Monday, 29 October 2007

Sculpture at Sandford Gallery

Sculpture at Sandford Gallery.

1st November 2007 sees an addition to Sandford Gallery 3D work.
Throughout November and until the end of December - Sculptor Michael McEntee joins the regular Sandford art crew of Ros Burns, Tony & Di Purser, David Mace and Steve Vicary, with an exhibition of bronze and ceramic sculptures.

Michael's sculptures consist of fragmented pieces of the human form - reflecting its frailty, subtlety and beauty.
Working in such diverse mediums as bronze, limestone, terracotta, cement and porcelain paper clay, his work shows both his skill and dexterity in the manipulation of the materials qualities. His enthusiasum for his material and subject matter comes across in the various pieces on display which include stone carvings, cast bronzes and moulded ceramics.
After working in the building trade, Michael gained knowledge and skill in the qualities if various materials and he began sculpting in stone in 2000.
In 2004 Michael exhibiting alongside Elizabeth Frink at Lichfield Cathedral.
Michael McEntee's work can also be seen on

The Gallery is open from Thursdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm
and is manned as usual by the Artist Owners who will be there to explain or answer any questions on the work exhibited there.

in need of a part time short term administrator

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Project Brief

Visual Arts Market Development in the West Midlands – Project Brief


To achieve an effective and sustainable model for developing the market for contemporary visual arts in the West Midlands

Project Partners/commissioners

Arts Council England West Midlands, Business Link and Birmingham City Council


The interest in contemporary visual art and the market for it has grown apace in the last 5 years, as it has become less the exclusive milieu of artists, dealers and collectors and more that of the general public. The Frieze art fair attracts more than 60,000 visitors annually and Zoo Art Fair attracts 11,000 visitors resulting in sales of more than £1.7million through independent and art-led galleries and initiatives.

Arts Council England has led a number of market-related initiatives in recent years, the most notable of these being the commissioning of Taste Buds: How to Cultivate the Art Market (Morris Hargreaves McIntyre) in 2004 and the subsequent publication Market Matters: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Art Market (Louisa Buck). Complementary to this was Making it to Market: Developing the Market for Contemporary Craft (Morris Hargreaves McIntyre). Meanwhile the Own Art scheme has been rolled out across the nine regions seeking to stimulate a market beyond London and encourage buying and collecting by new audiences.

Following the publication of Turning Point, a 10 year strategy for the visual arts, the Arts Council has now committed specific funds in 2007/8 to develop regional collector and dealer initiatives and strategic partnerships between public and private sector organisations to stimulate market growth, targeting public and private collectors, domestic and corporate buyers, commissioners and patrons. The stated aim of the project is to encourage new collecting, create promotional/selling opportunities for artists and support the development of viable businesses run by creative entrepreneurs, through this meeting Turning Point’s overarching objectives to:
• invest in entrepreneurial individuals and organisations in areas which are favourable to presenting new work
• grow new markets’ and support increased sales for artists and more new collectors in a strengthened private sector outside London
These projects are considered as pilots and the funding is regarded as seed funding towards models that will become sustainable through earned income and partnership working. Alongside the West Midlands’ pilot, there are parallel initiatives in the North West, North East, and East Midlands regions.

Regional Context

Regionally the West Midlands’ market demonstrates potential but remains undeveloped due to a limited infrastructure. Across the region are many initiatives that seek to create a market for artists’ product such as New Art Birmingham, Brilliantly Birmingham, Virtual, New Generation Arts, Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair and Gorgeous. Own Art is currently available through 20 outlets. In addition to commercially-orientated initiatives there have been various other interventions which in different ways contribute to the ‘landscape’, including establishing collector and buyer groups and networks, and making funds available to support artist representation at non-regional events (e.g. Zoo Art Fair) and to encourage commercial galleries to present more challenging contemporary work. However, there is little currently to join up these initiatives by way of real market analysis and intelligence and many of those involved in delivering market-related activity do so in an isolated fashion and with insufficient resources or expertise to ensure that it has a lasting impact.

With core support from the Arts Council, Business Link and Urban Fusion (Birmingham City Council), New Art Birmingham has over two events in 2005 and 2007 sought to create exposure for the best of contemporary visual arts by showcasing the work of national as well as regional artists, encouraging entrepreneurial activity amongst new and emerging artists, galleries and dealers and creating opportunities for potential buyers and collectors.

The core activity for the 2007 event was the ‘art market’, supported by a number of ‘associated’ events, managed and delivered by West Midlands based arts organisations and agencies.

The evaluation report on New Art Birmingham 2007, prepared by Audiences Central, reported that the event provided a high profile exhibiting opportunity for artists who do not have gallery representation and would be defined as ‘pre-market’. However, the report found that more established artists do not currently see the benefits of participating in New Art Birmingham in terms of their representation within the wider national and international art market. The evaluation also suggested that to maximise the event’s potential to increase sales of artists’ work more research is needed to understand the needs of the target market and to involve commercial dealers and gallery owners in attracting and cultivating buyers and collectors.

These findings, coupled with a concern that the current model is not financially sustainable, have led the funding stakeholders to agree that it is not appropriate to embark on a third New Art Birmingham in 2007/8, but to undertake a six month programme of sector development and capacity building. This will incorporate independent market research and feasibility work to identify an effective and sustainable model for developing the market for contemporary visual arts in the West Midlands. Such a model needs to be grounded in an operational structure and business plan that will achieve the desired outcomes with a progressive reduction in the public subsidy requirement. To date, New Art Birmingham has been entirely reliant on public subsidy, a position which for a 'sales focused' initiative is neither sustainable nor strategically justifiable in the current funding climate.

In Market Matters, Louisa Buck argues that the mechanics of the contemporary visual arts market are complex and developing viable markets beyond London requires a coming together of "inspirational art colleges, an established community of artists, pro-actively collecting public galleries, informed critics, committed collectors" working in tandem with a developing commercial gallery sector. Whereas some of these components are in place in Birmingham, and indeed New Art Birmingham has helped galvanize people in the city and region, the West Midlands does not yet have a model for market development which is sustainable and effective in transforming buying attitudes and behaviour.

Core elements of the brief

• To collate and analyse existing data and evaluation reports on New Art Birmingham, Virtual, Own Art and regional buyer/collector initiatives to assess their effectiveness in achieving sales growth and developing the market for contemporary visual arts in the West Midlands.
• To identify and understand the various seller/buyer markets involved and assess their potential for growth in terms of increasing the buyer/collector base in the region.
• To gain intelligence on and critically analyse other market development models that operate at city-wide or regional level, drawing on national and international examples.
• To make proposals on the most effective way to develop markets for contemporary visual arts in the West Midlands to maximise sales potential, and to agree with the commissioners which model to take forward.
• To prepare a sustainable business plan for the agreed new model, for the period 2008 – 2011.
• To launch the new initiative at a buyer/collector ‘cultivation event’ in March 2008.
The work will be undertaken from November 2007 to end March 2008.
Indicative Budget

Research, evaluation and business development costs £25,000
Buyer/collector cultivation event costs £15,000

Project Delivery specification
Individuals interested in delivering this project brief must possess and demonstrate the following knowledge, experience and skills:

1. A broad knowledge of contemporary visual arts practice
2. A detailed knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the national and international art market
3. An understanding of different models for visual art market development
4. A demonstrable awareness and knowledge of issues associated with collecting and buying within the context of the West Midlands region
5. An understanding of the processes involved with devising, initiating, and managing visual arts programmes

1. Experience of devising and delivering visual arts market development activities at city-wide or regional level
2. Experience of carrying out market research and feasibility work relevant to the brief
3. Experience of working with artists, public and private sector galleries, agents and other development agencies
4. Experience of partnership working relevant to the brief either through specific projects or other methods

1. Independent evaluation and critical analysis
2. Ability to plan and deliver visual arts projects of a high quality
3. Business planning and organisational modelling
4. Good skills in advocacy and negotiation
5. Marketing and information dissemination
6. Efficient and effective administrative skills

Tender Process

Please submit your proposal to deliver the project responding to this tender brief by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2007, detailing your relevant previous experience, skills and knowledge, an outline of how you propose to deliver the brief, including the personnel, costs and number of days involved. If required, pre-submission advice can be sought by e-mail and telephone (contact David Drake, see below).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the commissioners in early November, which will provide an opportunity to discuss the brief and tender proposals in greater depth.

The proposal documents should be sent to:

David Drake
Head of Visual Arts
Arts Council England, West Midlands
82 Granville Street
B1 2LH
Tel: 0121 631 5751

Practitioner Wanted

Practitioner Wanted

Norbury Primary School is a rural school of 45 pupils aged 5-11 in
Norbury, near Bishops Castle in South Shropshire. Our pupils are mainly
from farming families.

We are currently working with a cluster group of local schools and
Creative Partnerships Black Country on a project which aims to give our
children exposure to a wider range of cultures, experiences and ideas.

As a school we are exploring the question:

"Can learning in ways, and about things that lie outside our comfort
zone lead to greater confidence and achievement in other areas of the

As part of this work we would like to invite an arts practitioner into
school to undertake a self contained project during the spring term
(between January and April 2008) which particularly targets our boys.

This project should use an artform or technique which the boys will not
be familiar with / not imagine themselves doing / initially be
uncomfortable with as we wish to challenge their perceptions and widen
their comfort zones.

It should also aim to include:
* Exposure to different cultures / ways of life / ideas
* Help to back us in fostering the idea that it is "cool to be clever".

The practitioner will be asked to keep a diary / notebook for the
duration of the project to try and track changes in pupils perceptions.

We do not have set ideas about the structure of the project or the
artforms / techniques to be used, but are asking interested
practitioners to send us a short proposal for their ideas based on a
project budget of £1,200 (to include all fees, travel and materials

Practitioners must have, or be willing to undergo a CRB check, and have
their own public liability insurance.

Please send project proposals along with CVs or supporting information
about yourself and your practice to:

Norbury Primary School
Bishops Castle

The deadline for applications is Friday 2nd November.

Sculptures by Down To Earth

Sculptures by Down To Earth

A selection of sculptures by Down To Earth, which combine steel with stained glass, is now showing at The Farmhouse Gallery, Iscoyd, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

The gallery is set in the peaceful countryside and they offer an unrivalled service for all art enthusiasts. The gallery features monthly exhibitions by local and national artists.

Opening times

Tues to Fri 10 am – 3 pm

Sat 10 am- 1pm

For more information visit

Sculptures by Down To Earth

Sculptures by Down To Earth

A selection of sculptures by Down To Earth, which combine steel with stained glass, is now showing at The Farmhouse Gallery, Iscoyd, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

The gallery is set in the peaceful countryside and they offer an unrivalled service for all art enthusiasts. The gallery features monthly exhibitions by local and national artists.

Opening times

Tues to Fri 10 am – 3 pm

Sat 10 am- 1pm

For more information visit

Friday, 19 October 2007

Trustees Meeting Oct 8

VAN Trustees Meeting Oct 8 2007 - MINUTES
Present:- Carola Fielden (chair); David Collingwood; Dave West; Martin Smith; Neil Walker; Chris Dean; Pat Jones; non-trustees Maggie Caley and Lizz Cadd
Apologies from Julia Pim, Ann McCay, Mike Hatch
Summary of Reports and Discussions
a) It’s important for all members to get themselves on the SABC mailing list for the Arts Café
b) The questionnaire is finished and will be sent to all the 13 local arts groups we have identified (see minutes of Sept 17,).
c) A meeting will be hosted by VAN in December to which the chairs of all these groups will be invited; the idea being that the chairs will bring their responses to the questionnaires to be the basis for discussion of issues such as the Music Hall, Theatre Severn, sales opportunities for art, the use of the VAN website; and particularly whether and how a single collective voice for visual arts should be created, which would have more clout with SABC and SCC. Carola, Chris Dean, Dave West and Andy Howe to represent VAN.
d) Carola had spoken to Jill Leventon about the future organising of Art about Town.
e) Sarah Lean has given up her curating work, mainly it seems because she had difficulty finding artists who wanted to be exhibited.
f) There was discussion of exactly how members renew their membership, or new members join. The need for a combined VAN promotional flier and membership form was agreed.
g) It emerged that there was at one time a sum of £500 available from SABC for development work for VAN; it was stated by Dave Collingwood that it is still available, and Maggie Love is approachable on the subject. Agreed that Carola would contact Maggie Love on this, and that such items as a flier, and website development would be exactly appropriate.
h) There is a SAADA meeting on Oct 17 about the possibility of re-starting the SAADA Shropshire Open. Carola and Ann McCay will attend.
i) Carola will be away from Oct 29 to Dec 12, and proposed that Dave West take over the chair in the meantime.
j) Martin thought it was very important to clarify the position on public liability insurance, as to who is covered and when, and whether VAN itself need be identified, or its logo used. He felt that anyone wishing to use this cover should put a proposal before the committee first, who would advise.
k) There was agreement that the old habit of a shorter business meeting of the Trustees, followed by a socialising/networking time for any members, should be reconsidered, subject to pressure of business.
l) Carola suggested that we need a membership secretary and that we co-opt Maggie Caley (if she is willing) to that post. Decision postponed until more discussion of membership mechanisms.
m) Next meeting; Monday Nov 12, Cornhouse, 7.00 pm

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Film extras wanted - Ludlow

A feature film is being made by Vertigo Films and Film4 in Ludlow Castle in the next couple of months and extras are required to play Vikings! Follow the link below to submit your audition...

New Prints - Steve Vicary

‘Newport - New Prints’

Currently showing at The Coachman’s House Gallery, 2c New Street, Newport, is a small exhibition of selected sepia etchings by the Shrewsbury based artists Steve Vicary.

This new show features some cartoon etchings by Stephen from his Nursery Rhyme series. The small edition of eight specially produced sepia prints feature all the favourite images from ‘Humpty Dumpty’ to ‘Polly put the kettle on.’ They where initially experiments in testing out some new water based etching inks, which developed into several monochrome print series, framed to give them an old fashion look.

“I have always drawn cartoons, usually as a fast way of getting an idea down and developing it quickly. This series of familiar children’s images came about after seeing Paula Regos Nursery Rhyme series, many years ago at Lancaster University’s Scott Gallery. It has been stewing in my head ever since. I was impressed as to how powerful and disturbing a simple familiar image could be. Influenced by illustrators like Quentin Blake and Babette Cole, these pictures are meant to be playful, and cheeky and a lot more gentle.”

Although known more for his dramatic large-scale colourful abstracts, Stephen has been working more recently with various printmaking methods to create smaller more intimate pictures. The Coachman’s Gallery exhibition is an example of his versatility. Further examples of his recent print work can also be seen at Sandford Gallery in Church Stretton.

Stephen has also produced cartoons for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Newsletter, Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival Banners, exhibition posters and giant cartoon drawings for Tanners in Shrewsbury.

This new edition of prints at The Coachman’s House Gallery can be seen throughout September and October with framed and loose prints available. More work and information can be found via the websites or

The Gallery is open Thursday 10 - 12, Friday and Saturday - 10am to 4pm. 2c, New Street, Newport. Find them on at the free car park behind the music shop. Telephone 01952 813 316

Artists Residencies at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Artists Residencies at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Applications are now invited for the new Artists' Residency Programme. Successful artists will be based for a period of either 3 or 6 months at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, part of Aberystwyth University, in newly built studios designed by the award winning Thomas Heatherwick.

The residencies are open to UK visual artists in all disciplines including applied arts. The successful artists will receive studio space of c. 35 square metres, accommodation, and living expenses for the duration of their residency. The residency will be an opportunity for the artist to step away from the everyday constraints of life and experience time in which to develop individual artistic practice, and to exchange ideas in a creative atmosphere with people from other disciplines.

The selected artists will devote most of their time to pursuing their work, but the following will, by discussion with individual artists, be a part of the experience:

- An informal public talk by the artist about their practice
- Social meetings with other artists and arranged visits to other arts venues in Wales
- Open studio morning once per month by arrangement with the artist
- Open Studio exhibition of work at the end of the residency.
The possibility of the work being exhibited for a longer period in one of the Arts Centre Galleries will be discussed during the residency; as will the potential for any outreach/educational work should the artist wish it.

Up to three artists will be offered residencies at any one time. Other Units in the complex will be in use by a variety of creative businesses.

A residency will cover the following costs for the agreed period: cost of the Studio, including heating, lighting etc; accommodation arranged locally. A fixed sum for living expenses and materials will be awarded. Travel to and from Aberystwyth is borne by the artist.

The amounts currently awarded are: £100 per week living expenses to include travel during the residency period; £25 per week materials allowance.

The studios have basic furniture only. Facilities within the Arts Centre will be available by negotiation, eg. digilab equipment, darkroom, ceramics studio etc.

Applicants will be evaluated on criteria including the artistic or professional excellence of the applicant's work; and the extent to which a residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre will contribute to the artist's development and be consistent with the applicant's creative goals, and professional development.

The first residencies will begin in June 2008. Applications are accepted at any time; selection meetings will take place 4 times a year, the first deadline being December 3rd 2007.

Applicants should fill in the Residency application form and send it to the address listed on the form, together with the visual and printed material and references as requested.

If further copies of the form are required, by post or by email, please email
Or call 01970 622887/ 621634
Information can also be downloaded from:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Hill, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

Thursday, 4 October 2007

touch of creativity required

We are looking to offer £24-£27k.

Looking for a Plum job?

- with a touch of creativity required.

This is a great opportunity for a highly skilled artworker to join an

exciting and creative full service design and direct marketing agency.

Based in Wolverhampton, Plum Ideas have an impressive and diverse list of

clients that even larger agencies would be proud to boast about.

Our ideal candidate will be highly proficient in all the usual Mac artwork

programmes, have good production knowledge, be down to earth, have good

attention to detail, and work well on own initiative and as part of a team.

So, if you're interested in a Plum job and think we would be interested in

you, get in touch with Stuart Marsh, our Creative Director now! Simply email

your CV and salary expectations in complete confidence to




Roger Adey


Plum Ideas Limited

Creative Industries Centre

Wolverhampton Science Park


WV10 9TG

Telephone 01902 824446

Mobile 0788 7500176

Fax 01902 824447

Call for Designer/Makers

Chameleon Gallery

23-25 Sandwell Street

Walsall, West Mids


01922 646724


Call for Designer/Makers, Xmas Art Market in Walsall

Following the success of the Designer Maker Art Market, for the past two years, held at Chameleon Gallery, Alan Cheeseman has now teamed up with The Crossing, St. Paul’s, Darwall Street, to provide a bigger and better location in Walsall Town Centre. It is proposed that the Designer Makers Art Market is held on the Saturday 15th December 2007. You will be able to set up your table at 8.30 am and the doors will be open to the public from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Please e-mail your interest and a short C.V. telling me what you have done and do! And any relevant pictures that you may want to see in a press release!

The Crossing location has many benefits, for those showcasing their work. Apart from it being in a warm and undercover location, it is located between the central bus station and the main post office in Walsall town centre, lots of potential customers in this location.

The Crossing has three levels. The ground floor holds an array of shops and the 1st floor has a restaurant that draws in a crowd of people. The Crossing has toilets and wheelchair accessible lifts available. We will be holding the Designer Makers Art Market in the pleasant atmosphere of the second floor. Advertising will be provided at the front of the venue to attract people and direct them to the second floor. There will be a press release in the local newspapers and media.

If you are interested in showcasing your products/art works then forward cheques payable to Chameleon Gallery for £20.00. Please enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope for your confirmation and receipt of payments. This will secure you a table at this exciting new venue.

Vital information:

Date: Saturday 15th December 2007

Location: The Crossing, St. Paul’s, Darwall Street, Walsall.

Price for table: £20.00 cheques made payable to Chameleon Gallery. (Please include a Stamped and self addressed envelope).

Alan Cheeseman
Chameleon Gallery
23-25 Sandwell Street,
Walsall, WS1 3DR
01922 646724


Tou Works 1

The east side of Stavanger is expanding rapidly, incorporating culture, business and residents. The city’s habits and patterns are changing at a speedy rate but what kind of changes does this imply? Looking at the route that starts at Nytorget, Pedersgata ending up at Tou Scene, this project invites artists, citizens, city planners and local businesses to comment the route, a 15-minute walk. We hope these comments will highlight the route as an extraordinary experience/walk in itself and question and explore this specific environment.


Creative people from all artistic fields are invited to propose work inspired by sites on this route. The selected artists will be offered a 10 days research period developing work in Stavanger followed by a 5-day showing/event and 2 days of aftermath. The artists will be sharing their process and working methods during the workshops and participate in work tasks, lectures and a seminar as a shared process. Each artist selects a site that will be negotiated with the curators and the local residents.
Private homes, shop windows, the public restrooms of the old square, a street corner and a bush can all become hosts for artistic triggers and the work be everything from alternative road signs, ephemeral shops/temporary cafés, people as places/sites, walk in cinema etc. Work can result in installations, interactions, sound pieces and live work, the sky is the limit and we hope to get surprised, shocked or amazed by your suggestions!


1. A 10-day workshop/research 14- 23rd of March 2. 5 days of showing 4th and 8th of June 3. 2 day seminar/aftermath 29th – 30th August

Artist fees: travel and accommodation will be covered. You will also receive payment for workshop, showing and seminar which is €150 (NOK
1200) per day.

The deadline for the proposals is the 5th of November 2007.

Application form can be found at:

Anne-Marte Eidseth Rygh: Performance artist and curator of an annual Performance Day in Stavanger, Norway. Project manager of an artist residence and lecturer of art
Johanna Tuukkanen: Founder and artistic director of the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland. An international festival focusing on site-specific work made for public spaces. She is also a practicing artist working in the fields of performance, live art and contemporary dance.

Tou Works is a series of new-art-productions at Tou Scene, Center for Contemporary Arts, Norway. The project is supported and in collaboration with Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture.

Artistic board: Nils Henrik Asheim, Anne-Marte Eidseth Rygh, Kenneth Varpe and Hege Tapio.

Geir Lindahl
Phone +47 51530595 / +47 48191787
Post box 1590 N-4093 Stavanger Norway

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Glass residency Op

Residency Opportunities:

Broadfield House Glass Museum & the Red House Glass Cone Residency

This project will provide a glassmaker, experienced in kiln-work, with the opportunity to undertake an exciting residency at Broadfield House Glass Museum & the Red House Glass Cone. Both venues are run by Dudley Museums Service (Dudley MBC).

The residency will enable the maker to develop their own practice and create new work but is also designed to introduce new audiences to the excitement of glass as a creative medium. During the residency the maker will be expected to lead at least 10 workshops at the Red House Glass Cone involving local schools, community and adult groups. The maker will also be expected to open their studio, at Broadfield House Glass Museum, to the public for part of the time.

The residency will last for a period of 13 weeks from January - April 2008. The maker will be expected to be in residence for approximately 2.5 days per week. The artist's fee is £6,000. Additional funding is available for materials and equipment.

For expressions of interest please send your current CV, complete with images of your work and a proposal of how you might use the time available to:

Kate Figgitt
Broadfield House Glass Museum
Compton Drive
West Midlands

Venue websites:

For further information please contact: Kate Figgitt
T: 01384 815571