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New Art West Midlands 2017


Following the success of the New Art West Midlands exhibitions 2013-2016, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with other galleries in the West Midlands region, is organising a series of high profile selected exhibitions of work by recent visual arts graduates from the five regionally-based university art schools and Hereford College of Arts. The aim of the exhibitions is to profile the best work with a Fine Art emphasis – in sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, installation, digital media, video/film art, live art/performance - emerging from the university art schools in the West Midlands since 2014 and offer new visual arts graduates a high quality professional development opportunity.


You are eligible to apply for this opportunity if you graduated or are graduating at BA, MA or PhD level from the following universities and art schools in the years 2014, 2015 or 2016.

— Birmingham City University
— Coventry University
— Hereford College of Arts
— Staffordshire University
— University of Wolverhampton
— University of Worcester

Artwork can be in any media including live art/performance, but must have a Fine Art practice orientation. Disciplines focused on the areas of craft or design are not eligible. If you applied for New Art West Midlands 2015 or 2016 you can apply again for 2017, but if your work was included in the 2015 or 2016 exhibitions, you will not be selected for exhibition again.


The multi-sited exhibition will be displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and other venues in the West Midlands from February to May 2017. Artists and/or artworks will be selected in July 2016 following the initial application process.


To apply, download the brief and application form below.



Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 30 June 2016.


New Art West Midlands 2016

E90210 (2015) Detail. Expanding foam, paint, plinth (diameter 60ins) © and courtesy Jack Marder.

New Art West Midlands 2016 finishes in less than two weeks. The remaining exhibitions are open at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until Saturday 14 May and the Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 15 May 2016.

New Art West Midlands showcases the work of artists that have graduated within the last three years from five of the West Midlands’ art schools: Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

The artists selected to be part of New Art West Midlands 2016 were chosen by a panel of leading figures in the art world: artist and academic Sonia Boyce, artist John Stezaker and Katharine Stout, Head of Programme at ICA, London. With five universities and four venues, with 43 exhibiting artists, the initiative is the largest partnership of its kind in England.

At the beginning of April a New Art West Midlands themed Instameet took place at two of the exhibition venues, mac birmingham and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Photos from the day can be found here.



New Art West Midlands 2016: Press

Photo credit: Paul Thomas

New Art West Midlands launched its fourth edition last month at Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum, mac birmingham and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

Selected press so far:

'New Art West Midlands 2016: an engaging platform for dynamic work' - a-n

'Pick of the week' - The Guardian

'21 leading young artists in the West Midlands to look out for in 2016' - Birmingham Mail

'Can you spot David Beckham in this picture?' - Birmingham Mail

'Six Artists to see at New Art West Midlands' - Fused Magazine

'Artist hailed ‘one to watch’ in the region' - Worcester News

'New Art West Midlands 2016' - Created in Birmingham

Additionally, Arts Council England have profiled the exhibitions on their Facebook page.
New Art West Midlands 2016 opens at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Friday.



New Art West Midlands 2016: Wolverhampton

Budimom at the Supermarket, Navi Kaur

New Art West Midlands 2016 continues at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac birmingham and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

The exhibition opens at Wolverhampton Art Gallery this Friday. Join them on Thursday from 5-8pm for the launch of their season's exhibitions.



New Art West Midlands 2016 - prize winners announced

New Art West Midlands 2016 prize winners. Pictured left to right: Matt Parker, Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Lisa Beauchamp - Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Aaron Sehmar, Kyle Cartlidge and Jakki Carey

Last night the Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery saw the launch of New Art West Midlands 2016. Over the next three months 43 recent artist graduates from five of the West Midlands’ art schools (Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and Coventry University) will exhibit work at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

As part of last night's opening the winners of New Art West Midlands 2016 were announced. The five prizewinners have been awarded £1000 each to further their practices. The winners are Matt Parker, Kiriaki Hajilozis, Kyle Cartlidge, Jakki Carey and Aaron Sehmar:

Birmingham City University graduate Matt Parker’s audio-visual installation, The Imitation Archive, is exhibited across all four venues. A recent artist-in-residence at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Parker has traced the history of digital technology from the early computer Colossus at Bletchley Park to the Cloud technology of today

Another BCU graduate, Kiriaki Hajilozis was selected for her video work Switching on Invader Network (2015). Born in the UK to Cypriot refugees, Kiriaki’s work reflects on the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, weaving together footage of news reports, cartoons and clips taken with a hand-held camera.

Staffordshire University graduate Kyle Cartlidge’s paintings of a featureless-head reference suggested Facebook ‘friends’ who are completely unknown to the artist. Cartlidge speaks of growing up in post-industrial Stoke-on-Trent with nothing to do, but a wasteland to explore.

A Worcester University graduate, Jakki Carey presents a painterly video work, Ís, capturing a glacial lake in Iceland in what appears to be a direct warning from nature about climate change.

Coventry University graduate Aaron Sehmar’s photographs of lone figures in desolate rural and urban settings are tinged with a sense of mystery and drama. His Out of Time series takes inspiration from cinematography, fashion and painting.

The New Art West Midlands 2016 artists. Photo credit: Paul Thomas

Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands, commented:

"TPWM is delighted to be able to offer these artist prizes, made possible by the support from Arts Council England for Turning Point West Midlands and its activity. The prizewinners were chosen for the quality of ideas and work, and the future development potential of their artistic practice. All participating artists in NAWM 16 have gone through a selection process and have been chosen to be in the show based on the strength of their work and we very much hope to see more of them and their work in the future."


New Art West Midlands 2016 takes place at the following venues:

Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Friday 12 February to Sunday 15 May 2016

mac birmingham - Saturday 13 February to Sunday 10 April 2016

Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry - Friday 26 February to Sunday 24 April 2016

Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Saturday 12 March to Saturday 15 May 2016