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Tuesday
Jan052016

Happy New Year

Next Generation, Juliana Kasumu. Image (c) the artist

 

Turning Point West Midlands dates for your diary:

Now in its 4th year, NAWM 2016 will present work by 43 artists across 4 galleries:

 

Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Friday 12 February to Sunday 15 May 2016

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Saturday 13 February to Sunday 10 April 2016

The Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry
Friday 26 February to Sunday 24 April 2016

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Saturday 12 March to Saturday 15 May 2016

 
  • New Art West Midlands 2016 Open Artists' Forum `The Fine Art of Hanging on'
27 February, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University.
Book here.
 
  • The next News & Opportunities Bulletins: Thursday 7 January, Thursday 28 January, Thursday 18 February (every three weeks)

 

Best exhibitions of 2015: a-n writers pick their top five shows.

See Culture 24 for some of the best UK exhibitions to see in 2016.
 

 

Tuesday
Dec222015

Shiny Surface Amnesty

Joanne Masding, Shiny Surface Amnesty, Window View. 2015

Season's Greetings from Turning Point West Midlands!

Over the last two weeks, Joanne Masding has been working at AirSpace Gallery as part of a micro-residency delivered with the gallery in partnership with New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands's Artist Development programme.

For Shiny Surface Amnesty her aim has been to to capture the glitz of the festive season, celebrating the overload of shiny surfaces attached to tinsel, baubles and lights. Masding asked for donations of festive materials. Through exploring and remaking them through video, sculpture and 3D modeling, she has drawn out the differences between recorded translation in comparison to direct human experience. Masding is interested in the way we consider the worth, ownership and production of physical stuff, and how this translates to an increasingly digital, immaterial and reproducible world. Through this garish and celebratory project, Masding hopes to convey the absurdity of the human practices that take place at the peak of the consumer year, consider the superficiality of decorative surfaces and bring a sense of hectic, party and overload.

Shiny Surface Amnesty will be on display in the window space of AirSpace Gallery until 6 January 2016.

Monday
Dec212015

Sevven Kucuk at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Installation shot (c) Sevven Kucuk. Ceylan II, Boren I, Sevven I, Ibrahim III, 2015. Printed Ceramic tiles, Satin, Gold leaf, wood.

New Art West Midlands 2015 alumna Sevven Kucuk currently has work on show in the Spotlight area of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Her work will be on display until March 2016.

Taking inspiration from the Dutch painting Allegory of Poetry and the corresponding letters and enquiries about similar paintings by Jacob Toorenvliet (A Girl Holding A Jug and A Man Holding Jewellery), Sevven used the portraits as the starting point for her work linking the narrative element of these paintings into her previously explored themes of life and death, memories and stories within images. Being of Turkish Cypriot origin, she also explored the heritage of the Art Gallery, part of which were Turkish baths.
 

 

Friday
Dec182015

Save the date: Open Forum – The Fine Art of Hanging On 

SALON. Photo credit: Marcin Szymczak

Open Forum – The Fine Art of Hanging On

Saturday 27 February 2016, 11am-4pm
Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street. B3 3BX
Book here via Eventbrite.
Free

 

As part of New Art West Midlands 2016, The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands will be holding an Open Forum event designed for artists at any stage in their careers.

Through presentations, case studies, discussion and with a panel to provide practical advice we will, collectively, explore the opportunities and challenges that artists face.

There will be opportunities for networking and debate, and your input. To help us shape the programme we are inviting artists to email your questions in advance.

Questions may be around what makes a supportive infrastructure for artists, earning an income, raising the profile of your work, developing networks, the best places to find opportunities, setting up a studio….

Please email Annabel Clarke - Annabel.Clarke@bcu.ac.uk with your questions by Sunday 10 January 2016 with `Open Forum’ in the subject box.

The full programme will be announced in the New Year.

 

Monday
Dec142015

New Art West Midlands

(c) Ally Standing. Pierrot (After Madin), 2015. Photographic print 40 cm x 30 cm

New Art West Midlands 2016 is just around the corner, kicking off on 12 February and running until 15 May.

Work by a number of New Art West Midlands alumni can currently be seen as part of SALON at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery's Waterhall Gallery until 23 December.

Please note that all information from the old New Art West Midlands website has now been migrated to the New Art WM site. Future information can be found here. Please update your bookmarks.

 

Thursday
Dec102015

Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Shiny Surface Amnesty (digital image), 2015 (c) Joanne Masding. Developmental work - digital video still and digital photograph of sculpture in progress. Joanne is currently undertaking a micro-residency at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Artist Development programme led by the New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands. Her work will be in the window of AirSpace from 18 December 2015 to 6 January 2016.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 7 January 2016.

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

 

Tuesday
Dec082015

SALON

SALON. Photo credit: Marcin SzymczakNew Art WM's SALON exhibition with contemporary art for sale is on at the Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 23 December 2015.

Come and see prints by Lexi Strauss, Tereza Buskova, Adam Gale, Lucy Hutchinson, Clare Woods and Ailsa McWilliam, painting by John Devane, Graham Chorlton, Yvonne Hindle and Lois Wallace, photography by Stuart Whipps, Mona Casey, The Jackson Twins, Paul Newman and Grace A. Williams, drawing by Barbara Walker, Ian Andrews, Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Anna Falcini, and sculpture by Anna Smith and Vered Lahav. 

SALON gives art-lovers the chance to see, buy and collect new work from artists from the West Midlands and beyond. Prices start from £20. 

SALON


13 November to 23 December 2015.
Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

 

Monday
Nov302015

Landscape with Machines

(c) Martin Parr. Father & Son, Brian & Ross Cartwright Griffin-Woodhouse Ltd, Cradley Heath, 2010. Courtesy Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Multistory. Photograph taken as part of Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, produced and commissioned by Multistory.

'Landscape with Machines' is an exhibition celebrating artists' reactions to the social, technological and aesthetic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. It is part of 'Shifting Worlds', Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Meadow Arts' contemporary art programme celebrating Coalbrookdale. The exhibition runs until 18 December 2015 at Coalbrookdale Gallery,

Featured artists include: Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Richard Long, Tony Cragg, Martin Parr, David Nash, Stuart Whipps as well as Faye Claridge.

 

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