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16th January 2013
The work of more than 20 recent visual arts graduates from the West Midlands’ five university ‘art schools’ has been selected for a multi-sited exhibition in Birmingham next month, designed to showcase high quality, innovative work by the best new talent in the region.
Led by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in partnership with The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Grand Union, New Art West Midlands 2013 will provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates from the region to launch their careers through exhibiting at these galleries from 15 February–19 May 2013. The programme was open to students from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester. Four graduate artists were also selected to receive a bursary.
Following a ‘call for applications’ in April of last year, three nationally renowned artists/curators selected the work for exhibition. The selectors were Jeremy Millar, Artist and Tutor in Art Criticism at the Royal College of Art, Lynda Morris, Chair of Curation and Art History at Norwich University College of the Arts and Keith Piper, Artist and Programme Leader of MA Fine Art, Middlesex University.
Simon Cane, Interim Director of Birmingham Museums Trust said: It’s exciting to see the wealth of artistic talent from graduates in the region and to provide a platform for these artists at such a pivotal moment in their careers. Taking place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute and Grand Union, this multi-site exhibition will enable audiences to see the breadth of artistic activity happening from some of the region’s best emerging artists’.
Wendy Law at Turning Point West Midlands said: ‘Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute and Grand Union are providing a significant opportunity for these artists at a crucial time in their artistic development and visitors to the galleries will be able to see work by some of our most talented artists now coming through the region’s universities’.
New Art West Midlands is part funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University via Turning Point West Midlands. For more information visit http://tpwm.squarespace.com/
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