Imagining Artsfest – a seminar discussion exploring what Artsfest could be in the future.

3-5pm Thursday 9th May at School of Art, University of Wolverhampton

Arrive 2.30pm for tea and coffee in the foyer area for a prompt start at 3pm.

Join a panel of cultural leaders and artists from the region to discuss, challenge and explore what Artsfest could and should be in the future.

Imagining Artsfest will be chaired by Iris Bertz, an alumni of University of Wolverhampton School of Art and creative practitioner in the arts and education sector, working internationally with a wide range of partners.

The panel will include Aaron Wright – Artistic Director of Fierce Festival, Parminder Dosanjh – Artistic Director of Creative Black Country, Ryan Hughes - Founder and Director of the Coventry Biennial and Claire Farrell – Director of Longbridge Light Festival.

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Lost and Found

Saturday 11. May 2019 11 am Walking Tour

During this walk Iris Bertz will introduce you to the idea of Lost and Found. Art & Architecture : the accidental, secret and hidden beauty of art that emerges if we set out looking for it. This can be found in many surprising locations around a city but is always outside of a gallery environment. The walk tries to recapture what it felt like to arrive in Wolverhampton in 1999 to study at the School of Art & Design.

'The walk sharpens your sense of aesthetic appreciation. It is surprising what we see once we look. Above all, it is a fun way to make the best of our everyday surroundings and to feel closer to them'.

Join Iris for rest, refreshments and further conversation after the event.

About Iris:

Iris is a German-British visual artist with a background in sculpture. Her work is now is mostly making projects happen for others, but her creative outlook is a constant force. She is a co-director of Still Walking.

Footwear suitable for urban walking and weather-appropriate clothing essential.

Accessible to all.

Ticket price £5 includes lunch and a drink.

Meeting point: Wolverhampton Art Gallery side entrance on Saint Peter’s Walk, Wolverhampton WV1 1DU

This event is part of the University's Artsfest programme, for more information on our other events please go to

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RSA Birmingham Networking

Join RSA Birmingham Fellows for their next meetup.

Hosted by fellows Jutta Stahlhacke and Iris Bertz

Please come along to the latest in our series of social meetings for Fellows based in and around Birmingham.

We had a great first meetup of the year at The Wellington in February. Now we need your help to turn ideas into action. We’ll also hear about RSA Academies, our hosts for the evening.

There’ll be time to network and refreshments will be available.

This event is free to attend and open to Fellows, friends, and colleagues interested in supporting the work of the RSA.

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.

Location: Central RSA Academies Trust, Assay Studios, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 1SF

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Migration Stories

An event for teachers, historians, and anyone interested in local history.

Talks and workshops on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, photography, and more.

With Professor Carl Chinn, Dr Antonia Liguori, Andrew Jackson, Indy Hunjan

Venue: STEAMhouse, 108 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DT

Date: 15th June, 9.30am - 2pm

This is a free event but places are limited.

Lunch and refreshments included - world food by Change Kitchen

Presented by Midland Actors Theatre, George Dixon Academy and Kala Phool

This is a multiplier event co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

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