History

Worcestershire Contemporary Art is an artist-led initiative formed following an a-n Open Dialogues event in April 2008. Initial focus centred around conversations about borders and boundaries, the provincial and rural in contemporary art. Members meet regularly and have organised several group exhibitions and including MECA 2009 (Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art) and The Worcester Open 2010 & 2013 and the W-CA Contemporary Art Prize

W-CA aims to:

Create opportunities and dialogue around contemporary art in Worcestershire. Establish a network for mutual support amongst local, UK and international artists. Increase exhibition opportunities in Worcestershire and beyond. Invite international artists to show and talk about their art in the region. Investigate the idea of contemporary art in the rural setting. Build lasting relationships that contribute toward the profile of contemporary art in Worcestershire.

Structure:

W-CA consists of members and associates, association is available to everyone, associates become members when they propose and organise events and exhibitions which are supported by W-CA.

Founding members: Rachael Griffiths / Nathaniel Pitt / Charlie Hurcombe / Andy Laffan Members since 2009: Jean Baynham, Paul Johnson and Chris Hodson organised Unification, Cheltenham Science Festival. Members since 2012:  Trevor Clarke organised New Sculpture. New Members: Jamie Jackson co-curated Worcester Open 2013