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Degree Shows 2015

Over the next few months graduating Art students exhibit their work in their end of year shows. Below are a number that are open to the public across the West Midlands:

University of Worcester - Friday 22 - Tuesday 26 May 2015. Private View - 6-8.30pm, Thursday 21 May 2015.

Coventry University - Saturday 30 May - Thursday 4 June 2015. Private view - 6-9pm, Friday 29 May 2015.

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 6 June - Saturday 13 June 2015

Birmingham City University - Tuesday 16 June to Sunday 21 June 2015. Private View - 6-8pm, Monday 15 June 2015.

Staffordshire University - Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 June 2015 

The best work of recent graduates from the West Midlands can also be seen at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Art and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry in New Art West Midlands until the end of May.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

New Art West Midlands artists Jade Blackstock (pictured) Dan Auluk and Emma Starkey will be performing at mac birmingham tonight as part of the current DISRUPTED exhibition. Image: In, in, in (still), 2014 - (c) Jade Blackstock

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 14 May 2015.

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



Outrider at Winterbourne House & Garden

Last year, a series of artists commissions were offered by Salt Road to investigate the Alfred Watkins collection books and photographs on beekeeping held at Hereford Library. These commissions came together to make the Outrider exhibition. Outrider is now touring the region and can currently be seen at Winterbourne House and Garden in Birmingham until 4 May.

On Thursday 30 April there will be a free tour of the exhibition which will also include entry to Winterbourne.



Business Suite - May 2015

Turning Point West Midlands has three Business Suite sessions lined up in May. The sessions are prioritised for artists based in the West Midlands; all are FREE and take place in the lecture room at Birmingham School of Art.


Setting up as Self-employed with Stephen Harris, BCU trainer and Entrepreneur in  Residence at Innovation Birmingham.

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6-7.30pm.

An artist might earn an income through selling art work, or a service, such as teaching, curating, managing a project, or as a technician - and many artists set up as self-employed. Come and find out what this entails.


Presentation, Pricing and Selling Work with Wendy Law, Director of TPWM

Thursday 7 May 2015, 6-7pm.

What is meant by good presentation whether showing work in a non-selling or selling exhibition? What are the different considerations when pricing your work?  How do the different contexts for presenting and selling work affect pricing?


Writing Applications and Proposals (Grants for the Arts) with Kate Pryor Williams, Relationship Manager (Visual Arts), Arts Council England

UPDATE: Event To be rearranged. New date will be confirmed shortly.                    

At some point in their careers many artists are faced with writing an application or proposal, for funding to Arts Council England or to a Trust, or to an organisation offering a commission, residency, or project opportunity. The session will look at the Art Council’s Grants for the Arts application process.


To book a place on any of the sessions email annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk





Artist Development - Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

Image: Glen Stoker

Beyond The Garret: Artists’ Studios Now

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Saturday 16 May 2015, 11am – 4pm

Followed by a BBQ, Open Studios event and opportunity to view Indefinable Cities at AirSpace Gallery from 4-6pm

Free (booking essential).

In light of recent plans to create a number of artist studios as part of the Spode Factory redevelopment, Beyond the Garret is a timely event which seeks to explore current models of Artists’ studios today and in the future through a series of case studies and group discussion. The case studies will be provided by:

This event will interest artists who would like to learn more about studios, current and future studio providers or developers, and those interested in being part of a regional and/or national network.

This event is delivered by AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and the Artist Development programme run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands.

The event is free but booking is essential.

Please contact Annabel Clarke to book your place: annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk



New Art West Midlands 2016

Are you a visual arts graduate from one of these West Midlands based universities?

Birmingham City University
Coventry University
Staffordshire University
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester

If you graduated with a Fine Art or Visual Arts BA, MA or PhD in 2013, 2014 or 2015 you are eligible to make an application for the selected showcase exhibition New Art West Midlands 2016

New Art West Midlands is a Turning Point West Midlands initiative and a partnership between Birmingham Museums, mac Birmingham, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry and Wolverhampton Art Gallery


Sonia Boyce, Artist, Professor in Fine Arts, Middlesex University and Professor of Black Art and Design, University of the Arts, London
John Stezaker, Artist
Katharine Stout, Head of Programme, ICA London


Deadline: Monday 29 June 2015.

More information and the application form can be found here.



Dates for your diary...

Venice Biennale 2015

Italy, 9 May - 22 November 2015
The 56th International Art Exhibition is titled All the World’s Futures and curated by Okwui Enwezor. Sarah Lucas has been selected to represent Britain and will present a major show in the British Pavillion.

Basel Art Fair

Switzerland, 18 - 21 June 2015
Approximately 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia show work from great masters of Modern and contemporary art to the latest generation of emerging stars. Every artistic medium is represented: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Including Basel Statements - galleries presenting solo shows of emerging artists.

British Art Show 8 

Leeds Art Gallery
9 October 2015 - 10 January 2016
Organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show showcases the very best work of both emerging and established artists.


London. 14–17 October 2015
One of the world's leading contemporary art fairs, it also features the Frieze Projects programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.



Cannon Hill Art School

For one term only, mac birmingham is setting up its very own art school. They are looking for artists from the West Midlands, regardless of art form, age or experience to take part. Inspired by ground-breaking art schools such as Black Mountain College, USA and the more current artist-led and DIY art school initiatives such as Open School East, London, this is your opportunity to get the ‘art school experience’ without going full time.

Cannon Hill Art School lectures, seminars, group discussions and tutorials will be run by leading figures in the art world – practising artists and arts professionals with a profile for working nationally and internationally.

More information can be found here.