Five artists and alumni of the New Art West Midlands exhibition have been awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust. The winners were announced last Thursday at the preview of the New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition is an initiative led by New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region.
The artists are Theo Ellison, graduate of Coventry University, who heads to Coughton Court in Warwickshire. Birmingham City University graduates Larissa E Shaw, Aileen Doherty and Grace A Williams will head to The Firs (Worcestershire), Attingham Park (Shropshire) and Mr Straw’s House (Nottinghamshire), respectively. Lindy Brett, from Staffordshire University, will be resident at Ilam Park in Derbyshire.
Each residency will last for five days and has a bursary value of £1000. The artists will have the opportunity to create new work inspired by their time with National Trust places, and will share their experiences and ideas at a special event in autumn 2018 with other arts professionals.
The residencies are part of an ongoing dialogue between the National Trust and New Art West Midlands that aims to support West Midlands’ artists as part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts.
Kate Stoddart, Curator, supporting Trust New Art, commented:
“The short residency format is designed to encourage experimentation and foster innovation. These residences offer new ways of working, allowing artists to engage with a place and develop site-specific responses to the stories, collections and landscapes of the National Trust.”
Craig Ashley, Director, New Art West Midlands commented:
“Artists who are exhibiting in the current New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition, or who exhibited in previous exhibitions, were eligible to apply for these awards. We’re delighted to be working with the National Trust in this way, offering brilliant opportunities for artists to gain vital experience right at the start of their careers.”
The New Art West Midlands exhibition can be seen at:
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 16 February – 6 May 2018
AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 23 February – 31 March 2018
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 24 February – 13 May 2018