Emilia Terracciano reviews Ikon’s Sheela Gowda solo exhibition in Frieze magazine.
Jodie Wingham reports from Leicester Print Workshop’s Screenprinting Summer School.
Helen Trompeteler reviews Mahtab Hussain’s solo exhibition You Get Me? at Autograph ABP for Photomonitor.
Since 4 July, artists Tom Verity and James Lomax have been undertaking the second part of the Glasshouse residency programme in The New Art Gallery Walsall’s Artists’ Studio. Anneka French found out more.
Many UK doctoral students view professional development as a ‘distraction’ or a ‘waste of time’, says study. Article from Times Higher Education.
Harpreet Kaur writes about the Library of Birmingham exhibition Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage for the Huffington Post.
The Orchard Project is seeking artists, designers and collaborators to imagine a long-term vision for a major orchard restoration project 2017-2020 and beyond at Brockhampton Estate.
We catch up with Seán Elder, Grand Union’s new Associate Curator, to find out more about his background, research and future plans.
a-n report on a new Kickstarter for the biennial. The 17-day festival will feature over 70 exhibitions and events from UK and international artists. Jack Hutchinson finds out more from artist and biennial director Ryan Hughes.
Blast! is a new creative opportunity for artists and curators to create new work, exhibitions and performances for Blast! Festival in 2019. The festival will focus particularly on work in photography, moving image, sound and digital media.
Coventry University and University of Wolverhampton are now accepting applications for the well-established Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) scheme.
Last month Kaye Winwood attended Food Art Week (Berlin), this research opportunity was supported by an Engine Micro Bursary, from New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall. She reports back on her experiences.
Grace A Williams visited the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) Archive at Cambridge University Library, the largest UK repository of material relating to unexplained phenomena. Watch her video report.
Barbara Walker has been selected as one of the exhibitors in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, opening at Jerwood Space on 13 September 2017.
Annabel Clarke speaks to artist Pamela Schilderman about her work in Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery’s Spotlight display.
Four artists and visual arts producers based in Birmingham and the Black Country have been awarded our 57th Venice Biennale bursaries following an open call.
Recent Activity is a curatorial collaborative project by Birmingham-based artists Andrew Gillespie and Andrew Lacon. They have recently opened a space on Floodgate Street in Digbeth. We found out what they have planned for the space.
Graduates of Hereford College of Arts Photography programme have enjoyed recent success at the annual Free Range graduate show in London.
28 artists have been selected for the exhibition, New Art West Midlands 2018 which will take place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry and Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent in February to May 2018.
Mark Essen is one of three artists selected for 3-Phase, a development programme and exhibition series delivered in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Workplace Gallery and Eastside Projects.
Nearly half (47%) of the creative workers in the creative industries are freelance. Creative Freelancers, is a new report published by the Creative Industries Federation aiming to transform the working lives of those who are self-employed in the industry.
Engine and GRAIN are delighted to announce that Lily Wales has been awarded our £1000 bursary. The bursary was for an artist living and working in the West Midlands region who uses photography as an integral element of their practice.
On Friday evening the shortlist for 2021 UK City of Culture was announced. Five out of the original list of eleven bidding cities were selected. In exciting news for the region, two West Midlands cities, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent made the shortlist.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM – the UK’s professional body for musicians) and a-n have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries.
Congratulations to Jonathon Harris, Grace Williams and Kaye Winwood who are successful recipients of our recent curatorial opportunities.
a-n have launched a five-year strategy to tackle the growing challenges artists face in sustaining their careers. Valuing Artists aims to ensure policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.
Developed in Birmingham is a season of hands-on workshops, talks, walks and events which reveal, explore and celebrate the city’s significant role in the early history of photography. In our second interview about the season, curator and photographic historian Pete James, talks about Mat Collishaw’s new artwork Thresholds, currently on show at the Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Earlier in the year recent graduate and New Art West Midlands 2017 alumna Halina Dominska was awarded an Engine Micro Bursary to attend Aesthetica’s Future Now Symposium which took place from 25-26 May 2017. She reports back on her experience.
The New Art Gallery Walsall, which has been under threat of deep public funding cuts, has been saved by a four-year £3.5m grant from Arts Council England. The gallery is also considering a partnership with the University of Wolverhampton to secure its long-term future.
Following an open call, photographer Sam Ivin has been awarded a new residency commission in Stoke-on-Trent, a collaboration between GRAIN Projects and Appetite. We found out what he has planned over the next few months.
New Art West Midlands’ director Craig Ashley reflects on yesterday’s announcement from Arts Council England about investment to the region’s visual arts organisations through their National Portfolio for 2018-22.
Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, welcomes 831 organisations to the 2018-22 portfolio. Find out more about the picture in the West Midlands and across the rest of the country.
100 Masters, a landmark campaign from Creative Black Country, is looking to profile the best contemporary craftspeople, makers and thinkers from the Black Country. We speak to Creative Producer, Liam Smyth.
Artist and Associate Curator Kate Spence speaks about Vivid Live, a new live art strand she is curating at Vivid Projects later this year.
Alice Gale-Feeny, Joe Fletcher Orr and Bryony Gillard were selected for Glasshouse, a residency devised by The New Art Gallery Walsall and Eastside Projects, with the aim to strengthen relationships across the country. Anneka French spoke with them.
We are offering four West Midlands artists or curators the opportunity to visit the 57th Venice Biennale with the Engine/New Art West Midlands team. Deadline 11am, 17 July 2017.
The new one-year pilot scheme has been developed in partnership between the department of social protection and the department of arts, heritage, regional, rural and Gaeltacht affairs, in consultation with Visual Artists Ireland and The Irish Writers Centre.
Three artists born in the West Midlands have been selected for the 2017 edition of the prestigious New Contemporaries award and exhibition.
We caught up with Hannah Dale of the newly opened Canwood Gallery in Herefordshire to find out more about the gallery’s origins and future plans.
We spoke with Dan Auluk, artist, curator and GRASSLANDS founder about his upcoming residencies and plans for the future of this unique space in Birmingham.
Meadow Arts’ exhibition Synthetic Landscapes explores our relationship to the land and takes place at Weston Park in Shifnal and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Anneka French spoke to Director Anne de Charmant to find out more.
Aimee Millward was a New Art West Midlands exhibitor in 2016 and has recently developed an exhibition in collaboration with Dudley Archives and Local History Centre titled Virtual Mirrors (Intersection of the Real and Unreal).
Last month, artist Ming De Nasty showed a new body of photographs at Birmingham’s A3 Project Space. Sufficient formed part of a research project on urban growing within the city. Annabel Clarke spoke with the artist.
Joanna Colley of Birmingham’s Reuben Colley Fine Art speaks to us about their upcoming exhibition Master Graphics, featuring some of the biggest names in the artworld.
Artist Victoria Lucas is currently presenting her solo exhibition Lay of the Land (and other such myths) at Stoke-on-Trent’s AirSpace Gallery. Anneka French caught up with her to about her research, production processes and what it’s been like working with the gallery again after seven years.
Artist Adam Grüning was awarded a Micro Bursary to carry out research at Tate Modern exhibitions Wolfgang Tillmans and Media Networks. He reflects on his visit and its relevance to his practice.
Annabel Clarke met with Louise Latter, Head of Programme at BOM to find out about their ongoing work with the British Council in Indonesia, as well as their future plans for the space.
Six art organisations from across the West Midlands are included in this years’ Artist-Led Hot 100, an artwork by Kevin Hunt. These include BLOK in Worcester, Portland Inn Project in Stoke-on-Trent, Office for Art, Design and Technology and Classroom in Coventry, and Recent Activity and Modern Clay in Birmingham.
A week-long arts and culture festival to explore death and dying in interesting, fun and active ways recently took place. Read more about A Matter of Life and Death at mac birmingham.
Artist, curator and New Art West Midlands Advisory Group member Antonio Roberts was invited to speak at The Arts in a Digital World Summit in Montreal, Canada in March. Here he reflects on the possibilities and limitations of digital platforms for the arts, particularly in terms of the diversity of our creative communities.
Room7 is a new curatorial collective that has arisen from the MA in Art History and Curating at the University of Birmingham. We speak to Room7 to find out more about their aspirations for their first exhibition FLUX.
Artist and Director of ArtistsWorkhouse, Dawn Harris, received an Engine Micro Bursary to expand her practice through attendance at the 3 day workshop Magritte’s Umbrella: Drawing Upon the Subconscious at the Royal West Academy, Bristol. She shares her experiences.
In the first of our texts looking ahead to Developed in Birmingham, artist Jo Gane discusses her exhibition A White House on Paradise Street at BOM, which takes inspiration from a lost photograph made by George Shaw.
ENGINE, the professional development programme for artists and curators in the region is currently offering two curatorial opportunities – a Curatorial Development Opportunity with Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art and a Bursary Opportunity for Curatorial Development.
Kurt Hickson was awarded a Micro Bursary to undertake two research trips to London, visiting several exhibitions including Painters’ Painters at Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg retrospective.
An interview with artist and anthropologist Liz Hingley about her photographic series Home Made in Smethwick, now a publication and touring exhibition commissioned by Multistory.
We speak to Salla Virman, former CEO of The Hive Arts Centre in Shrewsbury, about her motivations for the Magnum Photos public realm exhibition Evolution Explored.
We are delighted that Cass Art, the UK’s leading art supplies retailer sponsored the New Art West Midlands exhibitions this year. As well as exhibitions sponsor, they provided prizes to two awards this year. Mark Cass, Founder and CEO of Cass Art, answered our questions.
Artist and New Art West Midlands Advisory Group member Mahtab Hussain talks to It’s Nice That about his current solo exhibition You Get Me at Autograph ABP.
Anneka French speaks to artists Tom James and Alex Hartley for a-n about The Clearing, their experimental geodesic dome set in the grounds of Compton Verney.
In this second meeting, curator, writer and editor Tom Clark will present his research to the Curatorial Research Group and lead a discussion around the role of publishing (or, making public) in relation to practices of instituting.
The ‘gig economy’ is receiving a lot of coverage in the media at the moment. How can you be an artist in this environment? We reproduce Sarah Shalgosky, Curator at the University of Warwick’s Keynote from The National Association for Fine Art Education annual symposium ‘Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor’ held in March.
Writer Poppy Noor visited the second Awkward Bastards symposium in March co-produced by DASH, mac birmingham and the Live Art Development Agency. She reflects on the event, as well as questions of diversity and representation.
Over the last week Londoners were offered the chance to swap one Stoke for another as part of a project to attract more creative professionals to the Potteries. It involved transforming an arts centre in London’s Stoke Newington into an estate agents in order to promote a range of Stoke-on-Trent-based properties. Organisers wanted to show people how they could avoid the high costs of living in the capital city by moving to North Staffordshire instead.
Birmingham City University graduate Hannah Honeywill exhibited work as part of the 2016 New Art West Midlands exhibitions. As as result, she was selected for a residency at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. We caught up with her to hear about the residency, and her new piece Tumbleweed which is currently on display at the gallery.
Gordon Dalton, Interim CVAN National Coordinator and Visual Arts South West Network Manager, will speak during the Commissioning/Funding session at Aesthetica Magazine Future Now Symposium 2017 in York on Thursday 25 May.
Mark Essen reports on the recently reopened Tate St.Ives. A recipient of an Engine micro-bursary, Mark wished to visit to visit galleries and studios in the Cornwall area for professional development and attend a group show in which he was exhibiting.
Applications are now open for New Art West Midlands 2018. Apply now!
As part of a Special Opportunity Award from the New Art West Midlands exhibitions, Katie Hodson, a recent graduate of University of Worcester, is currently undertaking a residency offered by Office for Art, Design and Technology. On Monday 24 April, there will be an ‘In Conversation’ event with Katie at mac birmingham.
Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz will create work after being named winner of Birmingham Big Art Project contest
Grand Union’s Curatorial Curriculum is an alternative educational programme for emerging curators, consisting of intensive workshops led by internationally-renowned practitioners. Earlier in the year Engine offered bursaries for the course for West Midlands-based curators. We are delighted to announce the four artists who were awarded bursaries.
From 6 to 22 October this year Coventry will see its first Biennial of Contemporary Art. Annabel Clarke caught up with Ryan Hughes, Director of the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art and lead artist at Office for Art, Design and Technology to hear more about his plans for the Biennial, and their current crowdfunding campaign.
Engine, in partnership with Eastside Projects and Grand Union, is looking to set up a Curatorial Research Group. The Group aims to investigate and to further develop contemporary curatorial research, as well as championing its development in the region and bringing together art workers across the West Midlands and beyond.
Compton Verney explores how artistic, social and political forces have shaped Britain’s relationship with rural landscape.
Watch a new video highlighting the light-based artworks commissioned for Longbridge Light Festival 2016.
Jonathan Harris, Head of Birmingham School of Art, reflects on the geo-political contexts of Birmingham and Hong Kong
As Article 50 is triggered, Simon Mellor, Deputy CEO, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England, writes on their continued commitment to developing and supporting arts and culture in England and on an international stage.
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Disabled artist Beth Davis-Hofbauer recently produced the self-initiated report, Autism Matters: Making Galleries and Museums ASD/SPD Friendly.
Artist and designer Mark Murphy reflects on his recent trip to New York and the significance one special site has had on his practice.
Esther Draycott reviews the recent event Wallpaper/Performance by Sonia Boyce at Eastside Projects and looks ahead to the next.
The superficial scramble for cultural diversity is not addressing the deep causes of exclusion and the power imbalance in the arts.
The Artist Pension Trust (APT) uses work from professional artists as the basis for raising funds they can use to retire.
Read more about the 14 Micro Bursaries that Engine has awarded to artists and curators based in the region so far.
Creative Producer Jenny Duffin reports back from Make:Shift and Maker Assembly in Manchester. Her research was funded by a Micro Bursary.
View Kern Baby Homecoming, a new film from Warwickshire-based artist Faye Claridge on her Kern Baby project which toured between Compton Verney, Library of Birmingham and Northumberland.
Photographer Jas Sansi argues for arts professionals to lobby West Midlands mayoral candidates to insure investment.
DBC Pierre wrote in a fever, Frank Turner dabbled in thrash and Nikki Amuka-Bird jumped off a cliff. Artists reveal how they got to the top – and how you can too.
Duncan Poulton reflects on his recent research visit to Transmediale festival in Berlin. His visit was part funded by the New Art West Midlands Engine Micro Bursary scheme.
Ten New Art West Midlands 2017 artists have been awarded with cash prizes and unique career development opportunities.
Figures compiled by the Guardian paint a dismal portrait of women artists exhibiting in major galleries, in the UK and abroad. But are things changing?
Ahead of next month’s Awkward Bastards II symposium at mac birmingham, Craig Ashley shares thoughts in praise of awkwardness and the creative case for diversity for our region and beyond.
In December we offered artists and curators living in the West Midlands the opportunity to apply to receive a studio visit from an arts professional. Nine artists from across the region have been selected.
Leah Carless reflects on her recent research trip to Aarhus, Denmark, part funded by the New Art West Midlands Engine Micro Bursary scheme.
Joyride is a new work being developed for Staffordshire’s Cannock Chase Forest by West Bromwich-born Keith Harrison. Anneka French interviews the artist.
Jonathon Harris is preparing to curate his most ambitious exhibition to date at Fringe Arts Bath. Anneka French finds out more.
A new body of work by Hardeep Pandhal is the subject of a current solo exhibition at Eastside Projects titled Nightmare on BAME Street. Anneka French finds out more.
Artist Nicola Winstanley is to showcase her prints made on an old pottery’s firm original press – at the former factory site undergoing.
As many as 900 arts organisations and museums could be admitted into the national portfolio in the next funding round.
Ampersand Projects’ Co-Directors Matt and Kate Andrews and artist Justin Wiggan discuss the aspirations and impacts of Green Lungs with Anneka French.
Artist James Lomax, recent recipient of a New Art West Midlands Engine Micro Bursary, visited the North East of England on a research trip last month.
Birmingham artists Theresa Nguyen and Craig and Rebecca Struthers featured in this article about business skills and selling craft.