Opportunity to join the New Art West Midlands Advisory Group

With a new team and a new direction, the region’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network is rebranding to become New Art West Midlands – a name and identity that better reflects their progressive role in developing and promoting contemporary visual arts across the West Midlands.

The Advisory Group is a critically important part of New Art West Midlands. Following a successful application to Arts Council England (ACE), spear-headed by Birmingham City University (BCU) and Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT), they are now seeking members to join the Advisory Group who will help to shape and steer the New Art West Midlands programme during an exciting period of change.

The principle role of the Advisory Group is to provide expertise and information to the Executive Group on all matters relating to the programme and to develop a regional visual arts strategy. It comprises 14 representatives from the visual arts sector across the West Midlands region, and includes members from public and independent visual arts organisations (a mix of Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and non-NPOs), Higher Education institutions and visual artists.

As a member of the Advisory Group, you will be required to attend quarterly meetings, with key responsibilities outlined in the Terms of Reference document downloadable here. You will be active and well informed in West Midlands and national visual arts activity, bringing your knowledge and expertise to the wider group.

Advisory Group members are expected to serve a fixed term of 2 years. Members who are employees agree to contribute their time in-kind as part of their organisation’s work in the sector. Artists and independent practitioners will be paid to attend meetings, with reasonable travel costs incurred in relation to New Art West Midlands activity reimbursed.

They welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. They are keen to reflect and represent the diversity, geography and practice of the visual arts sector in the West Midlands. As Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are currently under-represented at this level in this area, they would particularly welcome applications from BAME applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

For further information about either the Advisory Group or the New Art West Midlands programme, please contact Craig Ashley (Director, New Art West Midlands). Email Craig.Ashley@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 300 4310.

To apply, please write to us answering the following questions (on a single A4 page):

1.    What do you see as the key challenges facing the visual arts in the West Midlands?

2.    What do you feel you can bring to the network?

3.    What would you like to see change/develop?

Your answers should be accompanied by a short biography and CV. Please email your application to Craig.Ashley@bcu.ac.uk by 10am on 17 October 2016, stating Advisory Group in the subject line.

With funds in place for the period 2016-2018, New Art West Midlands is supported by Arts Council England and the lead partners Birmingham City University and Birmingham Museums Trust. Further support for the project comes from our partners Coventry University, Hereford College of Arts, University of Wolverhampton and Worcester University, as well as Staffordshire University.