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Funding boost for visual arts group.

An organisation tasked with strengthening the visual arts offer in the West Midlands has been awarded new funds to deliver a series of projects over the next two years.

Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM) has secured its largest ever grant of pounds 220,000 from Arts Council England which its says will be used to partner with various organisations, groups and individuals to "deliver a new model of professional development for artists, and run a series of events to initiate new conversations and critical debate about the visual arts".

Professor John Butler, head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University and chair of TPWM, said: "We are delighted to have received this investment from Arts Council England, which will be used to strengthen infrastructure in the visual arts, create more opportunities for artists, address gaps, and campaign for growth and change. Support and profile for visual arts in the region has not historically lived up to the talent and quality of the artists based in the West Midlands, and this goes some of the way to redressing the balance."
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