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A3 Project Space artists working internationally

Olly Jones: Love The Skin You're In Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles. Installation pictures.

Studio artists based at Birmingham's A3 Project Space have been working or have upcoming projects in North America:

Oliver Jones' solo show Love The Skin You're In has been showing at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles and closes on 25 October.

Cathy Wade is currently on a reserach visit to New York with E-cho-cham-ber (a collaboration with Andre de Jong and Andrew Lacon

Mahtab Hussain has been selected for Light Work Artist in Residence 2015, in partnership with Autograph ABP. He will be in residence in New York from March 2015.



Symposium: Erosion and Illegibility of Images

Erosion and Illegibility of Images: Blocked Vision and Self-Reflexivity in Contemporary Art

12-4pm, Friday 31 October 2014. The New Art Gallery Walsall.

This one day symposium sets out to interrogate the trope of illegibility and erosion in contemporary artistic practice. By looking at painting, photography and sculpture / architecture, the symposium explores the extent to which contemporary art denies ‘a palpable legibility’. Artists including Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan and Maria Chevska will offer an original insight into the restriction of vision and legibility.

More information on the event can be found here.



24 Hour Culture Survey

From noon on Friday 24 to noon on Saturday 25 October a major survey will take place to discover how people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in the West Midlands. Everyone in the region is invited to take part, and will be asked what cultural activities they have participated in during one 24 hour period via a short questionnaire at www.24hourculture.co.uk.

The 24 Hour Culture Survey has been commissioned by 22 of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compton Verney, mac birmingham, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, DanceXchange, Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

It is hoped that the findings will be used to inform arts policy in forthcoming years, both by the organisations themselves but also by local authorities and government.

Findings from the 24 Hour Culture Survey will be analysed by experts at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Audience Insight team, and will be released before the end of 2014.



Magnum Photos Symposium

Image © Olivia Arthur

The Magnum Photos Symposium is an intensive one day event taking place on Saturday 22 November at the Library of Birmingham designed to inspire, guide and advise emerging photographers in the development of their practice. The day is aimed at photographers who are currently working on a long term, personal photographic project.

 The day will include:
  • Inspirational presentations from Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur and Sophie Wright.
  • Portfolio critiques and sharing peer to peer.
  • Panel discussion and informal question time.
Participation will be based on a competitive process. Applicants will be chosen on the strength of submitted proposals and the perceived benefit to the photographer’s career. Deadline: Noon, Friday 14 November 2014.


More information on the Symposium can be found here.



Longbridge Light Festival

The inaugural Longbridge Light Festival takes place on Saturday 25 October, a new international arts festival throwing the spotlight on the redevelopment of a former car factory site in Longbridge, Birmingham.

Taking inspiration from festivals such as Lyon’s Fête des Lumières and Lumiere Durham, the festival theme of ‘Back to the Future’ has been developed by Birmingham-based artists and festival curators Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman. Commissioned by WERK (formerly EC-Arts), they have brought together 28 artists from across the globe. The unique works will respond to the past, present and future imagining of Longbridge.


Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Martin Parr - Black Country Stories showing at the New Art Gallery Walsall - 4 October 2014 - 11 January 2015. Image: Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 30 October 2014.

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



TPWM Talk Reminder


Next week:

The Artist and Gallery Agreement / Pricing and Selling Your Work / What happens at Art Fairs?

Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, The School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham City University.

  • What should an artist expect from a gallery?
  • What does a gallery expect from an artist?
  • What does a Gallery/Artist Agreement include and why is a written Agreement important?
  • What do visual artists need to consider in pricing and selling their work?
  • What happens at an Art Fair?

More information on the evening can be found here. The event is free but booking is essential.

Coming up:

'Artist Editioning' session with guest speakers

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm, The School of Art, Birmingham City Univesity. More details to follow soon.



Unreliable Evidence 

NG3294 Edouard Manet (1832–1883) The Execution of Maximilian about 1867–8 Oil on canvas 193 x 284 cm The National Gallery, London

The next exhibition at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Art Centre features Edouard Manet's incomplete painting of the Execution of Maximilian, on loan from the National Gallery in London. The painting forms the centrepiece to a specially curated exhibition of works by some of today’s greatest artists from across the world. Together they speak of the way the past is represented to us, and of the personal stories at the heart of violent events which are either lost or can only be glimpsed.

Other artists exhibiting include: Edgardo Aragon, Zarina Bhimji, Omer Fast, Rabih Mroue, Santiago Sierra, Hito Steyerl and Luc Tuyman. 

On Wednesday 22 October there will be a study day: 'Manet, War and the Spectator: a Study Afternoon centred on The Execution of Maximilian by Edouard Manet' bringing together distinguished academics for a cross-disciplinary discussion of one of the world's greatest paintings through art history, film and performance studies.

Unreliable Evidence runs from 4 October to 6 December 2014.