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NAWM 2014 – Update on prize winning artists’ projects and residencies

In 2014, the New Art West Midlands prize winning artists were given, as part of their prize, the opportunity of a project or residency with an arts organisation.

Below we give an update form the artists and the curators involved.

The Artists — Host organisations

Ali Reed – A3 Project Space
Lucy Hutchinson – Library of Birmingham
Anna Smith – mac birmingham
Sikander Pervez – The New Art Gallery Walsall


Ali Reed

Graduate – Staffordshire University

Ali’s work is site-specific as she takes the foundation of existing buildings and reconfigures with a range of materials.

Ali Reed. Installation for Digbeth First Friday, 2014

The period of Ali’s research has focused on the architecture of Digbeth and culminated in a series of site responsive interventions as part of Digbeth First Friday in June. Individual works were sited at Grand Union, Stryx, The Bond and A3, and accompanied by a hand crafted brochure. See Ali’s tumblr for details on her residency.

“During this residency she has explored the idea of pushing her practice into non-gallery spaces. Her research and findings have culminated in a temporary one night series of interventions throughout particular art venues of Digbeth First Friday. The aim of the interventions is to make viewers see the formations which surround them, for them to stop and look at the architecture and think about where they are.” 

Trevor Pitt, Curator

Lucy Hutchinson

Graduate – Coventry University

Lucy is interested in the construction of class and her study of the Carte-de-visite portraits will enable her to see first hand constructions of Victorian class, status and taste.

The artist was hosted by the Library of Birmingham to create new work in response to Birmingham’s nationally and internationally significant photographic archive, held within the Library’s collections.  The work will be exhibited at The Photographers’ Wall, the Library of Birmingham.

Lucy has researched and responded to the staged Victorian Carte-de-visite portraits taken in Birmingham studios held in the Library’s photographic archive. The portraits capture the middle class and celebrities of the day, becoming iconic collectibles depicting the taste, culture and trends of that era. Taking inspiration from these photographs, Lucy has created 4 photographic scenes based on real and fictional narrative of the middle class.


Anna Smith

Graduate – University of Wolverhampton

Anna makes objects that have a direct relationship to the human body, sometimes incorporating materials associated with prosthetics or mobility aids.

Anna undertook a six-week residency at the mac over the summer.  Anna was able to reflect on her work and the relationship with the artist Robert Therrien’s practice. The Artist Rooms exhibition at the mac encouraged Anna to consider the playfulness of movement that can be created and/or interrupted. Anna was also mentored by the curator Nöemi Lakmaier also in residence at mac.

Swing, 2014. (c) Anna Smith. Photo credit: Chris Keenan. Fabrication and support by William Hackett Chains Limited of Halesowen, WM. williamhackett.co.uk

The work was shown in the grounds of mac –

`It is important to also involve children when it comes to understanding and experiencing disability and disabled people.’

– Anna Smith.

Sikander Pervez                                             

Graduate Staffordshire University.

Sikander transforms mundane objects such as chairs, walls and plinths into poetic visual forms by challenging our perceptions of the usual functions associated with them.

Sikander has visited the Gallery twice now and has spent time with the Gallery’s technical team experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques in the workshop. He is currently working intensively in Pakistan where he remains in dialogue with the Gallery team. He will return for a meeting in November to finalise plans for his exhibition which will be on display on the 4th floor from 30 January – 19 April 2015 (preview on 29 January, all welcome).



Moving On, Staying On

Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands will be speaking at Moving On, Staying On at the University of Worcester on Tuesday 21 October.

If you are studying or have just graduated and are thinking about pursuing a career in the arts industry, this free event organised by Worcestershire Arts Partnership will give you an invaluable insight into a wide variety of opportunities, as well as possible pitfalls and exciting challenges.

For more information, a list of contributors and to register your attendance, please contact artsenquiries@worcestershire.gov.uk



Studio Visits Autumn 2014

We are delighted to announce the recipients of Autumn 2014's round of Studio Visits:

Gavin Wade - Director, Eastside Projects - Jo Gane, Martin Green.

Jessica Litherland - Senior Exhibitions Officer, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum - Lucy Hutchinson, Joanne Masding.

Nathaniel Pitt - Artist and Director of Division of Labour - Bernadette Kerrigan, Ashley Alldread, Barbara Witkowska.

Nick Hackworth - Art Dealer and Gallerist, Paradise Row - Andrew Gillespie, Lexi Strauss.

Bruce Haines - Director, Ancient and Modern - Kay Bainbridge, Ruth Claxton, Stuart Whipps.

Ceri Hand - Curator, Art Dealer and Consultant - Sarah Silverwood, Vered Lehav, Chris Clinton.

Future opportunities will be promoted through the website and our social media networks.



Feeney Fellowships

Plane, 2012 (c) Elizabeth Rowe. Ink on newspaper. Photo: Nathan Spencer. Liz Rowe received a Feeney Fellowship in 2013.

The John Feeney Charitable Trust offer annually two Feeney Fellowships of up to £3000 to provide opportunities for Birmingham-based arts practitioners to broaden their expertise and develop their careers. Applicants will be expected to have had a minimum of three years professional practice.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014.


Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

Mellonz (2014) (c) Rafal Zar. Oil on canvas. Rafal Zar: Old Hill Uprising opens at Eastside Projects on Friday 19 September 6-8pm

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 9 October 2014.

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



Manchester Contemporary

Left: Holly Antrum, Green Eyed Jump, Rural Idyll (2011), limited edition litho print. Right: Andrew Gillespie, Elbow Grease. Cardboard, glue, acrylic paint. 35 x 15 x 15cm

The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair taking place from 26-28 September 2014 that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists.

Division of Labour, Grand Union, Eastside Projects and Extra Special People will all be exhibiting this year.

In collaboration with Division of Labour, Grand Union will be showcasing work by Holly Antrum, Céline Berger and Luke McCreadie. Eastside Projects will be showing the work of Bill Drummond, and Extra Special People showcasing the work of four members - Andrew Gillespie, Tracy Hickinbottom, Joanne Masding and Kevin Ryan.

We are pleased to announce that Anneka French has been successful in her application to receive a bursary to attend the Manchester Contemporary through the Artist Development programme. Her report on the art fair will be published on the website in the coming weeks.



Art Market Project Co-ordinator Announced

The Art Market Project West Midlands is pleased to announce that Dr. Megan Wakefield has been appointed as Project Co-ordinator.  Megan will be working on initiatives including an annual selling exhibition, Art Fair representation and a new website which will profile the work of West Midlands’ artists and connect them with audiences, collectors and buyers of contemporary art. 

Megan is a researcher, writer, educator and musician with a special interest in creative communities.  In 2013 she was awarded an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD with Spike Island and University of the West of England exploring the landscape of artists' informal peer learning and her collaborative projects include the cross-disciplinary networking initiative, Mixing Fields. She is experienced in writing about artists’ work and speaking to a wide public about contemporary art.



Palace in Herefordshire


Palace is a mobile art project space, a solution to the problem of very few artist run spaces in Herefordshire. The inaugural show will present the works of Des Hughes, Richard Hughes, Bernadette Kerrigan and Clare Woods.

Each show will be accompanied by an affordable artists edition, reinforcing the core value of bringing relevant, engaging artists work into peoples lives and building into an ongoing archive for the project.

The first showing of Palace will be from 13-14 September 2014, at A49 Callow Hill Lay-by; followed by a re-staging of the show at The Sidney Nolan Trust from 27-28 September 2014.