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Turning Point West Midlands develops visual arts strategy

  • Date: 19 July 2012
  • Area: Midlands

Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM) is part of a national network set up by Arts Council England to deliver a shared vision for growth in the visual arts sector.

Wendy Law, Director of TPWM confirmed that the TPWM Steering Group is implementing its visual arts strategy for the West Midlands through a series of projects designed to develop longer term relationships through working with partners, some of whom are now leading on the projects. 

She says Artist development is a priority for TPWM and in 2012-14 they are working in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall to develop ways in which:

  • Artists in the region can see what is on offer in different areas, who are the movers and shakers and where the hot spots are for getting involved and accessing networks.
  • Artists can be signposted to training opportunities such as becoming self-employed or making successful proposals.
  • Artists can easily find, and access groups they want to work with as well as information on a location in which they might consider living and working.
  • Artist-led groups andrepresentatives working on behalf of artists can be a stronger voice for artists and the visual arts by working together to influence and create change in the region and at national level.
  • Artists can meet with curators and galleries through events and visits.

Wendy says that key to this development are the artist spaces responsible for so much of what goes on in the cities and different areas across the region. 

New Art Gallery Walsall and TPWM have been meeting representatives of artist collectives together with contacts from local authorities, universities, enterprise departments, museums and galleries.

Meetings have been held with Coventry Contemporary Art Forum at Artspace, at Airspace in Stoke-on-Trent, at Worcester, and Wolverhampton Contemporary Art Forum.   

The resulting plans will be published very soon and will be made available on their website.

Wendy went on: "So much is going on, new galleries are opening in great spaces, commissions and projects are being generated and great work is being produced.

"Much of what is on offer in a place; the vibrant and supportive infrastructure, the spaces, the people, the culture, is not always in evidence to those outside the immediate vicinity and we can help make visible these assets."