Love art? Then you need to check out these incredible exhibitions!

Damian Massey
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We’re lucky to live in a city that is packed full of culture and stunning art exhibitions spread across a selection of galleries and spaces.

February 18th sees the return of one of the most inspirational exhibitions as New Art West Midlands (NAWM) will once again be showcasing some of the city’s most exciting emerging artists.

More than 180 applied to take part in NAWM 2017 but a group of three selectors: Jason E. Bowman, artist, curator and lecturer at University of Gothenburg; curator and writer Angela Kingston and the Birmingham-based artist Barbara Walker had the tough decision of hand-picking 31 artists to take part in the exhibitions, which will be spread across various museums in the region including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, MAC Birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Whatever form of art you enjoy, these exhibitions are sure to quench your cultural thirst. From paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, video, animation and digital artworks, visitors to the exhibitions will be given an insight into the latest trends and concerns in contemporary art.

Each of the artists exhibiting their work have each graduated from one of the region’s six art schools including Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University, Coventry University and Hereford College of Arts.

NAWM gives art lovers and aspiring artists alike to chance to see some of the best works created by some of the West Midland’s finest upcoming artists.

Now in its fifth year, NAWM is one of the leading graduates’ exhibitions. In past events, the exhibitions have provided a vital stepping stone for artists, who have had their work purchased for the national Art Council Collection

Highlights from the exhibitions include Yazmin Boyle’s incredible three-metre-long metal sculptures Orbita (2016), made of industrial steel strap overlaid with a feminine lace print and formed into three-dimensional funnels and circles. On show at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the sculptures touch on themes of gender stereotyping.

Other highlights include delicately emblazoned scarves crafted by Poppy Twist, kitsch paintings by Thai artist Tuschara Kiewpukee that celebrate pop culture in all its glory, glass biomes filled with plants in a comment on air pollution by Jade Hamilton and so much more. 

New Art West Midlands runs its exhibitions until May 14. Don’t miss out, click here to find out more!

 

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