Rupi Dhillon, Jharu, 2019. Still from performance, duration : 9 mins

We are delighted to announce that 10 artists and curators have been selected for our 2019 round of Studio Visits, an initiative as part of our professional development programme run in collaboration with The New Art Gallery Walsall.

 

Rupi Dhillon, Jharu, 2019. Still from performance, duration : 9 mins

 

We are especially pleased that this is the first year independent curators have been selected to receive studio visits, that this is the first year artists have been selected as studio visitors and that we have been able to facilitate a number of open slot nominations from applicants. Each of these visits will take place in the coming weeks and we hope they will be particularly useful and fruitful conversations.

Artists Rupi Dhillon and Karen McLean will be visited by London-based artists Matthew Krishanu and Hew Locke respectively. Mixed media artist Leanne O’Connor will be visited by artist Mark Murphy and digital specialist Edie Jo Murray will be visited by artist and PhD candidate Sarah Walden. Birmingham-based curators Aly Grimes and Josephine Reichert will be visited by Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director of FutureEverything and Ned McConnell, Curator at David Roberts Art Foundation respectively. Ned will also meet with artist Andrew Gillespie. Emalee Beddoes-Davis, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, will meet with artists Joyce Treasure and Bernadette Kerrigan, while Charlie Fellowes of Edel Assanti will visit Sarah Taylor Silverwood.

Applications were selected by a panel including Deborah Robinson and Hannah Anderson of The New Art Gallery Walsall and Anneka French, co-ordinator at New Art West Midlands, in conjunction with the relevant studio visitor.

We are delighted to announce that 10 artists and curators have been selected for our 2019 round of Studio Visits, an initiative as part of our professional development programme run in collaboration with The New Art Gallery Walsall.

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

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

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.