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Friday, 16 February 2018

New Art West Midlands exhibition unveiled at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This year's New Art West Midlands exhibition was unveiled at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this week. 

New Art West Midland exhibition is a showcase of exciting new contemporary art by Fine Art or visual arts graduates of the five University art schools in the region; Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester and Hereford College of Arts. 

Funded by Arts Council England, the exhibition is being displayed across three galleries in the West Midlands. Each one includes painting, installation, sculpture, digital art, sound and video works. 

Work by 12 artists are on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from February 16th until May 6th, 2018. With a range of mediums, including painting, photography and installations, the exhibition plays host to work from Lucy Hanrahan, Jessica Eburne, Bryony Loveridge and many more local talented artists. 

The exhibition explores the impact and persistence of social media through references to Facebook and Pinterest. It also includes a film by David Poole which highlights a society of surveillance and the presence of drones in our world, as well as a whole host of other modern and contemporary pieces.

I headed along to the exhibition on the launch evening, and was impressed with the range of talent on show by many local artists. Here are my exhibition highlights...

Lucy Hanrahan; We are the Social Media Generation, 2017

Lucy's artwork explores the powerful influence of social media. As well as her views on social media printed on a 'Facebook blue' wall, there is also a mobile phone which shows a close-up view of an eye. Reflections in the eye indicate that the person is continually scrolling through images on social media.

Jez Dolan; Magpies (Burn 1, Conquer My Fear, Corinthians 13, Entwind/Redacted, Perhaps, Flight/Leaving, Nest 1) 2017

Jez Dolan is interested in the things that remain unsaid. Through his practice, he often revisits individual or shared memories and histories to explore themes of queerness and identity.

'Magpies' comprise an unsent love letter, sound and musical score. Images and movements of magpies have been depicted on musical score sheets; one for sorrow, one for joy. 

Aileen Doherty; Dark Matter, 2017

Dark Matter is informed by Aileen's research into cosmology and particle physics, which studies the evolution and structure of the universe. The artwork's array of lights and shapes suggest the curves and structures of dark matter.

New Art West Midlands is also taking place at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry and AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

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