UoBe Festival 2021

UoBe Festival 2021

A new festival created with students for students at the University of Birmingham that took place from 25 to 29 January 2021.

The Barber’s UoBe Festival events focused on wellbeing, relaxation, and contemplation.

Yin Yoga

Monday 25 January, 5 – 6.30pm, free

Take some time to connect with your breath and body. Enjoy a relaxed and reflective evening of art-inspired yin yoga. In this practice you will slow down with longer-held poses and reflect on themes drawn from paintings within the Barber’s collection.

Drawing in the Dark

Wednesday 27 January, 5 – 6.30pm, free

Artist and Student Engagement Coordinator, Kirsty Clarke, is back to share this popular, mindful workshop as part of UoBe Festival. Let’s find comfort in the dark and harness its power as a tool for contemplation. Close your eyes, take a breath and join Kirsty for a relaxing and introspective drawing workshop, asking how we can use darkness to explore the unseen self.

Inspired by Picasso’s lithograph Jacqueline in Profile, scratched into life from the inky darkness, we will investigate how the drawn line can reflect our physicality, tempo, rhythms and stresses. This calming workshop will offer a space for mindfulness, reflection and relaxation.

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

Kirsty Clarke is an artist and artistic programme coordinator based in Birmingham, UK. Recent projects include, The Growing Project, Grand Union, Birmingham (2020-2019) Ways of Learning, Baltic 39, Newcastle (2019); Fermentations: Remembering Cucumbers, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019); Ways of Learning, Grand Union, Birmingham (2018).


Find out more about UoBe Festival.