The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair taking place from 26-28 September 2014 that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists.
In collaboration with Division of Labour, Grand Union will be showcasing work by Holly Antrum, Céline Berger and Luke McCreadie. Eastside Projects will be showing the work of Bill Drummond, and Extra Special People showcasing the work of four members - Andrew Gillespie, Tracy Hickinbottom, Joanne Masding and Kevin Ryan.
We are pleased to announce that Anneka French has been successful in her application to receive a bursary to attend the Manchester Contemporary through the Artist Development programme. Her report on the art fair will be published on the website in the coming weeks.
The Art Market Project West Midlands is pleased to announce that Dr. Megan Wakefield has been appointed as Project Co-ordinator. Megan will be working on initiatives including an annual selling exhibition, Art Fair representation and a new website which will profile the work of West Midlands’ artists and connect them with audiences, collectors and buyers of contemporary art.
Megan is a researcher, writer, educator and musician with a special interest in creative communities. In 2013 she was awarded an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD with Spike Island and University of the West of England exploring the landscape of artists' informal peer learning and her collaborative projects include the cross-disciplinary networking initiative, Mixing Fields. She is experienced in writing about artists’ work and speaking to a wide public about contemporary art.
Palace is a mobile art project space, a solution to the problem of very few artist run spaces in Herefordshire. The inaugural show will present the works of Des Hughes, Richard Hughes, Bernadette Kerrigan and Clare Woods.
Each show will be accompanied by an affordable artists edition, reinforcing the core value of bringing relevant, engaging artists work into peoples lives and building into an ongoing archive for the project.
The first showing of Palace will be from 13-14 September 2014, at A49 Callow Hill Lay-by; followed by a re-staging of the show at The Sidney Nolan Trust from 27-28 September 2014.
8-12 September 2014, Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham.
In:Site, a graduate festival of creativity, returns to Birmingham’s Cathedral Square this September for it's fourth year.
This year, fifteen new temporary commissioned artworks will be created in the cathedral grounds. Over the week, each graduate has a day to make their creative intervention on site, turning the making process into a performance.
On Friday 12 September, Craftspace will be hosting an In Conversation event aimed students and recent graduates. Craftspace Director, Deirdre Figueiredo will talk to socially engaged jeweller Stefanie Cheong about the first year of her professional practice. The event is a great opportunity to hear first-hand experience of setting up in business, find out what support is available and ask questions.
Over the next month graduating Art students exhibit their work in their end of year shows. Below are a few that are open to the public across the West Midlands:
Birmingham City University - Saturday 6 - Friday 12 September 2014
Coventry University - Friday 12 - Friday 19 September 2014
University of Wolverhampton - Monday 6 - Saturday 11 October 2014
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?
Nicholas is also a Director of The Multiple Store. The Multiple Store specialises in commissioning limited editions by contemporary British artists and has a regular presence at major art fairs.
Nicola Shipley, Co-Director of GRAIN at the Library of Birmingham, will share her experience of UNSEEN 2014 Photo Fair, Amsterdam.
Wendy Law, Director of TPWM and formerly Collections and Sales Development Manager for the Scottish Arts Council will talk about pricing and selling work.
Turning Point West Midlands Business Suite is a new strand of TPWM's Artist Development programme designed to provide essential business advice for artists and arts organisations committed to good professional practice.
Turning Point West Midlands is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.
15-18 October 2014 - Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park, London.
- Main section - commercial galleries representing an international programme of artists.
- Focus section – young galleries and emerging artists.
- Live section – galleries presenting ambitious live participatory works in an art fair context.