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Vacancy: Coordinator, New Art West Midlands

Location: School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Freelance fee: £18,000 per annum pro rata (equivalent to 3 days per week @ £125/day rate)

Fixed term: Until 31 March 2018

Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 4 July 2016.

Interview Date: Friday 15 July 2016.

Birmingham City University is currently looking for a committed and enthusiastic Coordinator for New Art West Midlands (formerly Turning Point West Midlands), the West Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network.

This is a part time, fixed term freelance position to assist the Director of New Art West Midlands in coordinating the NAWM 2016-18 programme and West Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network. She/he will also work closely with artists, curators, visual arts organisations and HE partners in the region to coordinate and deliver NAWM's Professional Development Programme for artists and curators based in the region.

Further information about the post and a copy of the job specification can be found here.

To apply, please submit a CV accompanied by a personal statement (max 2 sides A4) outlining why you want the position and what relevant knowledge, skills and experience you will bring to it.

  • Deadline: 5pm, Monday 4 July 2016.

For further information on New Art West Midlands, formerly Turning Point West Midlands, please visit: www.tpwestmidlands.org.uk and newartwm.org.

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



Artists & Curators Professional Development Programme - Call for Programme Lead Partner

New Art West Midlands (NAWM) is inviting applications from visual arts organisations, university art schools or independent consultants based in the West Midlands to lead the development and delivery of a two year professional development programme for artists and curators.

Funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton and Worcester University and Hereford College of Arts, this programme will run until March 2018 and is the combined initiative of two previously successful programmes: Turning Point West Midlands’s artist professional development programme, and New Art WM’s curators’ network.

Full information can be found here.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 15 July 2016.


Wheatley Bequest Fine Art Fellowship

The Birmingham School of Art is seeking applications from contemporary visual artists for its annual Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship. The Fellow will be provided with a studio in the Birmingham School of Art, access to extensive facilities and contribute to the world class, international research environment. The Fellowship lasts for ten months, commencing in October 2016 and culminating in a public exhibition.

Applicants should normally have a first degree and/or a postgraduate qualification in Fine Art. Information can be found here.

Deadline: Noon, Friday 1 July 2016.



City Arcadia Festival

City Arcadia has been a two-year programme of creative commissions responding to the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre with Artspace, Coventry. The final event will be the City Arcadia Festival running from 22 June to 7 July 2016.

The festival programme will bring together a collection of innovative work by artists from Coventry and beyond including Rob Hamp, Amelia Crouch, Sadie Hennessy, Spencer Graham and Lauren Heywood inviting audiences to explore particular sites and features of the city’s experience. It aims to encourage to share and re-evaluate perceptions of Coventry's post-war story and to discuss the future.

The full festival programme can be found here.



Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway)

Roger Hiorns, Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway) (2016). Photograph by Marcin Szymczak.
Ikon and Birmingham Cathedral present a new site-specific work by Birmingham-born artist Roger Hiorns, Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway), 2016

Working with the choir of St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, the event sees choristers undertake Choral Evensong whilst lying on their backs on the floor, within the nave of the church, rather than standing to sing in stalls behind the altar. This will be a full service rather than a performance – led by The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, and directed by Canon Marcus Huxley – with the congregation seated in the aisles and galleries. The event raises important questions concerning the aesthetics of faith and worship in modern life; plays with perceptions of life and death and sleep and consciousness; and re-imagines an ancient ritual, part of an establishment that defines our society – all within sight of the Cathedral’s stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones depicting the Last Judgment.

Places are free but should be booked.

Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway) takes place from 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June 2016. This off-site work anticipates Ikon’s major exhibition with Roger Hiorns in December 2016.



M5 Mile Artist Commission

MADE are looking to commission five artists from Birmingham and the Black Country to enliven a space under the M5 motorway in Sandwell for a one day event on Saturday 16 July 2016.

The commissions are inspired by MADE's vision for a Black Country Garden City utilising a neglected section of land under the raised section of the M5 motorway between junctions 1 and 2.

Full information can found here. Deadline: Monday 20 June 2016.



Different Pasts, Shared Futures

‘Shopkeeper’ by Komlaish Achall

Different Pasts, Shared Futures at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton until 30 June documents the reality of those in flight from persecution and war, and the creative resilience of individuals forced to start their lives again in a foreign country.

Themes of identity, migration, integration and welcome are explored throughout the exhibition with work from established Wolverhampton artists, newly arrived artists, community groups and local schools.


Turning To See: A talk by John Stezaker

Jane Morris, seated on divan, Three-quarter length, 1865-1890 by John R Parsons and Sir Emery Walker © Birmingham Museums Trust.
On Thursday there is a rare opportunity to hear Worcester-born, and internationally renowned artist, John Stezaker, discuss the ideas that inspired him to curate his first ever display, 'Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud'. The display is currently on show at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 4 September 2016.

John will discuss his influences and inspiration, drawing on his research carried out during the project, and the theme of physical and metaphorical turning elucidated in the display. John will also provide a context to his ideas through discussion of his own artistic practice of collage.

The talk takes place at Aston Hall on Thursday 9 June from 7pm, as part of the Hidden Spaces festival.

Tickets cost £10. Pre-booking essential. To book phone 0121 348 8038 or book online.