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Awkward Bastards Symposium

Taking place on Thursday 12 March, Awkward Bastards is a symposium at mac birmingham challenging and exploring the concept of diversity, drawing links and breaking down barriers between different cultures and schools of thought. Co-produced by mac birmingham and DASH, the day will be presented by a mix of academics, artists and activists representing diversity (disability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class) from across the UK and USA.

Tickets cost £50 (£40 concessions) and can be booked through mac birmingham.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Lunch (c) Megan Sheridan. Framed photographs selected from the This is England series. Sheridan's work is exhibited as part of New Art West Midlands at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry opening tonight from 6.30-8.30pm

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 12 March 2015.

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



'Mid Career' Artists

Turning Point West Midlands has been asking 'mid career'* artists (self defining) to give us their views on the issues and priorities


Wednesday 25 March 2-3.30pmTPWM will be holding an open (pop in) discussion session for 'mid career' artists, so come and join us in ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham Art School. To book a place contact Annabel Clarke annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk

Come along before that to the lunchtime talk at 12.30-1.30pm on the Annuale exhibition in ARTicle Gallery. Both are free!

Below are points which will feed in to a discussion session:

  • It is difficult to know when an artist ceases to be 'emergent' and becomes 'mid-career'.
  • Many opportunities (prizes and residencies) are aged defined with an emphasis on young artists.
  • There are more opportunities for new graduates and emergent artists.
  • It is very hard to make a living as an artist, and particularly in the region.
  • There is a need for greater visibility for artists that live in Birmingham and the wider region.
  • There is a need for a more pluralistic approach to the type of work that is supported.
  • The need to balance different priorities in order to earn enough money.
  • Artists need to be able to increase their network of contacts and have more interaction

  • Artists need more affordable studio spaces, better use of vacant premises.
  • There could be more individual mentoring - even paid for mentoring
  • Today there is a higher expectation of artists volunteering and working for nothing or reduced pay for work that artists used to be paid for.
  • Short term residencies make it difficult to keep other work going.
  • Long term residencies don’t always work for artists with family commitments.

*A unsatisfactory term we know but what is generally meant is artists that have spent some years developing their practice since graduating.



Artist Development - mac birmingham micro-residency

mac birmingham, in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands, is offering an intensive artist-lab development opportunity for four West Midlands-based artists to work in collaboration from Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April 2015.

Supported by A3 Project Space and Flatpack Film Festival, this opportunity will provide the four selected artists with time and space to exchange ideas in the realm of film and video in the context of Birmingham. This will be both a conceptual and technical environment to engage with peers and involve explorations into Birmingham as site and platform for new work. Applications are invited from artists engaged in cross-practice, live art, installation and transmedia, along with other visual art forms.

More information on the opportunity can be found here.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 6 March 2015.



New Art West Midlands 2015

New Art West Midlands (NAWM) is a showcase for exciting new work and includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, performance and installation. All exhibitions will be open from Saturday. All exhibiting artists have graduated from one of the West Midlands’ undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.


31 January – 25 April 2015, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

13 February – 17 May 2015, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

13 February – 17 May 2015, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

14 February – 31 May 2015, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

For more information and associated events visit the New Art West Midlands website.



New Art WM project launched to develop the market for contemporary art in the West Midlands

The Visitation, 2014 (c) – Paul Newman

New Art WM draws on the West Midlands region's rich heritage in the visual arts whilst embracing the art of today by promoting living artists and contemporary art.  New Art WM develops opportunities for more people to engage with new work, see, buy and collect contemporary art through exhibitions, networks and events.

The New Art WM Annuale 2015 exhibition will take place at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street from 20 March to 15 April 2015.

For updates on New Art WM activity subscribe here.

New Art WM is financially supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.


Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Knowledge, 2014 (c) Sevven Kucuk - New Art West Midlands 2015 starts at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 31 January

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 19 February 2015.

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



Waving not Drowning… Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands 2015



Waving not Drowning...Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands 2015

Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham.
Saturday 7 March, 11am - 4pm.

This event is aimed at art students and artists at the beginning of their career development.

Through a series of presentations and case studies, this event will explore the opportunities and challenges that artists meet in the early stages of their career and provide practical information and guidance.

The event will be chaired by Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall. Speakers include:

Wendy Law, Director, Turning Point West Midlands

Annabel Clarke, Programme Administrator, Artist Development West Midlands

Anna Francis, Artist, Director AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and BA Fine Art Course Leader, Staffordshire University

Andrew Lacon, Artist

Stuart Layton, Artist

Ali Reed, Artist and winner of New Art West Midlands 2014

A light lunch will be provided. The event is free but booking is essential. Places are limited. Please contact Annabel Clarke annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk to book a place.