Jobs, Opportunities and Updates

Exhibitions we feel you should see:

Rashid Johnson: ‘Shelter’ South London Gallery, Free, running until 25th November.
‘For his first solo exhibition in London, New York-based artist Rashid Johnson presents an entirely new body of work in the South London Gallery’s main space. Inspired by the idea of an imagined society in which psychotherapy is a freely available drop-in service, Johnson’s installation of large-scale paintings, hanging plants, Persian rugs and four wooden day beds questions established definitions of the art object and its limitations, as well as the relationship between individual and shared cultural experience.’

Vanley Burke, Bob Shipman & Bob Treadwell: ‘Reflections on ‘The Gambia” Mon 12 – 30th November, Park View Gallery, 70 Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath (no website yet).


Social Fabric: Sally Harper works with local Kings Heath residents over 8 weeks, to represent the local community in textiles.

Hello Culture 2012: Transforming Culture Through Digital, Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd November, Gibb Street
‘Join some of the country’s leading cultural and digital minds as they explore digital transformation as a way for organisations to produce, interact, create, curate and engage with cultural experiences.’

Loads of opportunities via Turning Point WM:

Art Book and Zine Fair, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Saturday 24 November, The New Art Gallery Walsall featuring artists Lucy McLaughlin, Adam Gale and Emma Richardson.

Mercurial Dance is looking for a digital artist closing date Friday 30th November:
‘Mercurial Dance is seeking expressions of interest from experienced Digital Artists: Coders, Geeks or Technical Wizards for a number of forthcoming digital dance projects in 2013. We are looking to expand our pool of freelancers who we collaborate with in our interactive digital dance projects over the next year which will include making work for a variety of places and platforms.’

Central Youth Theatre requires a visual artist:

‘We are seeking an artist who can work with us during 2013 to help us create a hall of fame. We wish to make handcastings of former members and mount these on a wall in our premises in Wolverhampton. We need an artist who can initially advise us on the best way to approach this project – how we can realise it practically, and who then has the availability at various points through 2013 to do hand casting sessions.

In the first instance we are seeking expressions of interest from West Midlands based artists.

Please email a CV and supporting letter to ‘

Alkhami Arts are seeking sessional freelance artists, crafters, Dancers and Drama Instructors to join our team of facilitators that deliver creative arts workshops across the city to a variety of groups.

If you have a current CRB & Experience of delivering workshops to small groups, please contact us for more information on 01213561944 or 07505111554 &


Kalaborate Saturday Spectacular at Sarehole Mill

After months of hard work and preparation, the Kalaborate 12-18 year olds are back to showcase their talents along the Shire Country Park Walk this Saturday 21st July.

Photography by Jo Egan

Performing pieces of circus, dance and drama along the walk from Sarehole Mill to Old Burbury Brickworks, Kalaborate young people will be showing that they really have something to say about the Olympic Games and Jamaica 50 celebrations.

The performances alongside a photography exhibition of 15 year old Jo Egan’s images that capture the heart of circus, are developed from the successful Kalaborate sharing exhibition that took place at New Life Baptist Church in February.

The general public and local community are welcome to join the performers, friends and family at this unique outdoor exhibition. Audience members should arrive at Sarehole Mill between 12-4pm. Please note, if the weather forecast is predictably rainy, it is likely the event will be held inside the mill.



What’s On

Head Candy:

‘Google has added a further 151 galleries and museums to its Art Project, which allows anyone with a computer to consider a virtual wander through the treasures of Versailles, the joys of the National Gallery in London or, if the mood takes them, Brazilian street graffiti in São Paulo.

The expansion of the project, which allows virtual access to artworks in 40 countries, means more than 30,000 objects are available to view, compared with 1,000 in the first version launched last year.’

‘It is absurd and insulting to assume artists are assisted by despair or hunger in a way that, say, plumbers are not’

  • This week’s shows in pictures, does what is says on the tin from The Guardian.
  • Anger as Arts Council chief is forced to quit by ministers
  • Who holds the Keys to the Future? The Capture: An exploration of the black female body   ‘When Florine Demosthene set off on a trip to Africa a few years ago, she did so with two main goals in mind:  To do some personal reflection after getting a divorce, and to gather material that would help her through a three-year case of severe artist’s block. “The real purpose of that whole trip was for me to come back with work,” she said. “I had to get away, experience something, and deal with myself so I could come back with work. I wanted to have something that I could work on for ten years. I didn’t just want to choose something, do it, and then get bored with it. I wanted something where I could really get into it, and then it could morph and become something else. And it took me a long time to figure out what the hell that could be.”’


This week has seen the launch of two exciting visual arts projects:

Just two days ago saw the start of brand new project ‘Road Trip West Midlands: A Search For The West Midlands Dream’. Artist Chris Poolman and writer Mark Ellis have taken ‘inspiration from four great American literary journeys examining the ‘American Dream’, the road trip will seek to discover the ‘West Midlands Dream’. Supported by Turning Point West Midlands and Writing West Midlands.

You can follow their shenanigans on twitter or on their website.

On Monday, 48 Sheets launched their billboards project beautifying consumerist commercial spaces with art from local, national and international visual artists. Images can be found here. Well done Clare and team at E-C Arts. We are very much looking forward to the launch party!

Children’s Lives – An exhibition of children’s lives at BMAG

‘Children’s Lives examines the lives of children from the 18th century to the present day and is the first major exhibition on childhood to be held in Birmingham.’

Style Africa: ‘…explores the rich textile heritage of West Africa.

/In this collaborative exhibition, curators from the museum have joined forces with young people to create new ways to present the significant West African textile collection from BMAG, the University of Birmingham and Craftspace.’

The Allotment spaces are into their second phase, you can learn more here and see photos here.


Clarke Griffiths Levine offers residency in Birmingham UK in May 2012.

Dates: 7th May – 1st June 2012

Cost: £1000.

Deadline: Monday 9th April 2012, 5pm.

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FREELANCE MARKETING POST (The New Art Gallery, Walsall)

The New Art Gallery Walsall is looking for a freelance marketing professional to work with its staff on an exciting year-long project for young people, Young Damien – Audiences Black Country.

If you are interested in the above freelance contract post, please email your CV and a covering letter outlining your qualities, skills and suitability for the post to Ioannis Ioannou, Audience Development Curator If you have any queries re any of the above please call Ioannis on 01922 654404.

Deadline for applications is 9am, Wednesday 18th April 2012.


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE  (University of Birmingham)

‘The University of Birmingham is inviting expressions of interest from illustrative artists to undertake a residency on campus during summer 2012, culminating in an exhibition/event produced in partnership with the Deputy Curator.  This residency will be of interest to Artists whose work involves research-based practise with a focus on illustration and drawing.’

For further details, including how to apply, please e-mail Nicola Saunders at

Closing date is Monday 23rd April.


PUBLIC ART COMMISSION (Colmore Business District, Birmingham)

 An opportunity to commission an artist, designer or photographer has been developed to create a unique visual arts intervention for the Livery Street wall, Birmingham.

The commissioner is open to submissions that provide an exciting, contemporary and dynamic artwork for the wall and will consider submissions from artists working in a variety of artforms and styles.

For an Artists Brief, with full information, please email

Deadline: Monday 30th April 2012  (before 5.00pm).


GRAPHIC DESIGNER REQUIRED (Creative Alliance, West Midlands)

‘Creative Alliance is looking for an individual to:

Design and produce a range of print materials: flyers, programme outlines, course materials. This includes presentation material and Powerpoint presentations.  Design and produce a range of web-based material and disseminating electronic communication through campaign monitor and social media.  Keep all aspects of the Creative Alliance website active and updated. This includes contributing to blog posts.  Work with the marketing assistant to create case studies of learners/employers and gather testimonials about their work.’

Deadline for applications is 6th April and interviews will take place on 11th April.

Full Job Description available on request.

Please contact or call 0121 2247308.


We also recommend checking out and becoming a member of axis great for commissions and visual art opportunities.



This week we have been excited about the following:

  • The Underground Railroad” was established in March 2010 to create a space for black British (African diaspora) artists and creative entrepreneurs to share, profile raise and creatively develop.
  • A viewing of the photos from; Salaam Arts Festival: Breaking down the wallSoul City Arts curated this event in conjunction with the New Art Gallery Walsall entitled ‘Salaam Arts Festival: Breaking Down the Wall’ which took place on Saturday 12 November last year. Internationally renowned visual artist and producer Mohammed Ali brought together the words of Tshaka Campbell, the sounds of percussionist Daniel Waples together with live-spray painted art.
  • We enjoyed reading an article about Stuart Hall one of the country’s leading cultural theorists.
  • Lost in Lace at Gas Hall, BMAG, from 29 October 2011 to 19 February 2012. 3 days left people!!!  “Step into a world of lace as you’ve never seen it before. See how the symbolic language, patterns and techniques of lace are represented through radical new approaches by UK and international artists. Featuring large scale, theatrical and visually spectacular work, this exhibition challenges perceptions of what lace can be, involving the visitor in an environment where spaces become fluid and thread creates entirely new boundaries.”
  • Congratulations to José Forrest-Tenant, a local visual artist from Halesown who was awarded an Arts Council grant for £10,00 to create a digital installation at the National Trust property in Worcestershire.

Yayaoi Kusama Exhibition

Last week Kalaboration went down to the Smoke to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Tate Modern, a truly spectacular experience!

The exhibition presents “… nine decades of Yayoi Kusama’s life (which) have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. It ranges from works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as “Accumulations”, to her “Infinity Net” paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessively charged vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.” Taken from Tate Modern website

Yayoi Kusama-san had a troubled childhood. From a young age she was physically abused by her mother and around that time she started to experience hallucinations and visions; a neurological visual disorder, which made her world appear as if there was a layer of speckled dots across it. She began to draw these cell like , molecular dots, her art was her saviour. In 1977, she self-admitted herself into a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo, Japan, and still lives there.

‘One day I was looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table, and when I looked up I saw the same pattern covering the ceiling, the windows and the walls, and finally all over the room, my body and the universe. I felt as if I had begun to self-obliterate, to revolve in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space, and be reduced to nothingness. As I realized it was actually happening and not just in my imagination, I was frightened. I knew I had to run away lest I should be deprived of my life by the spell of the red flowers. I ran desperately up the stairs. The steps below me began to fall apart and I fell down the stairs straining my ankle’- Yayoi Kusama.

The exhibition runs until June this year.

What’s On

The Nine Muses

“a stylised retelling of the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Directed by John Akomfrah, a prolific film-maker who made his debut with the 1986 film ‘Handsworth Songs’, the film deals with the Black British experience of identity, journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.”

Factory Nights

Factory Nights are free and informal sessions that simply provide an opportunity for creative people to come together in an interesting venue and supportive environment to make work or initiate ideas.”

Arts Council Sessions

“Visual Arts Relationship Managers, Kate Pryor-Williams and Jackie Lee will be giving a talk to members of Wolverhampton Contemporary Art Forum and other local artists about the application process for the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts scheme.”

Developing the visual arts market

A discussion about the visual arts market with Art Society Director Paul Hobson.


Zarina Bhimji: Yellow Patch

We at Kalaboration HQ really think the Zarina Bhimji film ‘Yellow Patch’ is beautiful. We agree with Deborah Robinson (Head of Exhibitions at The New Art Gallery Walsall) that Zarina has found her medium. Her latest project takes her audience through a cinematic visual delight featuring various locations around India. The film explores the notion of landscape and architecture in relation to their historical stratum.

You can watch an interview about the project here.

The exhibition is on until the 14 April 2012.


Put them in the diary

Reggae Poster Design Competition

Zarina Bhimji’s latest film Yellow Patch - 20th January – 14th April 2012.

Blk Art Group Symposium with a ‘focus on discussing the work made by Blk Art Group members, in the context of the 1980s political, social and cultural landscape’. 22nd February 2012

BP British Art Displays: Thin Black Line(s ‘This display focuses on the contribution of Black and Asian women artists to British art in the 1980s’.