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Dangerous Discoveries

Artist Rebecca Lee finding a suitable location for her sound installation. (c) National Trust

For the first time, the National Trust's Biddulph Grange Garden in Staffordshire is hosting a contemporary art exhibition as part of the Trust New Art project. The Garden has commissioned five contemporary artists to create a contemporary arts exhibition, with the theme of 'dangerous discoveries'. The exhibition features artists Rebecca Lee, Sarah Tulloch, Rebecca Beinart, Katy Beinart and Laura Youngson Coll, winner of the 2014 Perrier-Jouet Arts Salon prize.

The exhibition theme mirrors the concepts on which the gardens at Biddulph Grange were designed and built. These include the dangers of plant hunting in the Victorian era, unusual climates, trees of gigantic size and the exploration of uncharted territories.

Dangerous Discoveries takes place from 1 August to 31 October 2015.



New Art West Midlands 2016 - 43 artists selected

The selectors for New Art West Midlands 2016. L-R: Katharine Stout, Sonia Boyce and John Stezaker.
Turning Point West Midlands is pleased to announce that the following 43 artists have been chosen for the annual New Art West Midlands 2016 showcase exhibitions by this year’s selectors Sonia Boyce, John Stezaker and Katharine Stout. The exhibition will take place from February to May 2016 across the West Midlands region at Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; mac birmingham; Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.


Lucy Andrews, Birmingham City University

Rachael Bint, Coventry University      

Claire Buckerfield, University of Wolverhampton

Emma Byrne, Birmingham City University

Jakki Carey, University of Worcester

Kyle Cartlidge, Staffordshire University                                 

Dawn Cope, Staffordshire University

Bethany Dartnell, Coventry University                                             

Rosa Denby, University of Wolverhampton

Esme Dollow, Coventry University

Katie Eccleston, Birmingham City University

Theo Ellison, Coventry University

Rebecca Fellows, Birmingham City University

Sarah Fortes Mayer, Birmingham City University 

Jack Foster, Coventry University

Chervelle Fryer, Coventry University

Ali Gibson, Staffordshire University 

Eleisha Gordon, Birmingham City University

Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Birmingham City University        

Laura Haycock, Birmingham City University

Georgia Henn, Birmingham City University

Hannah Honeywill, Birmingham City University

Frederick Hubble, Birmingham City University

Thomas Humphries, Birmingham City University

Juliana Kasumu, Birmingham City University

Navi Kaur, Birmingham City University

Jack Marder, Birmingham City University

Dan McClane, University of Wolverhampton                    

Aimee Millward, University of Wolverhampton

Tina Mirsharifi, Birmingham City University

Ruth Morby, University of Wolverhampton

Nicola Onions, Birmingham City University

Matt Parker, Birmingham City University

Charlotte Pattinson, Coventry University

Luke Pickering, Coventry University

Richard Savine, University of Wolverhampton  

Aaron Sehmar, Coventry University

Sister, University of Worcester

Ally Standing, Birmingham City University

Jessica Thornton, Staffordshire University

Lesley Whitehead, Birmingham City University

Amber Whittaker, University of Worcester

Corey Whyte, Staffordshire University




Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Featured in this edition: As part of their attendance, students will exhibit their final projects at the inaugural Cannon Hill Art School Summer Show (opening on Saturday 18 July at mac birmingham).

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 6 August 2015.

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



Artists on the Edge: Live Exhibition

'Live Exhibition' is a series of curated performances by Artists On The Edge, twelve inter-generational artists who have been working together for the past nine months to explore and test their concept of the ‘post-emerging artist'.

The group was created from the need for a space for post-emerging artists to explore, research, experiment and develop their artistic practice. The live exhibition is an opportunity to meet, and engage with the work of the group.

The exhibition takes place at the Edge, Birmingham on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015 from 3-5pm and 7-9pm. Free tickets can be reserved here.



Talking Production - Audio now available

On Monday 29 June, Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme (run by the New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands) explored different approaches to making, process, materials and tools at Eastside Projects, Birmingham.

An audio recording and a write-up of the day is now available here.



Artist Development 2015/16

Turning Point West Midlands supports creative and professional development for artists. It does this by working together with The New Art Gallery Walsall and regional artist-led spaces, groups and other partners. Together we are creating artist development opportunities across the West Midlands.

2015-16 is another busy year with many opportunities. To keep you up to date here is an outline of the projects we are working on:



Bursaries for research visits. Taking place from July 2015 - January 2016, these include Manchester International Festival and the British Art Show.

After an application process, Alberto Condotta, Andrew Gillespie and Stuart Layton have been awarded bursaries to attend the Manchester International Festival. Their reports will be available on the website in the coming month.


Studio Visits

Six respected arts professionals will visit artists across the West Midlands. More information on our studio visits programme can be found here. Details of the 2015 round will be announced soon. Autumn/Winter 2015.


Art Fair Research Trips

A delegation of artists from across the West Midlands will be selected by artist-led spaces and visual art hubs in their areas to undertake a funded research trip to Frieze Art Fair in October 2015.


Reflective Practice Sessions

These sessions intend to increase the knowledge and understanding of artists of their place within the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking. Autumn/Winter 2015.


Group artist residency with mac birmingham

Following two very successful residencies, another group residency is planned with mac birmingham in Spring 2016. These are designed to be short, developmental periods of activity for artists. The group residency will be offered by application.



A micro-residency has been offered to an artist at the New Art Gallery Walsall as part of New Art West Midlands. Another will be offered in late 2015 at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

On Saturday 16 May, Artist Development West Midlands and AirSpace Gallery explored models of Artists' studios though a series of case studies and discussion at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Audio and a summary of the event can be accessed here.

Talking Production

On Monday 29 June, Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme explored different approaches to making, process, materials and tools at Eastside Projects. More information can be found here.

Waving not Drowning… Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands (New Art West Midlands 2016 Study Day)

In association with New Art West Midlands 2016, a professional development day for recent graduates. March 2016.


Updates on all projects will be posted on the website.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

There are only a few more days left to apply for New Art West Midlands 2016. Deadline: 5pm, Monday 29 June 2015.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 16 July 2015.

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



Shifting Worlds

(c) David Nash - Three Black Humps. Commissioned by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts, 2015. Image: Rebecca Farkas/Meadow Arts.

Meadow Arts has a new exhibition and residency programme in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, funded by Arts Council England.

Shifting Worlds explores the impact of the Industrial Revolution and challenges our understanding of its legacy in an exciting programme of contemporary arts events, featuring a newly commissioned sculpture by David Nash, an artist’s residency with Faye Claridge and an interactive adventure from The House of Fairy Tales. In the autumn, exhibition Landscape With Machines opens and symposium Reimagining the Industrial Revolution takes place.

Shifting Worlds takes place at Coalbrookdale from 22 June to 18 December 2015, the site of three of the ten exciting and varied museums that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The museums give a fascinating insight into the people, processes and landscape of the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the present day.

More information on the programme can be found here.