We are delighted to once again offer artists and curators living in the West Midlands region the opportunity to receive a studio visit* from an arts professional.

This is an opportunity to discuss your work and to seek valuable feedback and practical advice on either artistic or curatorial practice.

Installation view, Remains, Mark Murphy and John Bennett, A3 Project Space, Birmingham. Image credit: David Rowan


This year’s studio visitors will be:

Ned McConnell
Ned McConnell is Curator at DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation). He works with the team to instigate and deliver an exciting programme of exhibitions, performances and commissions in London and across the UK. Previously he was Exhibitions Curator at Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park where he spent five years developing a programme of innovative exhibitions, events and commissions utilising the outdoor spaces of the park as well as the unique architecture of the Grade II listed, nineteenth century industrial gallery building. He was the founding editor of Artworks London, an online publication of exhibition reviews, curator interviews and artist profiles, where he commissioned, edited and contributed to a range of texts. Ned holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art.

Emalee Beddoes-Davis
Emalee Beddoes-Davis is curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Previously, she was a curator at Museums Worcestershire and Division of Labour gallery. She studied History of Art at University of Plymouth then University of Birmingham. She is interested in experimental approaches to understanding history and our relationships with it, as well as irreverence and humour in arts practice. She is dyslexic and likes talking about cats.

Matthew Krishanu
Matthew Krishanu is a London-based painter. His recent paintings explore constructed narratives drawing on his childhood experiences growing up between Bangladesh, India and England. He received an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College in 2009. Exhibitions include: The Sun Never Sets (solo), Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2019) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (2018); House of Crows (solo), Matt’s Gallery, London (2019); A Murder of Crows (solo), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019); Childhood Now, Compton Verney (2019); The John Moores Painting Prize 2018, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Contemporary Masters from Britain, Jiangsu Art Museum (and tour), China (2017-2018); Contemporary Drawings from Britain, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China (2015); Another Country, The Nunnery, London (2014). Matthew is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths and Chelsea College of Art. He has works in collections including the Arts Council Collection, Priseman Seabrook Collection, and Jiangsu Art Museum, China.

Charlie Fellowes
Charlie Fellowes graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005 and has since worked in commercial galleries in central London. This included five years as the manager of Hamiltons, one of London’s longest running and most established gallery’s for photography. During this time he helped stage over 50 exhibitions, working with collectors throughout the world and collaborated with institutions in Europe and America. In 2009, he opened his own gallery, Edel Assanti, focusing on emerging and mid-career artists working in any medium. He maintains a strong passion for photography, sculpture and installation.

Your nomination
In addition to the nominated studio visitors listed above, we are open to applicants nominating a studio visitor of their choice. Please articulate who you would like to meet with and why within your application. We will endeavour to arrange this meeting for successful applicants.


If you would like to apply for a studio visit, please complete our online application form** HERE

Applications will be shortlisted by a panel including Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Anneka French, Project Coordinator, New Art West Midlands and Hannah Anderson, Exhibitions Coordinator, The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The deadline for applications is 12noon, Wednesday 24 July 2019.

*We recognise that not all artists or curators have or require studios. The visits can take place at a mutually convenient date and time and an appropriate venue.

** We are committed to widening access to our opportunities. Audio or video recorded applications may be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube by those facing barriers in applying in writing.
Funding is available to support access costs. For further information please email info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk or telephone 0121 300 4309

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