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Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 

Untitled (c) Antony Gormley

Opening this week at the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick, 'Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986' examines an exciting time in contemporary art history: a ten-year period in which a new generation of artists brought a fresh approach to the making of sculpture.

The exhibition will show the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding.

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 runs from 8 October to 29 November 2015.



Today - Welcome to Midville: Art, Money, Market

The Last Day, 2012 (c) Paul Newman. Paul’s solo show `Stage’ will be at mac birmingham from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 22 November 2015.


WELCOME TO MIDVILLE – Art, Money, Market

Thursday 1 October 2015, 3-7pm
Nest, Glenn Howells Architects. 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. B5 6ET

Taking place later today, this event organised by New Art WM and Turning Point West Midlands takes a look at Art, Money, and Market in relation to where we are, what we do and who our audience is. London may be the centre of the UK art market but good art comes from anywhere.

There are a few tickets still available. Please book if you would like to attend.

The full programme can be found here. Book here via Eventbrite.



ICA Offsite: Digbeth

Artwork and design courtesy of Ben Sansbury & Fergadelic

This weekend the ICA in association with Selfridges, present ICA Off-site: Digbeth, Birmingham. The off-site project coincides with Selfridges’ Live + Loud festival and is the ICA’s first project in the city.

ICA Off-Site: Digbeth aims to reference recent trends in contemporary urban subcultures and features a temporary exhibition and music programme that draws on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city as a centre for creativity and a source of inspiration.

ICA Off-Site: Digbeth takes place from 2-4 October 2015 at 119 Floodgate Street, Birmingham. B5 5TL.



Cultivate mentoring programme

Organised by DASH, Cultivate is a mentoring programme for emerging disabled visual artists across the West Midlands designed to enable them access to opportunities and practical specialist support to develop their practice. A three year programme, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Applications are now open for the opportunity, and the first mentoring sessions will take place next month. More information on the programme can be found here.



Reimagining the Industrial Revolution

John Davies - Viaduct, Stockport, 1986 (c)

Reimagining the Industrial Revolution is a two day symposium from 9-10 October bringing together academics, artists, poets and musicians to explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution and its significance today. The event will include workshops, talks, music, performances as well as a keynote from Jeremy Deller.

The symposium is part of Shifting Worlds, Meadow Arts' exhibition and residency programme in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

Tickets cost £15 and include access to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums from 8-15 October 2015.



British Ceramics Biennale

AGAIN, for the very last time Lawrence Epps, 2015 © the artist

The fourth British Ceramics Biennale opens this weekend and runs until 8 November 2015. It will feature the work of over 75 emerging and established artists at the original Spode factory site, as well walks, workshops, installations and talks across Stoke-on-Trent.

The full programme can be downloaded here.



Landscape with Machines

Jeremy Deller - Still from Promotional Film for All that is Solid Melts into Air, 2014 HD Video, 20 min 54 sec. Courtesy the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

Part of 'Shifting Worlds', Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts' contemporary art programme celebrating Coalbrookdale, 'Landscape with Machines' is an exhibition bringing together artworks by leading contemporary artists and selected pieces from the Museum's collection of Industrial Art. It celebrates artists' reactions to the social, technological and aesthetic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Running from 28 September to 18 December 2015 at Coalbrookdale Gallery, it will feature the work of Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Tony Cragg, Martin Parr, Stuart Whipps as well as Faye Claridge.



AirSpace Gallery micro-residency


AirSpace Gallery, in partnership with the Artist Development programme run by The New Art Gallery Walsall with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering an artist the opportunity of a two week micro-residency at their gallery in the centre of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. 

The successful applicant will have exclusive use of the Gallery as a studio space for this period as well as curatorial and technical support from the AirSpace Directors. Artists can work in any medium and are invited to respond to the theme of celebration and winter festivals. The selected artist is invited to make a work which will be on display in AirSpace Gallery’s window until 8 January 2016.

The selected artist will receive a fee of £500 and a further £250 towards materials and travel.  Free accommodation can also be provided if required.

More information and the application form can be found here.

Deadline for applications:  5pm, Sunday 18 October 2015.