Yazmin Boyle predominantly works with steel as a sculptural material. Boyle combines elements from the cosmos and the human body, exposing the tension that intertwines both subjects, particularly with regard to gender association and to scale.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University


Technical and scientific objects and the language used to describe them are often seen as opposed to art, as unappealing and incomprehensible. Lindy Brett’s video works and installations begin with a documentary form, working slowly and descriptively with everyday language.

Showing at:
Worcester City Art Gallery

Education:
Staffordshire University

Susan Brisco aims to communicate 21st century scientific research into plant neurobiology and bio-acoustics through the eyes of an artist. Using layers of projected film, drawing and sound, the artist creates her own response to plant intelligence and communication, an inquiry that sits at the interface between art and science.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
University of Wolverhampton

Photography is a medium that affords considerable fluidity in expression of thought and concept. Motivated by a desire to explore racial, cultural, female and social experience and identity, Lorna Brown’s work often stems from a place of frustration and a contemplation of personal mind-sets.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Hereford College of Arts

Sarah Cornforth’s practice involves exploring and challenging the conventions of drawing by restricting the drawing process itself. Her work tends to consist of four stages that consider how drawing materials and media, objects, the body and printmaking might be used.

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

There is beauty in Brutalist and post war buildings though their significance is misunderstood by many. Abigail Day is drawn to the honesty of the materials used in their construction and their sculptural qualities. Her sculptures of wax and stone are made at a pivotal time for this style of architecture.

Showing at:
Worcester City Art Gallery

Education:
University of Worcester

Halina Dominska’s interactive sensory installation comes alive through audience participation. The abstract living sculptures respond to the motion and closeness of the audience. Her work is influenced by interactions between brain, body, emotion and the world around us.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
Birmingham City University

Megan Evans’ work explores self-presentation and the decisions people make to alter their own appearance. Although her portraiture work typically looks painted or drawn using pastels, she uses cosmetics as pigment, with areas of pastels to add detail and depth.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
Birmingham City University

Childhood memories are at the core of Kerry Farrell’s work. The landscapes framed as views from a window are transformed into something more than reality through the painting process. Her ideas are explored through the use of abstraction and figuration, acting as a metaphor for memory.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Worcester City Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

In a constantly evolving practice Pamela Fletcher is producing abstract paintings with an emphasis on expression created through process. Through an exploration of material and method, painting has become intuitive, figuration alluded to as a result of a sensuous relationship with the paint itself.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and mac birmingham

Education:
University of Wolverhampton

Gemma Ford’s work is a play between surface, meaning and materiality. Predominantly based in the sculptural realm, her practice explores a relationship with digital technologies and how we engage as consumers by questioning ideas of design, desire, and seductiveness.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

Bruno Grilo’s work employs techniques of digital architectural design. These find new forms of expression when placed within a philosophical, technological and art historical context. He plays with scale, colour and media move towards a new sense of materiality.

Showing at:
mac birmingham and Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

Jade Hamilton’s work conjures up a future post-apocalyptic scene where human beings have used up the environment and Earth’s resources to such an extent that it is impossible to breathe independently. Her sculptures make use of ready-made objects, planting and blown glass.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
University of Wolverhampton

Rob Hamp’s site-specific sculptural works begin with writing, his inspiration taken from Pinter, Beckett and Shakespeare amongst others. He uses multiple layers of construction using MDF, plywood, glass and clamps to form compositions that reflect both character and narratives.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Coventry University

The practice of Katie Hodson examines a desensitisation to our architectural environment. The work, often using concrete, considers the fabrication of the spaces that we inhabit and reflects upon how these are constructed in terms of materials, methods of display, interaction and support.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
University of Worcester

Amy Inston’s work explores everyday reality and the promise of the ‘American dream’ through ideas of nostalgia, family life and ideologies. Video footage and sound captured of her own family is contrasted with found archive footage of Hollywood glamour, Americana and advertising.

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Education:
University of Worcester

Specific attention is given in Renata Juroszova’s practice to the relationship between femininity and domesticity. Her paintings allow her to examine the female body, its emotional response and its integration within physical spaces, taking photographs as starting points.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Coventry University

Tuschara Kiewpukdee’s research focuses on cultural and ethnic hybrids within the contemporary world – the paradoxical idea of similarity and relation. Working in painting, drawing and collage, the artist is drawn to the concept of synthesis in human distinctness and the cultural differences and similarities between the East and Wes

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

Damien Massey’s works reflect on the objects we throw away and our behaviour towards the world surrounding us, using found objects such as clothing, branches, drinking cans from within the city. These objects are altered into forms inspired by the artist’s more natural surroundings.

Showing at:
mac birmingham and Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Staffordshire University

Jessica Maxfield’s digital billboards explore the mathematical concept of fractals through the use of fractal generating software. The artist’s work develops through a digital process and a selective process, collaged together to form a fantastical landscape.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

Kate Morgan-Clare’s practice centres on the everyday experiences of living in the material world. Objects with particularly evocative qualities become the subject of her work, especially garments and personal artefacts that have close bodily connections and narratives.

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Education:
Hereford College of Arts

Combining simple classical features with a more fluid contemporary style of sculpture, Lisa Nash creates uncanny and often preposterous works. Her work considers the diverse forms in which the relationship with animals manifests within human culture as well as the varying perceptions people have of them

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Staffordshire University

In examining how we classify and organise the natural world, Jenna Naylor considers how this affects our understanding of our environment. She creates drawings that adopt the traditional conventions and methods of scientific and botanical illustration, adapting them to present fictional hybrids and specimens.

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery and mac birmingham

Education:
Staffordshire University

Natalie Ramus’ practice examines the complex relationship we have with our physical selves. Through an exploration of the materiality of the body she attempts to expose the preconceptions we have, often resulting in a provocation of concepts considered taboo.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
Hereford College of Arts

Henry Rice’s work explores the implications of viewing oil paintings in reproduction – the celebration of accessibility, breaking from away from private collections and becoming free for everyone on the internet. The image is changed by being framed in the everyday and to a scale the artist never intended

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham and Worcester City Art Gallery

Education:
Hereford College of Arts

Milly Rowland is interested in creating immersive imaginary worlds, inspired equally by the fantastical variation of natural ecosystems and the historical view of the monstrous. In creating these worlds she is concurrently aware of the threatened state of much of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
Birmingham City University

Natalie Seymour’s work captures buildings in a state of dereliction and shows the confusing nature of exploring abandoned places where one decaying element blurs into the next. She experiments digitally with a painterly aesthetic and collage elements from photographic documentation.

Showing at:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Coventry University

Daniel Smart’s practice explores psychological and philosophical concerns such as alienation and Existentialism as well as political issues using a broad range of subject matter. He creates imagined photomontage landscapes which change and develop as they are transposed with paint onto canvas

Showing at:
Worcester City Art Gallery

Education:
Coventry University

Poppy Twist draws from her experience as a musician. She is interested in pop culture’s fetishisation of a perceived authenticity and how this relates to the performer’s self-identity. She challenges the nature of performance by using promotional tools from the entertainment industry.

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University

Sarah Zacharek utilises a camera as a tool for conveying personal travel experiences in retracing the steps of others. Much of her video, installation and photographic work is inspired by the notion of the journey itself, as opposed to the final destination.

Showing at:
mac birmingham

Education:
University of Wolverhampton

The digital animations of Hao Zecheng explore boundaries between man and machine, exploring social, cultural and political issues centred upon the rise and fall of industrial manufacturing. The work asks questions about our wider identities within a post-industrial world

Showing at:
Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Education:
Birmingham City University