This month two exhibitions of Mat Collishaw's work are opening in the West Midlands. Tomorrow, 'In Camera' presented by GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham opens at the Gallery, Library of Birmingham. This new work consists of an installation created around a series of 12 crime scene negatives made for Birmingham City Police Force during the 1930s and 1940s, Collishaw discovered whilst exploring the Library’s internationally renowned photography collections.
The exhibition is presented in parallel with a major survey of Collishaw’s work being shown at The New Art Gallery Walsall which opens next week. The public preview takes place from 6-8pm, Thursday 24 September 2015.
WELCOME TO MIDVILLE – Art, Money, Market
Thursday 1 October 2015, 3-7pm
Nest, Glenn Howells Architects. 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. B5 6ET
Full programme now available, please book by Thursday 24 September.
This event is organised by New Art WM and Turning Point West Midlands. 'Welcome to Midville*' takes a look at Art, Money, and Market in relation to where we are, what we do and who is our audience. London may be the centre of the UK art market but good art comes from anywhere.
'Midville' is a term coined by Charles Madge and Barbara Weinberger to define the research parameters of an art education survey at two art schools in the West Midlands. In her New Art West Midlands 2013 catalogue essay Lynda Morris expands Midville’s boundary to mean `not London’.
Chair - Antonia Payne.
3-3.15pm - Registration
3.15-3.30pm - Welcome/Introduction
3.30-4.15pm - Pecha Kucha-style presentations - Artists and Curators: Vered Lahav, Paul Newman, Tereza Buskova, Grace Williams, Ian Andrews, Ryan Hughes and Roma Piotrowksa.
Grace Davies, Director Visual Arts South West - New Expressions (CPD/Mentoring insights –artists and curators)
4.15-5.15pm - Kate Pryor Williams, Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts – Applying as an individual artist
Claire Farrell, Director, WERK - Finding Funding
Ailsa McWilliam, Fine Art Demonstrator, Coventry University - Editioned prints – who buys?
Wendy Law, Director of TPWM - Artists and Enterprise - Provocations
5.15-5.30pm - BREAK
5.30-6.30pm - Nathaniel Pitt, Director, Division of Labour - Art Fairs and representing artists
Trevor Pitt, Artist and Curator, Pod Projects - The role of the independents in relation to the ecology of the art market.
Lisa Beauchamp, Curator, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Commissioning to collect
Rachel Bradley, Curator and Head of Art Market/New Art WM - New Art WM and its Audiences
Chaired discussion / Summary / Close
6.30pm - Drinks and Mexican Buffet.
'The Gain Line' is a new moving-image art work by Ravi Deepres commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Having premiered at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum at the weekend, the piece will be shown at two further galleries across the country over Autumn, coinciding with the Rugby World Cup.
The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. The piece will be on show in Rugby until 9 January 2016.
This series of sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley, Visual Arts Enabler, is intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking. The sessions are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist.
Networking, profile raising, relationship building with organisations, curators and other artists.
Friday 9 October - Coventry Artspace.
Resourcing your practice
Time, space and opportunities; networking and connectivity.
Friday 16 October - Worcester Arts Workshop.
Communicating your practice
Profile raising, marketing and audience engagement; working practices and documenting a practice.
Friday 23 October – The New Art Gallery Walsall.
The sessions will also feature a guest artist/arts professional as a case study speaking about their own experiences.
All sessions are FREE and will run from 11am- 3pm.
Artists can book for all three sessions. However, priority will be given to ensuring that as many as possible can attend one session. Therefore, if you would like to attend all three, please identify your first choice session. There are a maximum of 20 places per session, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Drinks will be provided. Please bring food to share.
To book please email: Annabel Clarke - firstname.lastname@example.org quoting which session you would like to attend.
In:Site, organised by Craftspace, returns to Birmingham Cathedral Square from today, 7th to 11th September. A festival of graduate creativity, selected artists will be working in the square, transforming the space with a programme of craft interventions inspired by the Cathedral's tercentenary celebrations.
Over the week, each graduate has a day to make a creative intervention, turning the making process into a performance. The public will be able to contribute to the making of a number of the artworks which will incorporate casting metal, ceramics, weaving and wood turning.
Artists based in the West Midlands are offered the opportunity to receive a studio visit* from a respected arts professional. Studio visitors can assist with the development of your work by engaging in dialogue, offering feedback, advice and by providing valuable networking opportunities. The visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.
The studio visitors are:
Mandy Fowler - Independent Consultant and Curator
Karen Newman – Director, BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
Christian Mooney – Director, ARCADE
Lisa Beauchamp - Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust
David Hoyland – Director, Seventeen
Simon Morrissey - Director, Works | Projects & Director, Foreground
*Artists do not need to have an official studio to apply for this opportunity, we appreciate that artists make work in a variety of spaces.
DEADLINE: 5pm, Sunday 4 October 2015.
Information on each studio visitor and the application form can be found here.