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TPWM Business Suite: Artist Editions - What do we mean by Artist Editions?



Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University. Free.

We are seeing an ever increasing amount of artist editions for sale, prints, multiples, film, and even companies selling editioned digital works by high profile artists, not for walls but our online devices. We will debate the cultural and market position today of the`fine-art' print. Come along and be part of the debate, and hear from our special guests:

  • Why are artist editions on the increase?
  • What the benefits can be for the artist who editions work, and the gallery
  • Working with a gallery on an edition
  • How is a`fine art' editioned print different from any other limited edition (digital) print?
  • How are decisions made on the size of an edition?
  • How are editions priced, promoted and sold?
  • What more can the region do to promote artists and editioned work?

There will be an opportunity for questions and for artists to share their own thoughts and experiences.

Examples of artist editions available at Ikon Gallery, Grand Union and Eastside Projects.

Special guests:

Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, Ikon Gallery

Ailsa McWilliam, Artist and Print Demonstrator, Coventry University.

Justin Sanders, Technical Demonstrator in Printmaking, Birmingham School of Art

The discussion will be chaired by Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands.


The event is free but booking is essential. Please book your place by emailing Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk
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Business Suite Session - 9 October 2014

-The Artist/Gallery Contract
- Pricing and Selling Your Work
Useful links:
Artist Contracts:
Artquest - Contracts
Artquest - Basics of contracts       
Own Art 
Pricing and Selling:
The Artist's Guide to selling Work by Annabelle Ruston (2nd Ed).
ISBN: 9780713671599)

Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

The Jones family. Today Ikon unveils A Real Birmingham Family, a public sculpture that is the culmination of a four-year project with Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 20 November 2014.

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



West Midlands Open 2014

Paul Newman, Fly © Paul Newman
The West Midlands Open is a biennial exhibition showcasing work by practicing and emerging artists from across the region. This edition takes place at the Gas Hall in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with work including painting, sculpture and photography, selected by a panel of judges, including Turner Prize nominee, Roger Hiorns.

Much of the work will be available for sale. The exhibition runs until 15 February 2015.



The Influence Machine

The Influence Machine (c) Tony Oursler

The Influence Machine is a multi-media work by Tony Oursler which haunts an urban landscape with spectres, sounds and smoke. The piece will be shown at St Peter's Gardens, Wolverhampton from 6-7.30pm on Wednesday 29 October to Saturday 1 November 2014 as part of the Black Country Echoes Festival.

The event has been organised in collaboration with the Artangel Collection at Tate, an initiative to bring outstanding works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK.

Black Country Echoes Festival runs until December.



Art Market Project West Midlands

Developing the market for contemporary art in the West Midlands

‘Nascar #29 Kevin Hardwick’ (2013) by Chris Clinton - Recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection


This two year programme of integrated projects is designed to expand art market activity in the West Midlands, connecting the public and curators with artists based in or affiliated with the region. Working side by side with Turning Point West Midlands, the initiative comprises a network of partners: Universities, museums, galleries, artist groups and businesses and is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.



August 2014 - Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market appointed.

September 2014 - Megan Wakefield, Art Market Co-ordinator appointed.


The Projects

  • A new annual curated Selling Exhibition
  • A public-facing Website
  • Support for Art Fair presentation
  • A Curators Network
  • Friends & Public Events
  • Good Business Practice


Annual Selling Exhibition

Friday 20 March to Wednesday 15 April 2015 with a hub at ARTicle Gallery/PS1, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and co-curated by Mona Casey and Rachel Bradley.  



A public-facing website will be a platform for impressive work from the region, featuring activity and information related to buying and collecting art. It will raise the profile of the West Midland’s diverse public collections, promote art fair and marketplace engagement, offer a portal to find out about new art in the region including the New Art West Midlands graduate exhibitions and other projects connected with the regional universities. The site will also be a space for relevant, in-depth new writing, reviews and Curators’ Network events.

Launch: January 2015


Luke McCreadie, Detail from Untitled Booth (2013). Installation at Manchester Contemporary

Art Fair Presentation

Two organisations have been supported to participate in art fairs this year:

GRAIN, Library of Birmingham at UNSEEN Photo Fair in Amsterdam and Eastside Projects at Manchester Contemporary.  Eastside Projects will be further supported to participate at London Art Fair in January 2015. The aim of the funding is to increase the representation and profile of work by artists of the West Midlands in a national and international context.


Curators’ Network WM

The project will work with the curatorial expertise of the region's museums, galleries and organisations, renowned for their major art collections and temporary art programmes as well as independent curators and artist-curators.  The Curators’ Network will strengthen curatorial professional development.


Friends and Public Events

The project will bring together new audiences, friends’ groups, patrons, artists and curators at public special events to see new work. 


Good Business Practice

The project will lead on good business practice in relation to the Gallery/Artist Contract, and Research.


The TPWM Business Suite event on the Gallery/Artist contract/Pricing Art Work/and Art Fairs with invited guests solicitor Nicholas Sharp, Nicola Shipley co-Director of GRAIN, and Wendy Law, Director of TPWM took place on 9 October, attracting over 90 people.  A second Business Suite event on Artist Editioning will take place on 26 November at The School of Art, BCU.

The 2014 West Midlands Open exhibition opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on 25 October 2014 and runs until 15 February 2015. Eighty-one works spanning painting, sculpture, film, drawing and printmaking have been chosen. Many works selected for the show will be available for visitors to purchase.


TPWM will keep you updated on the exciting new developments ....

Wendy Law

Director, Turning Point West Midlands




A3 Project Space artists working internationally

Olly Jones: Love The Skin You're In Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles. Installation pictures.

Studio artists based at Birmingham's A3 Project Space have been working or have upcoming projects in North America:

Oliver Jones' solo show Love The Skin You're In has been showing at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles and closes on 25 October.

Cathy Wade is currently on a reserach visit to New York with E-cho-cham-ber (a collaboration with Andre de Jong and Andrew Lacon

Mahtab Hussain has been selected for Light Work Artist in Residence 2015, in partnership with Autograph ABP. He will be in residence in New York from March 2015.



Symposium: Erosion and Illegibility of Images

Erosion and Illegibility of Images: Blocked Vision and Self-Reflexivity in Contemporary Art

12-4pm, Friday 31 October 2014. The New Art Gallery Walsall.

This one day symposium sets out to interrogate the trope of illegibility and erosion in contemporary artistic practice. By looking at painting, photography and sculpture / architecture, the symposium explores the extent to which contemporary art denies ‘a palpable legibility’. Artists including Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan and Maria Chevska will offer an original insight into the restriction of vision and legibility.

More information on the event can be found here.



24 Hour Culture Survey

From noon on Friday 24 to noon on Saturday 25 October a major survey will take place to discover how people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in the West Midlands. Everyone in the region is invited to take part, and will be asked what cultural activities they have participated in during one 24 hour period via a short questionnaire at www.24hourculture.co.uk.

The 24 Hour Culture Survey has been commissioned by 22 of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compton Verney, mac birmingham, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, DanceXchange, Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

It is hoped that the findings will be used to inform arts policy in forthcoming years, both by the organisations themselves but also by local authorities and government.

Findings from the 24 Hour Culture Survey will be analysed by experts at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Audience Insight team, and will be released before the end of 2014.