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Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway)

Roger Hiorns, Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway) (2016). Photograph by Marcin Szymczak.
Ikon and Birmingham Cathedral present a new site-specific work by Birmingham-born artist Roger Hiorns, Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway), 2016

Working with the choir of St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, the event sees choristers undertake Choral Evensong whilst lying on their backs on the floor, within the nave of the church, rather than standing to sing in stalls behind the altar. This will be a full service rather than a performance – led by The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, and directed by Canon Marcus Huxley – with the congregation seated in the aisles and galleries. The event raises important questions concerning the aesthetics of faith and worship in modern life; plays with perceptions of life and death and sleep and consciousness; and re-imagines an ancient ritual, part of an establishment that defines our society – all within sight of the Cathedral’s stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones depicting the Last Judgment.

Places are free but should be booked.

Untitled (a retrospective view of the pathway) takes place from 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June 2016. This off-site work anticipates Ikon’s major exhibition with Roger Hiorns in December 2016.



M5 Mile Artist Commission

MADE are looking to commission five artists from Birmingham and the Black Country to enliven a space under the M5 motorway in Sandwell for a one day event on Saturday 16 July 2016.

The commissions are inspired by MADE's vision for a Black Country Garden City utilising a neglected section of land under the raised section of the M5 motorway between junctions 1 and 2.

Full information can found here. Deadline: Monday 20 June 2016.



Different Pasts, Shared Futures

‘Shopkeeper’ by Komlaish Achall

Different Pasts, Shared Futures at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton until 30 June documents the reality of those in flight from persecution and war, and the creative resilience of individuals forced to start their lives again in a foreign country.

Themes of identity, migration, integration and welcome are explored throughout the exhibition with work from established Wolverhampton artists, newly arrived artists, community groups and local schools.


Turning To See: A talk by John Stezaker

Jane Morris, seated on divan, Three-quarter length, 1865-1890 by John R Parsons and Sir Emery Walker © Birmingham Museums Trust.
On Thursday there is a rare opportunity to hear Worcester-born, and internationally renowned artist, John Stezaker, discuss the ideas that inspired him to curate his first ever display, 'Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud'. The display is currently on show at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 4 September 2016.

John will discuss his influences and inspiration, drawing on his research carried out during the project, and the theme of physical and metaphorical turning elucidated in the display. John will also provide a context to his ideas through discussion of his own artistic practice of collage.

The talk takes place at Aston Hall on Thursday 9 June from 7pm, as part of the Hidden Spaces festival.

Tickets cost £10. Pre-booking essential. To book phone 0121 348 8038 or book online.

Call for Artists - Art Activism Workshop

BE Festival, takes place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 21-25 June celebrating international performance.

The festival are looking for artists of all disciplines to take part in a four day Art Activism workshop from 22-25 June 2016. 

Drawing on his experience working with grassroots groups around the world, artist and creative activist Adam Scarborough will lead a series of workshops about artistic activism where a group of creatives will join political activists to create an artistic public protest.

During the 4-day workshop Adam will use his recent work with sex worker rights activists in Cape Town, transgender rights activists in Berlin and many more to help delineate how artistic practices can bring about political effect. Workshop participants will also collaborate with representatives from organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham, including Regional Asylum Activism and Migrant Voice. The workshop will culminate in the production and presentation of a real creative action in Birmingham.

More information about the workshop can be found here. To request an expression of interest form contact Assistant Producer, Oliver McCall via oli@befestival.org Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 13 June 2016


Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Baked Woman, Tereza Buskova. Featured in this edition: Buskova will be revitalising the all-but-forgotten English custom of Clipping the Church in an event on 11 June at St Barnabas' Church, Erdington, Birmingham.

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

The next Bulletin will be published on Thursday 23 June 2016.

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



Longbridge Public Art Project Summer School

Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) is offering recent graduates in art, design or media related subjects the opportunity to further their artistic practice and career.

During a two month Summer School, participants will have opportunities to learn new skills, attend talks by LPAP artists-in-residence, national & international artists, develop site specific work that responds to Longbridge independently or collaboratively, support the LPAP programme of activities, manage the project space and work closely with the WERK team.

The LPAP Summer School will start week beginning 20 June and run until the end of August 2016 with activities scheduled to take place on a weekly basis, with some evenings and weekends.

More information can be found here. Deadline: 5pm, Friday 10 June 2016.


Black Art in Focus

Tam Joseph, Spirit of the Carnival, c1982. Image courtesy of the artist.Black Art in Focus, taking place until 9 July, brings together paintings and prints from Wolverhampton Art Galley’s existing collection and artwork newly acquired through the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures programme. Highlights include iconic works by Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili, Tam Joseph, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and other leading figures in the Blk Art Group who emerged from Wolverhampton in the early 1980s and went on to influence black and Asian artists across the UK.