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Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin

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

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

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



New Art West Midlands 2014

Chinese class, 2013 © Lucy Hutchinson. Digital print 100x90cm

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery together present New Art West Midlands from February 2014, a curated exhibition across venues showcasing the new work and creative talent of emerging artists in the West Midlands region.

A Turning Point West Midlands initiative, New Art West Midlands will exhibit the work of 24 artists, all of whom graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.  Encompassing four nationally important galleries plus five universities, it is the largest partnership of its kind in England.

Five bursary artists have been selected to create new work, which will fill Grand Union’s entire space. Five artist prizewinners will also win the opportunity to undertake an exhibition, residency or project at a West Midlands gallery.


New Art West Midlands exhibition dates:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 14 February – 18 May 2014 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts,14 February – 27 April 2014

Grand Union, 14 February – 15 March 2014

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 14 February – 10 May 2014


For updates and more information visit the New Art West Midlands website.



TPWM/Ikon event: Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands

Photo credit: Cormak Faulkner, Sandra Hall, Cristina Lina, Suzi Osborn, Jenni Shuett and Simon Poulter. 'Stalker' mac birmingham micro-residency as part of the 2013 Artist Development West Midlands programme in partnership with the New Art Gallery Walsall and mac birmingham, supported by Turning Point West Midlands. 

Midwest to Midville: repositioning the visual arts in the Midlands

1-6pm, Monday 3 February 2014. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Midwest to Midville is a free symposium, organised by Ikon and Turning Point West Midlands, for visual artists, students and arts professionals. Looking at the past, the present and current ambitions for the visual arts in the region, this debate considers future opportunities for the sector. Special guest speakers include internationally acclaimed curator Matthew Higgs, White Columns Gallery, NY, and David Powell, co-author of the recent independent report Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital (2013).

Two panels, comprising writers, academics, artists and curators including Rachel Bradley, Lynda Morris, Marlene Smith and Daniel Pryde-Jarman, discuss Midwest (artists’ development programme in the West Midlands, 2003-2008) and Midville (a term coined in 1973 for Birmingham and Coventry Colleges of Art, and used again by Lynda Morris, New Art West Midlands catalogue essay, 2013). The discussion is chaired by Jonathan Watkins, Ikon Director.

This is a free event and booking is essential.  Places can be booked online here or by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. (Please note, places are limited. If you have booked and are unable to attend do let us know so we can offer your place to another person).


Additional info:

Midwest Panel – Considering the current visual arts ecology in the region and significant developments over the last fifty years. Midwest (2003-08) was an artists’ development programme and catalyst for creative thought in artist-led culture originated and emanating from the West Midlands. It aimed to develop the ambitions and capacity of artists through regional, national and international dialogue and develop a critical mass of nationally and internationally active practitioners.

Midville PanelMidville, a name used by Charles Madge and Barbara Weinberger in 1973 for Birmingham and Coventry Colleges of Art, is used again by Lynda Morris to denote ‘not-London’ in a 2013 exhibition catalogue essay for New Art West Midlands.

What does ‘not London’ mean for a region that includes the second largest city in the UK, a city that sits in such close proximity to London?

To what extent is self determination, a sense of self and place, a prerequisite for a vibrant arts scene in the region and success for its artists nationally and internationally? What are our assets?  How do we promote these, how do we shape the visual arts scene we want now and in the future?  What could Midville look like?

Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital (Peter Stark, Christopher Gordon, David Powell, 2013)



Artist Development: Dr Bharti Parmar selected for New Art Gallery Walsall micro-residency

Poundland Tile, 2013. © Dr Bharti Parmar. Wood, paper, Fablon. (30x30 cm)

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bharti Parmar has been selected for the Artist Development micro-residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall from 20 January - 2 February 2014. 

Bharti will use the residency to enable a concentrated period of research into marquetry and veneers as part of a broader ongoing project called The Marquetarian.  Using vinyl instead of wood, she will use the residency to test materials and techniques to explore ideas of deceit, mimicry and surface, engaging with the Gallery's use of Douglas fir cladding.  Over the fortnight, the Studio will gradually be transformed into a marquetry workshop where objects, artworks and panels are presented in the manner of a Wunderkammer.

Work in progress. Marquetry trials © Dr Bharti Parmar

Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions at the New Art Gallery Walsall said:

'The panel were impressed with the clarity and thoughtfulness of Bharti's application.  She has engaged with the specific opportunity of being resident within the building, her proposal is realistic given the time period and the transformation of the Studio should be both visually and intellectually stimulating for the Gallery visitor.'

Many thanks to those who applied for the opportunity. The panel felt that there were some excellent applications and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the quality and range of artistic practice in the West Midlands. 




Art Bus

This Wednesday from 5-9pm, enjoy the exhibitions and collections of five Birmingham galleries during evening openings with the free Art Bus travelling between venues. The Art Bus will visit Ikon Gallery, mac birmingham, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Eastside Projects and RBSA. A complimentary glass of wine and mince pies are available at selected venues.

The timetable for the evening can be found here.



New Art West Midlands 2014

Clockwise from left to right: A3 Project Space (Photo credit - Mahtab Hussain), The Library of Birmingham (Photo credit - Christian Richters), mac birmingham, The New Art Gallery Walsall, AirSpace Gallery (Photo credit G Stoker).

Turning Point West Midlands is pleased to announce that for New Art West Midlands 2014 we will work in partnership with five leading art organisations in the region to offer the NAWM prize winning artists the opportunity to undertake a project, residency, or show work following on from the exhibition.

The five organisations selected to participate in this new initiative are A3 Project Space, The Library of Birmingham, AirSpace Gallery, mac birmingham and the New Art Gallery Walsall.

New Art West Midlands 2014 will take place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery from February to May 2014.



Last Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin of 2013 published

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

Please note: The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 9 January.

If you have anything you would like to submit please email: artistsnewsandoppstpwm[at]bcu.ac.uk



Sign Painting with Bob and Roberta Smith

UPDATE: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Eastside Projects will try to reschedule the event for a later date.

For those that may have missed the Art Party Conference last month, from 12-5pm on Saturday, Bob and Roberta Smith will be at Eastside Projects to discuss the value of art and have extracts of conversations captured in signs painted by the artist in the gallery.

Exploring the relationship between humour, politics and society he consistently questions the viewer’s approach of their everyday environment, using the languages of folk, punk and alternative protest movements to demolish established values and authorities. 


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