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Staffordshire University graduate Ali Reed named winner of New Art West Midlands 2014 

Ali Reed presented her award by Toby Watley, Director of Collections at Birmingham Museums Trust and David Harding OBE, selector for New Art West Midlands © Simon Hadley
Staffordshire University fine art graduate Ali Reed has been named the overall winner of New Art West Midlands. The coveted award comes with a £1000 cash prize and the chance to undertake a residency at A3 Project Space in Digbeth, leading to a solo exhibition in the future.
Ali Reed impressed the judges with her site-specific installation at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. By using materials such as tape, geometric blocks, stacks of laser-cut wood and card, as well as wall drawings, she creates visual effects which seem to manipulate the shape of the building in which her artwork is situated.
In total five artist prizewinners were selected by the judges. Lucy Hutchinson (Coventry University), Morna Lockie-Anrig (BCU), Sikander Pervez (Staffordshire University) and Anna Smith (Wolverhampton University) take home £1000 each and win a residency at The Library of Birmingham, Airspace at Stoke on Trent, The New Art Gallery Walsall and mac birmingham, respectively.

Clockwise from left, Andrew Branscombe (Director, AirSpace Gallery), Craig Ashley (Visual Producer- mac birmingham), Trevor Pitt (Director, A3 Project Space), Deborah Robinson (Head of Exhibitions, New Art Gallery Walsall), David Harding (New Art West Midlands selector), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), Wendy Law (Director, Turning Point West Midlands), Lucy Hutchinson, Morna Lockie-Anrig, Sikander Pervez, Ali Reed, Anna Smith © Simon Hadley
New Art West Midlands is an exhibition across four art institutions - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery - showcasing the creative talent and new work of emerging artists in the West Midlands region.  A Turning Point West Midlands initiative, New Art West Midlands exhibits the work of 23 artists, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.


New Art West Midlands survey

Have you been to any of the New Art West Midlands exhibitions? We would be very grateful if you could give us some feedback via Survey Monkey. The link to the survey can be found here and will be available until Sunday 18 May 2014.

New Art West Midlands takes place across four institutions over the next four months showcasing the new work and creative talent of emerging artists in the West Midlands region:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - 14 February – 18 May 2014

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts -  14 February – 27 April 2014

Grand Union - 14 February – 15 March 2014

Wolverhampton Art Gallery -  15 February – 10 May 2014

A series of talks and tours will also take place across all the exhibition venues.





On Wednesday 26 February Luminopolis will take place in Birmingham's Brindleyplace, a one night video intervention by Sarah Fortes Mayer in collaboration with Andy McKeown along the city centre canal. Organised by Transient Art, the event will take places from 6-7pm starting at the Sea Life Centre and ending at the Mailbox.

Other current projects dealing with water in the region, include Ikon Gallery's Slow Boat which has just received funding to tour the Black Country over the next three years, and David Rowan's The Dark River at mac birmingham, navigating the course of the River Rea.



Division of Labour and Ikon at ART 14

Sally Payen, The Chase, 2012. 127cm x 178cm, Oil on linen. Photo: Jaime Jackson

From Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March two West Midlands-based galleries will be presenting work at Art 14, London's global art fair, at Olympia Grand Hall.

Division of Labour have teamed up with Star Gallery, Beijing to present: PAINTING|REVOLT|MYTH|WORK|ART HISTORY. Division of Labour are pleased to be working with three artists from the West Midlands. Ned James, Sally Payen and John M Robinson all hail from the south of the region. In particular John and Sally are also presenting some of their recent paintings made for, and generously supported by, two regional arts organisations: Meadow Arts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Ikon Gallery will also be at the fair presenting A Real Birmingham Family by Gillian Wearing.


Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 13 March 2014.

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



Turning Point West Midlands 2014-2016

We are pleased to announce TPWM has been successful in its bid to Arts Council England for 2014-2016.  We would like to thank Arts Council England, Birmingham City University and the organisations that support and work with us.

Our plans and priorities for 2014-2016:

  • Support for Artists - To raise the profile of artists in the region and provide increased opportunities for artists at all stages in their careers.
  • TPWM will continue to enable new introductions, broker opportunities and raise the profile of artists and the visual arts by working with existing and new partners.
  • New Art West Midlands - TPWM will continue to work with a strong network of universities and galleries in developing what is now a major annual event. 
  • Artist Development - In response to what artists have told us TPWM will join with organisations to provide more regular sessions for a greater number of artists region-wide, to include:   

- A portfolio of business training events tailored to visual artists with university and gallery partners, involving artists as trainers.

 - A tailored programme (through application) of studio visits by curators, residencies and research visits for artists. 

 - International Residency. TPWM aims to set up a new international Artist residency with partner organisations.

  • Artist Minigraphs offering opportunities for new writers.
  • TPWM Website and News and Opportunities e-bulletin

Turning Point West Midlands is a strategic network for the region and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network set up to strengthen the visual arts in England. TPWM is hosted by Birmingham City University.



Waving not Drowning… Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands

Waving not Drowning…Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands

Please note: This event is now fully booked. It will be recorded and available to listen to after the event.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
11am-4pm, Saturday 8 March 2014

Part of New Art West Midlands, this event is aimed at art students and artists in the early stages of their career development but everyone is welcome.

Through a series of presentations and case studies, we will explore the opportunities and challenges that artists meet in the early stages of their career and provide practical information and guidance.

Confirmed speakers include Wendy Law (Director of Turning Point West Midlands), and artists Anna Francis, Juneau Projects, Stuart Layton, Joanne Masding, Nathaniel Pitt, Chris Clinton, and Barbara Walker. The event will be chaired by Deborah Robinson (Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall).

This event is free but booking is essential. Places are limited. Please contact Annabel Clarke annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk to book a place. If you book but are later unable to attend, do let us know so we can offer your place to another.

The event will take place in the AV room via the Gas Hall entrance to the museum on Edmund Street. A light lunch will be served. Free entry to the current Photorealism exhibition will also be provided on the day. Directions can be found here.

Full information on the event can be found here.



Watch 'Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands' online

Our symposium Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands organised in partnership with Ikon Gallery, took place on Monday 3 February. Contemporary art magazine This is Tomorrow were there to broadcast the event live.

The event is now available to be viewed via the videos below:

Video 1:

10.10 - 20.55 -  Welcome from Jonathan Watkins (Ikon Gallery)

20.55 - 1:11:24 - Keynote speaker: David Powell ‘Rebalancing our Cultural Capital’ + Q&A (moderated by Jonathan Vickery, University of Warwick).

1:11:24 - 1:38:36 - Midwest - Roundtable discussion: Rachel Bradley (freelance curator, Daniel Pryde–Jarman (artist and curator), Marlene Smith (artist and curator), Steve Trow (Sandwell Council) (Part One)


Video 2:

00:00 - 34.15 - Midwest - Roundtable discussion: Rachel Bradley (freelance curator, Daniel Pryde–Jarman (artist and curator), Marlene Smith (artist and curator), Steve Trow (Sandwell Council) (Part Two) + Q&A Chaired by Debbie Kermode (Ikon Gallery).


Video 3:

00:00 - 35:17 Keynote speaker: Matthew Higgs (Curator, White Columns Gallery NY) + Q&A session.

35:17 - 1:39:06 - Midville - Roundtable discussion: Wendy Law (TPWM), Lynda Morris (Norwich University of the Arts), Jonathan Shaw (Coventry University), Gavin Wade (Eastside Projects)+ Q&A session.

1.39:06 - 1:46:41 - Closing Comments – John Butler (Birmingham City University)