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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160


New Art West Midlands 2018 returns with a vibrant showcase of artwork by some of the region’s most exciting emerging artists. Each of the participating artists have graduated from one of the six art schools in the West Midlands: Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester and Hereford College of Arts.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is proud to present work by twelve artists from the 2018 cohort in a range of mediums including painting, photography, site-responsive installations and sound. Each of the artists explore issues and themes pertinent to contemporary life and culture, from the dominance of social media to the relationship between the rural and industrial. Artists Lucy Hanrahan, Jessica Eburne and Bryony Loveridge explore the impact and persistence of social media through references to Facebook and Pinterest, whilst a film by David Poole highlights a society of surveillance and the presence of Drones in our contemporary world. Nature and the urban intertwine through Bob Langridge’s photographic series and large-scale installation by Lewis Pritchard and Hayley McNally. The digital ‘glitch’ is explored by Bayley Morris, whilst Larissa Shaw’s pulsating sculptural and sound work invites visitor interaction. Aileen Doherty’s ethereal light-based installation joins Simon Harris’s cinematic paintings, and Jez Dolan’s drawings tell a compelling and personal narrative of queer identities.

The New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition is displayed across three galleries in the West Midlands: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, and Airspace in Stoke-On-Trent. The full list of 28 artists selected for this year’s exhibition can be viewed on the New Art West Midlands website .

With thanks to the three selectors of New Art West Midlands 2018: Patricia Fleming (Director, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow), Sinead McCarthy (Curator, Liverpool Biennial) and Ingrid Pollard (Artist and Photographer, London). 

New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2018 is led by Birmingham Museums Trust with support from participating host venues. It is funded by Arts Council England alongside Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Hereford College of Arts, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.

Image credits:

  • Installation shot of 'Flesh Party' by Larissa Shaw, 2017
  • Still image from 'Drone' by David Poole
  • 'Dark Matters' by Aileen Doherty, 2017
  • 'Flux' by Bayley Morris, 2017
  • From 'Hell Lane' series by Bob Langridge, 2017
  • From 'Urban Heights' series by Hayley McNally, 2017
  • 'International Favourite Filter' by Simon Harris, 2016
  • 'Nest 1' from Magpies series by Jez Dolan, 2017

New Art West Midlands logos 2018