Art and Exhibitions
Byline: Lucy Bell
Cafe was birthplace of avant-garde ideas
THE role of Birmingham in the surrealist movement is revealed in a new exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Works by nationally-acclaimed surrealist artists, who were based in Birmingham, have been brought together for the first time in 50 years.
The exhibition covers 1935-1954 when a group based around artist Conroy Maddox would meet in the Kardomah cafe on New Street.
The artists produced work that met with blank incomprehension from the critics of the day. You can now see their paintings and judge them for yourself. Included are The Visitor by Desmond Morris, National History Museum of the Child by John Melville, The Boy by Conroy Maddox and pen and ink drawings by Emmy Bridgwater.
On show are pictures from Birmingham's own collection, loans from the artists or their families, and from private collections, including the Tate and the British Museum.
The exhibition continues until March 11.
Entrance is free.
The Herbert Art Gallery: Strangely Familiar, life-size sculptures by Philip Cox, until tomorrow; The Bold and The Beautiful, costumes by some of Coventry's local communities for city festivals. Until January 14; Godiva's World. An examination of Victorian paintings against the real woman; Making of a Masterpiece; Graham Sutherland's studies for the famous cathedral tapestry.
Go to it! Working for Victory on the Home Front, until March.
British Road Transport Museum: When Coventry was Special and other pop stories, illustrations of the city's musical history by Raj Gosai, until tomorrow.
The Gibbs Gallery (Coventry Cathedral): Christmas exhibition of contemporary crafts.
Museum and Art Gallery, Riversley Park: Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists' annual exhibition, until January 7.
RUGBY Rugby Art Gallery: The Jerwood Prize for Furniture: new work by contemporary British furniture makers, until February 11.
Kenilworth Castle: Photos for the Future 2, exhibition of some of the 5,000 entries to the History Channel's local history project, until March.
Leamington Art Gallery: Made in the Middle, contemporary crafts from the Midlands, until January 14.
Southtown Gallery at Gaia (off Bath Street): Exhibition of prints by Gillian Irving. …