Three Birmingham School of Art graduates have been handed prizes and unique career opportunities as part of a major exhibition celebrating the West Midlands’ brightest new artists.
Artists Poppy Twist, Yazmin Boyle and Halina Dominska were named among 10 prize winners for New Art West Midlands, the region’s annual show for emerging talent.
Poppy Twist was awarded a £1,000 prize, Yazmin Boyle will be given a solo exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Halina Dominska will undertake a week-long residency at Sidney Nolan Trust in Hereford as part of h.Art Week in September.
The trio form part of a cohort of 31 artists selected from a raft of applications to display their work at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), MAC Birmingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Worcester Museum.
They were named as the prize winners in recognition of their work including Poppy’s pieces inspired by the world of performance and pop culture, Yazmin’s three-metre metal sculptures named Orbita and Halina’s Skin-like cocoons which hang from the ceiling and as you walk towards them begin to breathe.
Other graduates featured in the show include Sarah Cornforth, Kerry Farrell, Gemma Ford, Jessica Maxfield, Milly Rowland, Megan Evans, Bruno Grilo, Hao Zecheng and Tuschara Kiewpukdee who all graduated from Birmingham School of Art, part of Birmingham City University.
New Art West Midlands has been running for five years to help develop the careers of the region’s artists with previous exhibitors having sold work to the national Art Council Collection and gone on to hold solo exhibitions in renowned galleries.