Wolverhampton School of Art

Art graduates appear in regional exhibition

New Art West Midlands returns this February to showcase the most talented and exciting emerging artists in the region. 

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery are this year joined for the first time by The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, who together will present the four exhibitions that make up New Art West Midlands.

New Art West Midlands is a project run by Turning Point West Midlands, the network which supports visual artists.

Recent graduates from the region’s five art schools were invited to be part of New Art West Midlands: Birmingham City University, University of Worcester, Coventry University, University of Wolverhampton and Staffordshire University. The best 30 of these were selected by a panel of respected artists and academics, each nominee noted for the creativity and quality of their work.

University of Wolverhampton graduates Kathleen Fabre and Alexandra Darby will have their work on show at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Their work explores everyday fears and life’s precariousness as photography and sculpture.

Kathleen Fabre presents sculptures inspired by, and created from, inflatable buoyancy aids. Her work is joined by striking photographic prints by Alexandra Darby. Alexandra devoted a series of photographs to the subject of chrysophobia; a fear of the colour orange - and, in doing so has blurred the lines between fine art and fashion photography.

Their work is on display from 13 February to 17 May 2015.

For more information on where you can see the New Arts West Midlands exhibitions, visit: http://newartwestmidlands.org








(Left to Right:) Kathleen Fabre - Brassed Off (2013), Alexandra Darby - Chrysophobia #1 (2014)

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