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Longbridge Light Festival

The inaugural Longbridge Light Festival takes place on Saturday 25 October, a new international arts festival throwing the spotlight on the redevelopment of a former car factory site in Longbridge, Birmingham.

Taking inspiration from festivals such as Lyon’s Fête des Lumières and Lumiere Durham, the festival theme of ‘Back to the Future’ has been developed by Birmingham-based artists and festival curators Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman. Commissioned by WERK (formerly EC-Arts), they have brought together 28 artists from across the globe. The unique works will respond to the past, present and future imagining of Longbridge.


Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Martin Parr - Black Country Stories showing at the New Art Gallery Walsall - 4 October 2014 - 11 January 2015. Image: Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 30 October 2014.

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



TPWM Talk Reminder


Next week:

The Artist and Gallery Agreement / Pricing and Selling Your Work / What happens at Art Fairs?

Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, The School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham City University.

  • What should an artist expect from a gallery?
  • What does a gallery expect from an artist?
  • What does a Gallery/Artist Agreement include and why is a written Agreement important?
  • What do visual artists need to consider in pricing and selling their work?
  • What happens at an Art Fair?

More information on the evening can be found here. The event is free but booking is essential.

Coming up:

'Artist Editioning' session with guest speakers

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7.30pm, The School of Art, Birmingham City Univesity. More details to follow soon.



Unreliable Evidence 

NG3294 Edouard Manet (1832–1883) The Execution of Maximilian about 1867–8 Oil on canvas 193 x 284 cm The National Gallery, London

The next exhibition at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Art Centre features Edouard Manet's incomplete painting of the Execution of Maximilian, on loan from the National Gallery in London. The painting forms the centrepiece to a specially curated exhibition of works by some of today’s greatest artists from across the world. Together they speak of the way the past is represented to us, and of the personal stories at the heart of violent events which are either lost or can only be glimpsed.

Other artists exhibiting include: Edgardo Aragon, Zarina Bhimji, Omer Fast, Rabih Mroue, Santiago Sierra, Hito Steyerl and Luc Tuyman. 

On Wednesday 22 October there will be a study day: 'Manet, War and the Spectator: a Study Afternoon centred on The Execution of Maximilian by Edouard Manet' bringing together distinguished academics for a cross-disciplinary discussion of one of the world's greatest paintings through art history, film and performance studies.

Unreliable Evidence runs from 4 October to 6 December 2014.



NAWM 2014 – Update on prize winning artists’ projects and residencies

In 2014, the New Art West Midlands prize winning artists were given, as part of their prize, the opportunity of a project or residency with an arts organisation.

Below we give an update form the artists and the curators involved.

The Artists — Host organisations

Ali Reed – A3 Project Space
Lucy Hutchinson – Library of Birmingham
Anna Smith – mac birmingham
Sikander Pervez – The New Art Gallery Walsall


Ali Reed

Graduate – Staffordshire University

Ali’s work is site-specific as she takes the foundation of existing buildings and reconfigures with a range of materials.

Ali Reed. Installation for Digbeth First Friday, 2014

The period of Ali’s research has focused on the architecture of Digbeth and culminated in a series of site responsive interventions as part of Digbeth First Friday in June. Individual works were sited at Grand Union, Stryx, The Bond and A3, and accompanied by a hand crafted brochure. See Ali’s tumblr for details on her residency.

“During this residency she has explored the idea of pushing her practice into non-gallery spaces. Her research and findings have culminated in a temporary one night series of interventions throughout particular art venues of Digbeth First Friday. The aim of the interventions is to make viewers see the formations which surround them, for them to stop and look at the architecture and think about where they are.” 

Trevor Pitt, Curator

Lucy Hutchinson

Graduate – Coventry University

Lucy is interested in the construction of class and her study of the Carte-de-visite portraits will enable her to see first hand constructions of Victorian class, status and taste.

The artist was hosted by the Library of Birmingham to create new work in response to Birmingham’s nationally and internationally significant photographic archive, held within the Library’s collections.  The work will be exhibited at The Photographers’ Wall, the Library of Birmingham.

Lucy has researched and responded to the staged Victorian Carte-de-visite portraits taken in Birmingham studios held in the Library’s photographic archive. The portraits capture the middle class and celebrities of the day, becoming iconic collectibles depicting the taste, culture and trends of that era. Taking inspiration from these photographs, Lucy has created 4 photographic scenes based on real and fictional narrative of the middle class.


Anna Smith

Graduate – University of Wolverhampton

Anna makes objects that have a direct relationship to the human body, sometimes incorporating materials associated with prosthetics or mobility aids.

Anna undertook a six-week residency at the mac over the summer.  Anna was able to reflect on her work and the relationship with the artist Robert Therrien’s practice. The Artist Rooms exhibition at the mac encouraged Anna to consider the playfulness of movement that can be created and/or interrupted. Anna was also mentored by the curator Nöemi Lakmaier also in residence at mac.

Swing, 2014. (c) Anna Smith. Photo credit: Chris Keenan. Fabrication and support by William Hackett Chains Limited of Halesowen, WM. williamhackett.co.uk

The work was shown in the grounds of mac –

`It is important to also involve children when it comes to understanding and experiencing disability and disabled people.’

– Anna Smith.

Sikander Pervez                                             

Graduate Staffordshire University.

Sikander transforms mundane objects such as chairs, walls and plinths into poetic visual forms by challenging our perceptions of the usual functions associated with them.

Sikander has visited the Gallery twice now and has spent time with the Gallery’s technical team experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques in the workshop. He is currently working intensively in Pakistan where he remains in dialogue with the Gallery team. He will return for a meeting in November to finalise plans for his exhibition which will be on display on the 4th floor from 30 January – 19 April 2015 (preview on 29 January, all welcome).



Moving On, Staying On

Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands will be speaking at Moving On, Staying On at the University of Worcester on Tuesday 21 October.

If you are studying or have just graduated and are thinking about pursuing a career in the arts industry, this free event organised by Worcestershire Arts Partnership will give you an invaluable insight into a wide variety of opportunities, as well as possible pitfalls and exciting challenges.

For more information, a list of contributors and to register your attendance, please contact artsenquiries@worcestershire.gov.uk



Studio Visits Autumn 2014

We are delighted to announce the recipients of Autumn 2014's round of Studio Visits:

Gavin Wade - Director, Eastside Projects - Jo Gane, Martin Green.

Jessica Litherland - Senior Exhibitions Officer, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum - Lucy Hutchinson, Joanne Masding.

Nathaniel Pitt - Artist and Director of Division of Labour - Bernadette Kerrigan, Ashley Alldread, Barbara Witkowska.

Nick Hackworth - Art Dealer and Gallerist, Paradise Row - Andrew Gillespie, Lexi Strauss.

Bruce Haines - Director, Ancient and Modern - Kay Bainbridge, Ruth Claxton, Stuart Whipps.

Ceri Hand - Curator, Art Dealer and Consultant - Sarah Silverwood, Vered Lehav, Chris Clinton.

Future opportunities will be promoted through the website and our social media networks.



Feeney Fellowships

Plane, 2012 (c) Elizabeth Rowe. Ink on newspaper. Photo: Nathan Spencer. Liz Rowe received a Feeney Fellowship in 2013.

The John Feeney Charitable Trust offer annually two Feeney Fellowships of up to £3000 to provide opportunities for Birmingham-based arts practitioners to broaden their expertise and develop their careers. Applicants will be expected to have had a minimum of three years professional practice.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014.

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