New Art West Midlands 2018

Lily Wales, Radioactive Rhonda. Photo credit: Ian Richards.

Lily Wales, Radioactive Rhonda. Photo credit: Ian Richards.

New Art West Midlands opens next month, celebrating and showcasing extraordinary works from some of the West Midlands' most exciting emerging artists. 28 artists, all of whom have graduated in the past three years, have been selected to have their work on display at prestigious local venues as part of New Art West Midlands 2018.

New Art West Midlands 2018 takes place at:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 16 February – 6 May 2018.

AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 23 February – 31 March 2018.

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 24 February – 13 May 2018.

The exhibition includes new large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, video, animation, paintings and digital artworks, exploring themes of identity, artificial intelligence, blurred reality and more. Although all artists are recent graduates with BA, MA and PhD level degrees, this year’s cohort includes work from a number of mature students embarking upon new directions in their careers.

Each of the exhibiting artists has graduated from one of the region’s six art schools within the last three years: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University, and Hereford College of Arts.

Over 130 artists applied to take part in New Art West Midlands 2018. This year, the 28 successful artists were chosen by a group of three female selectors: Patricia Fleming, Curator and gallerist from Glasgow, Sinead McCarthy, Curator, Liverpool Biennial and Ingrid Pollard, photographer, media artist and researcher.

Larissa Shaw, Flesh Party, 2017.

Larissa Shaw, Flesh Party, 2017.

With three venues, six universities and colleges and 28 artists, New Art West Midlands is the largest showcase of its type in the region. Now in its sixth year, New Art West Midlands has established itself as an important aid in developing the careers of artists. Previous exhibitors have seen their work purchased for the national Art Council Collection and have gone on to achieve solo exhibitions in respected galleries. The New Art West Midlands 2018 graduates' exhibition is an initiative led by New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region.

The New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, University of Worcester, University of Wolverhampton, Hereford College of the Arts and Staffordshire University. 

Further information about New Art West Midlands can be found here.