Graduate Artists Celebrate Success at Regional Exhibition

Four of our graduates were selected to exhibit amongst 27 upcoming artists from the region; at prestigious New Art West Midlands exhibition 2017(NAWM). In addition three of our emerging artists have been awarded cash prizes and unique career development opportunities. The artist’s work will be shown in influential exhibitions at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac Birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 18th February- 14th May.

Henry Rice, Lorna Brown, and Natalie Ramus claimed their awards on 16th February at Thursday night’s private viewing of the showcase, at mac Birmingham arts centre.
Henry Rice has been awarded £1000, Lorna Brown £250 worth of art supplies by Cass Art, and the principal sponsor of New Art West Midlands.
In addition, Fine Art graduate Natalie Ramus has won a special Opportunity Award along with five other artists, who will benefit from career development opportunities. Natalie has been selected by Grasslands to undertake a residency place in spring 2017. Grasslands are an artist-led project space that explores group activity and collaboration from a domestic garden site in Birmingham, founded by Dan Auluk.
New Art West Midlands is the largest showcase of its type in the region. Now in its fifth year, the distinguished showcase has established itself as an important aid in developing the careers of artists. Previous exhibitors have seen their work purchased for the National Art Council Collection and have gone on to achieve solo exhibitions in respected galleries.
Henry Rice commented “It’s been a really good opportunity to get my work out there and to represent Hereford in such a prestigious event, it’s very exciting.”
Lorna Brown described the impact of being part of NAWM “It’s an exciting opportunity to show my work in a high profile exhibition whilst really cutting my teeth. It’s also a chance make contacts and to have a really good look at some of the wonderful fine art work coming out of the other West Midlands Art Schools. Most importantly, it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn. “

Natalie Ramus said “It is an opportunity for me to engage with a new audience and creative network in a city that I have not experienced in my art career to date.”
Alex Thimm BA (Hons) Photography course leader said “My team and I are incredibly proud of our graduates, three out of four of our students have won awards which is fantastic news. It’s great that we are putting Hereford on the map for creativity!”
The New Art West Midlands 2017 exhibition is open to the public until 14th May, to find out more visit