The fourth edition of New Art West Midlands will introduce the work of 43 artists who have recently graduated from five art schools within the region.

With the first exhibition in the series opening in February 2016, the annual partnership initiative from Turning Point West Midlands will be staged across four venues. For 2016, mac birmingham will also be showing work, joining longstanding New Art West Midlands venues Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Herbert Gallery & Museum in Coventry.

With its aim to promote and develop contemporary art in the region, there will be staggered openings throughout February and March, starting with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 12 February.

The 43 recent graduates – including Dawn Cope, Katie Eccleston, Ali Gibson (featured in the 2015 a-n Degree Shows Guide), Jack Marder and Nicola Onions – were selected by artists Sonia Boyce and John Stezaker and the ICA’s head of programme, Katharine Stout. Five of the artists will be awarded £1000 cash prizes.

Wendy Law, director of Turning Point West Midlands, said: “There is a diverse range of talent and work coming out of our art schools and universities in the West Midlands.

“New Art West Midlands provides an important opportunity at a crucial point in the careers of these artists, enabling them to have their work displayed in highly respected galleries and to be seen and enjoyed by a wide public.”

New Art West Midlands is at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (12 February – 15 May 2016); mac Birmingham (13 Feburary – 10 April 2016); The Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry (26 February – 24 April 2016) and Wolverhampton Art Gallery (12 March – 15 May 2016).

For a full list of the selected artists visit the artists’ profile page on the New Art West Midlands website