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Jim Crace wins the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

It has been announced that author Jim Crace is the winner of the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award for his book 'Harvest'.

Last year Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands asked the author to respond with a written piece on the New Art West Midlands 2014 exhibition and visual arts in the West Midlands.  We posted the piece titled 'Flying with the Crows' on the Turning Point West Midlands website in 2014, here it is again:
Jim Crace is the author of twelve novels, including 'Quarantine' (winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year award), 'Being Dead' (National Book Critics Circle Award) and most recently 'Harvest' which was short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He has lived in Birmingham and the West Midlands since 1974.



New Art West Midlands 2015

(c) Paul Thomas Photography Ltd

There is just over a week to apply for New Art West Midlands 2016. Eligible artists don't forget to apply in time!
Application information can be found here.
To date there has been:
  • 80,000 visitors to NAWM 15 across the 4 venues, The Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Herbert Art Gallery, and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
  • 21 talks and workshops and a NAWM Study Day attended by 77 people.
  • 5 NAWM Artist cash prizes.
  • 2 sales of work.
  • 26 online press and print articles.
  • 11 residency, exhibition and mentoring opportunities offered to selected NAWM 15 artists by 10 organisations - and more to be confirmed soon.
  • Arts Council England NAWM 2015 film - Arts Council England has commissioned a short film on NAWM 15 with interviews with the artists.  It will be live soon, we will post up the link.
(c) Paul Thomas Photography Ltd
Many thanks go to all those who have given their support to NAWM 2015, the visitors to the exhibitions, the exhibiting venues, the 5 Universities, to Arts Council England - and of course, to the artists themselves.
Here are some visitor comments:
'Very good variety of work – thought-provoking and fun.'
'Had fun. But I didn’t understand some of it.'
'Beautiful and inspiring. Hopefully, one day my art will be here too.'
'Fantastic! Gave me motivation. One day this could be me!'
'Great for all the family.'
'Not one piece of art in this exhibition managed to move me one bit. Overly pretentious and brings nothing new to this world'.
'Excellent, elegant exhibition, very resonant work'
'Third visit to this exhibit now, still think it’s great.'
'Fascinating but a pity all the traditional artistic skills are missing.'
'Thought provoking, without pretentions and non-derivative – outstanding!'
'Great that the gallery is supporting local artists and modern art.'
'Interesting exhibit. Beautifully presented and a vibrant display.'
'Interesting, opens the mind!'
'Loving the Spirit Collection. So many interesting concepts seen here. Love seeing something different. All art should be appreciated!'



New Art West Midlands 2015 opportunities awarded

This year, as part of New Art West Midlands 2015, several arts organisations across the region have kindly offered opportunities as part of their support for NAWM, Turning Point West Midland’s graduate showcase.  The opportunities include residencies, projects, exhibition, and mentoring. The artists have been chosen by each organisation and TPWM will provide regular updates on their progress over the year.  

(c) Paul Thomas Photography Ltd

  • Compton Verney will work with artist Lucy Dore on a short residency around a response to the Folk Art collection and the collection related to designer Enid Marx.
  • Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will offer artist Megan Sheridan a portfolio review with a curator, with a view to a future collection project.
  • Meadow Arts - will be offering Jade Simpson mentoring and development opportunities.

There will be further announcements and updates as other opportunities for the selected artists are confirmed.

W. Law


Turning Point West Midlands



Date for your diary: Artist's Talk - Pavel Buchler

Pavel Büchler, (Honest) Work. Installation photograph, Ikon Gallery (2015). Photo: Stuart Whipps, courtesy the artist and Ikon.

Artist's Talk - Pavel Büchler

Wednesday 24 June. 6.30-8pm - Free.

You may have already seen the Pavel Büchler show (Honest) Work at the Ikon, if not, it's a great show and the artist will be discussing the exhibition and his life and work on 24 June.



Artist Development - Bursaries for Manchester International Festival

The Artist Development programme, run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering three bursaries of £100 each to artists wishing to attend the Manchester International Festival.

Manchester International Festival

2-19 July 2015

Manchester International Festival is a festival of original, new work and special events that takes place biennially. The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning Festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

The bursary will also provide an opportunity to visit the recently renovated Whitworth Art Gallery and newly opened art centre HOME.

Three bursaries will be awarded to those artists who make the best case for travelling to Manchester.

Meetings with relevant parties and visits to artists’ studios may also be included in any proposed itinerary. Selected artists are asked to submit a short report on their time in Manchester which will be posted on the Turning Point West Midlands website.

An application form can be found here.

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 28 June 2015.





Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

AirSpace Gallery are inviting graduating students from BA and MA Fine Art courses to apply for their graduate residency scheme. This opportunity and more are featured in this edition of the Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 25 June 2015.

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



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.