Staffordshire University fine art graduate Ali Reed has been named the overall winner of New Art West Midlands. The coveted award comes with a £1000 cash prize and the chance to undertake a residency at A3 Project Space in Digbeth, leading to a solo exhibition in the future.
Ali Reed impressed the judges with her site-specific installation at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. By using materials such as tape, geometric blocks, stacks of laser-cut wood and card, as well as wall drawings, she creates visual effects which seem to manipulate the shape of the building in which her artwork is situated.
In total five artist prizewinners were selected by the judges. Lucy Hutchinson (Coventry University), Morna Lockie-Anrig (BCU), Sikander Pervez (Staffordshire University) and Anna Smith (Wolverhampton University) take home £1000 each and win a residency at The Library of Birmingham, Airspace at Stoke on Trent, The New Art Gallery Walsall and mac birmingham, respectively.
New Art West Midlands is an exhibition across four art institutions - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery - showcasing the creative talent and new work of emerging artists in the West Midlands region. A Turning Point West Midlands initiative, New Art West Midlands exhibits the work of 23 artists, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.