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Dresden Exchange

Lanchester Gallery welcomes seven Dresden-based artists for an exhibition running until 19 April. The Coventry/Dresden Arts Exchange is an artist led initiative founded in 2012 by John Yeadon and Jean Kirsten. The exchange programme seeks to develop dialogue between artists from the cities of Coventry and Dresden and to establish collaborative partnerships of exchanges, exhibitions, educational projects and forums.

A talk by Paul Reece - Dresden: Birth Place of Expressionism, Artistic Reform and Counterculture will take place from 5.30 - 7pm on Wednesday 18 March.


Setting up as Self-employed




Setting up as Self-employed

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6-7.30pm
Lecture Room, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BX
This talk is for fine art students and artists at any stage in their career and who are based in the West Midlands.
FREE but booking essential email Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk to book a place.
 Stephen Harris is a trainer for Birmingham City University and Entrepreneur in Residence at Innovation Birmingham to speak about how to set up as a self-employed artist. This short talk will explore the steps involved in setting yourself up as a 'sole trader’. We will consider the right time to do it, how to do it and why it is important.  
Discussion will centre around what it means to be self-employed, self assessment, the advantages of being self employed and how this compares with other forms of business.
You will also learn about the financial implications - HMRC rules, paying tax and claiming expenses as well as VAT and National Insurance Contributions.
  • Why set up as self-employed?
  • How to become self-employed
  • What is involved in being a self-employed artist?
  • How much can you earn before paying tax
  • What business expenses can you offset against the tax you pay
  • National Insurance
  • VAT
The talk is supported by Turning Point West Midlands and Birmingham City University.



Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

Featured in this edition of the Bulletin: Flatpack Film Festival, eleven days of 'cinematic fun and games' taking places across Birmingham from 19-29 March 2015.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 2 April 2015.

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



Wolverhampton Art Gallery season launch

Knowledge, 2014 (c) Sevven Kucuk - New Art West Midlands 2015 at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Turning Point West Midlands recommends a visit to Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 6-8.30pm on Friday 13 March for their season launch where you can see:  

Pop in Space: We choose to go to the moon - featuring some great work by Gerald Laing, Kiki Kogeinik, and Eduardo Paolozzi, and artist video works by Ian Breakwell and David Lamelas.
EVENT FOR YOUR DIARY: In Conversation 13 March, 6-7pm
Artist Edgar Martins will be in discussion with European Space Agency astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy



New Art West Midlands 2015 artist prize winners

 The New Art West Midlands 2015 prize winners. Left - right: Jade Simpson (Staffordshire University), Andrea Hannon (Coventry University), Sevven Kucuk (Birmingham City University), Kathleen Fabre (The University of Wolverhampton) and Emma Starkey (The University of Worcester).

Turning Point West Midlands awarded prizes to five artists from this year’s New Art West Midlands exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts on 4 March.

The artists are:
Kathleen Fabre  University of Wolverhampton
Andrea Hannon  Coventry University
Sevven Kucuk    Birmingham City University
Jade Simpson     Staffordshire University
Emma Starkey   University of Worcester
Other selected artists will be offered residency, project, and mentoring opportunities by a selection of galleries over the coming months.



New Art WM Annuale

(c) Rafal Zar, 'Wisdom' from a series called 'Allegories', size 127x101cm, 2014, Oil on canvas.

The first New Art WM: Annuale exhibition will take place from 20 March to 15 April 2015 at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham School of Art. It includes paintings, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and digital artworks by 14 artists who live and work in the West Midlands. All the exhibited artwork, plus further prints and paintings from selected regional artists, will be on sale, with price-tags ranging from £93 to £3500. The exhibition is designed to showcase the West Midlands’ leading artists and make it easy for visitors to buy and perhaps become regular collectors of contemporary art.

The exhibiting artists include Yvonne Hindle, who presents brightly coloured abstract paintings and photographer Vanley Burke, who shows prints from his classic series capturing life in urban Birmingham. Elizabeth Rowe – currently artist in residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall – will present works on newspaper, and the winner of New Art West Midlands 2013 Rafal Zar will show new paintings and sculpture. Other artists showing their work include Graham Chorlton, Lucy Hutchinson, Corey Hayman and Matt Westbrook.

More information about the Annuale can be found here.



Awkward Bastards Symposium

Taking place on Thursday 12 March, Awkward Bastards is a symposium at mac birmingham challenging and exploring the concept of diversity, drawing links and breaking down barriers between different cultures and schools of thought. Co-produced by mac birmingham and DASH, the day will be presented by a mix of academics, artists and activists representing diversity (disability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class) from across the UK and USA.

Tickets cost £50 (£40 concessions) and can be booked through mac birmingham.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Lunch (c) Megan Sheridan. Framed photographs selected from the This is England series. Sheridan's work is exhibited as part of New Art West Midlands at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry opening tonight from 6.30-8.30pm

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 12 March 2015.

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