28 artists have been selected for the exhibition, New Art West Midlands 2018 which will take place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry and Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent in February to May 2018.
New Art West Midlands 2018 takes place at:
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 16 February – 6 May 2018.
AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 23 February – 31 March 2018.
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 24 February – 13 May 2018.
The artists are recent graduates from the West Midlands region’s six leading art schools at BA, MA and PhD levels:
Nicola Arnold, University of Worcester
George Caswell, Birmingham City University
Aileen Doherty, Birmingham City University
Jez Dolan, Birmingham City University
Amrit Doll, Birmingham City University
Gem Douglas, Birmingham City University
Jessica Eburne, Coventry University
Louise Hampson, Staffordshire University
Lucy Hanrahan, Birmingham City University
Simon Harris, University of Wolverhampton
Keri Jayne, Staffordshire University
Lisa Kemp, University of Wolverhampton
Bob Langridge, Hereford College of Arts
Bryony Loveridge, Coventry University
Tony McClure, Birmingham City University
Hayley McNally, University of Wolverhampton
Bayley Morris, Birmingham City University
Olivia Peake, Birmingham City University
David Poole, Birmingham City University
Lewis Pritchard, Staffordshire University
Larissa Shaw, Birmingham City University
Margaret Shuter, Hereford College of Arts
Sarah Walden, Birmingham City University
Lily Wales, Birmingham City University
Grace A Williams, Birmingham City University
Jodie Wingham, Birmingham City University
Darren Withey, Birmingham City University
Valerija Zukova, University of Worcester
Our three selectors of the 2018 edition were Patricia Fleming (Director, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow), Sinead McCarthy (Curator, Liverpool Biennial) and Ingrid Pollard (artist and photographer, London).
The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, digital and sound installations, assemblage, photography, prints and film and video works that reference wide ranging contemporary themes from artificial intelligence, fake news, gender inequality and surveillance to timelessness, interruptions, displacement and glitches, to how our lives are now lived through the screen.
Rachel Bradley, Project Organiser of the annual exhibition said: ‘The selection panel members are very impressed year on year at the diversity and quality of the artists’ work they are able to choose and showcase in the New Art West Midlands exhibitions. The project has now seen 176 artists pass through this early career professional development experience which has made an invaluable contribution to the development of the West Midlands’ visual arts scene over the past six years. It also gives audiences an opportunity to see new work by a new generation of artists.’
New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2018 is led by Birmingham Museums Trust with support from participating host venues. It is funded by Arts Council England alongside Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Hereford College of Arts, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.