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Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

In, in, in (still), 2014 - (c) Jade Blackstock showing as part of New Art West Midlands 2015

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 8 January 2015.

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



The Coventry Centre of Contemporary Art at FarGo Village

FarGo Village, Coventry's recently opened arts and cultural hub is to be the location of a new arts venue. The Peapod Collective and Pod are the proud custodians and curators of Bob and Roberta Smith's shed known as the Coventry Centre of Contemporary Art (CCCA). Bob and Roberta Smith conceived the shed as an alternative fine arts exhibition and project space for Coventry. The inaugural exhibition will showcase the work of Eve Hyde-Davis and HKid.

The opening takes place from 5.30-7.30pm on Friday 12 December and opens to the public from 13 December 2014.



Birmingham Public Art Strategy Meeting 

Taking place on Friday 12 December at Eastside Projects, this meeting will be an opportunity to take part in important discussions about Birmingham’s public art: managing the current portfolio of work, as well as aspirations for public art in the future.

The Public Art Strategy will reflect a wide range of considerations including funding mechanisms, quality and impact, local engagement, siting and maintenance; and will form part of Birmingham’s revised Cultural Strategy (Big City Culture 2010-15) - a new vision reflecting the current economic, social and political context.
Register your attendance here.



Art Bus

Birmingham's Art Bus returns for a festive edition on Wednesday 3 December. The free bus will visit six Birmingham galleries (Ikon, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, RBSA Gallery, mac birmingham, Eastside Projects and Parkside Gallery) between 5-9pm.

Each gallery stays open late for Christmas shopping, free gallery tours and refreshments. The timetable for the night can be viewed here.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Recipient of a residency at the Library of Birmingham as part of New Art West Midlands, Lucy Hutchinson presents 'I Sell the Shadow to Save the Substance' from 2 December at the Photographers' Wall at the Library of Birmingham.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 11 December 2014.

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



Reminder: Artist Editions Talk



Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University. Free.

We are seeing an ever increasing amount of artist editions for sale, prints, multiples, film, and even companies selling editioned digital works by high profile artists, not for walls but our online devices. We will debate the cultural and market position today of the`fine-art' print. Come along and be part of the debate, and hear from our special guests:

  • Why are artist editions on the increase?
  • What the benefits can be for the artist who editions work, and the gallery
  • Working with a gallery on an edition
  • How is a`fine art' editioned print different from any other limited edition (digital) print?
  • How are decisions made on the size of an edition?
  • How are editions priced, promoted and sold?
  • What more can the region do to promote artists and editioned work?

There will be an opportunity for questions and for artists to share their own thoughts and experiences.

Special guests:

Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, Ikon Gallery

Ailsa McWilliam, Artist and Print Demonstrator, Coventry University.

Justin Sanders, Technical Demonstrator in Printmaking, Birmingham School of Art

The discussion will be chaired by Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands.


The event is free but booking is essential. Please book your place by emailing Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk



Birmingham Production Space Survey

Over the last nine months Ruth Claxton, artist and Associate Director at Eastside Projects has been working with Alessandro Columbano and Mike Dring  from Birmingham School of Architecture and Project Manager and printmaking specialist Sean O’Keeffe to develop the Birmingham Production Space proposal. In it they imagine a new piece of cultural infrastructure for the city, an affordable, professional interdisciplinary workspace with workshops and space for making at its core.

To make the case that this space is needed, they need to gather evidence, find out who is working in the region and where and how artists, designers, architects, makers and cultural producers are accessing production facilities or technical skills development.

If you are one of the above, the team would like to hear from you via the survey here. The survey will take about 15 minutes and the results will be made public and available for others to use in December. Responses need to be submitted by Sunday 23 November 2014.



BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

This week a new space for art, technology and science opens in Birmingham city centre. BOM (Birmingham Open Media) will include a gallery, co-working and creative spaces, a workshop programme, open studios, wetlab and cafe.

The launch night takes place on Friday from 6pm with the opening of their inagural show Chaos Computer Club.