An exhibition being held in Birmingham is aiming to make it easier for art enthusiasts to buy paintings by the region’s best contemporary artists.
The first New Art WM: Annuale exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and digital artworks by 14 artists who live and work in the West Midlands.
All the exhibited artwork, plus further prints and paintings from selected regional artists, will be on sale, with price-tags ranging from £93 to £3,500.
The Annuale is curated by Rachel Bradley, Head of Art Market at New Art WM.
“This will allow anyone who is interested in contemporary art to see exciting new work that is being created here in the West Midlands,” she said.
“As all the work is on sale, it’s a great chance for anyone interested in buying art to connect with artists, talk to us about the work and start to build a collection of their own.”
The exhibiting artists include Yvonne Hindle, who presents brightly coloured abstract paintings and celebrated photographer Vanley Burke, who shows prints from his classic series capturing life in urban Birmingham.
Elizabeth Rowe – currently artist in residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall – will present works on newspaper, and the winner of New Art West Midlands 2013 Rafal Zar will show new paintings and sculpture. Other artists showing their work include Graham Chorlton, Lucy Hutchinson, Corey Hayman and Matt Westbrook.
Co-Curator Mona Casey, director of Article Gallery, added: “We visited artists’ studios across the West Midlands before settling on the 14 artists who will exhibit in the Annuale.
“The mix of artworks on show reflect distinctive trends in contemporary art right now – we are seeing new ways of portraying landscape, both real and imagined, urban and rural, but also we will show art that looks at global issues such as identity, religion and gender.”
The Annuale is part of the New Art West Midlands initiative. Supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham City University, New Art WM promotes the contemporary art and artists of the West Midlands.
The exhibition takes place from March 20 to April 15 at Article gallery at Birmingham School of Art on Margaret Street in Birmingham city centre.