Friday, 20 February 2015

New Art WM Annuale aims to boost contemporary art market

Rafal Zar - 'Wisdom' from a series called 'Allegories'
 
A new exhibition will showcase the West Midlands’ leading artists and make it easy for visitors to buy and perhaps become regular collectors of contemporary art.
 
The first New Art WM: Annuale exhibition will take place from 20 March to 15 April 2015 at Article gallery at Birmingham School of Art on Margaret Street, Birmingham. It includes paintings, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and digital artworks by 14 artists who live and work in the West Midlands. All the exhibited artwork, plus further prints and paintings from selected regional artists, will be on sale, with price-tags ranging from £93 to £3500.
 
The Annuale is curated by Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market at New Art WM. She explained the idea behind the exhibition: “The Annuale will allow anyone who is interested in contemporary art to see exciting new work that is being created here in the West Midlands. As all the work is on sale, it’s a great chance for anyone interested in buying art to connect with artists, talk to us about the work and start to build a collection of their own.”
 
Co-Curator Mona Casey, Director of Article Gallery, added: “We visited artists’ studios across the West Midlands before settling on the 14 artists who will exhibit in the Annuale. The mix of artworks on show reflect distinctive trends in contemporary art right now – we are seeing new ways of portraying landscape, both real and imagined, urban and rural, but also we will show art that looks at global issues such as identity, religion and gender.”
 
The exhibiting artists include Yvonne Hindle, who presents brightly coloured abstract paintings and photographer Vanley Burke, who shows prints from his classic series capturing life in urban Birmingham. Elizabeth Rowe – currently artist in residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall – will present works on newspaper, and the winner of New Art West Midlands 2013 Rafal Zar will show new paintings and sculpture. Other artists showing their work include Graham Chorlton, Lucy Hutchinson, Corey Hayman and Matt Westbrook.
 
The Annuale is part of the New Art WM initiative. Supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University, New Art WM promotes the contemporary art and artists of the West Midlands, signposting ways of commissioning artists and enabling the buying and collecting of contemporary art.
 
For more information visit www.newartwm.org

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