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Art Market Project West Midlands

Developing the market for contemporary art in the West Midlands

‘Nascar #29 Kevin Hardwick’ (2013) by Chris Clinton - Recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection


This two year programme of integrated projects is designed to expand art market activity in the West Midlands, connecting the public and curators with artists based in or affiliated with the region. Working side by side with Turning Point West Midlands, the initiative comprises a network of partners: Universities, museums, galleries, artist groups and businesses and is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.



August 2014 - Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market appointed.

September 2014 - Megan Wakefield, Art Market Co-ordinator appointed.


The Projects

  • A new annual curated Selling Exhibition
  • A public-facing Website
  • Support for Art Fair presentation
  • A Curators Network
  • Friends & Public Events
  • Good Business Practice


Annual Selling Exhibition

Friday 20 March to Wednesday 15 April 2015 with a hub at ARTicle Gallery/PS1, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and co-curated by Mona Casey and Rachel Bradley.  



A public-facing website will be a platform for impressive work from the region, featuring activity and information related to buying and collecting art. It will raise the profile of the West Midland’s diverse public collections, promote art fair and marketplace engagement, offer a portal to find out about new art in the region including the New Art West Midlands graduate exhibitions and other projects connected with the regional universities. The site will also be a space for relevant, in-depth new writing, reviews and Curators’ Network events.

Launch: January 2015


Luke McCreadie, Detail from Untitled Booth (2013). Installation at Manchester Contemporary

Art Fair Presentation

Two organisations have been supported to participate in art fairs this year:

GRAIN, Library of Birmingham at UNSEEN Photo Fair in Amsterdam and Eastside Projects at Manchester Contemporary.  Eastside Projects will be further supported to participate at London Art Fair in January 2015. The aim of the funding is to increase the representation and profile of work by artists of the West Midlands in a national and international context.


Curators’ Network WM

The project will work with the curatorial expertise of the region's museums, galleries and organisations, renowned for their major art collections and temporary art programmes as well as independent curators and artist-curators.  The Curators’ Network will strengthen curatorial professional development.


Friends and Public Events

The project will bring together new audiences, friends’ groups, patrons, artists and curators at public special events to see new work. 


Good Business Practice

The project will lead on good business practice in relation to the Gallery/Artist Contract, and Research.


The TPWM Business Suite event on the Gallery/Artist contract/Pricing Art Work/and Art Fairs with invited guests solicitor Nicholas Sharp, Nicola Shipley co-Director of GRAIN, and Wendy Law, Director of TPWM took place on 9 October, attracting over 90 people.  A second Business Suite event on Artist Editioning will take place on 26 November at The School of Art, BCU.

The 2014 West Midlands Open exhibition opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on 25 October 2014 and runs until 15 February 2015. Eighty-one works spanning painting, sculpture, film, drawing and printmaking have been chosen. Many works selected for the show will be available for visitors to purchase.


TPWM will keep you updated on the exciting new developments ....

Wendy Law

Director, Turning Point West Midlands




A3 Project Space artists working internationally

Olly Jones: Love The Skin You're In Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles. Installation pictures.

Studio artists based at Birmingham's A3 Project Space have been working or have upcoming projects in North America:

Oliver Jones' solo show Love The Skin You're In has been showing at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles and closes on 25 October.

Cathy Wade is currently on a reserach visit to New York with E-cho-cham-ber (a collaboration with Andre de Jong and Andrew Lacon

Mahtab Hussain has been selected for Light Work Artist in Residence 2015, in partnership with Autograph ABP. He will be in residence in New York from March 2015.



Symposium: Erosion and Illegibility of Images

Erosion and Illegibility of Images: Blocked Vision and Self-Reflexivity in Contemporary Art

12-4pm, Friday 31 October 2014. The New Art Gallery Walsall.

This one day symposium sets out to interrogate the trope of illegibility and erosion in contemporary artistic practice. By looking at painting, photography and sculpture / architecture, the symposium explores the extent to which contemporary art denies ‘a palpable legibility’. Artists including Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan and Maria Chevska will offer an original insight into the restriction of vision and legibility.

More information on the event can be found here.



24 Hour Culture Survey

From noon on Friday 24 to noon on Saturday 25 October a major survey will take place to discover how people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in the West Midlands. Everyone in the region is invited to take part, and will be asked what cultural activities they have participated in during one 24 hour period via a short questionnaire at www.24hourculture.co.uk.

The 24 Hour Culture Survey has been commissioned by 22 of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compton Verney, mac birmingham, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, DanceXchange, Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

It is hoped that the findings will be used to inform arts policy in forthcoming years, both by the organisations themselves but also by local authorities and government.

Findings from the 24 Hour Culture Survey will be analysed by experts at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Audience Insight team, and will be released before the end of 2014.



Magnum Photos Symposium

Image © Olivia Arthur

The Magnum Photos Symposium is an intensive one day event taking place on Saturday 22 November at the Library of Birmingham designed to inspire, guide and advise emerging photographers in the development of their practice. The day is aimed at photographers who are currently working on a long term, personal photographic project.

 The day will include:
  • Inspirational presentations from Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur and Sophie Wright.
  • Portfolio critiques and sharing peer to peer.
  • Panel discussion and informal question time.
Participation will be based on a competitive process. Applicants will be chosen on the strength of submitted proposals and the perceived benefit to the photographer’s career. Deadline: Noon, Friday 14 November 2014.


More information on the Symposium can be found here.



Longbridge Light Festival

The inaugural Longbridge Light Festival takes place on Saturday 25 October, a new international arts festival throwing the spotlight on the redevelopment of a former car factory site in Longbridge, Birmingham.

Taking inspiration from festivals such as Lyon’s Fête des Lumières and Lumiere Durham, the festival theme of ‘Back to the Future’ has been developed by Birmingham-based artists and festival curators Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman. Commissioned by WERK (formerly EC-Arts), they have brought together 28 artists from across the globe. The unique works will respond to the past, present and future imagining of Longbridge.


Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Martin Parr - Black Country Stories showing at the New Art Gallery Walsall - 4 October 2014 - 11 January 2015. Image: Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 30 October 2014.

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



TPWM Talk Reminder


Next week:

The Artist and Gallery Agreement / Pricing and Selling Your Work / What happens at Art Fairs?

Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, The School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham City University.

  • What should an artist expect from a gallery?
  • What does a gallery expect from an artist?
  • What does a Gallery/Artist Agreement include and why is a written Agreement important?
  • What do visual artists need to consider in pricing and selling their work?
  • What happens at an Art Fair?

More information on the evening can be found here. The event is free but booking is essential.

Coming up:

'Artist Editioning' session with guest speakers

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm, The School of Art, Birmingham City Univesity. More details to follow soon.