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2015/2016 Programme


The Artist Development programme consists of a menu of opportunities for artists at various stages in their careers, and is available to artists from across the West Midlands.

Turning Point West Midlands supports creative and professional development for artists. It does this by working together with The New Art Gallery Walsall and regional artist-led spaces, groups and other partners. Together we are creating artist development opportunities across the West Midlands.


We announced our 2015/16 programme back in April. Here is an update on our artist development programme to-date.




Bursaries for research visits were awarded to artists to visit the Manchester International Festival and the British Art Show.

Alberto Condotta, Andrew Gillespie and Stuart Layton were given bursaries to attend the Manchester International Festival.

Lexi Strauss, Bharti Parmar and Adam Grüning were awarded bursaries to attend the British Art Show in Leeds.


Studio Visits

Six respected arts professionals visited artists across the West Midlands from December 2015 to February 2016.

Recipients of Autumn 2015 Studio Visits:

Mandy Fowler - Independent Consultant and Curator will visit Jane Tudge, Caitriona Dunnett and Sarah Goudie.

Karen Newman – Director, BOM (Birmingham Open Media) will visit Chloe Ashley.

Christian Mooney – Director, ARCADE will visit Andrew Gillespie, Anna Katarzyna Domejko and Mark Essen.

Lisa Beauchamp - Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust will visit Paul Gittins and Corinne Perry.

David Hoyland – Director, Seventeen will visit Alberto Condotta, Joanne Masding and Neil Jones.

Simon Morrissey - Director, Works | Projects & Director, Foreground will visit Elizabeth Rowe, Dr. Bharti Parmar and Kurt Hickson.

More information on the Studio Visits programme can be found here.


Art Fair Research Trips

A delegation of ten artists from across the West Midlands were selected by artist-led spaces and visual art hubs to undertake a funded research trip to Frieze Art Fair in October 2015.


The selected artists were: Bernadette Kerrigan, Sally Payen, Emily Warner, Lisa Hannon, Emilie Atkinson, Jenna Naylor, Andrea Hannon, Dean Melbourne, Tereza Buskova and Frederick Hubble.


Joining the Dots...

Joining the Dots... was a series of three sessions that took place in October 2015 across the West Midlands. The sessions focussed on relationship building, resourcing a practice and communicating a practice. They intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of artists of their place within the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking.


Group artist residency with mac birmingham

From Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016 Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo,  JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake took part in a micro-residency at mac birmingham.The residency was based on Philip K. Dick's 1969 science fiction novel UBIK. As a result of their residency at mac, they have been invited to take part in a further residency at Chisenhale Studios in late May 2016.



Two micro-residencies took place as part of this year's Artist Development programme.

Jessica Holt was offered a residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall as part of New Art West Midlands 2015.

Joanne Masding undertook a micro-residency at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent on the themes of 'celebration and winter festivals'. Her was shown in the window of AirSpace from 18 December 2015 to 8 January 2016.



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

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. Audio and a summary of the event can be accessed here.

Talking Production

On Monday 29 June, Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme explored different approaches to making, process, materials and tools at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. More information can be found here.

The Fine Art of Hanging On - New Art West Midlands 2016 Study Day

The Fine Art of Hanging On, our event as part of New Art West Midlands 2016 took place on Saturday 27 February 2016.  The event explored the opportunities and challenges that artists face. Audio from the day can be found here.


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For Artist Development programmes in your area click the links below:




Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall 



Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Newport, Ludlow



Stoke-On-Trent, Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock Chase, Stafford, Newcastle-Under-Lyme 



Coventry, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon



Worcester, Bromsgrove, Stourport-on-Severn, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern



Hereford, Leominster, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye


The Artist Development programme has been developed with The New Art Gallery Walsall as the lead organisation supported by Turning Point West Midlands.