ArtsFest Online have an exciting programme of online events happening this week.

Tuesday 18th May, 4pm-5pm

Lyric Writing Master Class with Xidus Pain

No matter what genre of music you are into poetry and song writing connects and transcends. Xidus will answer questions and offer various techniques to combat writers block.

This is a great opportunity to have an extensive insight into the art of self expression through words no matter if you’re a novice or expert we are always learning.

Xidus is a UK based Rap artist / song writer who was mentored by HipHop legends The Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Melle Mel. He has been featured on radio stations all over the world and has worked with countless artist from different music genres and artistic practices.

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Wednesday 19th May, 5pm-6pm

Paul Cox: His Illustrated Life and Career with Dr Louise Fenton

Paul Cox is known for the rhythmic lines of his enchanting illustrations and drawings. Dr Louise Fenton will take you on a journey through his fascinating career to date. She will show examples of his illustration commissions, drawings and paintings.

Paul Cox places drawing at the heart of all his work and can be found balancing a board and paper on his hip while negotiating people, traffic and any other obstacles to capture a fleeting moment. He works with fluid lines and watercolours, evoking a distinctive sense of time and place.

Join Louise for this fully illustrated talk to explore the wonderful world of Paul Cox.

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Wednesday 19th May, 6pm-8pm

World IBD Day: When Art and Medicine Meet

The University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present an online discussion with experts in the fields of art and medicine.

In 2019 five graduate artists from the University of Wolverhampton were commissioned to make work in response to interviews with South Asian women patients suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The project, Living in Silence, aimed to find new ways of giving voice to the women’s experience and provide opportunities to create conversations about the taboo’s and difficulties of these conditions. The team are now in the early stages of commissioning a second project focused on IBD and Pregnancy and this webinar will provide an opportunity to hear about the development and impact of these projects and meet the artists.

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Thursday 20th May, 7:30pm-8:30pm

The Wrenna: Book Launch with R.M. Francis

The Wrenna. A story of place, people and upheaval, set in Dudley, published by Wild Pressed Books.

The Wrenna is more than a place. The Wrenna echoes with its inhabitants’ voices and history, where Gran brought up her brood who all spread out into the neighbouring streets where they raised their own families. The novella’s nameless protagonist guides us through the streets and the years of the estate, telling us stories along the way. We learn how the homes begin to empty and the gangs begin to move in. How the warmth of the community he has grown up in starts to turn dark. You will taste, smell and hear the spirit of The Wrenna long after you have turned the last page.

R. M. Francis will read from his book and discuss its conception, themes and poetics in this special ArtsFest Online event.

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Friday 21st May, 4pm-6pm

British Art Show 9 and Socially Engaged Art

The University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present a conversation with Hammad Nasar, John Roberts, Gábor Erlich, Waiwai Chan and Maria Mkrtycheva on the British Art Show 9 and socially engaged art.

The talk will preview BAS9 in Wolverhampton (Jan 22-10 Oct 2021), and the other tour venues, Aberdeen (10 July-10 Oct 2021), Manchester (13 May-4 Sept 2022) and Plymouth (8 Oct-23 Dec, 2022).

The event is organised by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 FEINART training programme (The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art) and the Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton.

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About ArtsFest

Traditionally ArtsFest 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 are collaborating with ArtsFest on the Festival of Britain @ 70 season of events.