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Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the University of Birmingham.

 

Tuesday 22 September, 2 until 3.30pm; free via Zoom:
The Expanded Portrait: Online Poetry Writing Workshop with poet Jasmine Gardosi.

Join the Barber and local spoken-word artist and poet Jasmine Gardosi for an experimental and collaborative poetry writing workshop!

Meet other like-minded students in this relaxed session as Jasmine leads us on an exploration of the expanded field of portraiture, responding to the Barber’s painting ‘The Blue Bower’ (1865), by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. We will collectively explore symbolism and the hidden message, as we read poetry by contemporary Birmingham poets and create our own abstract penned portrait poems.

This workshop is free and for all levels and abilities – absolutely no prior poetry or creative writing experience needed. There will be writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing. We look forward to bringing our collection to your place.

This event is tailored for student participants (18+) and hosted over Zoom.

Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and recent winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. A previous BBC Arts Young Creative, Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and current Poet in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, her work has appeared across BBC Radio, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, and on Button Poetry.

 

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Thursday 24 September, 2 until 3.30pm; free via Zoom:
The Expanded Portrait: Online Experimental Drawing Workshop with artist Laura Onions.

Join Birmingham-based visual artist Laura Onions for an experimental portrait drawing workshop that blends abstraction and figuration, aiming to capture the excitement and anticipation of starting university life.

Meet other like-minded students in this relaxed session as Laura leads us on an exploration of the expanded field of portraiture, responding to the Barber’s painting A Portrait of Arthur Huc’ (1892), by Maurice Denis. We will play with the drawn line to capture texture and space as we explore abstract drawing as metaphor and create our own experimental portraits.

This free workshop is for all levels and abilities, with no prior art or drawing experience needed – pick up a pencil or pen and make a mark. We look forward to bringing our collection to your place.

This event is tailored for student participants (18+) and hosted over Zoom.

Laura Onions is an artist based in the West Midlands. She is a lecturer in Fine Art with a focus on print at the University of Wolverhampton and also a Programme Assistant at Grand Union, a contemporary art gallery in Birmingham.

Recent exhibitions include I am because we are, a project in conjunction with The Haven, (Wolverhampton, 2019); The Twin, Coventry Biennale, group exhibition (Coventry, 2019); Art Licks, group exhibition (London, 2019); GU Women at Modern Clay (Birmingham, 2018).

 

Header illustration: ‘Welcome to the Barber’ by Mengxia Liu.

Drawing in the Dark

Wednesday 16 December, 7 - 8.30pm. Free; online via Zoom.

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Creative Horror Writing

Wednesday 25 November, 7 - 8.30pm. Free; online via Zoom.

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Worm: art +ecology

Monday 7 December 6 - 7.30pm. Free; online via Zoom.

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Barber Home – Recovery

Thursday 3 December, 5.30 - 6.45pm. Free; online via Zoom.

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