Tue 15th June 2pm

Fashion, Textiles and Intellectual Property: Patchwork, Quilts or Veils? – Dr Metka Potočnik

Fashion can be utilitarian, or perhaps functional. It can be seen as art, or an expression of its cultural setting. Without doubt, fashion is both fast-changing, as it is eternal.

The fashion industry is a valuable contributor to the creative industries in the UK. Fashion deals in items, the appearance of which is a distinct and important attribute. In order to protect and promote the interests of stakeholders in the fashion industry, the law aims to find suitable rules in protecting the ‘appearance of a product,’ and resultingly stop unfair copying of attractive designs. Although there is some protection in copyright law, much better provisions are found in design law. In this interactive workshop, the speaker explores the basic rules of registered and unregistered design, as they apply to the fashion industry. Audience will get the opportunity to ask specific questions, related to all matters of intellectual property law (including trade marks).

Book for FREE: https://fashionandtextilesintellectualproperty.eventbrite.co.uk


Mon 21st June 7pm

Masters in Conversation: Robert Luzar 

Each of our talks is conducted by a current MA student from the University of Wolverhampton and delves into important questions around art practices and the nature of creativity in the 21st Century.

In this online talk we are delighted to welcome artist, writer and educator Robert Luzar.

”Born in Slovenia, raised in Canada, and having lived in the UK for over a decade, my life has been shaped by experiences of change in identity, place, and ideology. 

The works I present use unconventional drawings, painting, live-art, performance, video, telematic works, the Web, and projection technology. I am interested in how works work ‘trace’ different conditions of change as an ‘event’. The trace is not about so-called mark making. Instead, tracing means pointing out where, when, and how persons, subjects and things can come together, live, insist, pass away––and still persist. 

For those inclined to know more about me at a personal level, out of solidarity, I can say a bit more ‘about me’: Immigration, two lost homes, displacement from family and community, a single-parent upbringing: these are some personal examples of the experiences – and conditions – that genealogically shape the practice as something lived.

With viewers I try to therefore trace ‘conditions’ that reflect elements and behaviours of the world as both economically abstract and socially concrete. The abstractions appear as points, lines, planes, and shadows; the concretions implicate the body as both subjective and of assembly, one and many, in space, through the present, felt with gravity, action, and decision. 

My writings are used to keep working through ideologies of work, labour and truth. Writing is used not to theoretically explain but, rather, ‘think’ in the spirit of drawing: the Primi Penseri, or ‘first thoughts’ of the artist, claimed since the Renaissance. The psychoanalytic method of working through is employed to write as a way of analysing preconditions that cut across aesthetics, politics, ethics and existence.”

Book for FREE: https://robertluzarinconversation.eventbrite.co.uk


Tue 22nd June 2pm

Intellectual Property and the Music Industry: Mapping the Maze – Dr Metka Potočnik

Are the rules governing intellectual property law in the music industries clear and easy to follow? What are the types of works that get protection, and how is their value commercialised? Who is entitled to copyright protection and what does the owner get? Where is the line between inspiration and imitation? Does it matter?

Copyright law governs our rights, freedoms and limitations in using other people’s work. It also offers a bundle of rights to the author and owner of the musical works created. In this interactive workshop, the speaker explores the maze of the current intellectual property regime and focuses on the basic categories of creative works (musical, literary and sound recordings) as protected under copyright law in the UK, and the attached rights for owners (copyright) and authors (moral rights). Audience will get the opportunity to ask specific questions, related to all matters of intellectual property law (including trade marks).

Book for FREE: https://musicandintellectualproperty.eventbrite.co.uk

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 will be highlighting events over coming weeks. We are also teaming up with ArstFest on our Summer 2021 programme of events celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.