We are delighted to announce a very special exhibition launching next month: New Art West Midlands: Five Years On.

Theo Ellison, Ascending Descension , 2017, 90 x 120cm, c-type photograph. Courtesy Kitty Dinshaw

New Art West Midlands: Five Years On
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

15 February – 6 May


For the last five years the annual New Art West Midlands exhibition has presented the best of new work emerging from the region’s art schools. Between 2013 and 2017 over 150 artists have featured. Collectively, the exhibitions have been seen by over 500,000 visitors, and demonstrated an appetite for the support of new talent in the West Midlands.

Five years on, independent curator Indra Khanna brings together a collection of recent works by six New Art West Midlands alumni, one from each of the participating art colleges. They are Caroline Ali, Lorna J Brown, Abigail Day, Theo Ellison, Matt Parker and Chris A Wright.

The exhibition considers what happened next in their careers, giving a valuable update on their work and, more broadly, their journey after art school.

The hope is to open a conversation about the local arts ecology, and the different ways artists practically continue their art practice after graduating.