Birmingham’s corporate world is set for a spooky encounter with the region’s leading artists at an event promoting the value of collecting contemporary art.
Arts & Business, which works to create partnerships between the worlds of commerce and culture, will lead a four-day event focusing on the cultural life of Birmingham, specifically the idea of contemporary art collecting.
Art Of Ideas, hosted by artist, writer and TV broadcaster Matthew Collings, is a project instigated by Arts Council England West Midlands.
The exhibition will have the theme of “The Witching Hour” and will feature photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, animation and installation.
It will explore darkness and the uncanny in the work of more than 20 artists from or based in Birmingham and the West Midlands, including Hurvin Anderson, Richard Billingham and Gillian Wearing.
In addition to the event, a magazine focused on collecting, collections and collectors will be launched.
The publication will have a regional emphasis within the wider context of the national and international art markets.
Matt Price, co-curator of the Witching Hour exhibition, said: “The Art Of Ideas publication is designed to encourage more people to start collecting contemporary art in the city and region.
“With its supernatural theme, The Witching Hour exhibition offers an opportunity for people who are interested in collecting art – whether individuals, businesses or arts institutions – to see and acquire works by leading and emerging artists from the West Midlands.”
The event, taking place from November 11 to 14, includes a four-day curated group exhibition at Waterhall Gallery in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. A series of satellite events will also take place during four days involving partner arts organisations – Grand Union, Ikon Gallery, MAC, New Art Gallery Walsall and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Gavin Buckley, director of English regions and regional director, Midlands at Arts & Business, said: “Arts & Business is delighted to be working with Arts Council England on Art of Ideas.
“Together we hope to make great art accessible to all. Whether you are new to collecting or have many years experience, we are sure Art Of Ideas will both excite and inspire.
“Through a series of varied events we are working with some fantastic artists whose work will be on display and available for sale.
“We live in a region rich in talent and I hope the exhibition, magazine and events provide interest and inspiration for many.”
Art Of Ideas is supported by and works in partnership with Birmingham City University and Business Link West Midlands.