Fine Art Chameleon

Found this on the Rhubarb Rhubarb news page: Fine Art Midlands are holding an exhibition of their work at the Chameleon Gallery, Walsall from 21st to 24th of February. The group of former University of Wolverhampton students are of mixed ages and backgrounds, whose aim is the cultivation and furtherance of self-expression in the visual … [Read more…]

Temper Cubed

Arron Bird, aka Temper, has become the first graffiti artist to be commissioned to create a piece of public art – a centrepiece sculpture for the central atrium of The Cube development behind the Mailbox. Interestingly he’s never worked with sculpture before. Having started doing illegal art with graffiti crews in Wolverhampton in the 80s … [Read more…]

The Big Freeze

One thing I’ve learning about the Arts world is that it’s endlessly concerned with funding, and that funding is the most fickle of mistresses, coming and going like the wind. A phrase that popped into my consciousness recent is “the coming ice age”, meaning, I think, the sudden and cruel termination of a decade or … [Read more…]

Open Art Show

The Birmingham Open Art Show runs from 10th Feb to 29th April in the Gas Hall and features 150 works by emerging local talent from the West Midlands. The art was selected by a panel of judges comprising of Kathleen Soriano, (from gallery Compton Verney), Terry Grimley (Arts Editor at the Birmingham Post) and Max … [Read more…]

Fierce is coming

It’s still a bit of a way off but dates for the 10th Fierce Festival has been confirmed, running for three weeks from 18th May to 4th June. In 2007 Fierce celebrates its 10th festival with our most ambitious programme yet. Get ready for three weeks of eye-popping, stop you in your tracks performances and … [Read more…]

Should we fund art?

This could be interesting! A debate in Coventry on 7th Feb is titled Chasing the Money: Who’s getting it, who’s not, and should the arts be funded?. It’s at the Herbert Cafe and is free, with the warning that it might get heated… Link via D’log

Gareth Courage

Gareth Courage is a Stirchley-based graphic artist who produces a downloadable PDF magazine of his work every few months entitled Viewer. The above is taken from issue 4, released today. Gareth works with found images and his own photographs and is a fan of expired film, usually loaded into the old and broken cameras. His … [Read more…]

A Bigger Ikon?

Interesting interview in the Birmingham Post with Jonathan Watkins, director of the Ikon gallery and architect Glenn Howells (Wikipedia) who has previously worked on the Custard Factory and is involved with a number of regeneration projects in Birmingham. While nothing has been confirmed the pair are very keen to see the Ikon expand into a … [Read more…]