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Commission opportunity - Fête Des Lumières, Lyon

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a co-commission between Fête des Lumières de Lyon and WERK (formerly EC-Arts), for an artist or organisation based in Birmingham to produce one or multiple 'Monumental Light Object' for a key central location in Lyon during the Festival of Lights event in December 2014. There will also be the opportunity to exhibit the work within the Longbridge Light Festival in 2015, if considered appropriate by WERK.

More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12 noon, Friday 8 August 2014.



Commission for public sculpture as part of Birmingham New Street Station redevelopment

 Network Rail and Birmingham City Council are seeking an artist(s) to propose a design and be involved in the build for Public Art that shall fit with the overall concept of the New Street Station redevelopment and compliment the 21st century look. Three areas are proposed for the Art with a total budget of £150,000 (construction and design). www.newstreetnewstart.co.uk

Expressions of interest and any questions should be emailed to Azhar Quaiyoom -  azhar.quaiyoom@networkrail.co.uk
Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 11 July 2014.
A full design brief and details will be issued on Monday 14 July 2014.


Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

The winners of New Art West Midlands 2014 with NAWM selectors and prize-giving organisations © Simon Hadley. The deadline for New Art West Midlands 2015 is Wednesday 2 July

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 17 July 2014.

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



Artist Development Calendar

Turning Point West Midlands brings together in its new Artist Development Calendar a range of quality Artist Development programmes available in the West Midlands that are specifically designed for visual artists or are of benefit to visual artists.

Included is Turning Point West Midland's 2014-15 Artist Development programme with its lead partner The New Art Gallery Walsall as well as the programmes provided by other organisations.  The Calendar will develop to provide an overview of artist career development opportunities on offer in the region as well as signposting national activity.

View the calendar here.



New Art West Midlands 2015 - One week to apply

There is now only one week left to apply for New Art West Midlands 2015.

Are you a visual arts graduate from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton or University of Worcester?

If you graduated with a visual arts BA, MA or PhD in 2012, 2013 or 2014 you are eligible to apply.

Selectors include:

Amna Malik, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Slade School of Art

John Newling, artist and former Professor of Installation Sculpture at Nottingham Trent University

Bedwyr Williams, artist.

Deadline extended: 5pm, Wednesday 2 July 2014.

More information can be found here.



Liverpool Biennial bursaries

We are delighted to announce the recipients of bursaries to attend the Liverpool Biennial. The applications were strong, and we made the decision to award five bursaries.

The successful artists are: Sparrow + Castice, Cathy Wade, Dr Bharti Parmar, Anneka French and Ryan Hughes.  Over the coming months they will visit the Biennial, and each write a report to be published on the Turning Point West Midlands website.



Call for New TPWM Members

Turning Point West Midlands is now looking for new members to join the TPWM Advisory Group. There are a few more days left to apply.

Please find more information via the link below. Deadline: Sunday 22 June 2014.

Information and application form



Artist Development: Reflecting On Your Practice

These free sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley, Visual Arts Enabler, are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist. Participants will be asked to bring a specific goal or challenge to the session to work through with the group.

Grand Union, Birmingham – 10.45am- 1.30pm, Monday 7 July 2014

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery10.45am- 1.30pm, Thursday 10 July 2014

Coventry Artspace - 10.45am- 1.30pm, Monday 14 July 2014

The New Art Gallery Walsall – 1.30-4.15pm, Thursday 17 July 2014
Following the session in Walsall, participants are invited to attend the preview of Gillian Wearing: We Are Here from 6-8pm.

Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery10.45am- 1.30pm, Monday 21 July 2014.

There are a maximum of 20 places per session, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

To book please email Annabel Clarke annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk quoting which session you would like to attend.