ਜ਼ੋਨ Zōna, 2020. Sahjan Kooner.

We are delighted to announce that 6 artists have been selected for our latest round of Studio Visits.

ਜ਼ੋਨ Zōna, 2020. Sahjan Kooner.

Freelance curator Adelaide Bannerman will meet with Bharti Parmar; Ryan Hughes, Artistic Director of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art will meet David Saunders; Ikon Gallery Curator Melanie Pocock will meet with Helen Kilby Nelson; artist Harminder Judge will meet Sahjan Kooner; Ian Sergeant will meet Thomas Brown, and artist Permindar Kaur will meet with Rupi Dhillon.

As part of our last round of visits, we are also pleased to announce that Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions & Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall met with Nuala Clooney during November.

Applications were selected by the New Art West Midlands team, in conjunction with the relevant studio visitor.

Each of the current round of studio visits will take place online over the coming weeks. We hope they will be useful and fruitful conversations.

We are delighted to announce that six artists have been selected for our latest round of Studio Visits.

Harminder Judge, Untitled (falling fire) 2020. Courtesy of Jhaveri Contemporary.

We are again offering artists and curators living in the West Midlands region the opportunity to receive an online studio visit or one-to-one session from an artist or curator. This is an opportunity to discuss your work and to seek valuable feedback and practical advice on either artistic or curatorial practice.

We are delighted to announce that the studio visitors for 2020 will be:

Adelaide Bannerman
Harminder Judge
Permindar Kaur
Ryan Hughes
Melanie Pocock
Ian Sergeant


Application information

If you would like to apply for a studio visit, please send a short application to info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk for the attention of Annabel Clarke.

You should send a maximum of three images of or links to relevant work, your CV and a summary of no more than 400 words outlining who you would like to meet and why, and how you feel it would help to support and develop your practice. Please send as a single PDF document.

We are committed to widening access to our opportunities. Audio or video recorded applications may be submitted via Vimeo, YouTube or similar by those facing barriers in applying in writing. For further information please email info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk

Applications will be shortlisted by the New Art West Midlands team and a final decision will be made by each studio visitor.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 16 November 2020.

Please note: We recognise that not all artists or curators use or require studios. A physical studio space is not required. Meetings will take place on Zoom/Skype/MS Teams as preferred.


Studio visitor biographies:

Adelaide Bannerman (she/her) is a freelance curator in the visual arts sector, living and working in London. Bannerman currently works for International Curators Forum, Invisible Dust and commercial gallery Tiwani Contemporary. She initiated the research residency programme, Never Done in 2018, and is a trustee of Idle Women, Lancashire. Covering curation, project management, mentoring and consultation, Bannerman has been practising for 22 years, producing commissions, exhibitions and events. Institutions that she’s worked for include: Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art), Autograph ABP, Arts Council England, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Tate, Live Art Development Agency, South London Gallery, Platform London, and the 198 Gallery. More recently she has worked with the organisation PUBLICS in Helsinki, Finland and British Council Australia.

Harminder Judge (b. 1982 Rotherham, UK) is an artist whose practice spans object making, performance and installation. He received his BA in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 2005 and is currently enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools, London. Harminder’s work has engaged with many subjects but there is a continuous exploration of portals, be it spiritual, political, or personal. His performance work has weaved Indian folklore and mysticism with bombastic western pop music and live colour field painting; collided occult inspired dreamscapes with hazy laser penetrated reverse baptisms; and transported field recordings made in his family’s Gurdwara in Punjab across the world, and replayed them through a speaker lodged in his throat. His most recent body of work engages a history of Indian abstract painting related to tantric ritual – borrowing techniques from Italian fresco and Indian reverse glass painting. Grounded in materiality, these ‘augmented plaster’ pieces are talismanic, transportative, negotiating image and object relations, the physical and metaphysical. Harminder won the 2011 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award in performance art and was recently included in Tomorrow:London at White Cube. He has shown work internationally at venues such as Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai; Halle 14 Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; and The Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2020 he co-curated the group show ‘Our ashes make great fertilizer’ at Public Gallery, London.

Since the 1990s, Nottingham-born artist, Permindar Kaur, has created sculptural objects and installations that explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She does this by apparently innocent means, invoking childhood and domestic spaces. Little figures and animals fashioned in soft fleece resembling half-stuffed toys are the players in her game. However, these are far from sentimental trophies; the comfort of fabric is checked by the cold contours of copper and steel. Her toys are armed with claws, horns and beaks, belying their apparent vulnerability and giving them an air of comic menace. Others disappear against identically coloured or patterned backgrounds, an elaborate game of hide-and-seek perhaps, or a strategy of camouflage or self-negation? Adaption, mimicry and mirroring: strategies of integration and assimilation. In another group of works, doorways deliberately screened or blocked negate the idea of welcome or the homely”. From Neil Walker’s introduction to Hiding Out exhibition at Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham. Kaur has exhibited internationally; major solo exhibitions include Hiding Out, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts (2014); Untitled, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick (1999); Comfort of Little Places, Aspex, Portsmouth (1998) and Cold Comfort, Ikon Gallery, Bimingham, Mead Gallery, Coventry (1996). Major group exhibitions include A Vision of Utopia, Spirella Building, Letchworth (2014), What’s Going On? Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2013); Spoilt Rotten: Young Curators, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales (2005); At Home with Art, Tate, London and touring (2000); Hot Air, Granship, Shizouka Arts Centre, Japan (1999); Pictura Britannica, Art from Britain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1997); British Art Show 4, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff (1995).

Ryan Hughes is an artist/curator interested in collaboration and what was briefly called the post-internet. He founded and is Artistic Director of Coventry Biennial, an artist-led, social, political and critical platform for contemporary art. The third Coventry Biennial, called HYPER-POSSIBLE, takes place in 2021 as a part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Melanie Pocock is Curator at Ikon Gallery. Together with Ikon’s Director Jonathan Watkins, she is responsible for the gallery’s artistic programme, including exhibitions, commissions and publications. Prior to joining Ikon in January, she was Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014 – 19), where she organised more than sixty exhibitions with local, regional and international artists. As a writer, she has contributed to international media and publications including Art-Agenda, ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, LEAP, Ocula, The Financial Times, divan | Journal of Accounts, Journal of Curatorial Studies and Third Text. A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), she holds an MA (Distinction) in Curating Contemporary Art (Royal College of Art, 2012).

Ian Sergeant was the Cinema Producer for Midlands Arts Centre (2016-18) and Arts Producer for The Drum Arts Centre (2013-15). He has also worked for Arts Council England (2006-08), Birmingham City Council, Arts Team (2008-09) and New Art Exchange (2009-11).  In a freelance capacity, he has been contracted as an Arts Producer for the Canal & River Trust, as part of Hinterlands (2017-18), and Arts Consultant with the Birmingham Food Council. Education Ian has an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice from the School of Art, Birmingham City University. He is currently a Midlands 3 Cities AHRC funded PhD researcher at Birmingham City University. His practice-based research is focused on the Visual Representations and Cultural (Re) Constructions of Black British Masculinities in 21st Century Birmingham. In his capacity as a freelance curator, recent exhibitions include, Reimaging Donald Rodney at Vivid Projects (2016). The exhibition explored the digital embodiment and rich legacy of the late Black British artist Donald Rodney. Forthcoming curated exhibitions include Donald Rodney at the Celine Gallery, Glasgow, and Cut & Mix: Representations of Black British Masculine Identities, at New Art Exchange, Nottingham. He is a member of New Art West Midlands Executive Advisory Group and Film Hub Midlands Advisory Group. He is a director of performing and visual arts organisation Kalaboration, Vivid Projects a non-profit company supporting media arts practice, and Ort Gallery an artist led exhibition space based in the community of Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  


We are again offering artists and curators living in the West Midlands region the opportunity to receive an online studio visit or one-to-one session from an artist or curator. This is an opportunity to discuss your work and to seek valuable feedback and practical advice on either artistic or curatorial practice.