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New Art West Midlands 2016

This Friday New Art West Midlands returns for its fourth edition. Taking place at the Waterhall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, the exhibition will showcase the work of artists that have graduated within the last three years from five of the West Midlands’ art schools: Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

The artists selected to be part of New Art West Midlands 2016 were chosen by a panel of leading figures in the art world: artist and academic Sonia Boyce, artist John Stezaker and Katharine Stout, Head of Programme at ICA, London.

New Art West Midlands offers an insight into the current trends and concerns of contemporary art, and highlights promising artists right at the start of their careers. Five artists will win a cash prize of £1000. Visitors can expect a mixture of painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation, in what is a unique opportunity to see the latest developments in contemporary art.

New Art West Midlands is organised by Turning Point West Midlands, a network that works to promote and develop contemporary art in the region, hosted by Birmingham City University. With five universities and four venues, with 43 exhibiting artists, the initiative is the largest partnership of its kind in England.


New Art West Midlands 2016 dates:

Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - 12 February to 15 May 2016

mac birmingham - 13 February to 10 April 2016

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry - 26 February to 24 April 2016

 Wolverhampton Art Gallery - 12 March to 15 May 2016


CVAN - The Value of Artists: A National Conversation

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) is hosting a free event in Leeds next month exploring the benefits that artists bring to society, including the role that artists have in defining the cultural shape of our towns and cities, how artists working in all regions and remote corners of the UK are producing work that reaches international audiences and how artists have taken collective action to create new models of learning and support.

The Value of Artists is a national conversation bringing together a panel of speakers offering real experience and expertise, and a delegate body of local, regional and national influencers, arts professionals and visual arts practitioners.

The Value of Artists will be held at Leeds City Art Gallery on Thursday the 3 March, from 10.30am ‐ 4.30pm with lunch provided. The event is free but attendance is limited to 120 places. Book here.

a-n members can apply for travel bursaries to attend (Deadline: Monday 22 February 2016).



The Fine Art of Hanging On - Sold Out

SALON. Photo credit: Marcin Szymczak

The Fine Art of Hanging On, our Open Forum event as part of New Art West Midlands 2016 on Saturday 27 February is now fully booked.

There is a limited waiting list for the event - book here.

If you have booked and can no longer make the event, please let us know in good time so that your space can be given to another. This can be done via Eventbrite or by emailing annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk

The Fine Art of Hanging On will be recorded and available to listen to on the Turning Point West Midlands website shortly after the event.



New Art West Midlands: Looking back, looking forward - Sevven Kucuk

Sevven I, 2015. Part of the series ÇİÇEKLERİN TAHT’I (c) Sevven Kucuk

In the lead up to New Art West Midlands 2016 (running from 12 February to 15 May at four galleries across the region), we are looking back at past editions, and the recent work of artists who have exhibited.

Seven Kucuk exhibited as part of New Art West Midlands 2015. She currently has work on display in the Spotlight gallery at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Taking inspiration from Dutch paintings, she linked narrative elements of certain pieces to her own previously explored themes of life and death. Being of Turkish Cypriot origin, the Turkish baths at the Pump Rooms also played an important role in her research into her final series.


Digbeth First Friday

Showing at Stryx: On Loop by Emmie McLuskey, 2015. Pre-used conveyor belt. Dimensions variable.

Digbeth First Friday returns tomorrow with late night openings and events across the Digbeth area of Birmingham.

Events include:

Stryx: Bourn, 6–8.30pm

‘Bourn’ is the resulting exhibition of a new curatorial collaboration with Midlands-based collective OVUM, an exploration of how hometowns, surroundings and situations impact artistic practic.

Grand Union: Precarity Centre organised by They Are Here, 6–8pm.

Launch features durational audio-visual performance by Pouya Ehsaei, tarot card readings from Rosalie Schweiker, stop frame animation by Helene Kazan and installation by Ioanna Pantazopoulou.

Vivid Projects: AV Silk Road, 7–10pm

Vivid Projects will create an AV backbone of knowledge and talent running from North to South, East to West called the AV ‘Silk Road’.

Eastside Projects: UnPublic Works and ‘Duck Weave’ 6–8pm

Join Eastside Projacts for a late night viewing of ‘Duck Weave’ by Richard Woods and a very special performance by C100. C100 is an ongoing collaboration that explores the intersection between art, architecture, urbanism and performance.

Centrala: Sovinec, 6pm–8pm

‘Sovinec’ exhibtion by Jindrich Streit, one of the most important Czech Documentary Photographers.

Information on the full programme can be found here.



Birmingham Production Space: An Update

John Keatley Metals Ltd., Aston, Birmingham

Last year the Birmingham Production Space proposal was launched at a public meeting at Eastside Projects.

Since then, Workshop Birmingham have been working with the Enterprise, Innovation and Business team at Birmingham City University to move the proposal forward, a process which has resulted in a number of funding bids which, if successful, will see the Production Space workshops and flexible making space piloted as part of the first phase of STEAMhouse, a new facility in Digbeth which has been designed to fuse learning, knowledge, practice and production.

On Thursday 18 February there will be an event at Eastside Projects to hear more about, and feedback on, the ambitious vision for STEAMhouse phase 2.

This event is free, but booking is advised. Book here.



AirSpace Curriculum

AirSpace Curriculum is a programme of events, talks and workshops organised by AirSpace Gallery in partnership with Staffordshire University which recognises and responds to the need for continuing professional development for artists in Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands.

Usually available solely to students on the Fine Art BA at Staffordshire University, the talks are now open for any interested artists and members of the public to attend. The current round takes place from February to March.

  • Binita Walia - Thursday 4 February
  • Terry Shave - Thursday 11 February
  • Kevin Hunt - Thursday 18 Februry
  • Barby Asante - Thursday 25 February
  • Leigh Clarke - Thursday 3 March

Booking and more information can be found here.



The Fine Art of Hanging On

SALON. Photo credit: Marcin Szymczak

Saturday 27 February 2016, 11am-4.30pm
Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BX

As part of New Art West Midlands 2016, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands will be holding an Open Forum event designed for artists at any stage in their careers.

Through presentations, case studies, discussion, and with a panel to provide practical advice we will, collectively, explore the opportunities and challenges that artists face. The event will be chaired by Wendy Law, Director, Turning Point West Midlands.

Speakers include:

–  Lucy Day, Advisor to a-n and independent curator.
–  Simon Morrissey, Director, WORKS|PROJECTS and Director,
–  Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions,
    The New Art Gallery Walsall.
–  Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market Project – New Art WM.
–  Juneau Projects, Artists.
–  Jane Morrow, Independent Curator.
–  Aly Grimes, Artist/Curator.

A light lunch will be provided.

The event is free but booking is essential. Places are limited.

Book here via Eventbrite.