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Degree Shows 2016

Over the next few months graduating Art students exhibit their work in their end of year shows. Below are a number that are open to the public across the West Midlands:

University of Worcester - Friday 20 - Friday 27 May 2016. Private View - 6-8.30pm, Thursday 19 May 2016.

Coventry University - Saturday 28 May - Thursday 2 June 2016.  Private view - 6-9pm, Friday 27 May 2016.

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 11 June - Thursday 23 June 2016.

Staffordshire University  - Saturday 11 - Saturday 18 June 2016.

Hereford College of Arts - Saturday 11 - Saturday 18 June 2016.

Birmingham City University - Monday 13- Sunday 19 June 2016. Private View - 6-8pm, Monday 13 June 2016.


The best work of recent graduates from across the West Midlands can also be seen at the Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery in New Art West Midlands until mid May.



Spode Works Open Day

The new artists’ studios at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent are now ready for occupation.

In partnership with ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art), Factory, Stoke's business support programme for the creative industries are inviting local artists, creative practitioners and businesses to an Open Day at the studios to find out more about the space.

There will be a chance to hear from current studio holders as well as Artistic Director of ACAVA Duncan Smith, who will outline the benefits of being a member of ACAVA and becoming part of this new venture.

The Open Day takes place from 12-7pm on Tuesday 17 May 2016, with a guided tour at 5.30pm. Address: ACAVA Studios: Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ.

In May 2015 the Artist Development programme with AirSpace Gallery held an event that explored models of Artists' studios, in which Duncan Smith from ACAVA spoke of the new studios. Audio from the day can be found here.




Make/Shift/Space is a new portable artist structure which will host a programme of live art making through residencies, workshops and events in public locations. Devised by artist-duo Hickey+Warner, the project is supported by Arts Council England and mac birmingham.

The roving platform connects the mechanics of everyday space with the process of artistic production, giving visibility to the work that artists do. The first phase of the project explores social practice across outdoor sites in Digbeth, Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath in Birmingham.

Artists Claire Hickey, Emily Warner, Laura Burns and Sarah Taylor-Silverwood will carry out a series of public realm residencies and community engagement opportunities between May-June 2016. Details on upcoming dates and locations can be found here.



Shun Ito: Cosmic Birds

Shun Ito, Cells scale model (2016) Courtesy of the artist.

Gravity, movement and light are explored in an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Japanese artist Shun Ito in Birmingham's Municipal Bank from 2-20 May 2016.

Central to the work is a new installation, Cells (2016), a large-scale mobile comprising 200 rotating steel rings and 30 electric light bulbs. A programme of events includes a live performance In A Landscape (12–14 May) by Kei Miyata, combining sculpture, movement and hypnotic sounds played live by Ex Easter Island Head.

The exhibition is presented by Ikon Gallery in collaboration with International Dance Festival Birmingham, Judy Owen Ltd and Kei Miyata.



Freelance Curator Bursary recipients announced

Installation view of SALON. Photograph Marcin Sz.

Art Market Project-New Art WM is pleased to announce that three Freelance Curator Bursaries for Continued Professional Development have been awarded to Aly Grimes, Roma Piotrowska and Sonya Russell-Saunders.

Over the next six months Aly Grimes will follow a programme of CPD to develop the international touring group show ‘Short Circuit; Roma Piotrowska to develop her curatorial research concerning the geography and economies of Eastern Europe and the Middle East; Sonya Russell-Saunders to develop mentoring for her curatorial projects working with digital media artists concerning cultural sociology and performativity. 

The freelance curators will feedback about their experience at a public event to be held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in September.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Ephemeral V, 2015 (c) Nicola Onions. Currently on show at New Art West Midlands at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. New Art West Midlands finishes at the Herbert on Sunday, but continues at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery until May.

The latest Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin has been published and can be found here.

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 12 May 2016.

If you have any news, events or opportunities you would like to submit please email: artistsnewsandoppstpwm@bcu.ac.uk



New Art West Midlands 2016-18

Installation view of SALON, organised by Art Market Project, New Art WM, 2015. Photograph Marcin Sz

We are pleased to announce that Turning Point West Midlands has been successful in its bid to Arts Council England to fund a new programme for the period 2016-2018.  We would like to thank Arts Council England, Birmingham City University and the additional funding partners Birmingham Museums Trust, Worcester University, University of Wolverhampton, Hereford College of Arts as well as Coventry University and Staffordshire University.

Unlike before, this funding will support an even more ambitious programme that builds on and consolidates activities currently delivered by two ACE-funded initiatives, Turning Point West Midlands and New Art WM.  As part of this development Turning Point West Midlands will rebrand itself 'New Art West Midlands' to better reflect its role in developing and promoting contemporary visual arts from the West Midlands region.  In the coming months we will develop a new website and branding to reflect this change.

New Art West Midlands’ (NAWM) plans and priorities for 2016-2018:

  • Support for Artists - to continue developing a strong artists network, raising the profile of artists in the region and providing increased opportunities for artists at all stages in their careers.
  • Support for Curators - to continue developing a strong network of freelance and organisation-based curators, offering professional development and curatorial bursaries to develop market-facing selling exhibitions.
  • Partnerships & Opportunities - to enable new introductions, broker opportunities and raise the profile of artists and the visual arts by working with existing and new partners. In particular NAWM will develop closer partnerships between Higher Education Institutions, visual arts organisations, artists and curators to maximise opportunities for artists in the region.
  • A hub for debate - NAWM will continue to serve as a hub for debate, contributing to the national debate through the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN).
  • New Art West Midlands exhibition - to continue to work with a strong network of universities and galleries across the region in developing this major annual event for graduate artists .
  • NAWM Professional Development - to deliver a programme of professional development responsive to artists’ needs at all stages in their careers, including workshops, business development sessions, artist and curator talks, visits to art fairs, mentoring training in promoting and selling works and codes of best practice. In addition artists will be able to apply for a series of residencies, curator studio visits and bursaries.
  • Regional Framework for Research - for the first time NAWM will develop a regional framework for research in practice, with closer artistic and curatorial collaborations with Higher Education partners, including an international lecture programme; research symposia and workshops to foster greater collaboration and network research bids between artists and academics; and a collaborative artist/researcher in residence scheme.
  • Website - the development of a single website (combining features of the existing TPWM and New Art WM websites) that reflects the network's rebranding as 'New Art West Midlands', providing News and Opportunities e-bulletin and a resource for artists and curators, with a market-facing platform profiling artists from the region.
  • Regional Visual Arts Strategy - the development of a regional visual arts strategy that supports artists at every stage of their career.
  • Advocacy and patronage - to develop investment from new income sources, both private and public, as well as developing strategies to attract buyers and new audiences to the regions’ visual arts.
  • NAWM Organisational development - to develop a resilient and sustainable model for New Art West Midlands beyond March 2018.

New Art West Midlands (formerly Turning Point West Midlands) is a strategic network for the region and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network set up to strengthen the visual arts in England.  NAWM is hosted by Birmingham City University.



Call for entries: New Wave

RBSA are currently accepting entries for their forthcoming Next Wave exhibition. Next Wave first took place in 2014. It was an entirely new project for the gallery, aiming to show different work to add to the variety of their annual programme, and also to support and promote emerging and early-career artists up to ten years post-qualification.

Next Wave 2016 will take place from 21 September - 15 October 2016. All media are accepted for the exhibition.

For more information can be found here. Deadline: 4pm, Monday 25 April 2016.