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




Art Fairs coming up - dates for your diary

Frieze Art Fair, Photo: W Law

Here are some of the UK art fairs taking place over the next couple of months that are well worth a visit:
26-28 September 2014 - Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester.

15-18 October 2014 - Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park, London.

- Main section - commercial galleries representing an international programme of artists.
- Focus section – young galleries and emerging artists.
- Live section – galleries presenting ambitious live participatory works in an art fair context.

17-20 October 2014 - Multiplied - Contemporary Art in Editions, Christies, South Kensington, London.

23-26 October 2014 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.



Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Clare Woods, Big Wheel, Oil on Aluminium, 70 x 70cm, 2014. West Midlands-based artist Clare Woods will be showing work at Oriel Davies Gallery from September. Her work is also featured in the latest set of TPWM Minigraphs.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 18 September 2014.

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



Library of Birmingham & Division of Labour participate in international photo fair

UNSEEN is the international photography fair focused on new and emerging talent and unseen work by established photographers. It takes place from 18 to 21 September 2014 at Amsterdam Westergasfabriek.

Cornford & Cross, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps will be exhibiting work.

Supported by Birmingham City University,  Arts Council England and Art Market Project West Midlands.



Bursaries to attend the Manchester Contemporary

The Artist Development programme, run by The New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Turning Point West Midlands, is offering three bursaries of £100 each to West Midlands-based artists wishing to attend the Manchester Contemporary.

The 5th Manchester Contemporary
26-28 September 2014

Launched in 2009, The Manchester Contemporary is an invitational art fair that provides a platform for emerging galleries and their artists. The fair is committed to encouraging and developing a market for critically engaged contemporary art in the region. It provides an opportunity for audiences to access high calibre contemporary art by exhibiting international artists alongside those that are new and emerging.

Three bursaries will be awarded to those artists who make the best case for travelling to Manchester. 

Time in Manchester should be focused on the art fair, but meetings with relevant parties and visits to artists’ studios may also be included in any proposed itinerary.  Selected artists are asked to submit a short report on their time in Manchester which will be posted on the Turning Point West Midlands website.

Find out more information and apply here.

Deadline: 5pm, Sunday 31 August 2014.