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Turning Point is Changing: New Art West Midlands Re-Launch, Thursday 10 November, 6-9pm

Join us at Coventry Artspace, Floor 11, Eaton House, Coventry, to celebrate the re-launch of New Art West Midlands.

With a new team and a new direction, the region’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network (formerly Turning Point West Midlands) is re-branding to become New Art West Midlands – a name and identity that better reflects our progressive role in developing and promoting contemporary visual arts across the West Midlands. This will be an opportunity to find out more about the new team, our programme and upcoming plans, and to find out more about the 2017 New Art West Midlands graduate exhibitions.

The evening includes music and an exhibition of work from artists and spaces from around the region organised by the Office for Art, Design and Technology. Artists include:

James Lomax is an artist based at Studio Capri in Birmingham. He has recently relocated from London and in 2014 was recipient of the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

Anna Francis is an artist based at Airspace in Stoke-on-Trent. She is course leader on the BA Fine Art Course and is an Associate Professor in Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University.

Amelia Crouch is an artist based in West Yorkshire. She was recently commissioned by Coventry Artspace Partnerships as part of their City Arcadia Festival. 

TNT is a collaborative duo comprised of Christopher Hodson and Nicole Mortiboys. They are based in Broadwell and Worcester respectively and have shown across the West Midlands. 

Matthew Macaulay is a painter based in Coventry. He is director of Pluspace and is currently undertaking a PhD at Coventry University.

Drinks provided by Twisted Barrel Brewery. All welcome.

Thursday 10 November, 6-9pm. Floor 11, Eaton House, Coventry.

(Image: Amelia Crouch, Tomorrow belongs to nobody) 



New Art West Midlands 2016-18

Installation view of SALON, organised by Art Market Project, New Art WM, 2015. Photograph Marcin Sz

We are pleased to announce that Turning Point West Midlands has been successful in its bid to Arts Council England to fund a new programme for the period 2016-2018.  We would like to thank Arts Council England, Birmingham City University and the additional funding partners Birmingham Museums Trust, Worcester University, University of Wolverhampton, Hereford College of Arts as well as Coventry University and Staffordshire University.

Unlike before, this funding will support an even more ambitious programme that builds on and consolidates activities currently delivered by two ACE-funded initiatives, Turning Point West Midlands and New Art WM.  As part of this development Turning Point West Midlands will rebrand itself 'New Art West Midlands' to better reflect its role in developing and promoting contemporary visual arts from the West Midlands region.  In the coming months we will develop a new website and branding to reflect this change.

New Art West Midlands’ (NAWM) plans and priorities for 2016-2018:

  • Support for Artists - to continue developing a strong artists network, raising the profile of artists in the region and providing increased opportunities for artists at all stages in their careers.
  • Support for Curators - to continue developing a strong network of freelance and organisation-based curators, offering professional development and curatorial bursaries to develop market-facing selling exhibitions.
  • Partnerships & Opportunities - to enable new introductions, broker opportunities and raise the profile of artists and the visual arts by working with existing and new partners. In particular NAWM will develop closer partnerships between Higher Education Institutions, visual arts organisations, artists and curators to maximise opportunities for artists in the region.
  • A hub for debate - NAWM will continue to serve as a hub for debate, contributing to the national debate through the Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN).
  • New Art West Midlands exhibition - to continue to work with a strong network of universities and galleries across the region in developing this major annual event for graduate artists .
  • NAWM Professional Development - to deliver a programme of professional development responsive to artists’ needs at all stages in their careers, including workshops, business development sessions, artist and curator talks, visits to art fairs, mentoring training in promoting and selling works and codes of best practice. In addition artists will be able to apply for a series of residencies, curator studio visits and bursaries.
  • Regional Framework for Research - for the first time NAWM will develop a regional framework for research in practice, with closer artistic and curatorial collaborations with Higher Education partners, including an international lecture programme; research symposia and workshops to foster greater collaboration and network research bids between artists and academics; and a collaborative artist/researcher in residence scheme.
  • Website - the development of a single website (combining features of the existing TPWM and New Art WM websites) that reflects the network's rebranding as 'New Art West Midlands', providing News and Opportunities e-bulletin and a resource for artists and curators, with a market-facing platform profiling artists from the region.
  • Regional Visual Arts Strategy - the development of a regional visual arts strategy that supports artists at every stage of their career.
  • Advocacy and patronage - to develop investment from new income sources, both private and public, as well as developing strategies to attract buyers and new audiences to the regions’ visual arts.
  • NAWM Organisational development - to develop a resilient and sustainable model for New Art West Midlands beyond March 2018.

New Art West Midlands (formerly Turning Point West Midlands) is a strategic network for the region and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network set up to strengthen the visual arts in England.  NAWM is hosted by Birmingham City University.



Vacancy: Director, New Art West Midlands

Director – New Art West Midlands

School of Art, Birmingham City University


Margaret Street, Birmingham


£37,331 to £40,577 per annum pro rata

Closing Date: 

Monday 2 May 2016

Interview Date: 

Wednesday 18 May 2016



This is a part time (26 hrs) fixed term position ending March 2018 

Birmingham City University is currently looking for a seasoned and dynamic Director.  This is an exciting opportunity to take up a new, project-based post within the University.  The role will take overall responsibility to lead the development of New Art West Midlands - the West Midland’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network (currently Turning Point West Midlands) - through effective operational and strategic management.

With responsibility for the co-ordination of the New Art West Midlands (NAWM) programme 2016-18, this post will play a key role in contributing to the University’s vision to be recognised throughout the region as a collaborator supporting economic, social and cultural improvement in the city region.

This is an ideal opportunity to shape the West Midland's contemporary visual arts sector with the opportunity to create, articulate and implement a strong vision and distinctive identity for NAWM through formulation of its development programme, promotional work and across all aspects of the programme

Reporting to the Chair and Executive Board of NAWM, the successful candidate will be required to manage and develop the operation of NAWM including identifying and generating sources of income and funding for the university to access.

Communication is key to the success of the role, and the successful candidate will have the ability to use a variety of communication methods to ensure productive and influential relationships are built with a range of stakeholders and key networks; including the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.

The ideal candidate will have substantive experience within the visual arts or cultural sector and previous experience of working with artists, curators, galleries and museums.

This is your opportunity to join Birmingham City University in an exciting time of change and development, while making your contribution to our journey. 

If the above sounds like you, don’t hesitate – please go to BCU’s jobs webpage to apply.

Deadline: Monday 2 May 2016. 

Kindly note we will be processing applications on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be invited for a first interview on 18 May 2016.

For preliminary queries please contact Prof Jonathan Harris on 0121 331 5970.



Message from Wendy Law

Photo credit: Paul Thomas
My term as Director of Turning Point West Midlands is due to finish today, 31 March, the end of the current TPWM project phase. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the artists, TPWM colleagues, all those in arts organisations, universities, national agencies, the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), and others, for their contribution in developing and supporting the delivery of the Turning Point West Midlands network and its programmes.  There have been many high points along the way and I look forward to keeping in touch with future developments and the people who continue to make a difference in the region, and outside.  Thanks are also due to the Arts Council England for its continued support. 
TPWM Director 2010-2016 
The TPWM Artist News & Opportunities e-bulletin will continue as usual.
Birmingham City University as host to TPWM will make an announcement in due course.



Coming up in 2015

Chrysophobia #1, 2014 (c) Alexandra Darby


Below is an update on TPWM activity coming soon:

New Art West Midlands (NAWM)

The TPWM Graduate showcase will take place for a third year across four West Midlands venues:
31 January – 26 April 2015, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
13 February – 17 May 2015, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
13 February – 17 May 2015, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
14 February – 31 May 2015, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry
The New Art West Midlands 2015 Catalogue will be published and available to buy at each venue.
4 March 2015 - Five New Art West Midlands graduate prize-winning artists will be announced.
7 March 2015 - Waving not Drowning...Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands at Birmingham School of Art, BCU, organised by The New Art Gallery Walsall, in association with TPWM.
The full programme of New Art West Midlands events can be seen here

Untitled (Castors & Chair), 2012 (c) Sikander Pervez

Exhibition: Sikander Pervez at The New Art Gallery Walsall

30 January – 19 April 2015 - Private view on Thursday 29 January, all welcome.
Sikander graduated from Staffordshire University and was a NAWM 2014 prize winner.

TPWM Artist Development - Business Suite

'Setting up as Self Employed' 
Our 3rd Business Suite session for visual artists will take place in February 2015


The Art Market Project

Hosted by BCU with TPWM, the project will launch in January with a public facing website, profiling artists, new writing, collections, and much more.


20 March - 15 April. A new selling exhibition - ARTicle Gallery, The School of Art
Sign up to TPWM here for details as they become available.
- and please keep telling us about any opportunities for artists that we can include in the TPWM Artists News & Opportunities e-bulletin. 
The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 8 January 2015.



TPWM Advisory Group

Turning Point West Midlands is pleased to welcome new members on to the TPWM Advisory Group. The group consists of:


Professor John Butler - (Chair) Head of School of Art, Birmingham City University.

Wendy Law - Director, Turning Point West Midlands


Maggie Ayliffe, Course Leader BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton. Secretary, National Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE)

Jo Birch, Acting Director Research Innovation and Enterprise, Birmingham City University.

Anne de Charmant, Founder and Director, Meadow Arts.

José Forrest-Tennant, Community Engagement Officer, Wolverhampton Art Gallery. P lace on the Museums Association’s Transformers programme to commence July 2014 – March 2015.

Anna Francis, Director AirSpace Gallery and BA Fine Art Course Leader, Staffordshire University.

Maureen Gamble, Head of the Division of Art, Design & Creative Digital Media, University of Worcester.

Elizabeth Hawley, Freelance Creative Enabler and Arts Consultant.

Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, Ikon Gallery.

Rachelle Knowles, Course Director and Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Coventry University.

Andrew Lacon, Artist.

Clare Mitchell, Arts Development Officer, Warwickshire County Council and  Education Officer, Warwick Arts Centre.

Kate Pryor-Williams (Observer) Relationship Manager: Visual Arts, Arts Council England, Midlands.

Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Sophie Rycroft, Gallery and Marketing Assistant, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Nicola Shipley, Independent Arts Project Manager.

Marlene Smith, Artist, curator.

Gavin Wade, Director, Eastside Projects.

Toby Watley (Vice Chair), Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust.



Call for New TPWM Members

Turning Point West Midlands is now looking for new members to join the TPWM Advisory Group. There are a few more days left to apply.

Please find more information via the link below. Deadline: Sunday 22 June 2014.

Information and application form



Call for members: Turning Point West Midlands Advisory Group

Turning Point West Midlands is now looking for new members to join the TPWM Advisory Group. 

Please find more information via the link below. Deadline: Sunday 22 June 2014.

Information and application form