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Budimom at the Supermarket, Navi Kaur. Currently on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until Saturday as part of New Art West Midlands.

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

The next Bulletin will be published on Thursday 2 June 2016.

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



Art Market Project pilot initiative finishes (2014-2016)

SALON, 2015. Photograph: Marcin Sz.
As a two-year pilot scheme to develop the market for contemporary art, the Art Market Project, led by Rachel Bradley (Head of Art Market Project) and co-ordinated by Anneka French, ends on 27 May 2016.  The Art Market Project activity has involved the setting up of the website New Art WM to highlight the offer of the West Midlands visual arts scene, supported galleries to participate in art fairs, awarded freelance curator bursaries, developed two selling exhibitions – Annuale 2015 and Salon, established and programmed events for a new Curators’ Network, commissioned new writing, organised patrons, collector and buyer events and developed networks alongside colleagues at Turning Point West Midlands.

The Art Market Project - New Art WM website will continue to be developed as a resource under the New Art West Midlands banner in a new phase of activity of the regional visual arts network, part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN). The new phase of New Art West Midlands is funded by Arts Council England and a partnership of West Midlands-based universities and HE institutions.



Clipping the Church

‘Baked Woman of Doubice’ (2012) Video still © and courtesy Tereza Buskova.

On Saturday 11 June, Czech artist Tereza Buskova will bring an old English custom back to Birmingham. In her vibrant new public work, Buskova will revive the almost extinct English tradition of 'Clipping the Church' at St Barnabas' Church in Erdington, which will be adorned with ornate baked bread and encircled with a living garland of people.

At a time when much of Britain will reconsider what it means to belong to a wider community, the event will invite reflection on how the meaning of ‘community’ has changed from the days when Clipping the Church involved the people of a single village.

On Saturday 14 May, there will be a workshop, artist talk and film screening at St. Barnabas' Church in Erdington. From 2.30pm, make salt dough decorations that will be part of the performance; or join them at 5pm for food, drink, a chance to hear more about the project from the artist, and see some of Tereza's previous works.

More information on Clipping the Church can be found here.



Never Judge a Book...

Michael Craig-Martin. Untitled (book), 2014. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery (Photo: Mike Bruce)Book related artworks by Rachel Whiteread, Bill Woodrow, Anselm Kiefer, Fiona Banner, Harland Miller, Michael Craig-Martin, John Latham and others will go on show for this year’s Hay Festival.

Meadow Arts has curated an exhibition by leading artists on the book in art. Many influential artists have made work that uses the book as an object, questioning its function and form, often rendering it unreadable; what is a book that can’t be read?

Never Judge a Book…The book in contemporary art will be on show from 27 May to 17 July at Richard Booth’s Bookshop.



Curator, Arts Council Collection National Partners

Birmingham Museums are seeking a highly experienced Curator to join its Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme project team on a freelance contract until 31 March 2019.

This is an exciting new exhibition programme being developed in partnership with the Arts Council Collection and other national partners to mark the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council and the Collection, which is the finest collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with a range of staff in the wider project team and partner organisations including artists and their representatives, curators, conservators, technicians and appointed designers to deliver a high profile, innovative and creative programme. They will plan, curate, coordinate and deliver a programme of eight exhibitions across several of Birmingham Museums Trust’s venues, including the flagship Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Deadline: 9am, Monday 23 May 2016.

More information on the position can be found here.



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.

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.

More information and the application form can be found here.

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.



Another Minimalism - Art after California Light and Space

James Welling. 9818, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Mauren Paley, London © James WellingAnother Minimalism - Art after California Light and Space at the Mead Gallery brings together the work of an international group of contemporary artists whose work builds on terrain first explored by the California 'Light and Space' artists of the 1960s and 1970s.

It is the first exhibition to recognise and examine the influence of 'Light and Space' artists on a younger generation of artists including Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson and Spencer Finch. These artists use materials including glass, mirrors and coloured lights to alter the viewer’s perception of space and time. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Uta Barth, Sarah Braman, Sam Falls, Jeppe Hein, Ann Veronica Janssens and James Welling.

Another Minimalism opens on Wednesday 4 May and runs until Saturday 25 June 2016.