Patform3, Artist Open Call by Claire Farrell



Part of the Midland Metro extension in Birmingham. Snow Hill – via Bull Street and Corporation Street to Stephenson Street, Birmingham 2015

Centro, in partnership with WERK, are seeking expressions of interest from West Midlands based artists to create public artwork for three large cabinets situated near tram stops, in locations along the new Metro Birmingham City Centre Extension.

In daily navigations of our streets and public spaces, we encounter an abundance of ‘Street furniture', with specific necessary functions - lampposts and signage, from public seating to utility boxes. We find ourselves moving through our cities subconsciously traversing an urban assault course.

Centro believe that street furniture possesses great potential as a medium for art; Public platforms for creative expression; to disrupt our daily commutes and encourage excursive navigation of our routine journeys. Interrupting our autopilots by creating something unexpected that activates and challenges our streetscape.

WERK are passionate about creating substantial and sustainable opportunities for artists to explore urbanism and interventions into public space that enhance our experience of the built environment.

Platform3 is an exciting opportunity for an artist to have a voice within the City Centre extension and reconstruction of our public space.

This opportunity is open to students, emerging and established West Midlands based artists. The brief is open; the work can be conceptual, site or city specific.

Please contact for the submission brief.

Submission deadline 20th July 2015

The selected artist will receive a £1,000 fee

The Good Water Presents by Claire Farrell

WERK were pleased to support The Good Water with their brilliant  'The Good Water Presents' night on Saturday 13th June.

The night was a huge success with brilliant performances from - #FOXNEWSDISCO > TREVA > BIRMINGLAM > Andy Pell > The Monkey Club > 

With special thanks to Green St Arts for hosting the event.

See more photographs of the night here 

See a film of the night by BIRMINGLAM here.

Needs Discussion by Claire Farrell

Ian Richards HALLE14 residency as part of project begins to manifest in public space, Leipzig (GER)

HALLE14 exchange@2015.le city partners are:
Kulturinitiative WERK & Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham
Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon
Fugitif - volatile (Leipzig) & Prof. Joachim blank (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - HGB Leipzig)

For more information about the artist

Light, Art, the Universe and Everything: Artichoke announces this year’s Lumiere conference theme by Claire Farrell

Light, Art, the Universe and Everything: Artichoke announces this year’s Lumiere conference theme

Tickets available now for a one-day international conference on Friday 13th November 2015 at Durham’s Lumiere festival

Hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County Council, Light, Art, the Universe and Everything will explore how light can change the world through science, the arts, spirituality and public space. The event will bring together international experts and pioneers working across medicine, culture, technology, the environment, religion, architecture and education and take place as part of the fourth edition of LUMIERE, the UK's largest outdoor light festival, which returns to Durham from 12th-15th November 2015.

Speakers will include Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England; Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology; Deanna Van Buren, an activist artist and architect based in San Francisco; Munira Mirza, London’s Deputy Mayor for Education & Culture; and Richard Kirk, a medical pioneer whose company PolyPhotonix is developing a new light-based technology to treat eye disease. More speakers will be announced soon.

Hear how their ideas are changing people’s lives: from revolutionising medicine using cutting-edge research and bringing light to communities without electricity, to transforming the places we live with amazing art installations and ground-breaking building design.

The conference programme is inspired by UNESCO’s International Year of Light, which is championing the importance and potential of light throughout 2015.

"This conference will be a rare opportunity to hear some of our most inspiring and respected thinkers, scientists, artists and administrators from across the globe consider the significance, meaning and possibilities of this magical phenomenon". – Helen Marriage, Artistic Director, Artichoke.

Book now through Eventbrite or call Durham's Visitor Contact Centre on 03000 26 26 26.

The Good Water Presents, 22 Green St, Birmingham, 13/06/15, 9pm-1am by Claire Farrell

The Good Water Presents

22 Green St, Birmingham, 13/06/2015 9pm-1am

WERK are pleased to support 'The Good Water presents' an eclectic diy artist led event featuring #Foxnewsdisco, The Good Water + Special guests including late night vinyl rare groove selections from The Monkey Club DJs - Jodie Lamb, John Weston, Dave Le Modern and Dylan Gibbons. 

Saturday 13th June 2015 @ 22 Green Street, Digbeth, B12 0NB. 

Free Entry >> Donations are welcome and will go directly to the artists involved.

Invite only with + 1's via The Good Water Event Page - please RSVP to enable final numbers and capacity. More details here.

'You know when you go to a gig to a watch band, stand around in a big space waiting for some music, you watch a band, wait, watch another band, wait, hear the band you came to see and then go home >> this is nothing like that.' - The Good Water

'thread by thread' new exhibition opens by Baptist Coelho by Claire Farrell

Artist Baptist Coelho who was commissioned by WERK as part of 48Sheet in 2012, has a new exhibition open at the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation in Leh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Titled 'thread by thread' the exhbition has been curated by Monisha Ahmed and will run untill June 15th.

'The exhibition title 'thread by thread', is taken from an essay by the Russian writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). The quote informs Baptist Coelho’s practice, which attempts to reveal and understand conflict and war through observations and conversations that have been woven into the fabric of the lives of people, whether directly or indirectly affected.

Since 1984, India and Pakistan have been zealously guarding their territories on the Siachen Glacier. Beyond the complexities and politics of war, Coelho draws his inspiration from the soldiers posted in this icy terrain, who at 17,000 feet serve their three-month terms on one of the highest battlefields of the world. These works reveal their challenges and valour, but also the paradox of heroism, confronted by brutal cold and the perils of a high altitude on an uncertain terrain, more lives are lost due to the weather than fighting.

Baptist’s fabric collages and assemblages, with their many disparate pieces assembled and sewn together, attest to the conceptual and psychological connotations associated with cutting, weaving, stitching, and mending. Textiles speak to us in many ways, but as narratives on life, they encapsulate experience and memory. While Baptist explores the textiles that protect the soldiers, he brings a new perspective to the understanding of what it means to live and fight on the Glacier.' - Monisha Ahmed, Curator

Find out more about the exhibition and Baptist Coelho's work

Stuart Whipps selected for British Art Show 8 by Claire Farrell

Stuart Whipps, 'The Kipper & The Corpse'

Stuart Whipps, 'The Kipper & The Corpse'

Stuart Whipps selected for British Art Show 8

Huge congratulations to Stuart Whipps!

Opening in Leeds City Art Gallery on 9 October 2015 and tours to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton into 2016.

The British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, with artists chosen for their significant contribution over the past five years.

The curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee made their selection after extensive research and travel across the UK. Many of the artists have a strong international presence, reflecting the increasingly globalised networks operating in the art world. More than half of the participating artists are making new work for the exhibition, while others will present recent work not previously seen in Britain.

The artists in British Art Show 8 are: Åbäke, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Caroline Achaintre, John Akomfrah and Trevor Mathison, Aaron Angell, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Andrea Büttner, Alexandre da Cunha, Nicolas Deshayes, Benedict Drew, Simon Fujiwara, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Melanie Gilligan, Anthea Hamilton, Will Holder, Alan Kane, Mikhail Karikis, Linder, Rachel Maclean, Ahmet Öğüt, Yuri Pattison, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, James Richards, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Daniel Sinsel, Cally Spooner, Patrick Staff, Imogen Stidworthy, Hayley Tompkins, Troy Town Art Pottery, Jessica Warboys, Stuart Whipps, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

WERK are delighted to be able to support Stuart Whipps as one of the British Art Show 8 partners.

Press release with further information is here -

Sven Bergelt selected as artist-in-residence July - September 2015 by Claire Farrell

We are delighted to announce that Sven Bergelt (Leipzig) will be joining WERK in residence with Glenn Howells Architects from 1st July – 30th September 2015

The residency is part of HALLE14 (Leipzig) scholarship programme exchange@2015.le

Sven Bergelt ( has been awarded the Birmingham residency following a selection process by the below panel:

Glenn Howells Founder | Director, Glenn Howells Architects

Claire Farrell Director | Curator, WERK

Cathy Wade Artist | Curator,

Rachel Bradley Curator, New Art West Midlands

HALLE 14 created the scholarship programme exchange@2015.le between Leipzig, Lyon and Birmingham partner cities to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the city of Leipzig.

The first two fellows selected by HALLE14 will be in Leipzig from May 1 to July 31 in Hall 14, are Tom Castinel ( from Lyon (FR) and Ian Richards ( from Birmingham (UK).

WERK are delighted to work in collaboration with Glenn Howells Architects on this residency. The research-based residency will support the artist to explore the city, public space, architecture and urbanism.

Sven Bergelt will be based in a studio and project space with Glenn Howells Architects, 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth from July – September 2015.

The project space will be open to the public at junctures during the residency - more news to follow.

HALLE14 exchange@2015.le city partners are:
Kulturinitiative WERK & Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham
Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon 
Fugitif - volatile (Leipzig) & Prof. Joachim blank (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst - HGB Leipzig)

More info:…/stipen…/exchange-2015-leipzig.html…

Artist Ian Richards selected for HALLE14 Leipzig exchange@2015.le project by Claire Farrell

We are delighted to announce that HALLE14, Leipzig has awarded Ian Richards a residency placement and three-month scholarship in Leipzig from May – July 2015 within the exchange@2015.le project

exchange@2015.le is an artist exchange project with Partner Cities of Leipzig
HALLE14 LEIPZIG (DE) – BIRMINGHAM (GB) WERK and Glenn Howells Architects

Ian Richards was part of a shortlist of West Midlands based artists (below) created for HALLE14 by Claire Farrell. With special thanks and gratitude to Rachel Bradley, Curator New Art West Midlands for her support in selecting artists for the shortlist.

The 2015 exchange project will celebrate the one thousand year anniversary of Leipzig city status (first mentioned by the Merseburg Bishop Thietmar 975/976-1018).

Ian Richards will be based in a studio with host HALLE 14 - the not-for-profit Centre for Contemporary Art located in Leipzig’s historic cotton-spinning mill. HALLE14 initiated this artistic exchange programme in cooperation with partner cities of Leipzig.

WERK in partnership with Glenn Howells Architects will select a Leipzig based artist imminently to host in Birmingham from July-September 2015.

The artist’s work created in residence (Birmingham, Leipzig, Lyon) will culminate in a group show in HALLE14, Leipzig from November 2015.

It was a very difficult decision for HALLE14 to select only one artist from the shortlist below.

The Leipzig Selection Panel members were as follows:

Michael Arzt, Director HALLE14
Sebastian Kretzschmar & Jan Thomaneck (FAMED)
Andreas Wolf (Professur for Urban Planning & Development, University of Applied Science Leipzig)
Dr. Caren Marusch-Krohn (Office for International Affairs, City of Leipzig)

WERK would like to thank the following artists for being part of the shortlist and hope to work with them in the near future.

Stuart Layton

Camilla Searle

Ali Reed

Cathy Wade

Matt Watkins

Ian Richards

Corey Hayman

Sharon Farrelly

Dan Auluk

Kathleen Fabre

Lucy Hutchinson

Yasmin Rennie

The Leipzig based artist selected for the Birmingham residency as part of exchange@2015.le will be announced by the end of April.

Birmingham selection panel:

Glenn Howells, Director Glenn Howells Architects
Claire Farrell, Curator, Director WERK
Cathy Wade, Artist
Rachel Bradley, Curator New Art West Midlands

There will be more opportunities for artist commissions within various WERK and partner projects towards the end of 2015.