Join us to discuss what the contemporary arts scene is like in the West Midlands and how might a connection to the region influence artists.
Midlands Art Papers, a collaboration between the University of Birmingham’s History of Art Department and cultural practitioners from 13 partner museums and galleries across the Midlands, is launching the forth issue of its open-access journal.
The occasion is being marked with a free online event, Art and Belonging in the West Midlands, co-hosted by our partners at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The event will explore one of the main themes from the forthcoming issue of Midland Art Papers: the ways in which art can help us understand what it’s like to belong or not belong in different times and places.
The event will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about what it means to be an artist working in the West Midlands today, and how artists’ relationships with the region relate to their practice. There will be an exciting panel of artists and art professionals will be speaking at the event, including Mark Essen, Marley Starskey Butler, Dawinder Bansal, Hannah Taylor, and Maggie Ayliffe.
1pm-1.20pm – Welcome, introduction to Wolverhampton Art Gallery and introduction to Midlands Art Papers 4, Carol Thompson (Senior Curator, Wolverhampton Art Gallery) and Sophie Hatchwell (Editor of Midlands Art Papers, University of Birmingham)
1.20pm -1.40pm – Keynote talk: Mark Essen (artist)
1.45-2pm – Break
2pm-3pm – Round-table: what is the contemporary arts scene like in the West Midlands and how can a connection to the region influence artistic practice?
Mark Essen; Marley Starskey Butler (Multidisciplinary artist and social worker); Hannah Taylor (Artist, curator and producer); Dawinder Bansal, FRSA (Artist, Producer and Presenter); Maggie Ayliffe (Head of Wolverhampton School of Art).
3pm – Concluding remarks
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