Gavin Wade

Gavin Wade is Chair of New Art West Midlands. Gavin is an artist-curator, Director of Eastside Projects – an artist run multiverse in Birmingham – and Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City University. His current projects include Lady Skollie, solo exhibition (Sept–Dec, 2019) and Monster Chetwynd: Hell Mouth 3 (May–July 2019), ‘Housing Manual: Eastside Projects User’s Manual: Draft #7.3’ (2019), and ‘Station Clock’ by Susan Philipsz, the £2million Birmingham Big Art Project for 2026 at HS2 Curzon Station. Ongoing projects also include ‘A-Z Display Units (After Kiesler & Krischanitz)’ (2015-) and ‘Strategic Questions’ publishing project (2002-). His ‘Upcycle This Book’ (2017), published by Book Works/Stroom den Haag, compiles 26 texts on art making and artist-curating.

Craig Ashley Tin Type 2018.jpg

Craig Ashley

Director, New Art West Midlands (NAWM).

Craig serves on the boards of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art and Dash, a Disability Arts organisation.

Based in the West Midlands, Craig was Curator at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery from 2005 to 2008 where his projects included the group exhibitions Joking Aside (2007), featuring Joan Fontcuberta, Yara El Sherbini and artist group Common Culture, and These Valued Landscapes (2008/9), featuring seven British Artists, among them Emily Cole, James Ireland and Idris Khan. He led the visual arts programme at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) from 2009 to 2016, following completion of the arts centre's £15m redevelopment. Notable exhibitions he commissioned and curated for MAC include: Vered Lahav’s The Garden (2013), pondering migration and the notion of homeland; Qasim Riza Shaheen’s Prodigal Son: Traces of a disciple astray (2010) and The last known pose (2014), bringing together collections of the artist’s work exploring the gaze and the guise; and Barbara Walker’s Shock & Awe (2016), newly commissioned drawings acknowledging the contribution of Black servicemen and women to British war efforts over the past 100 years.

In 2016, Craig curated Peter Kennard’s retrospective exhibition, Off Message, bringing together seminal works from the artist’s career spanning 1962 to the present day. And in 2017, he curated Alan Kane’s exhibition Early Graves for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Click here to learn more about NAWM.