On the final stroke of completing a Visual Art degree, those initial steps into the arena of artistry can present somewhat of a blank canvas! And it is this area of creative concern that has lead to the creation of New Arts West Midlands, a competitive exhibition which will feature the innovative and engaging work of regional BA, MA and PhD Art graduates from 2010-2012.
Led by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Grand Union, the exhibition, which is to be staged across three sites, will provide a pivotal pathway for more than 20 recent Visual Arts graduates from the West Midlands five University Art schools.
Aspiring applicants, stemming from Birmingham City University, Coventry and Staffordshire University, and the Universities of Wolverhampton and Worcester, were offered high quality professional development opportunities and a chance to showcase their new talents in a selection process carried out by three nationally renowned artists and curators: 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.
One graduate from each of the five universities involved were awarded further with a bursary and an invite to work alongside Grand Union curators to produce critically engaging work which is to feature in the exhibition.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery: 15 February – 19 May 2013
Grand Union, Birmingham: 15 February – 16 March 2013
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham: 8 March – 19 May 2013
*image: After Cecil Beaton by Grace A Williams
Words: Kaye Patrick