Showcasing some of the most exciting emerging artists in the region, this exhibition gives an insight into the latest trends and concerns in contemporary art.

The exhibition provides a vital platform to exhibit the work of artists who have graduated from the region’s five university art schools - Birmingham City, Coventry, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester, as well as, for the first time, Hereford College for the Arts.

The bright and bold exhibition includes a series of works of an other-worldly nature such as Jess Maxfield’s psychedelic digital landscape billboard and Lisa Nash’s sculptural installation ‘The Circle of Nature’ (2016) which includes a giant rabbit with ‘Alice in Wonderland’ allusions.

These join Yazmin Boyle’s formalist sculpture ‘Orbita’ (2016) and Rob Hamp’s interventions produced on site in response to the interior architecture and pillars of the Waterhall Gallery. Colour and abstraction are explored in sculpture by Bruno Grilo and painting by Pamela Fletcher and Kerry Farrell. Anthropomorphic sculpture by Damian Massey contrasts with artistic responses to technology by Gemma Ford, Henry Rice and Zecheng Hao whilst Natalie Seymour’s photographic collages of an abandoned building resonate with Birmingham’s ever-changing landscape. Lorna Brown’s pinhole and embroidered photographs and Renata Juroszova’s paintings of female spaces fuse with Poppy Twist’s large-scale video installation where she explores the uncomfortable implications of the live performance.

New Art West Midlands 2017 is a multi-site exhibition taking place for the fifth time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, mac Birmingham , Wolverhampton Art Gallery and new for 2017, Worcester City Art Gallery .

The 31 artists in this exhibition were selected by Jason E Bowman (artist based in London and Head of MFA at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Angela Kingston (curator and writer based in London) and Barbara Walker (artist based in Birmingham).

This exhibition has been financially supported by Arts Council England, the six regional art schools and the regional visual arts network New Art West Midlands. Sponsored by CASS Art .

Free entry, in the Waterhall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Image credits:

  • The Circle of Nature, 2016 by Lisa Nash © the artist, photography courtesy of Ilona Zielinska
  • Orbita by Yasmin Boyle (2016) for New Art West Midlands 2017 © the artist
  • Why are your thighs so big? 2015 by Lorna Brown © the artist
  • Grand Entrance, 2016 by Natalie Seymour © the artist
  • Untitled, 2016 by Jessica Maxfield © the artist
  • Untitled, 2016 by Poppy Twist © the artist
  • Openness to Privacy, 2016 by Renata Juroszova © the artist
  • Rustic, 2016 by Henry Rice © the artist
  • The Sea Close By, 2016 by Bruno Grilo © the artist
  • Untitled (Blue Curtain), 2016 by Kerry Farrell © the artist
  • Welcome to Paradise, 2016 by Hao Zecheng © the artist
  • Phygital Consumer (detail), 2016 by Gemma Ford © the artist

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