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Art Graduates Selected to Take Part in Prestigious Regional Exhibition

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Three University of Worcester graduates will get the chance to showcase their artwork in the region’s biggest galleries after being selected as part of the prestigious New Art West Midlands 2015 exhibition.

The project – a Turning Point West Midlands initiative – will see 30 of the Midlands’ most promising emerging artists display their work at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, over the coming months.

All 30 artists are recent graduates of Midlands universities, for whom selection in the New Art West Midlands exhibition represents a potentially huge stepping stone; last year’s exhibitions attracted 100,000 visitors across all venues, and previous participants have gone on to enjoy great success.

This year, Worcester graduates Jade Blackstock, Josh Hazell and Emma Starkey will all be displaying work, after being selected to take part by the internationally respected artists John Newling and Bedwyr Williams, and the art historian Amna Malik.

Jade’s performance work, ‘In, in, in’ (pictured), and Josh’s film installation, ‘Man. Machine’, will both be showcased at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, while Emma’s performance piece, ‘Sickly Sweet’, will be shown at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Wendy Law, Director of Turning Point West Midlands, explains: “There is an interesting and diverse range of talent and work coming out of our art schools and universities today. New Art West Midlands provides an important opportunity at a crucial point in the careers of these artists, enabling them to have their work displayed in highly respected galleries and to be seen and enjoyed by a large public.”

The New Art West Midlands exhibition promotes the work of University of Worcester, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University and University of Wolverhampton graduates, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate or postgraduate fine art degree courses within the past three years.

The exhibition – the largest partnership of its kind in England – will see work go on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts between February 13 and May 17; at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum between February 14 and May 31; and at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from January 31 until April 26.

Following the exhibition, a select group of the participating artists will be offered residencies, a project or mentoring opportunities with a network of partners, including Compton Verney, The New Art Gallery Walsall and the National Trust.

For more information about New Art West Midlands, visit www.newartwestmidlands.org.   

Prospective students will have the chance to see what Worcester can offer them at the University’s next Open Event, which takes place on Wednesday, February 18 between 12pm and 4pm. For more information, visit the Open Day pages