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New Art West Midlands 2015 

New Art West Midlands 2014 may have finished, but if you graduated in the last three years, you could have the chance to be part of New Art West Midlands 2015.

Work of emerging artists will be showcased in four 4 major museums and galleries:

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

More information on how to apply can be found here.



BA Art Degree 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:

University of Worcester - Friday 23 May - Wednesday 28 May 2014.

Coventry University - Saturday 31 May - Thursday 5 June 2014

University of Wolverhampton - Saturday 7 June - Saturday 14 2014

Birmingham City University - Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 June 2014.

Staffordshire University - Saturday 14 - Saturday 21 June 2014.

The best work of recent graduates from the West Midlands can also be seen in New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until this Sunday.

Have you graduated in a visual arts course in the last three years from one of the universities above? Wht not apply for New Art West Midlands 2015, a showcase for the best emerging artists from the West Midlands.



Outrider: Artist and Emerging Artists Commissions

Alfred Watkins, 411 Harewood Park, Scotch Firs in a circle (c) Hereford Museum Resource Centre

Salt Road in partnership with Herefordshire Library services are offering five artists commissions and three emerging artists commissions to respond to the unique Alfred Watkins collection of books and photographs about beekeeping - 'Outrider'. The commissioned artworks, which include Book Art and a Open Commission are to go on tour across the West Midlands from September 2014. Venues include The Woolhope Room, Hereford Library; The Commandery, Worcester; Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham: Library of Birmingham, and Haden Hill House Museum and Art Gallery, Sandwell. All commissions are funded and curated by artists from Salt Road.

Further details can be downloaded here.

Deadline for applications: Noon, Tuesday 10 June 2014.


Museums at Night

Alex HartleyMuseums at Night takes place from 15-17 May. It seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites across the country by throwing their doors open in the evening and putting on special events.

Events in the West Midlands include a magic lantern show at Middleport Pottery, an evening tour of the Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin sculptures in the grounds of Compton Verney, and at the Pen Museum in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Transient Art will take over the building, intertwining sculpture, drawing, live ink making, performance and more. Also in Birmingham, the Art Bus will be touring Ikon Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, RBSA Gallery, mac Birmingham and Eastside Projects.

Curated by Alex Hartley, the Great Warwickshire Show and Tell will transform the centre of Warwick with 50 exhibition spaces all curated by local people. The event aims to bring together the fantastic and personal heritage and culture of Warwickshire including art, music, food, industry and much more.

For full event listings see the Museums at Night website.



Work by West Midlands artists acquired by Arts Council Collection

Blonde, 2013 (c) Lucy Hutchinson. Acquired by the Arts Council Collection and exhibited at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 18 May

Following a recent visit to galleries and studios in the West Midlands, artwork by four artists based in the region has been bought by the Arts Council Collection, the biggest loan collection of contemporary British art in the UK. 

Turning Point West Midlands are particularly delighted that the work of two New Art West Midlands artists have been purchased. Chris Clinton who exhibited in New Art West Midlands in 2013 has had his piece 'Nascar #29 Kevin Hardwick’ (2013) acquired. Lucy Hutchinson, currently exhibiting as part of New Art West Midlands 2014 has also had a piece purchased for the collection.

Work by Birmingham-based painter Barbara Walker and photographer Stuart Whipps has also been acquired.

The full article can be read here.

An interview with Lucy Hutchinson can be read here. Her work can be seen as part of New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 18 May 2014.



New Art West Midlands 2015 - Call for entries

Are you a visual arts graduate from one of these West Midlands-based Universities?

  • Birmingham City University
  • Coventry University
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester

If you graduated with a visual arts BA, MA or PhD in 2012, 2013 or 2014 you are eligible to make an application for the selected exhibition New Art West Midlands 2015.

The Selectors:

Amna Malik - Senior Lecturer in Art History, The Slade School of Art, University College, London

John Newling - artist and former Professor of Installation Scultpture at Nottingham Trent University.

Bedwyr Williams - artist


To apply, download the documents below:

New Art West Midlands Brief

New Art West Midlands Application Form

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 30 June 2014.



The National Photography Symposium 2014

The sixth National Photography Symposium will take place at the Library of Birmingham delivered by Redeye in collaboration with GRAIN, the Photography Hub and Network for the West Midlands.

Running from 12-14 June, top experts, thinkers and commentators will offer perspectives on what's happening now and next in photography. Each day will focus on different subjects - Students and Emerging Photographers; Organisations and Institutions and Ethics, Authenticity and Business for all photographers.

More information can be found here.



New Art West Midlands study day evaluation

On Saturday 8 March 2014, the New Art West Midlands 2014 study day, Waving not Drowning…Surviving as an Artist in the West Midlands took place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Through a series of presentations and case studies, a selection of West Midlands-based artists at various stages of their careers discussed the opportunities and challenges that they met in the early stages of their career and provided practical information on surviving as an artist. Audio files of the presentations on the day can be downloaded here.

Feedback was given by participants via a questionnaire on the day and an online survey. The event evaluation can be read here.

New Art West Midlands continues at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 10 May and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 18 May 2014.