Two pieces on display at the British Art Show 5 until January 28 at the Gas Hall, Ikon Gallery and B16 - above, Glass House 1999, thread on canvas by Monte Clark and right, No!, 1999, ceramic, by Grayson Perry
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square 0121 303 2834
Fire and Form: 7000 Years of Ceramic Art. The largest survey of ceramics, from prehistory to contemporary studio pottery, from the museum's collection. Until March 18; Gas Hall: British Art Show 5. This is the first time since 1984-85 that one of the National Touring Exhibitions surveys of contemporary British art has visited Birmingham. Compared to the earlier show this one makes little attempt to be comprehensive, with many of the big Britart names (Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread, for example) missing, as well as older artists. Surprisingly David Hockney is in, as is the unique Tracey Emin among the cast list of 55 artists plus the Art & Language collective. Until Jan 28 (see also Ikon Gallery); Surrealism in Birmingham. An exploration of Birmingham's little-known era as a centre for Surrealist painting between the 1930s and 1950s, featuring work by Conroy Maddox, Desmond Morris, John Melville and Emmy Bridgwater. Until Feb 28 (Mon-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10.30am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12.30pm-5pm).
Birmingham Central Library
Chamberlain Square 0121 235 4511
Millennibrum Photography Competition. Winning images from the competition which is part of the Millennibrum project. Until Jan 31 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm).
Oozells Square, Brindleyplace 0121 248 0708
British Art Show 5. See Museum & Art Gallery. Until Jan 28 (Tue-Sun 10.30am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Unit 4, Old Mill, Grosvenor Street West, Birmingham 0121 643 6040
British Art Show 5. See Museum & Art Gallery. Until Jan 28 (Thu-Sun 12noon-5pm).
Cannon Hill Park 0121 440 3838
First and Last Things. Installation by Karen Trusselle, supported by a Creative Ambition award from West Midlands Arts, which explores the interaction of everyday objects and memory. …