Developing the market for contemporary art in the West Midlands
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.
- 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
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 ....
Director, Turning Point West Midlands