Craig Ashley
Director, New Art West Midlands
0121 300 4310
info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk

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. 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 (2017).

Anneka French
Project Coordinator, New Art West Midlands
0121 300 4310
info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk

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.

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
Director
Kalaboration

Gavin Wade (Chair)
Director
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
Artist

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
Director
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art

Mahtab Hussain
Artist

Mike Layward
Director
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