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Clare Woods, Big Wheel, Oil on Aluminium, 70 x 70cm, 2014. West Midlands-based artist Clare Woods will be showing work at Oriel Davies Gallery from September. Her work is also featured in the latest set of TPWM Minigraphs.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 18 September 2014.

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



Library of Birmingham & Division of Labour participate in international photo fair

UNSEEN is the international photography fair focused on new and emerging talent and unseen work by established photographers. It takes place from 18 to 21 September 2014 at Amsterdam Westergasfabriek.

Cornford & Cross, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps will be exhibiting work.

Supported by Birmingham City University,  Arts Council England and Art Market Project West Midlands.



Bursaries to attend the Manchester Contemporary

The Artist Development programme, run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering three bursaries of £100 each to West Midlands-based artists wishing to attend the Manchester Contemporary.

The 5th Manchester Contemporary
26-28 September 2014

Launched in 2009, The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair that provides a platform for emerging galleries and their artists. The fair is committed to encouraging and developing a market for critically engaged contemporary art in the region. It provides an opportunity for audiences to access high calibre contemporary art by exhibiting international artists alongside those that are new and emerging.

Three bursaries will be awarded to those artists who make the best case for travelling to Manchester. 

Time in Manchester should be focused on the art fair, but meetings with relevant parties and visits to artists’ studios may also be included in any proposed itinerary.  Selected artists are asked to submit a short report on their time in Manchester which will be posted on the Turning Point West Midlands website.

Find out more information and apply here.

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 31 August 2014.


Nottingham Castle Open 2014

The Nottingham Castle Open 2014 is now seeking applications in any media from Midlands-based visual artists over the age of 18, for an exhibition which will take place from 13 December 2014 –18 January 2015.

Each exhibitor has the chance to receive a wide variety of prizes, which include the Grand Prize of £2,000, alongside other cash, materials, exhibition and residency opportunities courtesy of the sponsors who support the exhibition. The open is free to enter.

Selectors are Sean Edwards (Artist), Antony Micallef (Artist) and Kirsty Ogg (Director, New Contemporaries).

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 5 October 2014.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Art Rave an art & music festival, which will be held at The Bond in Digbeth, Birmingham over 9-10 August.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 28 August 2014.

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



Shed - Collect - Shed: Coventry’s Lost and Found

Rail and Coach Stations. City Box, 2014. 1 of 12 sculptures. Box made from the cover of Play Better Soccer and 2 worn heels. 20 found suitcase wheel rims. Found spectacle frame. Image courtesy of Martin Green.

West Midlands-based artists Martin Green and Lorsen Camps as well as Joanna Rucklidge will explore the relationship between their personal collections of found objects from Coventry in the Shed – Collect – Shed exhibition opening at the Herbert this month.

Lost or discarded items ranging from remnants of toy figures to shoe heels and flattened drinks cans to arms of sunglasses, are carefully ordered and given a new life and meaning. Some mundane and other more intriguing items are offered for consideration, encouraging new interactions with found objects (both those within the museum and those discovered on the street) and calling into question what is beautiful or valuable.

Shed – Collect – Shed runs from 16 August to 2 November 2014.


Project Co-ordinator for Art Market Project – West Midlands

Art Market Project - West Midlands is a new project to develop a programme of ‘art market’ project strands including a public-facing website that increases the profile of artists and the wider visual arts offer emanating from the West Midlands; developing new audiences, patronage, endorsement and buyers of contemporary art in the region.
This project, supported by Birmingham City University (BCU) and Arts Council England (ACE) will be integrated with the work of the Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM) visual arts network which is hosted by BCU and supported by ACE and partner organisations to strengthen the visual arts in the West Midlands.
The Project Co-ordinator role is offered as a freelance contract until 31 March 2016. Fees: £15,000 equivalent of circa 2.5 days per week over contract period.
Application forms and job description can be downloaded below:

Please submit applications by email to: Rachel.Bradley@bcu.ac.uk
Deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 26 August 2014

Interviews will be held on 4 September 2014 in Birmingham.



TPWM Advisory Group

Turning Point West Midlands is pleased to welcome new members on to the TPWM Advisory Group. The group consists of:


Professor John Butler - (Chair) Head of School of Art, Birmingham City University.

Wendy Law - Director, Turning Point West Midlands


Maggie Ayliffe, Course Leader BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton. Secretary, National Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE)

Jo Birch, Acting Director Research Innovation and Enterprise, Birmingham City University.

Anne de Charmant, Founder and Director, Meadow Arts.

José Forrest-Tennant, Community Engagement Officer, Wolverhampton Art Gallery. P lace on the Museums Association’s Transformers programme to commence July 2014 – March 2015.

Anna Francis, Director AirSpace Gallery and BA Fine Art Course Leader, Staffordshire University.

Maureen Gamble, Head of the Division of Art, Design & Creative Digital Media, University of Worcester.

Elizabeth Hawley, Freelance Creative Enabler and Arts Consultant.

Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, Ikon Gallery.

Rachelle Knowles, Course Director and Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Coventry University.

Andrew Lacon, Artist.

Clare Mitchell, Arts Development Officer, Warwickshire County Council and  Education Officer, Warwick Arts Centre.

Kate Pryor-Williams (Observer) Relationship Manager: Visual Arts, Arts Council England, Midlands.

Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Sophie Rycroft, Gallery and Marketing Assistant, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Nicola Shipley, Independent Arts Project Manager.

Marlene Smith, Artist, curator.

Gavin Wade, Director, Eastside Projects.

Toby Watley (Vice Chair), Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust.


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