From a Small Island

Alvaro Martinez interviews Andrew Jackson about ‘From a Small Island’, his experiences as a descendent of the Windrush Generation, and the difficulties to find his identity reflected in English institutionalised history – via Loupe Mag

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/02/pride-power-pedals-protest-black-lives-matter-british-photographers-best-shot?fbclid=IwAR0nyQnJ6qoU9a_gkG7gHixP_22L-i2hem9cVN0NM41HzTPC4ktVUU3mg30

Black Lives Matter has underlined the crucial role played by black photographers. Eight British leaders (including Birmingham-based Vanley Burke) in their field to pick a favourite image from their archives – and explain why it’s so important to them – via The Guardian

 

Black Country Visual Arts (BCVA) and ReFramed are launching a new project to record Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities experiences of COVID-19 across the Midlands.

‘Digital Diaspora: The Midlands Covid-19 Project’ is led by a team of award-winning photographers and curators who believe that visual arts play a critical role in shaping civic and contemporary attitudes, initiating collaborative conversations, and changing prevailing thoughts about race and our communities.

There is much-documented local racial disparity in terms of wealth, opportunity, social isolation and mental health, yet local BAME communities are underrepresented in the arts. This project will attempt to redress these issues.

Over the next six months, the project will inspire and train local Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities to engage with photography, alongside spoken and written narratives, to enable them to capture and present a greater range of stories than is normally represented of local culture within the Midlands.

As part of the project, they will also run online art classes to enable local people to tell their own stories, showcasing local narratives on this website and awarding bursaries to enable two local artists to produce work. The awards will be £500 each and will be accompanied by support and mentoring.

 

Find out more about the opportunities on the ReFramed website here.

Black Country Visual Arts (BCVA) and ReFramed are launching a new project to record Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities experiences of COVID-19 across the Midlands.

Mass Paths

In an image saturated world, it is sometimes surprising to find a strong connection to landscape that can translate to the viewer so effectively. Warwick-based Caitriona Dunnett answered a few questions about the creation of this series, which has been exhibited widely – interview by Christiane Monarchi for Photomonitor

Lily Wales, Las Vagueness, 2018. Work made following a GRAIN and New Art West Midlands Engine bursary research visit to Nevada, USA.

New Art West Midlands and GRAIN Projects are jointly offering a bursary of £2000 to an artist based in the West Midlands region.  The bursary is a significant international research opportunity to support professional development. 

We are seeking applications from artists working with photography to undertake research in Aarhus, Denmark.  This opportunity has been developed in partnership with Aarhus Billedkunstcenter / Aarhus Center for Visual Art (AaBKC) and Galleri Image, with a focus upon regional identity, international cooperation and exchange.

 

Lily Wales, Las Vagueness, 2018. Work made following a GRAIN and New Art West Midlands Engine bursary research visit to Nevada, USA.

 

Facilitated by our partners in Aarhus, the bursary of £2000 will enable the successful artist to work in the city and/or surrounding region between 9 and 15 March 2020. Accommodation is provided at Godsbanen, situated in central Aarhus and a key creative hub for the city.

 

Artists interested in submitting a proposal may want to consider:

– Relationships between the West Midlands and Central Jutland regions
– The status of Aarhus as a second city – like Birmingham – and conditions outside of a nation’s capital
– Peripheral communities or geographies within the urban or rural space
– Specific geographical, economic, political and cultural characteristics and concerns of communities in Denmark

 

The successful applicant will be expected to deliver an artist talk in Aarhus as part of AaBKC’s Social programme (a short introduction and discussion over breakfast for the art community). Additionally, you will need to prepare a brief evaluation report for the Grain and New Art West Midlands websites on your return.

 

The bursary is part of New Art West Midlands’ Engine programme led in conjunction with The New Art Gallery Walsall, and the GRAIN Projects Professional Development Programme.

 

Application

Please apply via our online opportunities portal outlining how you would use the bursary and why this opportunity is crucial to your professional development. This should be accompanied by 3 images of recent work, your website details and your CV. Please include an indicative budget – accommodation is covered but your budget should include any fees, travel, subsistence and any other associated costs.

 

Access our online opportunities portal HERE

Deadline: 4pm on Monday 20 January

 

 

 

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. Financial support is available to support access costs relating to the application.

If you have any support requirements or would like to discuss this further, please do get in touch with: info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk or telephone 0121 300 4309.

 

About New Art West Midlands

New Art West Midlands is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the region. Our purpose is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the West Midlands, creating defining opportunities for West Midlands’ artists and curators, and working collectively to safeguard the future of artists and our sector.

 

About Grain Projects

GRAIN Projects is an arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high quality photography projects, commissions, events and exhibitions.  We produce new work in collaboration with artists, photographers and communities and collaborate with major partners here and internationally to engage and work with new audiences and participants. GRAIN is led by GRAIN Projects CIC, a unique and collaborative arts organisation, supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University.
www.grainphotographyhub.co.uk

 

About Galleri Image

Galleri Image is a non-profit exhibition space, which aims to promote high quality photo-based art by showing Danish and international photography and video art. Founded in 1977, the gallery is the longest running non-profit exhibition space for photographic art in Scandinavia, and for many years it was also the only photo gallery in Denmark. Over the past 40 years, Galleri Image has achieved an international reputation for its exhibitions and has contributed considerably to the recognition and understanding of photography as an important and independent medium in the world of visual art. Based in Aarhus, Denmark, and with free entry to all its shows, the gallery regularly hosts talks, discussions, seminars, workshops and guided exhibition tours. We actively seek to support young talents and frequently tour our exhibitions around the world.
www.galleriimage.dk

 

About Aarhus Billedkunstcenter

Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) is an artist resource center serving visual artists in Denmark’s Central Jutland region. Based in Aarhus, Aarhus Center for Visual Art strengthens the local arts community by creating opportunities for networking and collaboration between artists and institutions, offering professional development services to artists, facilitating discourse and community outreach with public art events and hosting residencies for local and international artists and art professionals.
http://aabkc.dk/page/about-aarhus-center-visual-art

 

 

 

 

New Art West Midlands and GRAIN Projects are jointly offering a bursary of £2000 to an artist working with photography based in the West Midlands region. The bursary is a significant international research opportunity to support professional development activity in Aarhus, Denmark. Deadline: Monday 20 January

Blast! is a new festival from Multistory made with and for the people of Sandwell which runs from Friday 24 May to Saturday 29 June.

The festival has invited 40 artists, photographers and curators to showcase work, develop projects and collaborate with communities to present stories about everyday life. With exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks across Sandwell, Blast! will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, in shops, libraries and pubs, on historic buildings and in the community halls and venues of Sandwell.

The festival takes place over six weeks in each of Sandwell’s six distinct towns: West Bromwich, Tipton, Rowley Regis, Oldbury, Smethwick and Wednesbury.

Highlights include:

The Caravan Gallery / Sandwell Pride of Place Project
24 May – 29 June 2019. Open: 11am – 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
Former Poundland, Unit 3, Kings Square Shopping Centre, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 7NW

Photographers Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale of The Caravan Gallery will turn the former Poundland shop (next to West Bromwich bus station) into an exhibition space and alternative ‘Visitor Information Centre’ for the duration of the Festival. The Sandwell Pride of Place Project is a dynamic, diverse and creative celebration of Sandwell and its communities, evolving daily as visitors add to the artwork on display, share stories and make their mark on ‘The People’s Map of Sandwell’. The Caravan Gallery will exhibit their own photographs of Sandwell and publish a set of unofficial visitor guides to the six towns, inspired by people’s responses to their Sandwell Surveys.

 

© Janine Wiedel

Black Country Living
24 May – 29 June. Public locations across Sandwell throughout the festival.

Black Country Living revisits the work of two photographers renowned for their portrayal of the industrial landscape in the West Midlands during the 70s and 80s. Presented across the six towns of Sandwell, the photography of John Myers and Janine Wiedel reflects a rich social history at a time of significant change and upheaval. As a divided Britain contemplates a future outside the EU, how will the changes brought about by Brexit impact on Sandwell, here at the heart of the nation? Curated by New Art West Midlands Director, Craig Ashley.

 

© Jocelyn Allen

Girl Gaze: Journeys Through the Punjab & The Black Country, UK 
24 May – 29 June 2019. Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-4pm.
The British Muslim School, Latifiah Fultali Complex, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8NX

Girl Gaze is a photographic exploration of the Punjab and diaspora communities in the West Midlands through the voices of young girls and women. Bringing together newly-commissioned work by four women artists: Jocelyn Allen (UK), Jennifer Pattison (UK), Andrea Fernandes (India) and Uzma Mohsin (India), the exhibition explores diverse themes regarding gender, identity, patriarchy, tradition, culture, memory, place and the differences that shape the lives of women in both countries.

 

© Erik Kessels

Erik Kessels: Comeback
24 May – 29 June 2019.
West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY. Open: Thursday: 1- 6pm, Friday: 10am – 6pm.
West Bromwich Indoor Market, Kings Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich, B70 7NW. Open: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Tuesday: 9am – 4pm.

Comeback is a two-part project by Dutch artist, Erik Kessels, which reappropriates photographic archives found through meeting community groups in the Sandwell area. Tipton Carnival Queens Shine Again will present images of former carnival beauty queens in an installation at West Bromwich Town Hall. Market Hall Turns Into Gallery presents images from Kessels’ own photographic collection placed onto the blinds of the West Bromwich Indoor Market; each image responds to the type of goods being sold in the market stall.

 

© Jon Tonks

Jon Tonks: Stories of Home
24 May – 29 June 2019. Open: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm.
Former Poundland shop, Unit 3, Kings Square Shopping Centre, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 7NN
Jon Tonks’ exhibition is a portrait of the Central and Eastern European communities living in Sandwell, home to the biggest Polish population in the UK. The photographs were taken during a two-year period against a 3 of 8 backdrop of divisive geopolitical rhetoric following the 2016 EU referendum. Thanks to their generosity, the project also reveals much about the cultural identity and hopes and fears for the future of each subject. The series explores a question that reaches beyond borders: what binds a community to make a place home?

Artist Talk & Film: Janine Wiedel
Friday 21 June, 1-3pm. Booking essential. £3 per person.
Former Poundland, West Bromwich. B70 7NN

A screening of Camera in the Streets, a documentary about Janine Wiedel’s work photographing industries in the West Midlands, followed by a discussion between Janine Wiedel and curator, Craig Ashley, as part of the Black Country Living exhibition.

The full festival programme can be viewed here.

Blast! is a new festival from Multistory made with and for the people of Sandwell which runs from Friday 24 May to Saturday 29 June.

The festival has invited 40 outstanding artists, photographers and curators to showcase work, develop projects and collaborate with communities to present stories about everyday life. With exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks across Sandwell, Blast! will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, in shops, libraries and pubs, on historic buildings and in the community halls and venues of Sandwell.

East Meets West is a collaborative project devised by FORMAT International Photography Festival/QUAD and GRAIN Projects that will provide twenty emerging artists and photographers with a professional development opportunity as well as the chance to exhibit their work at FORMAT19 as a digital showcase.

At the Masterclasses artists and photographers will learn from industry leaders about portfolio development and receive advice regarding topics such as competitions, commissions, exhibitions, funding, making approaches, distribution and editing. Subjects will also include socially engaged, editorial and fine art photography, the photobook and responding to and working to commission. The Masterclasses will offer immersion in the subject matter and a unique opportunity for emerging photographers to develop their practice and showcase their work.

Masterclass speakers and portfolio reviewers include Natasha Caruana, Harry Hardie, Andrew Jackson, Anthony Luvera, Matthew Murray, Kate Peters and Michael Sargeant.

The opportunity is aimed at photographers wishing to broaden their perspectives and push the boundaries of their personal development.

Please note: Those successfully selected will be required to pay a fee of £100.

Deadline: Sunday 7 October 2018.

Full information about the opportunity can be found here.

Thursday 6 September 2018 is also the deadline for photographers, curators, artists and collectives to submit proposals to FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019 in response to the concept FOREVER//NOW.

East Meets West is a collaborative project devised by FORMAT International Photography Festival/QUAD and GRAIN Projects that will provide twenty emerging artists and photographers with a professional development opportunity as well as the chance to exhibit their work at FORMAT19 as a digital showcase.