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Mexico City residency opportunity

In a collaboration between Birmingham-based Grand Union and SOMA (Mexico City), an arts practitioner from the West Midlands will be selected to spend one month in residence at SOMA during September 2015. This forms one leg of an exchange which sees Grand Union welcoming an artist from SOMA during December 2015.

The opportunity is open to artists, writers and curators based in the West Midlands. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12pm, Friday 26 June 2015.



New Art West Midlands 2016 - Call for entries

The third edition of New Art West Midlands finished last weekend. 30 artists who graduated from one of the West Midlands’ undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years, were exhibited over four prestigious venues over five months.

If you graduated from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, the University of Wolverhampton or University of Worcester with a Fine Art or Visual Arts BA, MA or PhD in 2013, 2014 or 2015 you are now eligible to make an application for the selected showcase exhibition New Art West Midlands 2016.

More information and application forms can be found here.

New Art West Midlands is a Turning Point West Midlands initiative and a partnership between Birmingham Museums, mac birmingham, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.



Open 2015

(c) Kurt Hickson, Stripes/Drips, spray paint on MDF, 2015Until 12 July, works by selected artists based in the West Midlands will be exhibited as part of Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum's Open 2015. All pieces are for sale.

Works were selected for the exhibition by an independent panel of arts professionals which included Wendy Law (Director, Turning Point West Midlands), Fiona Venables (Deputy Curator, Mead Gallery) and Ray Spence (Fine Art Photographer). The judges selected The Ineluctable Modality of the Visible, a portrait in oils by Neil Moore, to receive the OPEN 2015 prize of £1,000.

The winner of the People’s Choice award is still to be decided. Throughout the exhibition the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork. The work of art which receives the highest public votes will be presented with the People’s Choice Award of £500.



Division of Labour at Syson Project Space

(c) Anna Francis, Brownfield Ikabana Abbatoir, 2014

Worcester-based Division of Labour present a group show at Syson Project Space, Syson Gallery, Nottingham. Cryopreservation: Need Flowers Tomorrow? is a group exhibition of five artists whose works include flowers as a subject.

The exhibition takes place from 30 May to 13 June 2015.



Artist Development: Talking Production

Image Credit: Eleanor Morgan, Clay Robotics Project, Grymsdyke Farm

Talking Production

Monday 29 June 2015, 12.15-6pm

Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham. B9 4AR



Talking Production brings together artists, designers and architects from across the UK to explore different approaches to making, process, materials and tools. Programmed by Ruth Claxton (Workshop Birmingham) with presentations from:

  • Samara Scott, artist.
  • Eleanor Morgan and Guan Lee, Grymsdyke Farm
  • Fran Edgerley, Assemble
  • Fi Scott, Make Works
  • Linda Brothwell, designer
  • Nicolas Deshayes, artist

Talking Production aims to put the Birmingham Production Space proposal in context by exploring a range of contemporary approaches and models that support the production of work. A full schedule for the day can be found here.

This event is delivered by Workshop Birmingham and Eastside Projects with the Artist Development programme run by the New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands.

Please contact Annabel Clarke to book your place: annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk 






Degree Shows 2015

Over the next month graduating Art students exhibit their work in their end of year shows. Below are a number that are open to the public across the West Midlands:

Coventry University - Saturday 30 May - Thursday 4 June 2015. Private view - 6-9pm, Friday 29 May 2015.

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 6 June - Saturday 13 June 2015

Hereford College of Arts - Saturday 13 June - Saturday 20 June 2015.

Birmingham City University - Tuesday 16 June to Sunday 21 June 2015. Private View - 6-8pm, Monday 15 June 2015.

Staffordshire University - Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 June 2015.

Visual arts graduates from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester are invited to apply for the selected showcase exhibition New Art West Midlands 2016.



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now - Audio now available

Image credit: Glen Stoker

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, Stoke-on-Trent.

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



a-n Paying Artists Campaign 

Last night (19 May) a lively discussion took place at Eastside Projects in Birmingham as part of a-n's current Paying Artists Campaign (payment for exhibiting in public galleries).

A panel of provocateurs included Elizabeth Rowe (Artist), Dorothy Wilson (Chief Executive, mac Birmingham), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), Stuart Whipps (Artist), Gavin Wade (Director Eastside Projects) and Anna Horton & Sophie Bullock (Artists). 


As well as beginning to form an idea of what a fair pay policy for artists could be - and it was agreed there should be an expectation that artists be paid - the discussion raised issues around art education and the need for artists to be equipped with the appropriate professional skills and the need for transparency around payment - with training needed for both artists and galleries.

The discussion last night follows on from a meeting on 25 March with a small focus group of artist and organisation representatives, called by a-n and facilitated by TPWM. The group's feedback feeds in to to the wider consultation being carried out by a-n. 

You can follow developments on the Paying Artists Campaign website, and TPWM will keep you abreast of key developments through its news postings and e-bulletin.