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Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Art West Midlands 2017 Has Arrived: Exclusive Highlights & Prize Awards

Yesterday saw the official launch of New Art West Midlands (NAWM) 2017.

A private view was held at mac Birmingham, on Thursday, providing an exclusive insight into the visual art which can be seen at this venue. The vibrant atmosphere accurately reflected the work on display.

I was lucky enough to attend and I am sharing a slideshow of my personal highlights. These vary from Milly Rowland's vibrant marine life, which instantly captures the audience's attention, to pieces which can be initially disturbing to the viewer. An inspiration to us bloggers is Sarah Zacharek who incorporates her travel blog into her artwork. Check these out below.
"artists make a difference and New Art West Midlands enables this"

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The evening included speeches from mac's CEO and artistic director, Deborah Kermode, and the director of NAWM, Craig Ashley.

Craig said: "artists make a difference and New Art West Midlands enables this."

10 of the 31 artists also received prize awards. The lucky few included Hereford graduate Lorna Brown who won a voucher for, NAWM 2017's sponsor, Cass Art and Poppy Twist and Henry Rice who both received £1,000. BCU's Yazmin Boyle also won an award.

NAWM, the largest exhibition of its kind in the region, showcases the latest trends and concerns in contemporary art through artworks produced by graduates of 6 universities.

The fifth edition is being displayed across 4 galleries: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and mac Birmingham where you can view the exhibition until May 14 2017. And this year Worcester City Art Gallery is participating and offering an extended view of the region's talent until June 3 2017.

Deborah urged us all to "do a grand tour of all four of the galleries" because "the work and curation in each venue is very different". I definitely agree - whilst you can gain a peek from my slideshow the true impact of these large scale pieces can only be felt when in the same room.

Watch out for more posts about NAWM 2017 as I will be taking Deborah's advice and touring the other galleries.

For more information view my preview post and visit the NAWM website.

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