ART and Exhibitions
Bell, Lucy, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Great tonic for the hols!
Holidays give people the chance to visit galleries a bit further away from home so this week's column takes a look around the region.
Birmingham has a host of exhibitions to suit all tastes. At MAC, the centre for Birmingham at Cannon Hill Park, you can see Facts, Fantasy and Pharmacopoeia - wearable art by Norah Fok, Helen Storey, Susie Freeman and Liz Lee.
This dialogue between art and science includes an amazing dress made of hundreds of glittering packets of contraceptive pills, a. fashion collection called Primitive Streak, and body jewellery .On until Aug 27.
Also on show at MAC is Images 24, a showcase of contemporary illustration (to Sep 17) and Changing Pages, British and American moveable and pop- up books Details 0121 440 3838.
The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham:
Twenty-four artists have got together to produce works inside and outside the gallery. They investigate the nature of urban space "as it is" for its inhabitants. On to Sep 10. Details 0121 248 0708.
Central library, Birmingham: Photographer Gus Gullachsen proves that life begins at 65 with his photos showing the active life of senior citizens in the West Midlands. To Sep 16
Connecting Threads, exquisite textiles and rich costumes from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. On until Sep 17.
There are elegant Georgian costumes on show at Soho House. 0121 327 0062; superb accessories as worn by Jacobean nobility at Aston Hall, 0121 3270062; fashionable clothes of 1890-1930 at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Hockley, 0121 554 3598; and a photo exhibition of clothes worn by agricultural labourers in the 19th century, 0121 777 6612. …