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The overarching aim of TPWM Projects is to help strengthen the region's visual arts ecology:

The aim of the exhibition is to showcase new talent from the region, platform new work, and develop new audiences. The exhibition
is a selection of the strongest work that sets a benchmark of quality and aims to help launch artists in their careers.
The first New Art West Midlands took place from 15 February to 19 May 2013 at Grand Union, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
The second New Art West Midlands exhibition takes place in early 2014.



The aim of the TWPM Partner Residency Project is to provide new opportunities for artists living and working in the West Midlands to research and produce new work and to engage with audiences across a range of contexts. TPWM will work with partners and will invite proposals to host the residencies year on year.

The aim of the New Writing Project is to promote new thinking and ideas and to contribute to wider contemporary art discourse.  A bursary will be offered to an arts graduate with an ambition to be a writer on the visual arts. Additionally, in each year a bursary is planned for an established non-arts writer to write on the visual arts, in association with Writing West Midlands, bringing new visual arts writing to new audiences. (See also Road Trip West Midlands.) 

The aim of the Project is to enhance the professional development  opportunities for artists. The Project aims to increase the ability for artists at different career levels to make connections, engage with reputable Curators and established artists and ultimately gain from new opportunities.

Opportunities for critical debate and research play a crucial role in artist development. TPWM will work with partners across the network to deliver two events per year. Through critical debate the West Midlands will feed in to the national debate, including policy development for the arts and artists which in turn impacts on funding decisions for artists. TPWM will work with other TP regions to develop programmes. The themes for debate will come through TPWM Projects, and consultation with artists and arts professionals. TPWM will also support others in leading on debate.

TPWM Website
The aim of the website project is to continue to develop the TPWM as a resource for artists and all those connected with the arts as a key hub for knowledge sharing. TPWM will prioritise web content development in order to remain relevant and an effective interactive communication and advocacy tool Artist interviews and podcasts are planned. 

TPWM Brochure
The aim of the Brochure is twofold:
- To enhance the profile of the Visual Arts and set out TPWM's aims and 
objectives and planned activity
- To use as an advocacy document in relation to potential partnerships and 
attracting new funding.
The brochure is aimed at both a general audience interested in the arts and crafts as well as potential partners including business and community leaders. Its purpose is to provide an at-a-glance overview of the aims and objectives of TPWM, detail on the projects and will call for people to join the network by signposting them to the TPWM website. The brochure is to stimulate awareness and interest on what is going on in the West Midlands.  

Each TPWM Project includes activity that will result in public benefit -through direct engagement in the projects and through building social, cultural and economic capital for the region.  TPWM is sector-facing, as a support network it works with other hubs and joins with other organisations and through TPWM Projects will reach many different audiences.  
To view further details of the TPWM plan for 2012- 2014, CLICK HERE