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Latest artists' news and opportunities bulletin published

Featured in this edition: Museums at Night, events taking place across the country until Saturday.

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

The next bulletin will be published on Thursday 4 June 2015.

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



Beyond the Garret: Artists' Studios Now

Image: Glen Stoker

This Saturday, join us in Stoke for:

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 WM Sub-Awards for Art Fair participation 15/16

Applications for Sub-Awards are invited from West Midlands-based organisations and galleries, representing majority WM artists to participate at internationally renowned art fairs.
Please download the brief outlining full eligibility criteria, eligible costs and match-funding requirements here.

All Sub-Awards are subject to contract with Birmingham City University.
Deadline: 5pm, Monday 1 June 2015.

Applications should be emailed to Megan Wakefield, New Art WM Co-ordinator, Megan.Wakefield@bcu.ac.uk



British Art Show 8

This year Leeds Art Gallery will host the British Art Show 8. Organised by Hayward Touring exhibitions, it is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. It opens in Leeds on 9 October and then tours to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton.

Among the artists selected is Birmingham-based Stuart Whipps.



Paying Artists Campaign

a-n's Paying Artists campaign calls for artists to be paid to exhibit their work in public galleries. It is about valuing art and artists, maintaining diversity by ensuring that finance is not a barrier to talent and securing equality of opportunity for all artists now and in the future. This represents a significant culture change and added financial burden for galleries already suffering from reduced public funding, but without artists there is no art and if large numbers of practitioners are driven out of the sector because they can’t make a living it will trigger a gradual erosion of the cultural economy and the civic distinctiveness that makes art in the UK so special.

Over the next month Ruth Claxton Associate Director of Eastside Projects and Cheryl Jones, Director of Grand Union, are working as advocates for the campaign in Birmingham.

Not paying artists is bad for you… Discuss

Tuesday 19 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Eastside Projects.
An evening of quick fire provocations by speakers including Dorothy Wilson (Director, mac Birmingham, Gavin Wade (Director, Eastside Projects), Toby Watley (Director of Collections, Birmingham Museums Trust), and artists Stuart Whipps, Elizabeth Rowe, Anna Horton and Sophie Bullock; followed by a public discussion as we begin to explore what a fair pay policy for artists in Birmingham might be.

Places are free but booking is essential. Book a place here.



Open Call: City Arcadia

City Arcadia is a two-year programme of creative commissions responding to the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre with Artspace, Coventry. They are currently seeking to commission several creative 'propositions' for realisation between July 2015 and June 2016. More information can be found here.

Deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 13 May 2015.


Business Suite - Setting up as Self-employed

Setting up as Self-Employed

Wednesday 6 May, 6-7.30pm. Lecture Room, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BX


ARTISTS - If you haven't already booked for this free session, do now by emailing Annabel Clarke - annabel.clarke@bcu.ac.uk.

Did you know that the benefits for an artist in registering as self employed outweigh the administration? Benefits include recovering costs for materials, for travel, studio expenses - and more!

Stephen Harris is our guest speaker, so no matter what stage you are at in your career do come.

Book also for Thursday 7 May when I will talk about Presenting, Pricing and Selling Work - useful also for students coming up to their degree show.


The 19 May Business Suite event on Writing Applications and Proposals (Grants for the Arts) has been cancelled due to a clash with the a-n Paying Artists event at Eastside Projects and the first Cannon Hill Lecture led by Cornelia Parker. It will be rescheduled with details announced on the Turning Point West Midlands website shortly.

We look forward to seeing you,

Wendy Law

Director, Turning Point West Midlands



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.