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I AM Contemporary Art Fair

Mental Spaces C.I.C and Newhampton Arts Centre have organised a three day Contemporary Art Fair showcasing the dynamic and eclectic range of local Artists’ work.

The works explore identity and how this is defined in an ever changing and expanding multicultural society. With a mixture of media including live music performance, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, film, interactive activities and workshops, they welcome you to fully immerse yourself in the distortion of our many identities.

The event takes place at Newhampton Arts Centre on Friday 1 April from 6-10pm, and continues until Sunday 3 April 2016.



Sara Barker at The Fruitmarket Gallery

© Sara Barker

Sara Barker: CHANGE-THE-SETTING takes place until 5 June 2016 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive new monograph published by The Fruitmarket Gallery and Ikon Gallery with texts by Ali Smith and Katherine Stout. Katharine, Head of Programme at the ICA London was one of this year's judges for New Art West Midlands.



Kern Baby, A Child For Sacrifice - Faye Claridge

Kern Baby, 2015 in the grounds of Compton Verney (c) Faye Claridge

Until 7 June a giant corn dolly measuring 15 foot will stand in the foyer of the Library of Birmingham. The sculpture was created by artist Faye Claridge, who uses archives, folklore and reminiscence to examine our past relationships and our current sense of national and personal identity.

Claridge was commissioned by GRAIN, initially through a Turning Point West Midlands residency in 2012/13, and has worked extensively with the Library of Birmingham’s Benjamin Stone Collection, an archive of over 22,000 prints amassed by the MP and self-taught photographer who lived from 1838 to 1914. The giant 'Kern Baby' is a version of a harvest figure photographed in 1902 by Sir Benjamin Stone. Throughout 2015 the sculpture stood in the grounds of Compton Verney.

Stone’s obsession was to 'record history with the camera' for future generations and Claridge questions how we can approach such an ambition today. Her work asks how our sense of self, geography, community and time can be formed through the celebration of repeated and adapted customs.


43 new artists' studios for Stoke

In collaboration with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Arts Council England, ACAVA (the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) has converted part of the historic Spode factory in the centre of Stoke-on-Trent to provide 43 artists' studios. Together with other developments on the site this is part of an ambitious plan to develop a hub of creativity which will revitalise Stoke.

The studios range in size and benefit from natural light from their large factory windows and skylights. To apply for a studio, you must first become a member of ACAVA. Once signed up, you are able to make an application for a specific studio.

You can read about and listen back to our event last year at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery exploring models of artists' studios (which includes a talk from Duncan Smith from ACAVA) here.



mac birmingham micro-residency - artists announced

We are pleased to announced that five mid-career artists have been selected for a micro-residency at mac birmingham from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016. Led by Simon Poulter, this intensive artist-lab - a partnership between mac and the Artist Development programme - will provide the chosen artists with the time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm.

The selected artists are Andre de Jong, Matthew Gale, Bruno Grilo,  JD Haigh and Elizabeth Lake.

From 2-4pm on Thursday 24 March there will be a sharing event at mac birmingham; a sharing of outcomes - works in progress and potential next steps. The event is free and can be booked here.



Scratch the Surface Mental Health Arts Festival

Bryan Charnley; Broach Schizophrene (1987), oil on canvas © The Estate of Bryan Charnley / Bethlem Museum of the MindInspired by the support of British Contemporary artist and mental health ambassador, Stuart Semple, the Pod and its arts collective, Collective//Pod, curate the Scratch the Surface Mental Health Arts Festival, a two week event taking place across Coventry from 14 -27 March 2016.
A mix of fine art, music, literature and film, inhabiting arts venues across the city - from the Pod to the Bob and Roberta Smith CCCA at Fargo, the Shop Front Theatre and Coventry Artspace shop front gallery in the City Arcade - Collective//Pod present and celebrate a selection of the professional artists they have worked with over the last 18 months.

The Visual Arts in Coventry

Coventry Artspace in association with Turning Point West Midlands invite Coventry visual artists to a facilitated discussion on the Visual Arts in Coventry

4–7pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016
4th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, Coventry CV1 2FJ

(Light refreshments provided)

Discussion will include: Artists' production of work | Artists' Studios | Presentation and Exhibition of work | Networks and Communication | Opportunities | Priorities.

David Nuttall, Head of Service - Sports, Culture, Destination and Business Relationships at Coventry City Council will also be in attendance.

RSVP to mail@coventry-artspace.co.uk



4:00–4:30pm Networking

Welcome and introduction from Artspace

An artist’s perspective:
Inputs from Lucy Hutchinson and Martin Green

Group discussion facilitated by Wendy Law, Turning Point West Midlands

6:30–7:00pm Networking.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Over, from the series Out of Time, 2015 (c) Aaron Sehmar - exhibited as part of New Art West Midlands at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 31 March 2016.

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