Turning Point West Midlands is a dynamic network for the visual arts in the West Midlands.

We work together with partners to deliver:


Subscribe to receive the free Artists' News and Opportunities Bulletin here.


Turning Point West Midlands Events / Associated Events / Opportunities
Search this site

Enter your email address below and we'll send new posts straight to your inbox:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Twitter Updates

Feeney Fellowships

Plane, 2012 (c) Elizabeth Rowe. Ink on newspaper. Photo: Nathan Spencer. Liz Rowe received a Feeney Fellowship in 2013.

The John Feeney Charitable Trust offer annually two Feeney Fellowships of up to £3000 to provide opportunities for Birmingham-based arts practitioners to broaden their expertise and develop their careers. Applicants will be expected to have had a minimum of three years professional practice.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014.


Latest Artists' News & Opportunities Bulletin published

Mellonz (2014) (c) Rafal Zar. Oil on canvas. Rafal Zar: Old Hill Uprising opens at Eastside Projects on Friday 19 September 6-8pm

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 9 October 2014.

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



Manchester Contemporary

Left: Holly Antrum, Green Eyed Jump, Rural Idyll (2011), limited edition litho print. Right: Andrew Gillespie, Elbow Grease. Cardboard, glue, acrylic paint. 35 x 15 x 15cm

The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair taking place from 26-28 September 2014 that gives a platform to emerging galleries and their artists.

Division of Labour, Grand Union, Eastside Projects and Extra Special People will all be exhibiting this year.

In collaboration with Division of Labour, Grand Union will be showcasing work by Holly Antrum, Céline Berger and Luke McCreadie. Eastside Projects will be showing the work of Bill Drummond, and Extra Special People showcasing the work of four members - Andrew Gillespie, Tracy Hickinbottom, Joanne Masding and Kevin Ryan.

We are pleased to announce that Anneka French has been successful in her application to receive a bursary to attend the Manchester Contemporary through the Artist Development programme. Her report on the art fair will be published on the website in the coming weeks.



Art Market Project Co-ordinator Announced

The Art Market Project West Midlands is pleased to announce that Dr. Megan Wakefield has been appointed as Project Co-ordinator.  Megan will be working on initiatives including an annual selling exhibition, Art Fair representation and a new website which will profile the work of West Midlands’ artists and connect them with audiences, collectors and buyers of contemporary art. 

Megan is a researcher, writer, educator and musician with a special interest in creative communities.  In 2013 she was awarded an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD with Spike Island and University of the West of England exploring the landscape of artists' informal peer learning and her collaborative projects include the cross-disciplinary networking initiative, Mixing Fields. She is experienced in writing about artists’ work and speaking to a wide public about contemporary art.



Palace in Herefordshire


Palace is a mobile art project space, a solution to the problem of very few artist run spaces in Herefordshire. The inaugural show will present the works of Des Hughes, Richard Hughes, Bernadette Kerrigan and Clare Woods.

Each show will be accompanied by an affordable artists edition, reinforcing the core value of bringing relevant, engaging artists work into peoples lives and building into an ongoing archive for the project.

The first showing of Palace will be from 13-14 September 2014, at A49 Callow Hill Lay-by; followed by a re-staging of the show at The Sidney Nolan Trust from 27-28 September 2014.



In:Site - A graduate festival of creativity

8-12 September 2014, Cathedral Square, Colmore Row, Birmingham.

In:Site, a graduate festival of creativity, returns to Birmingham’s Cathedral Square this September for it's fourth year.

This year, fifteen new temporary commissioned artworks will be created in the cathedral grounds. Over the week, each graduate has a day to make their creative intervention on site, turning the making process into a performance.

On Friday 12 September, Craftspace will be hosting an In Conversation event aimed students and recent graduates. Craftspace Director, Deirdre Figueiredo will talk to socially engaged jeweller Stefanie Cheong about the first year of her professional practice. The event is a great opportunity to hear first-hand experience of setting up in business, find out what support is available and ask questions.



MA Shows 2014

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

Birmingham City University - Saturday 6 - Friday 12 September 2014

Coventry University - Friday 12 - Friday 19 September 2014

University of Wolverhampton - Monday 6 - Saturday 11 October 2014



Turning Point West Midlands talk


The Artist and Gallery Agreement / Pricing and Selling Your Work / What happens at Art Fairs?

Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-7.30pm. Lecture room, The School of Art, BIAD, Birmingham City University.

David Shrigley, Brass Tooth, 2009. Published in the UK by The Multiple Store, 2014
  • What should an artist expect from a gallery?
  • What does a gallery expect from an artist?
  • What does a Gallery/Artist Agreement include and why is a written Agreement important?
  • What do visual artists need to consider in pricing and selling their work?
  • What happens at an Art Fair?
Come and find out from TPWM’s special guest speaker Nicholas Sharp, a solicitor based in London who was commissioned by Arts Council England to write the Gallery/Artist Agreement Guidelines.  

Nicholas is also a Director of The Multiple Store. The Multiple Store specialises in commissioning limited editions by contemporary British artists and has a regular presence at major art fairs.     

Nicola Shipley, Co-Director of GRAIN at the Library of Birmingham, will share her experience of UNSEEN 2014 Photo Fair, Amsterdam.

Wendy Law, Director of TPWM and formerly Collections and Sales Development Manager for the Scottish Arts Council will talk about pricing and selling work.


Turning Point West Midlands Business Suite is a new strand of TPWM's Artist Development programme designed to provide essential business advice for artists and arts organisations committed to good professional practice.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please book your place by emailing Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk


See the Artist Development Calendar for details on future events.
Sign up here to receive Turning Point West Midlands' Artists' News and Opportunities e-bulletin posted every three weeks.

Turning Point West Midlands is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.