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Featured in this edition: Applications are open until 30 June for New Art West Midlands 2017 for recent visual arts graduates from the five regionally-based university art schools and Hereford College of Arts. A chance to have work exhibited in prestigious galleries such as Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and mac birmingham.

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

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



The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent commissions

‘The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent’ is a weekend of artistic activity, reflection and discussion running from 16-18 September celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the 1986 National Garden Festival, a major turning point in the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent.

The project will involve the creation of new artistic commissions; a showcase of cultural activity in the city and associated events. Audiences will navigate around the Festival site and encounter the artistic programme at different sites via a marked trail. The project is taking place as part of the five-year Artcity programme of artistic activities in redundant and vacant spaces.

The ArtCity Consortium are seeking to select four site-responsive commissions open to creative practictioners at all stages of their careers, which will activate this hidden garden in the city. More information on the event and commissions can be found here.

Deadline: Noon, Friday 8 July 2016.


The Building as Material Residency, The New Art Gallery Walsall 

The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting applications from artists who wish to develop new work in response to the theme: ‘The Building as Material’. The residency provides scope for the selected artist to respond to the raw materials and interior of the Caruso St John designed building: concrete, leather, Douglas fir, walnut, and stainless steel. Artists may also consider the physical presence of the gallery architecture within the town or the concept of the building as a house for art.

The residency will run from 16 August to 13 November 2016 and the selected artist will work from the gallery's purpose-built Artists’ Studio. Full information on the residency can be found here. Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 12 July 2016.


New Art West Midlands 2017: Selectors announced

With only ten days left to apply, we are pleased to announce that the selectors for the New Art West Midlands 2017 exhibitions are: Jason E Bowman, Angela Kingston and Barbara Walker:

Jason E Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice. He is Programme Leader of MFA, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and lead researcher of Stretched (2015-18), an enquiry which interrogates the practices of artist-led cultures.

Angela Kingston is a freelance visual arts curator and writer. Recent projects include ‘3am: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night’ at Bluecoat, Liverpool and tour 2013-14 and ‘The First Humans’, Pump House Gallery, London and tour 2015-2016. Her forthcoming publication ‘Ed Pien, Luminous Shadows’, McIntosh Gallery Ontario is published by Black Dog (2016).

Barbara Walker is an artist working predominantly in painting and drawing. Based in Birmingham her career spans a 20 year period and her work is held in private and public collections including the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.  Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Shock and Awe’ at mac birmingham and forthcoming ‘Here and Now’ at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 30 June 2016. More information can be found here.



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.