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mac birmingham micro-residency

mac birmingham, in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands, is offering an intensive Artist Lab development opportunity for five mid-career artists to work in collaboration from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016.

The selected artists will be provided with time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm. The outcomes are intended to be determined through the collaboration, and will culminate in a sharing with arts professionals and audiences from the city and beyond.

Applicants must live and work in the West Midlands region and have a minimum of 3 years experience as a practicing artist. Applications are invited from artists engaged in cross-practice, live art, installation and transmedia, along with other visual art forms.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 4 March 2016.

More information and the application form can be found here.



AWE 1 at Artists Workhouse

Artists Workhouse is a new contemporary art space in the centre of Studley, Warwickshire.

After several months of renovations, they are holding an opening event on Friday 29 January 2016 from 7-9pm. Continuing until Sunday 7 February, the inaugural exhibition will showcase the diverse practices of their resident artists and will include open studios.



New Art West Midlands: Looking back, looking forward - Sikander Pervez

14(902.639.02), 2015. (c) Sikander Pervez. Photo credit - Hannah Anderson.

In the lead up to New Art West Midlands 2016 (running from 12 February to 15 May at four galleries across the region), we are looking back at past editions, and the recent work of artists who have exhibited.

Sikander Pervez exhibited as part of New Art West Midlands 2014. Transforming mundane but instantly recognisable objects into detailed statement sculptures, he was awarded a residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall as part of a series of opportunities set up by New Art West Midlands. Sikander exhibited in the fourth floor gallery at the beginning of last year.

Sikander was interviewed by Arts Council England about the New Art West Midlands initiative. His interview can be watched below:



Hinterland 2

A follow-up to their exhibition and open studio late last year, the members of Birmingham Artspace have an exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday 23 January to Thursday 4 February 2016. Once again, their aim is to highlight the strength of painting practice in the region.


Frieze Artist Award: Open Call

Rachel Rose, Frieze Artist Award 2015. Image: Courtesy of Frieze Projects 2015/Plastiques Photography

The Frieze Artist Award 2016 is an international open call for an artist between 25–40 years of age to realise a major site-specific work at Frieze London 2016.

The winning commission will be presented as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme established in 2003 and curated in 2016 by newly appointed Raphael Gygax. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 10 February 2016.

More information can be found here.

New Art West Midlands: Looking back, looking forward - Stuart Layton

The Act of the Spartan Boy 2015, (Installation shot) BluRay disc with 5 channel surround sound, runtime 10 mins (c) Stuart Layton

In the lead up to New Art West Midlands 2016 (running from 12 February to 15 May at four galleries across the region), we are looking back at past editions, and the recent work of artists who have exhibited.

Stuart Layton exhibited at the inaugural New Art West Midlands in 2013. One of his recent works 'The Act of the Spartan Boy' is a moving image work that combines both appropriated and purpose-shot footage, mostly from small towns in the Black Country. The film explores notions of memory and aims to operate not as document but rather as a transient, fragmented vision, free and fleeting as the fallibility of memory itself. While operating as a work in its own right, the film is also a key component of a much larger, ongoing project provisionally entitled 'Navigating a Life Half Lived'.



Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Road

Janet Mendelsohn, The street (c.1968). Black and white photographic print. Courtesy Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, University of Birmingham.

From 27 January to 3 April 2016 Ikon Gallery hosts the largest exhibition to date of photographs by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn.

Part of a ‘photo-essay’ Mendelsohn made as a student at the University of Birmingham during 1967–69, the photographs depict everyday life in the inner-city Birmingham district of Balsall Heath. By using photography as 'a tool for cultural analysis', she provides a unique insight into a transforming community, shaped by increasing immigration from the Caribbean and South Asia, and affected by ongoing poverty-related issues.

The Social Eye of Janet Mendelsohn - On Saturday 30 January join a panel of leading artists, academics and professionals to explore the value of art that works with communities to tell real stories; as well as issues around gender, representation and social/political narratives in art. 



New Art West Midlands: Looking back, looking forward - Sally Larke

'Rock pools', 2015. (c) and courtesy of Sally Larke. Photo credit: Progression Photos

In the lead up to New Art West Midlands 2016, we are looking back at past editions, and the recent work of artists who have exhibited.

Sally Larke is a ceramicist who exhibited as part of the first New Art West Midlands in 2013. Inspired by hunting on the beach for shells and rock pools, her work shows tide lines revealing the clay body or sparkly additions of glass. By making ceramic wall art from tiny vessels, she changes both the scale and context of her pieces, creating something new and playful.