Image: Guerrilla Girls, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

Image: Guerrilla Girls, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

 

Transforming iconic and unexpected public spaces within London since 2016, for its 5th edition Art Night will take place in locations across the UK, including the West Midlands over June and July. 

Art Night have curated a series of billboards across the country by Guerrilla Girls as part of their new commission titled The Male Graze – their largest UK public project in the UK to date and which will explore bad male behaviour through the lens of the art world.

The work will manifest as a series of billboards in towns and cities including: Eastbourne, Dundee, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Warwick, Swansea, London and more. The billboards will be on display in partnership with Compton Verney, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Glasgow Women’s Library, g39, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Grand Union, The Tetley and Towner Eastbourne. Art Night will also present this commission in two London sites in Shoreditch and London Bridge.

You will be able to see the Birmingham billboard beside The Anchor Pub in Digbeth and the Warwickshire billboard at Compton Verney. The billboards will be on display from 18 June to 18 July. 

Artist Isabel Lewis has also developed a new Art Night commission What can we learn about love from lichen? in the Scottish Isle of Skye. A co-commission between Art Night and ATLAS Arts, Lewis is working with collaborators in Skye to choreograph a series of guided walks brought together in a final ‘hosted occasion’, tuning the ears, eyes and the body to more sensuous forms of knowing and being together. In partnership with Compton Verney, Lewis will draw on these choreographic scores to stage a new sound work within their 120 acres of Parkland. This will include several locations across the Grounds and a ‘songbook’ will be available to access in the Women’s Library. From 18 June, accessed by booking in advance via the Compton Verney website here.

Find out more about Art Night here.

Transforming iconic and unexpected public spaces within London since 2016, for its 5th edition Art Night will take place in locations across the UK, including the West Midlands.

Luke Routledge Relief Paintings - Rainbow Bird. Available via Eastside Projects.

Now, more than ever, artists and cultural organisations need our support. We’ve started to compile a list of organisations with great shops, as well as events coming up over the next few weeks selling artists and makers works.

If you are a cultural organisation, artist or maker selling work as part of an event online or offline who would like to be added to the list, please let us know.

[Updated 8 December 2020.]

 

On Friday 4 December Modern Clay will hold a Winter Studio sale on Instagram.

Great Malvern Christmas Arts Market takes place on Saturday 5 December from 10am-5pm in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory.

Over the weekends of 5-6 and 12-13 December, Fargo Village hold their Christmas Makers Market online with over 40 makers and designers selling their wares.

MAC Birmingham’s Winter Arts Market continues until Sunday 6 December.

Worcester Arts Market takes place over the weekend of 12-13 December on the High Street and Cathedral Square.

The Old Print Works in Balsall Heath, Birmingham hold their Christmas Market at the venue from 12-13 December from 11am-4pm.

Grand Union are offering 50% off all their Editions until Thursday 17 December.

Feminists Work for Change have launched an online shop ‘Empower Bab‘ with limited edition art works by Birmingham-based artists. All proceeds go to Baobab, West Midlands refugee and migrant grassroots women’s advocacy project.

Stryx’s shop, launched in November sells original art works and editions. Artists include: Ewan Johnston, Lexi Strauss, Georgiou & Tolley and Paul Newman.

 

Luke Routledge Relief Paintings – Rainbow Bird. Available via Eastside Projects.

Eastside Project’s Winter Art Fair – With work by over 30 artists from their associate membership programme as well as specially priced Eastside Projects editions. Items include limited edition artworks, artist t-shirts, tarot readings, textiles, jewellery and more.

Studio Outlet sells unique works, test pieces, one-offs, experiments, models, maquettes and more; made by artists in the process of developing new work and making exhibitions. Artists include Joanne Masding, Ruth Claxton, Sarah Taylor Silverwood and Andrew Gillespie.

Unit Twelve Gallery in Staffordshire are open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm selling beautiful handmade crafts.

Public House stock artists’ books, zines and pamphlets.

Amanda Randall Piper Window Brooch available in the Coventry Artspace shop.

Coventry Artspace have recently opened an online shop supporting local artists.

Buy prints, books, jewellery and more from the RBSA shop.

Centrala‘s shop offer a great selection of books in both English and Polish as well as artwork, crafts, food and drink.

Ikon Gallery’s shop sells books, prints and posters, tees and totes, jewellery and more.

Compton Verney sell Gift memberships and Access all Areas passes.

Craftspace offer pay-as-you-feel family activity packs as well as beautiful jewellery created by Shenalu, a collective of refugee women who specialise in craft.

Multistory‘s shop stock a range of project related publications, DVDs and even tea towels.

Airspace Gallery‘s shop offers a range of publications and editions.

Reusable face masks from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery‘s shop sells all kinds of wares, including face masks featuring works from their Collection.

The Sidney Nolan Trust sell a selection of publications, cards and membership offers.

#ArtistSupportPledge – Support artists across the globe on Instagram.

 

 

Now, more than ever, artists and cultural organisations need our support. We’ve started to compile a list of organisations with great shops, as well as events coming up over the next few weeks selling artists and makers works.

Engine, a professional development programme run by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall, is pleased to be partnering with Outside In to offer artists living in the West Midlands the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards professional development activities of your choice. Two artists will be awarded a bursary of £500 each.

The Outside In Engine Micro Bursaries are aimed at covering the costs of, for example, research visits to exhibitions, festivals or sites of interest, attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences, travel and accommodation. (Please note that this fund is not designed for the production or the exhibition of work.)

 

Work made by Thomas Wynne as part of a period of research supported by an Engine Micro Bursary, 2018.

 

Eligibility

These Outside In Engine Micro Bursaries are specifically for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.

You can apply for the Outside In Engine Micro Bursary if you are an Outside In artist and live in the West Midlands region. The bursaries mark the development of the organisation’s programme launching shortly at their Midlands hub at Compton Verney in Warwickshire. www.outsidein.org.uk

(A further series of £250 New Art West Midlands / Engine Micro Bursaries open to all artists within the region will be launched in March 2020.)


Artist Support Day

If you would like help with applying for this opportunity or help signing up to Outside In you can book onto an Artist Support Day. We will be running this at The New Art Gallery Walsall on Tuesday 25 February, 10.30am – 5pm.

Please contact José Forrest-Tennant, Outside In Midlands Regional Coordinator, to book on to this.

 

How to apply

You should complete the application form which can be downloaded here:
Outside In Engine Micro Bursary application form.

An easy read version of this information can be downloaded here:
Easy-read-Engine Micro Bursary information

In your application form, please send a link to your Outside In online gallery with the text from your artist statement, 3 images of your work as jpegs, video links or other digital formats which can include audio files. We will also need up to 250 words from you telling us what you propose to use the bursary for, why this is important for your work and a budget detailing your activity.

Please email applications to info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk with ‘Micro Bursary’ in the subject line.

Application deadline: 12 noon, Wednesday 18 March 2020.

 

If you require this information in alternative formats or any additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact José Forrest-Tennant on 07496 997 333 or jose.forrest-tennant@outsidein.org.uk  

 

 

About Outside In 

Outside In, founded in 2006 at Pallant House, Chichester, aims to provide artists with the support and confidence they need to enter the art world. The organisation’s work covers three main areas: artist development, exhibitions and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and educating organisations.

Since its inception, the organisation has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities and support for more than 2,600 artists. In the next three years the charity will work to create a national platform to support the delivery of its programmes. It will do this through working in partnership with key strategic arts organisations across the UK to act as hubs of activity and support.

 

 

Outside In, New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall 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. 

If you have any support requirements or would like to discuss this further, please do get in touch with Anneka French, New Art West Midlands Co-ordinator on info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk or 0121 300 4309. 

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José Forrest-Tennant, Outside In Midlands Regional Coordinator on jose.forrest-tennant@outsidein.org.uk or 07496 997 333

 

Engine is pleased to be partnering with Outside In to offer artists living in the West Midlands region the opportunity to apply for Micro Bursaries towards professional development activities of your choice. Two artists will be awarded a bursary of £500 each.

Seurat To Riley: The Art Of Perception

Robert Richardson reviews Seurat To Riley: The Art Of Perception at Compton Verney for our friends at CVAN East Midlands.

Lucy McLauchlan, Birmingham Bt Pass showing at Centrala Art Gallery 8 July. Image credit Matt Watkins.

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.

Lucy McLauchlan, Birmingham By Pass showing at Centrala until 8 July. Image credit Matt Watkins.

Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2018-2022 will include thirteen West Midlands’ Visual Arts organisations, up from the current number of seven. This almost doubling of the visual arts contingent is great news for the region, and the sector is strengthened further through the inclusion of more organisations working under the categories of Museums and Combined Arts where there is increasing work in the widening realm of visual arts, and exploration of the innovative spaces between art forms.

With the exception of Birmingham’s The Drum, which closed last year due to a number of challenges and was consequently not in the running for this next round of funding, the current cohort of West Midlands-based National Portfolio Organisations working across Museums, Visual and Combined Arts remains unchanged and will continue to receive investment.

This is an active and positive endorsement of the great work being done in the region, and Arts Council’s decision provides a degree of certainty in uncertain times. Investment from other sources of income must continue to be a priority over the next four years, and the impact of this stabilising fund will allow the time to further develop and grow the opportunities for a wider and more diverse funding mix.

It is important of course that, within the context of some much needed good news for the arts, there is a balanced view. Where other areas of public funding for culture have been consistently cut in recent years, particularly the investment from our challenged local authorities, the National Portfolio money awarded through Arts Council demonstrates the absolute necessity of public money to secure and strengthen our creative output.

As recognised by the Creative Industries Federation, public money sits at the foundation of our £84b-a-year-and-growing creative industries sector, providing essential support at the start of careers and initiatives that go on to bring great success to Britain. Furthermore, anticipating the gap left by the withdrawal of EU funds beyond 2019 – subject of course to the ongoing Brexit negotiations – how do we shore-up and sustain future public investment in the arts? Arts Council England cannot do it alone, and a wider valuing of the arts in society must be a collective concern that we need to address together, within and beyond the visual arts.

The important and integral partnerships between our National Portfolio Organisations and others, both within and beyond the Creative Industries, will help to strengthen a platform for the visual arts over the coming years, and provide a firmer base to build upon for the future. From artists to arts organisations to educators and business, the benefit of the National Portfolio investment is channelled through the relatively few to the many.

So now is definitely a time to celebrate the achievement of those organisations and their supporters and partners that have strived to creative something crucial, critical and valuable. The National Portfolio status is something to be proud of, and an indicator of the valuable contribution organisations make as instigators, protectors, mediators, collaborators, risk-takers and trailblazers.

The inclusion of more organisations in the National Portfolio reflects the region’s growing confidence and the breadth of the work we do. Distinctively here in the West Midlands, the support for the smaller-scale, diverse, innovative and artist-led outfits bolsters the resilience of the visual arts ecology.

The collective strength of Birmingham’s Eastside organisations demonstrates the importance of working together to mutually support. Joining Eastside Projects in the National Portfolio are Centrala, Grand Union and Vivid Projects, all based in the Minerva Works complex in Digbeth, alongside Friction Arts at The Edge on Cheapside. This critical mass is a model that New Art West Midlands is keen to support elsewhere in the region, to ensure sustainability alongside critical success.

Our museums continue to get the support they desperately need and deserve, with Birmingham Museums Trust and The New Art Gallery Walsall receiving continued investment in the face of challenges with their respective local authority funding. Encouragingly, Wolverhampton Art Gallery receives an uplift from 2018 and they are joined in the National Portfolio by Culture Coventry (The Herbert Art Gallery) and Compton Verney, both of whom become regularly funded through Arts Council for the first time.

The region’s reputation for distinctive festivals shines through the Portfolio, with BE Festival and Fierce now joined by Flatpack, Shout, Capsule’s Supersonic Festival, and the Stoke on Trent-based British Ceramics Biennial. And in terms of innovation, BOM and Hereford-based Rural Media are supported to continue their leading roles in developing the territory within the scientific and digital realms. Wolverhampton’s Newhampton Arts Centre adds to the region’s complement of multi artform venues, widening the cultural offer in the Black Country.

These decisions demonstrate Art Council’s commitment to diversifying the National Portfolio, in terms of practice and geography as well as the protected characteristics including disability, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Among the existing National Portfolio, the Shropshire-based Disability Arts organisation DASH has received a significant uplift in their regular funding to expand their partnership work to commission disabled artists. DASH’s director Mike Layward commented:

“[This] is not only great news for the organisation as it secures our work across England for the next 4 years, but it’s also great news for the disabled artists we work with. The uplift will allow us to develop a new area of work with disabled children and young people who will be the disabled artists of tomorrow.”

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.

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This film reveals how artist Faye Claridge worked with experts in traditional crafts, music composers and choreographers to awaken memories and to create new interest in an almost-forgotten ritual powerful enough to bring a whole community together.

 

Follow the journey of a giant corn dolly, brought to life from an old photograph, travelling more than 200 miles to find its home.

From shrouded archives, along stretching motorways, to the wilds of Northumberland, the Kern Baby’s journey invites us to reflect on how we represent our sense of self, geography, society and time.

www.fayeclaridge.co.uk

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.