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Worcester Graduates' Artwork to be Displayed at Large-Scale Exhibition

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Three University of Worcester graduates will have their work exhibited at a number of prestigious West Midlands venues over the coming months as part of the New Art West Midlands 2014 project.

The Turning Point West Midlands initiative sees five regional universities work alongside four venues - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery – to showcase the creative talent and new work of emerging artists in the region.

A total of 24 artists, all of whom have graduated from one of the region’s undergraduate or postgraduate Art courses in the past three years, will benefit from what is the largest partnership of its kind in England.

They include Worcester graduates Csilla Farkas, who studied Illustration with Art and Design and whose work will be presented at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Illustration graduate Cheryl Howard, whose work will be displayed at the Barber Institute of Fine Art; and Fine Art graduate Sarah Sehra, one of five of the artists who have been selected to create new work, which will fill the Grand Union’s entire exhibition space.

Maureen Gamble, Head of Art, Design and Creative Digital Media at the University of Worcester, says: “We are delighted that three of our graduates; Csilla, Cheryl and Sarah, have been chosen to exhibit their work in New Art West Midlands this year.

“Having their work seen by a large audience in such prestigious settings will be a great opportunity for them as they look to establish their careers.”

The inaugural showcase took place last year, with work by 22 emerging artists attracting over 50,000 visitors. Many of the participants have now gone on to forge careers within the art world, both in the West Midlands region and beyond, boosted by their experience with New Art West Midlands.

They include University of Worcester graduate Stuart Layton, who is now studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Royal College of Art, London, and also exhibited work in a solo show, ‘You’ll Never Work in the Town Again’, and Wolverhampton Art Gallery between June and September 2013.

This year’s exhibitions at all four venues will open on February 14. The work will be displayed at the Grand Union until March 15, at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts until April 27, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until May 10 and at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until May 18.

The other universities within the partnership are Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton.

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