingham and beyond, with early highlights including appearances by former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove and satirist Martin Rowson, as well as a Baltic Breakfast featuring readings of Latvian and Lithuanian literature, a dedicated Poetry Film Day, and immersive theatre from the fine Little Earthquake company.

ANITA AND ME

Anita And Me
Rep, from Friday October 9

The world-premiere adaptation of Meera Syal’s coming-of-age novel, drawing on her own 1970s Midlands upbringing.

FIONA BANNER

Fiona Banner: Scroll Down And Keep Scrolling
Ikon, from Saturday October 10

A career-spanning exhibition of the Young British Artist, extending across all of Ikon’s gallery spaces, which engages with themes of war and the printed word.

THE ENCOUNTER

The Encounter
Warwick Arts Centre, Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11

Having garnered rave reviews in Edinburgh, innovators par excellence Complicite deploy state-of-the-art binaural sound to explore photographer Loren McIntyre’s 1969 journey into the remote Vale do Javari.

WAR GAMES

War Games
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, from Saturday October 10

An interactive show for all ages, on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood, which explores the role of conflict in toys and games.

STILL RUNNING

FIERCE

Fierce Festival
Various venues, until Sunday October 11

The 2015 edition of the internationally-acclaimed, boundary-smashing festival of performance, art, music and dance – Friday presents the chance to Sleep With A Curator overnight at Eastside Projects; then on Saturday Canada’s PME-ART group discuss their record collection in The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information, while over at the Old Print Works the Club Fierce night includes a set from the mighty Gazelle Twin.

BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL

Birmingham Comedy Festival
Various venues, until Sunday October 11

This year’s excellent jamboree of stand-up concludes, with highlights including Simon Munnery at Mac on Friday, Frankie Boyle at the Symphony Hall on Saturday, and Chris Ramsey at the Old Rep on Sunday.

DATE FOR THE DIARY

ENCHANTED DREAMS

Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art Of ER Hughes
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, from Saturday October 17

A first-ever retrospective for the overlooked painter, including his signature 1912 watercolour Night With Her Train Of Stars.

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