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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.



New Art West Midlands 2015 - Artists Announced

Megan Sheridan, Squid (2014). Photograph. Image courtesy of the artist.

The work of 30 recent visual arts graduates from the West Midlands’ five university art schools has been selected for the multi-sited New Art West Midlands 2015 exhibitions.  The exhibitions are designed to showcase quality, innovative work by the best new talent in the region. 

The 2015 exhibitions will be shown from 13 February to 17 May 2015 across four venues: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and new this year, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry.

The work has been selected by two renowned artists John Newling and Bedwyr Williams, and art historian Amna Malik.

We are pleased to announce that the following graduates have been selected to exhibit:

DAN AULUK, Birmingham City University

JADE BLACKSTOCK, University of Worcester

MICHAEL CARR, Coventry University

JAKUB CEGLARZ, Birmingham City University

ALEXANDRA DARBY, University of Wolverhampton

LUCY DORE, Birmingham City University

KATHLEEN FABRE, University of Wolverhampton

JOANNA FURSMAN, Birmingham City University

ADAM GRÜNING, Staffordshire University

SHIJIE HAI, Birmingham City University

ANDREA HANNON, Coventry University

JOSH HAZELL, University of Worcester

JESSICA HOLT,  Birmingham City University

REECE KENNEDY, Coventry University

SEVVEN KUCUK, Birmingham City University

AMANDA PEARCE, Birmingham City University

YASMIN RENNIE, Birmingham City University

VICKY RODEN, Birmingham City University

CAMILLA SEARLE, Birmingham City University

MEGAN SHERIDAN, Birmingham City University

CAROLE SHERMAN, Birmingham City University

GLENYS SHIRLEY, Staffordshire University


JADE SIMPSON, Staffordshire University

EMILY SPARKES, Birmingham City University

EMMA STARKEY, University of Worcester

SARAH THORLEY, Staffordshire University

JAMES TURNER, Birmingham City University

LISA MARIE WILLIAMS, Staffordshire University

JODIE WINGHAM, Birmingham City University


More information about the selected artists will be published soon.



Studio Visits - Autumn 2014

Artists based in the West Midlands are offered the opportunity to receive a studio visit from a respected arts professional. Studio visitors can assist with the development of your work by engaging in dialogue, offering feedback, advice and by providing valuable networking opportunities. The visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

The studio visitors are:

Nick Hackworth – Art Dealer and Gallerist, Paradise Row
Bruce Haines – Director, Ancient and Modern
Ceri Hand – Curator, Art Dealer and Consultant
Jessica Litherland – Senior Exhibitions Officer, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
Nathaniel Pitt – Artist and Director of Division of Labour
Gavin Wade – Director, Eastside Projects
Artists do not need to have an official studio to apply for this opportunity, we appreciate that artists make work in a variety of spaces. 

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 17 August 2014.
Information on each studio visitor and the application form can be found here.


Lastest Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin published

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 7 August 2014.

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


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