New Art West Midlands 2017 is the annual showcase for exciting new contemporary art by fine art or visual arts graduates of the five university art schools in the region: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester, plus for the first time this year, Hereford College of Arts. The exhibition will take place at four prestigious venues across the region.

Waterhall Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
18 February – 14 May 2017
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery presents a bright and bold exhibition showcasing a series of works with a neo-Surrealist or other-worldly nature such as Lisa Nash’s Circle of Nature (2016) sculptural installation, including a giant rabbit with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ allusions and Jess Maxfield’s psychedelic digital landscape billboard. These are juxtaposed with Yazmin Boyle’s steel strap formalist sculptures Orbita (2016) and Rob Hamp’s plywood and MDF counter-relief interventions produced on site in direct response to the interior architecture and pillars of Waterhall Gallery. Colour, abstraction and materiality are explored in sculpture by Bruno Grilo and painting by Pamela Fletcher and Kerry Farrell. Anthropomorphic sculpture by Damian Massey contrasts with artistic responses to technology by Gemma Ford, Henry Rice and Zecheng Hao whilst Natalie Seymour’s photographic collages of an abandoned building resonate with Birmingham’s ever-changing landscape. Lorna Brown’s pinhole and embroidered prints and Renata Juroszova’s paintings of female spaces fuse with Poppy Twist’s large-scale film installation ‘Mic Approach’ where she explores the uncomfortable implications of the live performance.

mac birmingham
18 February – 14 May 2017
mac Birmingham exhibits a number of works that take changes in the natural environment and its ecology as a starting point, the selection and curation of works referencing mac’s site within Cannon Hill Park. Milly Rowland’s brightly coloured monoprints reveal a subaquatic world of hybrid sea creatures, Jade Hamilton’s sculptures Future Mess (2016) consisting of planted glass diomes with breathing apparatus critique rising air pollution levels and Damian Massey spray paints discarded clothing and twigs to create large-scale worms and bugs. Halina Dominska’s work Bound to (2016) of soft silicone tendrils with sensors reacts to the movement and interaction of visitors to seemingly ‘breathe’ and Susan Brisco’s video installation Are they more aware than first thought? (2016) suggests plant intelligence and communication.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
18 February – 14 May 2017
Wolverhampton Art Gallery shows work by six artists in varied media ranging from Tuschara Kiewpukdee’s history paintings which document key figures in the news in recent years as well as exploring tensions between Eastern and Western culture in the wake of globalisation. Amy Inston’s video work Pipe Dream (2016) explores the relationship between Hollywood glamour and the concept of the ‘American dream’ with the aspirations and social realities of her British working-class family in Birmingham. Kate Morgan-Clare has worked with former WW2 evacuees to produce her sculptures made of dress-making pattern paper and make connections with the current plight of Syrian refugees.

Worcester City Art Gallery
18 February – 3 June 2017
Worcester City Art Gallery presents Lindy Brett’s work Observations (2016) inspired by her connections with astronomists and engineers who worked at Jodrell Bank, in which she explores the language that the specialist uses to explain scientific concepts to non-specialists. Kerry Farrell’s paintings of the view outside her window and Daniel Smart’s politically engaged paintings both consider new approaches to landscape. Henry Rice’s digital photographs from the Viewing series, taken of unidentifiable paintings directly from computer screens, are transformed with light and pixilation which changes our ideas of what we are looking at.

The exhibition is organised by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as part of the wider New Art West Midlands visual arts network initiative. New Art West Midlands 2017 is funded by Arts Council England and the university and college partners with support from participating host venues.
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