Personally, I love the type of art which makes me stop and smile. For The Record is Birmingham Museum Trust's newest exhibition, which celebrates the re-opening of the Waterhall Gallery (solely for contemporary works).
The story begins
The exhibition features paintings, prints and sculpture from a range of female artists, exploring themes of preservation and tradition. Works span the 20th century to now.
The curator claims the exhibition explores a number of themes (like preservation, tradition, documentation and recording), but having seen the works on show I felt like I was reading a novel and as the time passed between painting and sculpture, the story steeps ever deeper in the narrative of identity, women, and politics.
If you're familiar with work of this nature, you might like to know that the exhibition also includes new works by West Midlands-based artists Faye Claridge and Barbara Walker, have made contributions, and you can marvel at their pieces for free.