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The Hop Project

Hereford Museum and Gallery, Herefordshire Museum Service

The Hop Project is a contemporary art project that will tour Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project uses the historical migratory movements of hop pickers as the conceptual basis for a touring exhibition.

The Hop Project is conceived and produced by General Public (artists Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman). Artists involved include Tereza Buskova, Brendan Jackson, Alicja Rogalska and Daniel Baker.

More information on the project can be found here.



Barbara Walker: Shock and Awe

Barbara Walker, The Big Secret (2015). Conte on paper - IWM (AUS) 2078. Photograph by Chris Keenan

In collaboration with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, mac birmingham present ‘Shock and Awe’ a major new commission of drawings by the acclaimed Birmingham artist Barbara Walker.

Acknowledging an absence of representation over the past 100 years, Walker’s exhibition concentrates upon the contribution of Black servicemen and women to the British Armed Forces and war efforts from 1914 to the present day. It reflects upon contemporary British conflict alongside historical events of warfare involving Britain and the colonised nations of the British Empire. As the world commemorates the centenary of World War I, this remarkable body of work addresses the stories that remain largely untold.

'Shock and Awe' runs from 23 April – 3 July 2016m at mac birmingham.



Vacancy: Director, New Art West Midlands

Director – New Art West Midlands

School of Art, Birmingham City University


Margaret Street, Birmingham


£37,331 to £40,577 per annum pro rata

Closing Date: 

Monday 2 May 2016

Interview Date: 

Wednesday 18 May 2016



This is a part time (26 hrs) fixed term position ending March 2018 

Birmingham City University is currently looking for a seasoned and dynamic Director.  This is an exciting opportunity to take up a new, project-based post within the University.  The role will take overall responsibility to lead the development of New Art West Midlands - the West Midland’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network (currently Turning Point West Midlands) - through effective operational and strategic management.

With responsibility for the co-ordination of the New Art West Midlands (NAWM) programme 2016-18, this post will play a key role in contributing to the University’s vision to be recognised throughout the region as a collaborator supporting economic, social and cultural improvement in the city region.

This is an ideal opportunity to shape the West Midland's contemporary visual arts sector with the opportunity to create, articulate and implement a strong vision and distinctive identity for NAWM through formulation of its development programme, promotional work and across all aspects of the programme

Reporting to the Chair and Executive Board of NAWM, the successful candidate will be required to manage and develop the operation of NAWM including identifying and generating sources of income and funding for the university to access.

Communication is key to the success of the role, and the successful candidate will have the ability to use a variety of communication methods to ensure productive and influential relationships are built with a range of stakeholders and key networks; including the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.

The ideal candidate will have substantive experience within the visual arts or cultural sector and previous experience of working with artists, curators, galleries and museums.

This is your opportunity to join Birmingham City University in an exciting time of change and development, while making your contribution to our journey. 

If the above sounds like you, don’t hesitate – please go to BCU’s jobs webpage to apply.

Deadline: Monday 2 May 2016. 

Kindly note we will be processing applications on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be invited for a first interview on 18 May 2016.

For preliminary queries please contact Prof Jonathan Harris on 0121 331 5970.



Flatpack Film Festival

The Street & Modern Life, 2015 © Hans Eijkelboom
Running from 19-24 April across Birmingham, Flatpack Film Festival celebrates its tenth edition this year.

Born in a Digbeth pub as a short film night, Flatpack has since grown in many interesting and wonderful directions. The festival’s tenth outing will be a packed week of screenings, performances, installations, workshops and happenings.

Visual arts highlights include:

Hans Eijkelboom: The Street and Modern Life - Commissioned by Multistory as part of an ongoing body of photographic work and archive that documents life in the Black Country and the West Midlands. The exhibition at the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery explores the construction of identity through clothing and personal appearance and, in turn, the relationship between individual and social identities in an increasingly globalised culture.

Action Space - A giant, colourful inflatable will land in Victoria Square. They will explore the legacy of Action Space, the pioneering 1970s performance art group whose enormous inflatables popped up in council estates, parks and shopping centres reaching people who wouldn’t dream of entering a gallery. Flatpack will be using the blow-up space for film screenings, live painting, workshops and talks.

Gebhard Sengmüller: Slide Movie – Diafilmprojektor - Using multiple slide projectors, the source for the work is an 80 second sequence from an old film. Each frame of the footage is mounted as a slide, then distributed among a series of slide projectors. Flashing, one immediately after the other, the projectors produce the appearance of a projected motion picture. Gebhard will deliver a talk about the work followed by a drinks reception at 5pm on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at BCU's Parkside Campus.

Unpacked - In partnership with Birmingham City University, hear from artists and filmmakers as they deconstruct their work, explain their creative process, and divulge their inner musings through workshops, talks and demonstrations.



Andrea Hannon: The House is Still Named After Him 

'Housekeeping' (2014). Detail Installation, existing images (various), wallpaper, paper, card and existing objects © Andrea Hannon 2016

The House is Still Named After Him presents Andrea Hannon’s most recent body of work that explores pre-existing ideas of gender and the home.

Combining imagery and objects from a range of old and new sources such as encyclopaedias, magazines, books and second-hand shops, Hannon creates surreal two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that question existing knowledge structures that define us in multiple ways according to our biological sex.

The exhibition continues at Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museum until 14 May 2016.



Dan Flavin: It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else

Dan Flavin, untitled (in honor of Harold Joachim) 3, 1977. Pink, yellow, blue, and green fluorescent light 8 ft. (244 cm) square across a corner CL no. 410 © 2015 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London

From 13 April to 26 June, Ikon Gallery presents a major exhibition of fluorescent light works by Dan Flavin (1933-1996), one of the most important post-war American artists. The exhibition opening takes place on Wednesday 13 April from 6-8pm.



Random String Fellowship

The Random String Fellowship is an opportunity open to artists and practitioners from any discipline who are interested in embarking on a technology-focused creative enquiry.

A Ludic Rooms production in association with Warwick Arts Centre, they are looking for six enthusiastic mid-career artists with an established body of practice to explore how technology might make their work more interactive, develop a more meaningful relationship with audiences or explore future notions of co-creation and participatory practice. Deadline: 1pm, Monday 18 April 2016.



Ingenious and Fearless Companions

Ingenious and Fearless Companions is a new exhibition exploring microscopic life at the edge of space which runs until 11 June at Birmingham Open Media (BOM). It is the first ever exhibition by the High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) science-art team.

The HAB team includes Melissa Grant (BOM Fellow and biochemist at the University of Birmingham), lab robotics scientist Oliver de Peyer, mathematician Paul Shepherd and artists Anna Dumitriu, Kira O’Reilly and Alex May. Initiated in 2010, they have searched for microorganisms adapted to life in space in order to consider their uses in novel biotechnologies.

With a mixture of success and spectacular failure, the HAB team have developed remotely operated robotic devices to sample the air at high altitudes, investigating the effects of space travel on bacteria in collaboration with NASA and civilian space authority The Rocket Mavericks.

The exhibition features photographs and cyanotype prints, sculpturally altered relics, environmental samples and video-mapped film footage of test flights in the Nevada desert. The exhibition will tour to the V&A Museum, London as part of the Digital Design Weekend later in 2016.