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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

New Art West Midlands 2017: Preview

It’s that time of year when we get to explore exciting, new contemporary art produced by graduates within the West Midlands.

Following its previous success New Art West Midlands (NAWM) is back for, its fifth year in, 2017 and it is better than ever!

Expect to be sent on an eye-opening journey around creative venues within the region. Three favourites, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac birmingham and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, will be returning to display the artworks. However, for the first year Worcester City Art Gallery will also be participating.

After receiving over 180 applications experts and artists Jason E Bowman, Angela Kingston and Barbara Walker selected the chosen, few, lucky graduates who will be exhibiting their work.

31 emerging names will be installing a range of creations within the exhibition walls. Highlights to look out for are:

Yazmin Boyle’s (BCU) monumental 3-metre-long sculpture Orbita
Orbita (2016) by Yazmin Boyle

Hereford graduate Lorna Brown’s photographic portrayal of race and beauty
Nice Middle Class White Girl by Lorna Brown

Pondering by Henry Rice which explores digital manipulation
Pondering by Henry Rice

Poppy Twist's scarves featuring famous 60’s girl group lyrics
Poppy Twist's scarves series

Megan Evans who uses the alternative medium of make-up in her cosmetic surgery series
A portrait from Megan Evans' cosmetic surgery series
With 4 venues, 6 universities and colleges and 31 artists NAWM is the region's largest exhibition of its kind. It showcases the latest trends and concerns in contemporary art through artworks of various media produced by graduates of the 6 universities.

NAWM opens to the public at from February 18 until May 14 2017 across the 4 venues.

Visit the NAWM website for details about curators, exhibitors and exhibitions.

It is definitely an original, diverse and inspirational programme which we creatives should all get behind! Look out for my review of NAWM 2017 featuring more of these artistic talents.


  1. Megan Evans' collection sounds phenomenal! I'd love to see the full series - not likely what with me being in Canada D: Yazmin Boyle's and Lorna Brown's also look right up my alley.

    Thanks for sharing these, it sounds like your area is in for some fantastic art!

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

    1. I agree, I am very excited to see her work in real life. Aww it's a shame you can't get to see them but you can keep following their work through my NAWM blog post updates :) You should check out if there is anything similar happening in your area! Glad you enjoyed reading it, Gemma xx