Anneka French
Project Coordinator, New Art West Midlands
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Anneka French leads on communications, co-ordination and on New Art West Midlands’ professional development programme, Engine, developed in conjunction with The New Art Gallery Walsall. Anneka is a contemporary art writer, editor and curator. She is Editorial Manager at contemporary art magazine this is tomorrow and reviews for Art Quarterly, Photomonitor and a-n. She has worked at 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. In 2019 she curated her first international exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark with a solo exhibition by Fred Hubble and two solo exhibitions by Jaskirt Boora and Jon Tonks as part of BLAST! Festival by Multistory. She also works with Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Annabel Clarke
Web Communications Editor, New Art West Midlands
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Annabel manages our website and social media, ensuring both are kept up to date with the latest news and opportunities from across the entirety of the West Midlands. She also compiles and sends out the regular New Art West Midlands newsletter. Annabel is a freelance arts marketer and cultural cheerleader. Clients have included The New Art Gallery Walsall, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Threshold Studios, Flatpack Festival, Fierce Festival and Home of Metal.

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

Ian Sergeant

Gavin Wade (Chair)
Eastside Projects

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

Emalee Beddoes-Davis
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art
Birmingham Museums Trust

Faye Claridge

Mandy Fowler
Independent Consultant and Curator

Anna Francis
Lecturer in Fine Art
Staffordshire University

Jess Matthews
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
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art

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