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Artist Development - Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

Image: Glen Stoker

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



New Art West Midlands 2016

Are you a visual arts graduate from one of these West Midlands based universities?

Birmingham City University
Coventry University
Staffordshire University
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester

If you graduated with a Fine Art or Visual Arts BA, MA or PhD in 2013, 2014 or 2015 you are eligible to make an application for the selected showcase exhibition New Art West Midlands 2016

New Art West Midlands is a Turning Point West Midlands initiative and a partnership between Birmingham Museums, mac Birmingham, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry and Wolverhampton Art Gallery


Sonia Boyce, Artist, Professor in Fine Arts, Middlesex University and Professor of Black Art and Design, University of the Arts, London
John Stezaker, Artist
Katharine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA London


Deadline: Monday 29 June 2015.

More information and the application form can be found here.



Dates for your diary...

Venice Biennale 2015

Italy, 9 May - 22 November 2015
The 56th International Art Exhibition is titled All the World’s Futures and curated by Okwui Enwezor. Sarah Lucas has been selected to represent Britain and will present a major show in the British Pavillion.

Basel Art Fair

Switzerland, 18 - 21 June 2015
Approximately 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia show work from great masters of Modern and contemporary art to the latest generation of emerging stars. Every artistic medium is represented: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Including Basel Statements - galleries presenting solo shows of emerging artists.

British Art Show 8 

Leeds Art Gallery
9 October 2015 - 10 January 2016
Organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show showcases the very best work of both emerging and established artists.


London. 14–17 October 2015
One of the world's leading contemporary art fairs, it also features the Frieze Projects programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.



Cannon Hill Art School

For one term only, mac birmingham is setting up its very own art school. They are looking for artists from the West Midlands, regardless of art form, age or experience to take part. Inspired by ground-breaking art schools such as Black Mountain College, USA and the more current artist-led and DIY art school initiatives such as Open School East, London, this is your opportunity to get the ‘art school experience’ without going full time.

Cannon Hill Art School lectures, seminars, group discussions and tutorials will be run by leading figures in the art world – practising artists and arts professionals with a profile for working nationally and internationally.

More information can be found here.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Featured in this edition - Jeremy Deller will be in conversation on 14 May about his exhibition Love is Not Enough at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Image: ‘The Arming and Departure of the Knights of the Round Table on the Quest for the Holy Grail’ by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, John Henry Dearle and William Morris, part of a set woven for Laurence Hodson of Compton Hall, Wolverhampton, 1895-6, purchased and presented by subscribers, 1907, Birmingham Museums Trust, © Birmingham Museums Trust.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 23 April 2015.

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



mac birmingham micro-residency artists announced

We are pleased to announced that six artists have been selected for a micro-residency taking place at A3 Project Space, from Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April 2015. Led by Simon Poulter, this intensive artist-lab is a partnership between mac birmingham and the Artist Development programme with the support of A3 Project Space and Flatpack Film Festival. With a base at A3, the format of the artist-lab provides dedicated time and space to exchange ideas in the realm of film and video and in the context of Birmingham.

The selected artists are Dan Auluk, Sophie Bullock, Matthew Evans, Andy Howlett, Ryan Hughes and Emily Warner. 



Waving not Drowning...Audio now available





On Saturday 7 March 2015, the New Art West Midlands 2014 study day, Waving not Drowning…Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands took place at Birmingham School of Art. Through a series of presentations and case studies, a selection of West Midlands-based artists at various stages of their careers discussed the opportunities and challenges that they met in the early stages of their career and provided practical information on surviving as an artist.

Audio files are available here.



Dresden Exchange

Lanchester Gallery welcomes seven Dresden-based artists for an exhibition running until 19 April. The Coventry/Dresden Arts Exchange is an artist led initiative founded in 2012 by John Yeadon and Jean Kirsten. The exchange programme seeks to develop dialogue between artists from the cities of Coventry and Dresden and to establish collaborative partnerships of exchanges, exhibitions, educational projects and forums.

A talk by Paul Reece - Dresden: Birth Place of Expressionism, Artistic Reform and Counterculture will take place from 5.30 - 7pm on Wednesday 18 March.