Here’s the first part of our quick round up of the exciting ArtsFest Online events taking place in August…

Wednesday 5th August
11:30am-12:30pm Artist Residency at HMP Grendon (Part Two) – talk by Dean Kelland and James Latunji-Cockbill

HMP Grendon Dean and James

In the second part of this discussion about Dean’s artistic residency at HMP Grendon, Dean and James will be taking questions from University of Wolverhampton Fine Art Masters students. You can catch part one here.

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Tuesday 11th August
5pm-6pm The Rise of Mass Fashion in the Black Country – talk by Dr Jenny Gilbert

ArtsFest Gilbert

This talk introduces Walsall Leather Museum’s Hodson Shop clothing collection and the archive that accompanies it. Items from the collection will be shown to chart how, during the period 1920-1960s, fashion radically changed and became an integral part of working people’s everyday lives in the Black Country. Jenny will also draw on her research into the Birmingham wholesale clothing trade to show how ideas about fashion and taste were communicated between Birmingham and the Black Country.

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Thursday 13th August
5pm-6pm VJ Day Diary of Beatrice Warde – reading by Jessica Glaser

VJ day Jessica VJ Day

Following the success of her reading from Beatrice Warde’s VE Day Diary, Jessica Glaser returns to share more knowledge on this leading figure of the 20th Century printing industry.

Jessica will read the VJ day diary of Beatrice Warde, best known as the publicity manager of the Monotype Corporation, and as the ‘First Lady of Typography’. 

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About ArtsFest

This year marks the sixth year of Artsfest hosted by the University of Wolverhampton. Traditionally they work with cultural venues across the region to programme a variety of events including live performances, workshops, theatre shows, music, poetry, art exhibitions, and lots more to get involved with. Despite the challenging times we all find ourselves in Artsfest still want to bring art to you. They have put together a programme of insightful and inspiring online artists’ talks. The BCSC will be highlighting events over coming weeks!