Drag and Drawing: Student workshop

Inspired by the dynamic and characterful lithograph poster Le Divan Japonais, 1892 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, we’ll capture cabaret and drag’s lively energy with Birmingham’s most fabulous drag models. This workshop will feature warm-up drawing exercises before moving on to short poses capturing movement and longer, more detailed studies. Introducing the afternoon is Lecturer in … Read more

Cats and other Creature Companions

Cats and dogs bring out the positive and playful sides of their human companions and the artists who depict them. This display, which explores companion animals within domestic and rural settings, considers what borders are crossed to allow some animals into human lives, activities and domestic spaces – and what meanings are then bestowed upon … Read more

Packing a Punch: British Graphic Satire and Caricature

Caricature, thought to have originated in Italy in the late 16th century, developed out of artists exaggerating their subjects’ physical features for expressive or comical effect. It arrived in England in the 1700s, and by the end of the century, had transformed in its use from mere lampoonery into satire and the comic cartoon. This … Read more