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Portraits Untold


Portraits Untold is a project exploring and celebrating the diversity of our common humanity through a series of live portrait sittings with high profile sitters in well-known venues taking place during the Summer and Autumn.

The project will see award-winning disabled artist, Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake four live portrait sittings that fuse digital and tradition drawing and painting techniques in an interactive live environment, inviting physical and online audiences to join in.

The first sitting will take place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 16 July with acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah. Other sittings will include Deaf virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie at the National Portrait Gallery, Stoke City FC mascot and subject of the BBC BAFTA award winning film 'Marvellous', Neil Baldwin at Stoke City Football Club and avant-garde perfomance artist David Hoyle at Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire.

More information on the project can be found here.



Chisenhale micro residency

Following on from their micro residency at mac birmingham in March as part of the Artist Development programme, the five selected artists Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo, JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake were invited to Chisenhale Studios in London for a follow-up micro residency.


The group were based at Hannah Honeywill’s studio and explored the connection between Hannah’s practice and their micro residency at mac birmingham. 

Some feedback from the follow-up residency:

 'I presented a 2 minute film shot at a concrete works and breeze block distributers in Bow, and also some photographs taken from the Chisenhale archives. The week was a very productive time and has since led onto me being accepted for their 3 month Winter Residency where I will develop this work further. The residency enabled us to continue working in a group format, which was first initiated at mac, developing and making new connections between ourselves, our work, and other artists.'

- Liz Lake

Work developed as part of Chisenhale residency, Andre de Jong

'Personally speaking the Chisenhale Studios residency was a huge success as it not only gave me the opportunity to make new work but also discuss the merits of having a London studio. Having spent the first day exploring the studios and discussing practices we all set off on various trajectories. The two sets of work I produced was in response to Hannah's interest in the troubled relation between Slavery and Mahogany, one drawing on the hidden/ invisible bodies of the slaves and the other on the industrial revolution as a latent state of exploitation within slavery.'
- Andre de Jong


Atascadero, Matt Gale. Intervention of Hannah Honeywill's piece 'Atascadero
'I explored how the accidental inclusion of fairly ordinary objects in (natural tree) resin can eventually elevate these objects, making them precious and desirable in amber. I duplicated this with synthetic resins in both natural and urban settings. I also responded directly to Hannah's piece 'Atascadero (You were born too soon, I was born too late)' which she made in response to an image of a young man that was lobotomised in the late 1960s to 'cure' his homosexuality. I wanted my intervention to appear fairly brutal - depicting the extraction of 'gayness''
- Matt Gale



New Art West Midlands 2017: Less than one week to apply

There is now less than one week to apply for New Art West Midlands 2017. 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 and offer new visual arts graduates a high quality professional development opportunity.

To be eligible, you must have graduated or are graduating at BA, MA or PhD level from the following universities and art schools in the years 2014, 2015 or 2016:

— Birmingham City University
— Coventry University
— Hereford College of Arts
— Staffordshire University
— University of Wolverhampton
— University of Worcester

The fifth multi-sited edition will be shown at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and other venues in the West Midlands from February to May 2017.

More information can be found here. Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 30 June 2016.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Featured in this edition: Applications are open until 30 June for New Art West Midlands 2017 for recent visual arts graduates from the five regionally-based university art schools and Hereford College of Arts. A chance to have work exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and mac birmingham.

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

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



The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent commissions

‘The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent’ is a weekend of artistic activity, reflection and discussion running from 16-18 September celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the 1986 National Garden Festival, a major turning point in the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent.

The project will involve the creation of new artistic commissions; a showcase of cultural activity in the city and associated events. Audiences will navigate around the Festival site and encounter the artistic programme at different sites via a marked trail. The project is taking place as part of the five-year Artcity programme of artistic activities in redundant and vacant spaces.

The ArtCity Consortium are seeking to select four site-responsive commissions open to creative practictioners at all stages of their careers, which will activate this hidden garden in the city. More information on the event and commissions can be found here.

Deadline: Noon, Friday 8 July 2016.


The Building as Material Residency, The New Art Gallery Walsall 

The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting applications from artists who wish to develop new work in response to the theme: ‘The Building as Material’. The residency provides scope for the selected artist to respond to the raw materials and interior of the Caruso St John designed building: concrete, leather, Douglas fir, walnut, and stainless steel. Artists may also consider the physical presence of the gallery architecture within the town or the concept of the building as a house for art.

The residency will run from 16 August to 13 November 2016 and the selected artist will work from the gallery's purpose-built Artists’ Studio. Full information on the residency can be found here. Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 12 July 2016.


New Art West Midlands 2017: Selectors announced

With only ten days left to apply, we are pleased to announce that the selectors for the New Art West Midlands 2017 exhibitions are: Jason E Bowman, Angela Kingston and Barbara Walker:

Jason E Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice. He is Programme Leader of MFA, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and lead researcher of Stretched (2015-18), an enquiry which interrogates the practices of artist-led cultures.

Angela Kingston is a freelance visual arts curator and writer. Recent projects include ‘3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night’ at Bluecoat, Liverpool and tour 2013-14 and ‘The First Humans’, Pump House Gallery, London and tour 2015-2016. Her forthcoming publication ‘Ed Pien, Luminous Shadows’, McIntosh Gallery Ontario is published by Black Dog (2016).

Barbara Walker is an artist working predominantly in painting and drawing. Based in Birmingham her career spans a 20 year period and her work is held in private and public collections including the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.  Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Shock and Awe’ at mac birmingham and forthcoming ‘Here and Now’ at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 30 June 2016. More information can be found here.



Vacancy: Coordinator, New Art West Midlands

Location: School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Freelance fee: £18,000 per annum pro rata (equivalent to 3 days per week @ £125/day rate)

Fixed term: Until 31 March 2018

Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 4 July 2016.

Interview Date: Friday 15 July 2016.

Birmingham City University is currently looking for a committed and enthusiastic Coordinator for New Art West Midlands (formerly Turning Point West Midlands), the West Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

This is a part time, fixed term freelance position to assist the Director of New Art West Midlands in coordinating the NAWM 2016-18 programme and West Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network. She/he will also work closely with artists, curators, visual arts organisations and HE partners in the region to coordinate and deliver NAWM's Professional Development Programme for artists and curators based in the region.

Further information about the post and a copy of the job specification can be found here.

To apply, please submit a CV accompanied by a personal statement (max 2 sides A4) outlining why you want the position and what relevant knowledge, skills and experience you will bring to it.

  • Deadline: 5pm, Monday 4 July 2016.

For further information on New Art West Midlands, formerly Turning Point West Midlands, please visit: www.tpwestmidlands.org.uk and newartwm.org.

For preliminary queries please contact Prof. Jonathan Harris on 0121 331 5970.