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Division of Labour at Syson Project Space

(c) Anna Francis, Brownfield Ikabana Abbatoir, 2014

Worcester-based Division of Labour present a group show at Syson Project Space, Syson Gallery, Nottingham. Cryopreservation: Need Flowers Tomorrow? is a group exhibition of five artists whose works include flowers as a subject.

The exhibition takes place from 30 May to 13 June 2015.



Artist Development: Talking Production

Image Credit: Eleanor Morgan, Clay Robotics Project, Grymsdyke Farm

Talking Production

Monday 29 June 2015, 12.15-6pm

Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham. B9 4AR

Free (booking essential).

Talking Production brings together artists, designers and architects from across the UK to explore different approaches to making, process, materials and tools. Programmed by Ruth Claxton (Workshop Birmingham) with presentations from:

  • Samara Scott, artist.
  • Eleanor Morgan and Guan Lee, Grymsdyke Farm
  • Fran Edgerley, Assemble
  • Fi Scott, Make Works
  • Linda Brothwell, designer
  • Nicolas Deshayes, artist

Talking Production aims to put the Birmingham Production Space proposal in context by exploring a range of contemporary approaches and models that support the production of work. A full schedule for the day can be found here.

This event is delivered by Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme run by the New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands.

Please contact Annabel Clarke to book your place: annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk 






Degree Shows 2015

Over the next month 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:

Coventry University - Saturday 30 May - Thursday 4 June 2015. Private view - 6-9pm, Friday 29 May 2015.

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 6 June - Saturday 13 June 2015

Hereford College of Arts - Saturday 13 June - Saturday 20 June 2015.

Birmingham City University - Tuesday 16 June to Sunday 21 June 2015. Private View - 6-8pm, Monday 15 June 2015.

Staffordshire University - Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 June 2015.

Visual arts graduates from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester are invited to apply for the selected showcase exhibition New Art West Midlands 2016.



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now - Audio now available

Image credit: Glen Stoker

On Saturday 16 May, Artist Development West Midlands and AirSpace Gallery explored models of Artists' studios though a series of case studies and discussion at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

An audio recording and a write-up of the day is now available here.



a-n Paying Artists Campaign 

Last night (19 May) a lively discussion took place at Eastside Projects in Birmingham as part of a-n's current Paying Artists Campaign (payment for exhibiting in public galleries).

A panel of provocateurs included Elizabeth Rowe (Artist), Dorothy Wilson (Chief Executive, mac Birmingham), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), Stuart Whipps (Artist), Gavin Wade (Director Eastside Projects) and Anna Horton & Sophie Bullock (Artists). 


As well as beginning to form an idea of what a fair pay policy for artists could be - and it was agreed there should be an expectation that artists be paid - the discussion raised issues around art education and the need for artists to be equipped with the appropriate professional skills and the need for transparency around payment - with training needed for both artists and galleries.

The discussion last night follows on from a meeting on 25 March with a small focus group of artist and organisation representatives, called by a-n and facilitated by TPWM. The group's feedback feeds in to to the wider consultation being carried out by a-n. 

You can follow developments on the Paying Artists Campaign website, and TPWM will keep you abreast of key developments through its news postings and e-bulletin.



Dr Bird: Conquering Clouds

During 2013 David Bethell spent time researching and working with the Wolverhampton Art Gallery collection as part of a residency supported by Artist Development West Midlands. As a result of the residency he was invited back to exhibit the work developed. The work is on show until 8 August 2015. The exhibition preview is this Friday from 6pm.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Featured in this edition: Museums at Night, events taking place across the country until Saturday.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 4 June 2015.

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



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

Image: Glen Stoker

This Saturday, join us in Stoke for:

Beyond The Garret: Artists’ Studios Now

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Saturday 16 May 2015, 11am – 4pm

Followed by a BBQ, Open Studios event and opportunity to view Indefinable Cities at AirSpace Gallery from 4-6pm

Free (booking essential).

In light of recent plans to create a number of artist studios as part of the Spode Factory redevelopment, Beyond the Garret is a timely event which seeks to explore current models of Artists’ studios today and in the future through a series of case studies and group discussion. The case studies will be provided by:

This event will interest artists who would like to learn more about studios, current and future studio providers or developers, and those interested in being part of a regional and/or national network.

This event is delivered by AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and the Artist Development programme run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands.

The event is free but booking is essential.

Please contact Annabel Clarke to book your place: annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk