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Birmingham Big Art Project

Roger Hiorns Untitled (Alliance), 2010. Pratt & Whitney TF33 P9 engines that were once mounted on a Boeing EC-135 surveillance plane Effexor, Citalopram, and Mannitol. Dimensions variable. Installation at The Art Institute of Chicago 1 May 19 September 2010.

The Birmingham Big Art Project will see a new piece of public art commissioned for the city. The aim is to see a high quality, innovative, permanent and low in maintenance piece commissioned that will gain international recognition and put the city on the world’s cultural map. With hopes of community engagement, in line with culture and wellbeing, this iconic piece of art hopes to become an important heritage for future generations of Birmingham.

The shortlisted artists are Brian Griffiths, Roger Hiorns, Heather & Ivan Morison, Susan Philipsz and Keith Wilson.

An exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ proposals will take place from 4 June – 31 August 2016 on the Second Floor of Millenium Point, Birmingham.



Networking and Strategy Meeting - Coventry

On Wednesday 25 May Coventry Artspace Partnerships will be holding a Networking and Strategy Meeting for visual artists in Coventry. The event will include talks from Ryan Hughes, Office for Art, Design and Technology; John Yeadon, Dresden Exchange Project; Nicola Richardson & Andrea Hannon, City Arcadia Gallery and Anne Forgan, microFestival.


4-7pm, Wednesday 25 May 2016.
11th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, Coventry CV1 2FJ
(Light refreshments provided)

4-4.45pm - Networking
4.45-5.30pm - Updates on artist led initiatives
5.30-6.15pm - Strategy: exhibition opportunities in Coventry
6.15-7pm - Networking

If you wish to attend the meeting, RSVP to mail@coventry-artspace.co.uk 



Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry, Open Meeting

The Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry is an exploration of new opportunities for investing in the arts and culture sector in order to sustain and grow Birmingham's vibrant cultural offer.

The Enquiry comes at a time of new challenges for Birmingham’s cultural and public sector. With the major cultural institutions having a combined turnover of over £100 million, the creative industries sector employing almost 55,000 people; and the devolved powers of the public sector, coupled with reduced budgets, this is a vital opportunity to step outside of previous old behaviours to create new and improved partnerships and investment models. Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry is recognition that in order to move forward successfully, diverse approaches and radical behaviours will need to be considered.

The first phase of the Enquiry will take place over three months to June 2016. The private, public, cultural and wider third sector are all encouraged to play an active role, and the Enquiry will welcome input from the widest range of interested parties. 

A series of discussion events are planned over the course of the Enquiry. The first of these will be an open meeting from 2-5pm on Thursday 26 May 2016 at the CBSO Centre. Tickets can be booked here.



LOAD: Ludlow Open Artist Development

LOAD (Ludlow Open Artist Development) is a series of three half day workshops for artists living/working in The Marches (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire) in June. They have been designed to strengthen art practice outside the studio and will be informative, relaxed, as well as a great opportunity to learn and discuss ideas.

Each session costs £10 and will cover 'Understanding the Art Market', 'Approaches to Arts Funding' and 'Marketing for Free.'

Full information about the courses can be found here.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Budimom at the Supermarket, Navi Kaur. Currently on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until Saturday as part of New Art West Midlands.

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

The next Bulletin will be published on Thursday 2 June 2016.

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



Art Market Project pilot initiative finishes (2014-2016)

SALON, 2015. Photograph: Marcin Sz.
As a two-year pilot scheme to develop the market for contemporary art, the Art Market Project, led by Rachel Bradley (Head of Art Market Project) and co-ordinated by Anneka French, ends on 27 May 2016.  The Art Market Project activity has involved the setting up of the website New Art WM to highlight the offer of the West Midlands visual arts scene, supported galleries to participate in art fairs, awarded freelance curator bursaries, developed two selling exhibitions – Annuale 2015 and Salon, established and programmed events for a new Curators’ Network, commissioned new writing, organised patrons, collector and buyer events and developed networks alongside colleagues at Turning Point West Midlands.

The Art Market Project - New Art WM website will continue to be developed as a resource under the New Art West Midlands banner in a new phase of activity of the regional visual arts network, part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN). The new phase of New Art West Midlands is funded by Arts Council England and a partnership of West Midlands-based universities and HE institutions.



Clipping the Church

‘Baked Woman of Doubice’ (2012) Video still © and courtesy Tereza Buskova.

On Saturday 11 June, Czech artist Tereza Buskova will bring an old English custom back to Birmingham. In her vibrant new public work, Buskova will revive the almost extinct English tradition of 'Clipping the Church' at St Barnabas' Church in Erdington, which will be adorned with ornate baked bread and encircled with a living garland of people.

At a time when much of Britain will reconsider what it means to belong to a wider community, the event will invite reflection on how the meaning of ‘community’ has changed from the days when Clipping the Church involved the people of a single village.

On Saturday 14 May, there will be a workshop, artist talk and film screening at St. Barnabas' Church in Erdington. From 2.30pm, make salt dough decorations that will be part of the performance; or join them at 5pm for food, drink, a chance to hear more about the project from the artist, and see some of Tereza's previous works.

More information on Clipping the Church can be found here.



Never Judge a Book...

Michael Craig-Martin. Untitled (book), 2014. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery (Photo: Mike Bruce)Book related artworks by Rachel Whiteread, Bill Woodrow, Anselm Kiefer, Fiona Banner, Harland Miller, Michael Craig-Martin, John Latham and others will go on show for this year’s Hay Festival.

Meadow Arts has curated an exhibition by leading artists on the book in art. Many influential artists have made work that uses the book as an object, questioning its function and form, often rendering it unreadable; what is a book that can’t be read?

Never Judge a Book…The book in contemporary art will be on show from 27 May to 17 July at Richard Booth’s Bookshop.