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Random String Symposium

Taking place on Friday 10 June at Warwick Arts Centre, the Random String Symposium will explore the latest thinking in interactive and networked technologies in art. It is aimed at artists and arts professionals from any discipline who have an interest in using technology in their work, regardless of their expertise.

As well as keynotes, there will be Q&A sessions with artists including Juneau Projects, Antonio Roberts, Entropika Lab and Nikki Pugh, a showcase of interactive and networked work and a series of panel discussions - including a discussion on programming and commissioning digital work chaired by Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company, who leads on their groundbreaking artistic digital initiatives.

In addition to the Symposium, a one day microFestival exploring technology in art takes place in Coventry on 10-11 June. A programme of free hands-on activities and installations for all ages will take place in the City Arcade and the recently opened FabLab Coventry.



Kathleen Fabre at RBSA

Lady Bug, Black balloons and red netting. Image by Kathleen Fabre.

After exhibiting works as part of New Art West Midlands 2015, Kathleen Fabre was awarded a solo show at the RBSA. Her show from 30 May to 2 July 2016 presents new site-responsive installations.

Applications are currently open for New Art West Midlands 2017.



Craft Open West Midlands

Craft Open West Midlands is the first craft open to be held at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Taking place from 17 September - 5 November 2016, the exhibition will embrace a wide range of contemporary craft practice, reflecting the vibrant talent in the region. It welcomes submissions from all makers living in the entire West Midlands region (including Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.)

The overall winner will receive a £500 prize. There will also be Innovation and Student prizes. An entry fee applies. Deadline: Monday 27 June 2016.

Full information can be found here.



Land, Sea and Air


Maps have provided a potent source material for artists for many years. They provide attempts to make sense of a world that is ever in transformation; whether in terms of physical manifestations such as the erosion of land masses or the rapid expansion of cities; or through shifting or contested borders, betraying evidence of conflict, resistance, negotiation and power. Maps also serve to support a sense of identity or an engagement with a specific time and place.

Land, Sea and Air at The New Art Gallery Walsall brings together a diverse selection of international artists engaging with maps in different ways, and by extension, borders and territory. Paintings, drawings, prints, video, sculpture and installation combine to create a visually powerful and thought provoking exhibition.

Artists include Frank Bowling, Tiffany Chung, Agnes Denes, Shilpa Gupta, Amar Kanwar, Tania Kovats and Cornelia Parker.

Land, Sea and Air takes place from 27 May - 4 September 2016. The opening takes place from 6-8pm on Thursday 26 May. There will also be a curator's tour on Saturday 2 July 2016.



Birmingham Big Art Project

Roger Hiorns Untitled (Alliance), 2010. Pratt & Whitney TF33 P9 engines that were once mounted on a Boeing EC-135 surveillance plane Effexor, Citalopram, and Mannitol. Dimensions variable. Installation at The Art Institute of Chicago 1 May 19 September 2010.

The Birmingham Big Art Project will see a new piece of public art commissioned for the city. The aim is to see a high quality, innovative, permanent and low in maintenance piece commissioned that will gain international recognition and put the city on the world’s cultural map. With hopes of community engagement, in line with culture and wellbeing, this iconic piece of art hopes to become an important heritage for future generations of Birmingham.

The shortlisted artists are Brian Griffiths, Roger Hiorns, Heather & Ivan Morison, Susan Philipsz and Keith Wilson.

An exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ proposals will take place from 4 June – 31 August 2016 on the Second Floor of Millenium Point, Birmingham.



Networking and Strategy Meeting - Coventry

On Wednesday 25 May Coventry Artspace Partnerships will be holding a Networking and Strategy Meeting for visual artists in Coventry. The event will include talks from Ryan Hughes, Office for Art, Design and Technology; John Yeadon, Dresden Exchange Project; Nicola Richardson & Andrea Hannon, City Arcadia Gallery and Anne Forgan, microFestival.


4-7pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016.
11th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, Coventry CV1 2FJ
(Light refreshments provided)

4-4.45pm - Networking
4.45-5.30pm - Updates on artist led initiatives
5.30-6.15pm - Strategy: exhibition opportunities in Coventry
6.15-7pm - Networking

If you wish to attend the meeting, RSVP to mail@coventry-artspace.co.uk 



Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry, Open Meeting

The Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry is an exploration of new opportunities for investing in the arts and culture sector in order to sustain and grow Birmingham's vibrant cultural offer.

The Enquiry comes at a time of new challenges for Birmingham’s cultural and public sector. With the major cultural institutions having a combined turnover of over £100 million, the creative industries sector employing almost 55,000 people; and the devolved powers of the public sector, coupled with reduced budgets, this is a vital opportunity to step outside of previous old behaviours to create new and improved partnerships and investment models. Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry is recognition that in order to move forward successfully, diverse approaches and radical behaviours will need to be considered.

The first phase of the Enquiry will take place over three months to June 2016. The private, public, cultural and wider third sector are all encouraged to play an active role, and the Enquiry will welcome input from the widest range of interested parties. 

A series of discussion events are planned over the course of the Enquiry. The first of these will be an open meeting from 2-5pm on Thursday 26 May 2016 at the CBSO Centre. Tickets can be booked here.



LOAD: Ludlow Open Artist Development

LOAD (Ludlow Open Artist Development) is a series of three half day workshops for artists living/working in The Marches (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire) in June. They have been designed to strengthen art practice outside the studio and will be informative, relaxed, as well as a great opportunity to learn and discuss ideas.

Each session costs £10 and will cover 'Understanding the Art Market', 'Approaches to Arts Funding' and 'Marketing for Free.'

Full information about the courses can be found here.