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British Art Show 8

This year Leeds Art Gallery will host the British Art Show 8. Organised by Hayward Touring exhibitions, it is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. It opens in Leeds on 9 October and then tours to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton.

Among the artists selected is Birmingham-based Stuart Whipps.



Paying Artists Campaign

a-n's Paying Artists campaign calls for artists to be paid to exhibit their work in public galleries. It is about valuing art and artists, maintaining diversity by ensuring that finance is not a barrier to talent and securing equality of opportunity for all artists now and in the future. This represents a significant culture change and added financial burden for galleries already suffering from reduced public funding, but without artists there is no art and if large numbers of practitioners are driven out of the sector because they can’t make a living it will trigger a gradual erosion of the cultural economy and the civic distinctiveness that makes art in the UK so special.

Over the next month Ruth Claxton Associate Director of Eastside Projects and Cheryl Jones, Director of Grand Union, are working as advocates for the campaign in Birmingham.

Not paying artists is bad for you… Discuss

Tuesday 19 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Eastside Projects.
An evening of quick fire provocations by speakers including Dorothy Wilson (Director, mac Birmingham, Gavin Wade (Director, Eastside Projects), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), and artists Stuart Whipps, Elizabeth Rowe, Anna Horton and Sophie Bullock; followed by a public discussion as we begin to explore what a fair pay policy for artists in Birmingham might be.

Places are free but booking is essential. Book a place here.



Open Call: City Arcadia

City Arcadia is a two-year programme of creative commissions responding to the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre with Artspace, Coventry. They are currently seeking to commission several creative 'propositions' for realisation between July 2015 and June 2016. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 13 May 2015.


Business Suite - Setting up as Self-employed

Setting up as Self-Employed

Wednesday 6 May, 6-7.30pm. Lecture Room, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BX


ARTISTS - If you haven't already booked for this free session, do now by emailing Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk.

Did you know that the benefits for an artist in registering as self employed outweigh the administration? Benefits include recovering costs for materials, for travel, studio expenses - and more!

Stephen Harris is our guest speaker, so no matter what stage you are at in your career do come.

Book also for Thursday 7 May when I will talk about Presenting, Pricing and Selling Work - useful also for students coming up to their degree show.


The 19 May Business Suite event on Writing Applications and Proposals (Grants for the Arts) has been cancelled due to a clash with the a-n Paying Artists event at Eastside Projects and the first Cannon Hill Lecture led by Cornelia Parker. It will be rescheduled with details announced on the Turning Point West Midlands website shortly.

We look forward to seeing you,

Wendy Law

Director, Turning Point West Midlands



Degree Shows 2015

Over the next few months graduating Art students exhibit their work in their end of year shows. Below are a number that are open to the public across the West Midlands:

University of Worcester - Friday 22 - Tuesday 26 May 2015. Private View - 6-8.30pm, Thursday 21 May 2015.

Coventry University - Saturday 30 May - Thursday 4 June 2015. Private view - 6-9pm, Friday 29 May 2015.

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 6 June - Saturday 13 June 2015

Birmingham City University - Tuesday 16 June to Sunday 21 June 2015. Private View - 6-8pm, Monday 15 June 2015.

Staffordshire University - Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 June 2015 

The best work of recent graduates from the West Midlands can also be seen at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Art and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry in New Art West Midlands until the end of May.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

New Art West Midlands artists Jade Blackstock (pictured) Dan Auluk and Emma Starkey will be performing at mac birmingham tonight as part of the current DISRUPTED exhibition. Image: In, in, in (still), 2014 - (c) Jade Blackstock

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 14 May 2015.

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



Outrider at Winterbourne House & Garden

Last year, a series of artists commissions were offered by Salt Road to investigate the Alfred Watkins collection books and photographs on beekeeping held at Hereford Library. These commissions came together to make the Outrider exhibition. Outrider is now touring the region and can currently be seen at Winterbourne House and Garden in Birmingham until 4 May.

On Thursday 30 April there will be a free tour of the exhibition which will also include entry to Winterbourne.



Business Suite - May 2015

Turning Point West Midlands has three Business Suite sessions lined up in May. The sessions are prioritised for artists based in the West Midlands; all are FREE and take place in the lecture room at Birmingham School of Art.


Setting up as Self-employed with Stephen Harris, BCU trainer and Entrepreneur in  Residence at Innovation Birmingham.

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6-7.30pm.

An artist might earn an income through selling art work, or a service, such as teaching, curating, managing a project, or as a technician - and many artists set up as self-employed. Come and find out what this entails.


Presentation, Pricing and Selling Work with Wendy Law, Director of TPWM

Thursday 7 May 2015, 6-7pm.

What is meant by good presentation whether showing work in a non-selling or selling exhibition? What are the different considerations when pricing your work?  How do the different contexts for presenting and selling work affect pricing?


Writing Applications and Proposals (Grants for the Arts) with Kate Pryor Williams, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts), Arts Council England

UPDATE: Event To be rearranged. New date will be confirmed shortly.                    

At some point in their careers many artists are faced with writing an application or proposal, for funding to Arts Council England or to a Trust, or to an organisation offering a commission, residency, or project opportunity. The session will look at the Art Council’s Grants for the Arts application process.


To book a place on any of the sessions email annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk