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Mat Collishaw

Image credit: Mat Collishaw, Insecticide 24, 2008, c-type photograph, 182 x 182 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Blain l Southern.

This month two exhibitions of Mat Collishaw's work are opening in the West Midlands. Tomorrow, 'In Camera' presented by GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham opens at the Gallery, Library of Birmingham. This new work consists of an installation created around a series of 12 crime scene negatives made for Birmingham City Police Force during the 1930s and 1940s, Collishaw discovered whilst exploring the Library’s internationally renowned photography collections.

The exhibition is presented in parallel with a major survey of Collishaw’s work being shown at The New Art Gallery Walsall which opens next week. The public preview takes place from 6-8pm, Thursday 24 September 2015.



Welcome to Midville - Full programme announced

The Last Day, 2012 (c) Paul Newman. Paul’s solo show `Stage’ will be at mac birmingham from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 22 November 2015.

WELCOME TO MIDVILLE – Art, Money, Market

Thursday 1 October 2015, 3-7pm
Nest, Glenn Howells Architects. 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. B5 6ET

Full programme now available, please book by Thursday 24 September.

Book here via Eventbrite.

This event is organised by New Art WM and Turning Point West Midlands. 'Welcome to Midville*' takes a look at Art, Money, and Market in relation to where we are, what we do and who is our audience. London may be the centre of the UK art market but good art comes from anywhere.

'Midville' is a term coined by Charles Madge and Barbara Weinberger to define the research parameters of an art education survey at two art schools in the West Midlands. In her New Art West Midlands 2013 catalogue essay Lynda Morris expands Midville’s boundary to mean `not London’.



Chair - Antonia Payne.

3-3.15pm - Registration

3.15-3.30pm - Welcome/Introduction


3.30-4.15pm - Pecha Kucha-style presentations - Artists and Curators: Vered Lahav, Paul Newman, Tereza Buskova, Grace Williams, Ian Andrews, Ryan Hughes and Roma Piotrowksa.

Grace Davies, Director Visual Arts South West - New Expressions (CPD/Mentoring insights –artists and curators)



4.15-5.15pm - Kate Pryor Williams, Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts – Applying as an individual artist                     

Claire Farrell, Director, WERK - Finding Funding 

Ailsa McWilliam, Fine Art Demonstrator, Coventry University - Editioned prints – who buys?

Wendy Law, Director of TPWM - Artists and Enterprise - Provocations

Chaired discussion


5.15-5.30pm - BREAK



5.30-6.30pm - Nathaniel Pitt, Director, Division of Labour - Art Fairs and representing artists

Trevor Pitt, Artist and Curator, Pod Projects - The role of the independents in relation to the ecology of the art market.

Lisa Beauchamp, Curator, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Commissioning to collect

Rachel Bradley, Curator and Head of Art Market/New Art WM - New Art WM and its Audiences

Chaired discussion  / Summary / Close


6.30pm - Drinks and Mexican Buffet.



The Gain Line

'The Gain Line' is a new moving-image art work by Ravi Deepres commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Having premiered at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum at the weekend, the piece will be shown at two further galleries across the country over Autumn, coinciding with the Rugby World Cup.

The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. The piece will be on show in Rugby until 9 January 2016.



Joining the Dots...

This series of sessions, facilitated by Elizabeth Hawley, Visual Arts Enabler, is intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of the local, regional and national visual arts ecology through advice giving, signposting, collective problem solving and networking. The sessions are interactive and designed to offer advice, collective problem solving and to encourage ownership and pro-activity towards career development as an artist.

Relationship building

Networking, profile raising, relationship building with organisations, curators and other artists.
Friday 9 October - Coventry Artspace.


Resourcing your practice

Time, space and opportunities; networking and connectivity.
Friday 16 October - Worcester Arts Workshop.


Communicating your practice

Profile raising, marketing and audience engagement; working practices and documenting a practice.
Friday 23 October – The New Art Gallery Walsall.


The sessions will also feature a guest artist/arts professional as a case study speaking about their own experiences.

All sessions are FREE and will run from 11am- 3pm.


Artists can book for all three sessions.  However, priority will be given to ensuring that as many as possible can attend one session.  Therefore, if you would like to attend all three, please identify your first choice session. There are a maximum of 20 places per session, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Drinks will be provided. Please bring food to share.

To book please email: Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk quoting which session you would like to attend.



In:Site Festival 2015

In:Site, organised by Craftspace, returns to Birmingham Cathedral Square from today, 7th to 11th September. A festival of graduate creativity, selected artists will be working in the square, transforming the space with a programme of craft interventions inspired by the Cathedral's tercentenary celebrations.

Over the week, each graduate has a day to make a creative intervention, turning the making process into a performance. The public will be able to contribute to the making of a number of the artworks which will incorporate casting metal, ceramics, weaving and wood turning.



Studio Visits - Autumn 2015

Artists based in the West Midlands are offered the opportunity to receive a studio visit* from a respected arts professional. Studio visitors can assist with the development of your work by engaging in dialogue, offering feedback, advice and by providing valuable networking opportunities. The visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

The studio visitors are:

Mandy Fowler - Independent Consultant and Curator

Karen Newman – Director, BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

Christian Mooney – Director, ARCADE

Lisa Beauchamp - Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust

David Hoyland – Director, Seventeen

Simon Morrissey - Director, Works | Projects & Director, Foreground

*Artists do not need to have an official studio to apply for this opportunity, we appreciate that artists make work in a variety of spaces.

DEADLINE: 5pm, Sunday 4 October 2015.

Information on each studio visitor and the application form can be found here.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Included in this edition: Herefordshire Art Week, across the county from 12-20 September.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 17 September 2015.

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



Artist Development - Bursaries for British Art Show 8

The Artist Development programme, run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering three bursaries of £100 each to artists wishing to attend the British Art Show.

British Art Show 8                               

9 October 2015 - 10 January 2016, Leeds Art Gallery.

The British Art Show is widely recognised as a significant marker of recent developments in contemporary art, unrivalled in its scope and national reach. The exhibition introduces a wide public to a new generation of British artists, providing a vital overview of the most exciting art produced in this country during the previous five years. BAS8 will take over all the galleries within Leeds Art Gallery.

The application form and more information can be found here.

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 6 September 2015.


A free tour of the British Art Show with Curator Sarah Brown, organised by Turning Point West Midlands, and open to all, will take place at 2pm on Saturday 10 October 2015. To book a place, please email Wendy Law wendy.law@bcu.ac.uk by Monday 7 September 2015.