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New Art West Midlands 2016

Pierrot (After Madin), 2015. (c) Ally Standing

The next edition of New Art West Midlands takes place from February to May 2016 across four venues. You can now find out more about each of the artists exhibiting.

Over the last weeks we have been migrating the information from the old website to the New Art WM website. All information regarding the New Art West Midlands graduate showcase can now be found here.



Echo Chamber and Division of Labour at Sluice Art Fair

AfterCarl Long Island. Image courtesy and (c) the artists From 16-18 October Sluice Art Fair takes place in London. As well as Worcestershire's Division of Labour presenting work, Birmingham's Echo Chamber will be in attendance.

A collaboration between André de JongAndrew Lacon and Cathy Wade, Echo-Chamber travelled to New York in October 2014 to research, make and exhibit new work that took as its starting point Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII. Generated from archival and site research in the UK and the USA, the work manifested as an exhibition in New York.

For the concluding part to their collaborative project AfterCarl, they will be presenting new work and launching a publication featuring a commissioned text by Alistair Rider (author of Carl Andre: Things in their Elements (Phaidon, 2011) at Sluice. At 3pm on Friday 16 October, André, Andrew and Cathy will be taking part in a free talk panelled by Anneka French, Editorial Manager of this is tomorrow magazine, where they will discuss the discrepancies around Equivalent VIII, its description, measurements, provenance, and position within art history.



New Art WM

Photo Credit: Marcin Szymczak

New Art WM showcases the rich visual arts heritage of the region whilst embracing the art of today by promoting living artists and contemporary practice. It develops opportunities for more people to engage with contemporary art through exhibitions, art fairs, networks and events encouraging audiences to connect with artists, see, buy and collect new work.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and hosted and part-funded by Birmingham City University.

The next few months will be busy for them with the SALON selling exhibition as well as graduate showcase New Art West Midlands. Click here to subscribe to their monthly newsletter.



AirSpace Curriculum

AirSpace Curriculum is a programme of events, talks and workshops organised by AirSpace Gallery in partnership with Staffordshire University which recognises and responds to the need for continuing professional development for artists in Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands.

The programme will offer an insight into the professional practices of a number of interesting and varied professional artists and arts practitioners. Information on the first phase of the programme and booking information can be found here.



Drawn Parallels

Drawn Parallels is a group exhibition at Eagle Works Gallery in Wolverhampton taking place until 31 October 2015. Based across the West Midlands, the group were originally brought together by a discussion about mid-career artists organised by Turning Point West Midlands earlier in the year.

The group's prime exploration is to review how art in the area, and possibly the country, is promoted and received beyond the studio walls. Exhibiting artists include Angela Maloney, Deborah Stone, Annette Pugh, Vicky Hodgson, Wendy Palmer, Jenni Schuett and Angelina May Davis.

Exhibition opportunities and discussions about directions of investigation found similar threads running through the philosophies and ideals of all seven artists. Pulling together a diverse number of skills and approaches, the exhibition touches on all aspects of our lives from past to present, memory and reason, dreams and desires.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Fiona Banner exhibition at Ikon - featured in this edition. Image: Fiona Banner, Bam Bam Bam Snoopy! (2011). Nose Art on Chinook Helicopter, Vietnam, 1971. Silver gelatin photograph Image © the artist.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 29 October 2015.

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



British Art Show 8

Stuart Whipps, AMR 733V, Detail. 002, 2015. Courtesy and (c) of the artist.The British Art Show is a touring exhibition that provides an overview of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the country. This year, it will show the work of over 40 artists, including Birmingham-based Stuart Whipps, in four cities across the UK. Starting at Leeds Art Gallery from this Friday until January, it will then tour Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton.

In September three bursaries were awarded through the Artist Development programme to those who made the best case to travel to the exhibition in Leeds. Dr Bharti Parmar, Lexi Strauss and Adam Grüning will be reporting back on the exhibition over the coming months.



Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 

Untitled (c) Antony Gormley

Opening this week at the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick, 'Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986' examines an exciting time in contemporary art history: a ten-year period in which a new generation of artists brought a fresh approach to the making of sculpture.

The exhibition will show the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding.

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 runs from 8 October to 29 November 2015.