Within and Without: Body Image and the Self

22 Jul 2019 – 1 Sep 2019

Event times

Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Cost of entry

free admission

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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The exhibition examines how social, historical and cultural factors affect body image and how this is expressed through objects and artworks.


 It explores how body image impacts on issues such as social status, gender, stage of life, health, aesthetics, religion, politics and sexuality.

The theme has been shaped into a single narrative selected by volunteers working with staff on the exhibition’s development. 

The Body Image exhibition is the second to take place in our Story Lab gallery. This space invites our visitors to help shape the future of the museum. 

What stories should the museum tell? How should objects be displayed? What is missing? Explore the theme of Body Image and contribute your ideas to the exhibition.


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