New Art West Midlands showcases the work of 31 exciting emerging artists in the region, with exhibitions at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Each of the exhibiting artists has graduated from one of the region’s six art schools within the last three years: Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University, Coventry University and Hereford College of Arts.
Last night at a private view at mac birmingham, ten emerging artists were awarded with cash prizes and unique career development opportunities:
Rob Hamp (Coventry University), Henry Rice (Hereford College of Arts) and Poppy Twist (Birmingham City University) were awarded cash prizes of £1000.
Lorna Brown (Hereford College of Arts) and Damian Massey (University of Staffordshire) were awarded with £250 of art supplies by Cass Art, the principal sponsor of New Art West Midlands.
The cash and Cass Art prizes were selected by Craig Ashley (Director of New Art West Midlands), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery curator Lisa Beauchamp and independent artist and New Art West Midlands advisory group member Mahtab Hussain, in liaison with venue curators Emalee Beddoes (Worcester City Art Gallery), Neus Miro (Wolverhampton Art Gallery) and Jessica Litherland (mac Birmingham).
In addition, special Opportunity Awards were awarded to six artists who will benefit from career development opportunities.
Damian Massey and Natalie Ramus (Hereford College of Arts) have been selected by Grasslands to undertake a residency place in spring 2017. Grasslands is an artist-led project space that explores group activity and collaboration from a domestic garden site in Birmingham, founded by Dan Auluk.
Katie Hodson (University of Worcester) will take a two-month residency at the Office for Art, Design and Technology in Coventry. Founded by Ryan Hughes, the Office for Art, Design and Technology works nomadically and collaboratively to probe the spaces between seemingly disparate fields.
Sculptor Yazmin Boyle (Birmingham City University) will enjoy a solo exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in their gallery located just off St Paul’s Square, Birmingham.
Finally, Jenna Naylor (University of Staffordshire) has been awarded a commission by Treeline, an artist-led project delivered through the Herefordshire-based environment organisation New Leaf.
Opening on Saturday 18 February 2017, New Art West Midlands includes brand new painting, installation, sculpture, photography, video, animation and digital artworks, and together give an insight into the latest trends and concerns in contemporary art.
Over 180 people applied to take part in New Art West Midlands 2017. The 31 successful artists were chosen by a group of three selectors: Jason E. Bowman, artist, curator and lecturer at University of Gothenburg; curator and writer Angela Kingston and the Birmingham-based artist Barbara Walker.
With four venues, six universities and colleges and 31 artists, New Art West Midlands is the largest showcase of its type in the region. Now in its fifth year, New Art West Midlands has established itself as an important aid in developing the careers of artists. Previous exhibitors have seen their work purchased for the national Art Council Collection and have gone on to achieve solo exhibitions in respected galleries.
The New Art West Midlands 2017 graduates' exhibition is an initiative led by New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region.
Formerly known as Turning Point West Midlands, the New Art West Midlands network will lead a number of programmes designed to support and promote the visual arts, creating development opportunities for artists and curators, and strengthening the visual arts sector in the West Midlands.