Turning Point West Midlands secures extra investment in the Visual Arts

Harminder Judge, Madonna and Child, 2009

We are delighted to announce that Turning Point West Midlands has been awarded funds from Arts Council England to contintinue its Projects over the next two years. 

From their website:

"We have been awarded £220,000 by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, running up to 2014. This major award, the first of its scale for the Turning Point network in England, will be channelled to deliver TPWM Projects including a number of artist residences and writing bursaries to promote new thinking and ideas, and engage with new audiences. 

Working with partner organisations, groups and individuals, we will deliver a new model of professional development for artists, and run a series of events to initiate new conversations and critical debate about the visual arts." 

Professor John Butler, Head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University and Chair of TPWM, said: “We are delighted to have received this investment from Arts Council England, which will be used to strengthen infrastructure in the visual arts, create more opportunities for artists, address gaps, and campaign for growth and change. Support and profile for visual arts in the region has not historically lived up to the talent and quality of the artists based in the West Midlands, and this goes some of the way to redressing the balance.” 

In addition to delivering new projects, we will continue our work in nurturing new talent and supporting artists across the region, their placement and promotion on a national and international scale, and our role as an advocate for the visual arts in the West Midlands.

Elena Cassidy-Smith, an artist based at White Tree Studio in Wolverhampton, commented: “Turning Point provides a vital focal point through which artists can interact, share ideas, and access support. It also means we have a stronger collective voice.”

Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, said of the announcement: “As well as supporting artists like Elena, Turning Point works to build the profile of the West Midlands as a destination for the visual arts, and this helps to bring both local and international artists to galleries like Ikon. 

“That means people in our region and beyond have the chance to see truly world-class art up close, and this will hopefully inspire the next generation of West Midlands artists.”

To mark the investment announcement, we are launching a campaign to encourage people to Love the Visual Arts. For further details of TPWM’s new and current projects, and to engage in the conversation, please find TPWM on Twitter @TPWestMidlands and Facebook: Turning Point West Midlands.