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New Art West Midlands 2015 - Artists Announced

Megan Sheridan, Squid (2014). Photograph. Image courtesy of the artist.

The work of 30 recent visual arts graduates from the West Midlands’ five university art schools has been selected for the multi-sited New Art West Midlands 2015 exhibitions.  The exhibitions are designed to showcase quality, innovative work by the best new talent in the region. 

The 2015 exhibitions will be shown from 13 February to 17 May 2015 across four venues: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and new this year, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

The work has been selected by two renowned artists John Newling and Bedwyr Williams, and art historian Amna Malik.

We are pleased to announce that the following graduates have been selected to exhibit:

DAN AULUK, Birmingham City University

JADE BLACKSTOCK, University of Worcester

MICHAEL CARR, Coventry University

JAKUB CEGLARZ, Birmingham City University

ALEXANDRA DARBY, University of Wolverhampton

LUCY DORE, Birmingham City University

KATHLEEN FABRE, University of Wolverhampton

JOANNA FURSMAN, Birmingham City University

ADAM GRÜNING, Staffordshire University

SHIJIE HAI, Birmingham City University

ANDREA HANNON, Coventry University

JOSH HAZELL, University of Worcester

JESSICA HOLT,  Birmingham City University

REECE KENNEDY, Coventry University

SEVVEN KUCUK, Birmingham City University

AMANDA PEARCE, Birmingham City University

YASMIN RENNIE, Birmingham City University

VICKY RODEN, Birmingham City University

CAMILLA SEARLE, Birmingham City University

MEGAN SHERIDAN, Birmingham City University

CAROLE SHERMAN, Birmingham City University

GLENYS SHIRLEY, Staffordshire University


JADE SIMPSON, Staffordshire University

EMILY SPARKES, Birmingham City University

EMMA STARKEY, University of Worcester

SARAH THORLEY, Staffordshire University

JAMES TURNER, Birmingham City University

LISA MARIE WILLIAMS, Staffordshire University

JODIE WINGHAM, Birmingham City University


More information about the selected artists will be published soon.



Studio Visits - Autumn 2014

Artists based in the West Midlands are offered the opportunity to receive a studio visit from a respected arts professional. Studio visitors can assist with the development of your work by engaging in dialogue, offering feedback, advice and by providing valuable networking opportunities. The visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

The studio visitors are:

Nick Hackworth – Art Dealer and Gallerist, Paradise Row
Bruce Haines – Director, Ancient and Modern
Ceri Hand – Curator, Art Dealer and Consultant
Jessica Litherland – Senior Exhibitions Officer, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
Nathaniel Pitt – Artist and Director of Division of Labour
Gavin Wade – Director, Eastside Projects
Artists do not need to have an official studio to apply for this opportunity, we appreciate that artists make work in a variety of spaces. 

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 17 August 2014.
Information on each studio visitor and the application form can be found here.


Lastest Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin published

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 7 August 2014.

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



Siân Macfarlane: We Are Illuminated

Carnival Memorial Park, Willenhall, c.1926 (Ref. 7844), Reproduced by permission of Walsall Local History Centre.

During the last round of micro-residencies in November, we were so impressed with the standard of applications that we appointed two recipients. Dr Bharti Parmar undertook her micro-residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall at the beginning of the year. Siân Macfarlane's micro-residency at the gallery will take place from 21 July to 3 August 2014.

Siân Macfarlane works with photography, film and performance, with a particular interest in outmoded technology.

Gathering images and information from archival sources, Siân is concerned with how we interact with time and place, and the relationship between the visual and other senses.

Fairs, carnivals and cinemas in the Walsall area, from the 1800s to the present day, form the focus of Siân’s research for her residency. Assisted by students from Walsall College and in consultation with local residents, Siân will collate a body of research to explore further in the studio.

A changing display of the artist’s research material is on display in the mezzanine case, until the end of the residency. Follow the progress of the project on the residency blog.

On Saturday 2 August there will be an open studio event, a chance to join the artist and students to discuss the project.



Announcement - Head of Art Market - West Midlands

Boundary I, 2000. Barbara Walker. Oil on canvas, 182 x121cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are very pleased to announce that Rachel Bradley has been appointed Head of Art Market for the West Midlands.
Rachel, who is based in the West Midlands, is a freelance curator and visual arts consultant, recently developing the New Art West Midlands graduate exhibitions. She was Co-Director of Midwest Artists support agency from 2003 to 2008.  In 2005 she co-curated the Scotland Pavillion at the Venice Biennale, and has worked as Commissions Manager for the Public Art Commission Agency (PACA) Birmingham and was Exhibitions organiser for the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
Rachel will take up position at the end of this month.  There will be an opportunity to hear about Art Market activity for the region:
  • Curators Network
  • Acquisition Scheme
  • Annual Exhibition
  • Art Fair presentation
  • Website
A meeting date will be announced on the Turning Point West Midlands website. Please subscribe for updates here.
Rachel will work closely with Turning Point West Midlands, organisations and national and international agencies.
The Art Market project is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.

West Midlands Open - deadline extended

The West Midlands Open is a biennial collaboration between Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. It offers a platform for the vibrant talent of the West Midlands Art Scene and allows regional artists to show their work at these prestigious venues.

All artists currently living in Birmingham and the West Midlands (incorporating Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire) are eligible to enter up to 3 works for selection.

To submit your work download the entry form or collect a form from the reception at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Closing date for entries is 18 July 2014 (revised date).

The exhibition will be on from 25 October 2014–15 February 2015.



Open Call - Call for submissions for Format Festival 2015

FORMAT International Photography Festival is now open for submissions for the 2015 festival taking place in Derby from March - April 2015.

The theme of the festival is 'Exposure'. Submissions are welcomed from artists/photographers, curators, collectives, archives, independent publishers and performers. There are opportunities to show different kinds of works: wall based, installation, public space, screen, interactive, digital, participatory, workshop and event based.

The Jury includes, Birmingham-born photographer and FORMAT Patron Brian Griffin. Between 30 and 40 applicants will get the opportunity to exhibit or present events at FORMAT International Photography Festival 2015. Awards include photographic equipment and cash prizes.

Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 1 October 2014.


Commission opportunity - Fête Des Lumières, Lyon

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a co-commission between Fête des Lumières de Lyon and WERK (formerly EC-Arts), for an artist or organisation based in Birmingham to produce one or multiple 'Monumental Light Object' for a key central location in Lyon during the Festival of Lights event in December 2014. There will also be the opportunity to exhibit the work within the Longbridge Light Festival in 2015, if considered appropriate by WERK.

More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 8 August 2014.