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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



Siân Macfarlane: We Are Illuminated

Carnival Memorial Park, Willenhall, c.1926 (Ref. 7844), Reproduced by permission of Walsall Local History Centre.

During the last round of micro-residencies in November, we were so impressed with the standard of applications that we appointed two recipients. Dr Bharti Parmar undertook her micro-residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall at the beginning of the year. Siân Macfarlane's micro-residency at the gallery will take place from 21 July to 3 August 2014.

Siân Macfarlane works with photography, film and performance, with a particular interest in outmoded technology.

Gathering images and information from archival sources, Siân is concerned with how we interact with time and place, and the relationship between the visual and other senses.

Fairs, carnivals and cinemas in the Walsall area, from the 1800s to the present day, form the focus of Siân’s research for her residency. Assisted by students from Walsall College and in consultation with local residents, Siân will collate a body of research to explore further in the studio.

A changing display of the artist’s research material is on display in the mezzanine case, until the end of the residency. Follow the progress of the project on the residency blog.

On Saturday 2 August there will be an open studio event, a chance to join the artist and students to discuss the project.



Announcement - Head of Art Market - West Midlands

Boundary I, 2000. Barbara Walker. Oil on canvas, 182 x121cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

We are very pleased to announce that Rachel Bradley has been appointed Head of Art Market for the West Midlands.
Rachel, who is based in the West Midlands, is a freelance curator and visual arts consultant, recently developing the New Art West Midlands graduate exhibitions. She was Co-Director of Midwest Artists support agency from 2003 to 2008.  In 2005 she co-curated the Scotland Pavillion at the Venice Biennale, and has worked as Commissions Manager for the Public Art Commission Agency (PACA) Birmingham and was Exhibitions organiser for the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
Rachel will take up position at the end of this month.  There will be an opportunity to hear about Art Market activity for the region:
  • Curators Network
  • Acquisition Scheme
  • Annual Exhibition
  • Art Fair presentation
  • Website
A meeting date will be announced on the Turning Point West Midlands website. Please subscribe for updates here.
Rachel will work closely with Turning Point West Midlands, organisations and national and international agencies.
The Art Market project is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.
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