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The overarching aim of TPWM Projects is to strengthen the visual arts in the region.

Over 2014-16 Turning Point West Midlands will continue:

  • Support for Artists - To raise the profile of artists in the region and provide increased opportunities for artists at all stages in their careers.
  • TPWM will continue to enable new introductions, broker opportunities and raise the profile of artists and the visual arts by working with existing and new partners.


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 in 2013 at Grand Union, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.


The third New Art West Midlands exhibition takes place in early 2015 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Herbert, Coventry.




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.

In response to what artists have told us TPWM will join with organisations to provide more regular sessions for a greater number of artists region-wide, to include:   


  • A portfolio of business training events tailored to visual artists with university and gallery partners, involving artists as trainers.
  •  A tailored programme (through application) of studio visits by curators, residencies and research visits for artists. 
  •  International Residency. TPWM aims to set up a new international Artist residency with partner organisations.

Opportunities for critical debate and research play a crucial role in artist development. 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.


Artist Minigraphs

 Bringing new visual arts writing to new audiences.

The first set of minigraphs has been published and is available on the ARTicle Press website.




Art Market 2014-16  

A new project which is working closely with TPWM with a focus on quality work and artists living and working in the West Midlands.  Activity will include:

  • A new annual selling exhibition
  • A curators network
  • A website profiling artists, curators, galleries and collections and where and how to buy new work
  • Public events
  • Support for selected galleries to present work at art fairs of international standing.


TPWM Website and News and Opportunties Bulletin

The aim of the website and Bulletin is to continue to develop 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.


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. TPWM is hosted by Birmingham City University.