Craig Ashley
Director, New Art West Midlands
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New Art West Midlands is led by Craig Ashley. As Director, Craig’s remit is to consolidate and build upon existing strands of activity under the banner of New Art West Midlands, and to work with our project partners to provide strong, exciting and diverse programming for the 2016-18 period and beyond. Prior to joining New Art West Midlands, Craig was Visual Arts Producer at mac Birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre) where he led the visual arts programme from 2009 to 2016. As a curator, Craig has worked closely with West Midlands’ artists on exhibitions, residencies and publications; notable exhibitions include Vanley Burke’s By the Rivers of Birminam (2012), Vered Lahav’s The Garden (2013), Paul Newman’s Stage (2015), Barbara Walker’s Shock & Awe (2016) and Sally Payen’s The Shadow and the Fence (forthcoming 2017).

Anneka French
Project Coordinator, New Art West Midlands
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Anneka French is a contemporary art writer, editor and curator. She is Editorial Manager at contemporary art magazine this is tomorrow and regularly reviews for Photomonitor and a-n. She has worked at galleries including Tate Modern, Ikon Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, Vivid Projects and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Independent curatorial projects include a residency and exhibition with US artist Mitra Saboury at Grand Union, Birmingham, and an exhibition of ten commissioned sculptural works at National Trust property, Croome, Worcestershire. She is currently providing curatorial support to Multistory’s BLAST! Festival 2019 and is working on a series of solo exhibitions taking place in Aarhus, Denmark, and the West Midlands.

Executive Group
The principle role of the New Art West Midlands Executive Group is to lead on and oversee all governance, financial compliance and management in relation to New Art West Midlands. Furthermore, to promote the region’s contemporary visual arts.

Current members:

David Broster
Head of Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts
University of Worcester

Helen Cuthill
Associate Dean (Enterprise & Commercial)
Coventry University

Jonathan Harris
Head of School of Art
Birmingham City University

Sam Hope
Associate Dean (Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer and Research)
University of Wolverhampton

Wanjiku Nyachae
Independent Arts Consultant and
Gestalt Psychotherapist

Ian Sergeant

Gavin Wade (Chair)
Eastside Projects

Toby Watley
Director of Collections
Birmingham Museums Trust

Advisory Group
The principle role of the New Art West Midlands Advisory Group is to provide expertise and information to the Executive Group on all issues of the New Art West Midlands programme and to develop a regional visual arts strategy. Furthermore, to promote the region’s contemporary visual arts.

Current members:

Maggie Ayliffe
Head of Visual Arts
University of Wolverhampton

Jane Ball
Senior Lecture in Fine Art
Coventry University

Lisa Beauchamp
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
Birmingham Museums Trust

Faye Claridge

Mandy Fowler
Independent Consultant and Curator

Anna Francis
Lecturer in Fine Art
Staffordshire University

Maureen Gamble
Principle Lecturer Art, Design & Creative Digital Media
University of Worcester

Mark Gubb
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art
University of Worcester

Ree Han
Head of Art
University of Worcester

Ryan Hughes
Office for Art, Design and Technology

Mahtab Hussain

Mike Layward
DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire)

Kim McAleese
Programme Director
Grand Union

Daniel Pryde-Jarman
Course Leader
BA Fine Art & MA Fine Art, Hereford College of Arts

Antonio Roberts
Artist and Curator

Deborah Robinson
Head of Exhibitions
The New Art Gallery Walsall