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Offsite 9 Talks: Leanne O’Connor and Ewan Johnston – IMAGINE WOLVES

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for this online talk with artists Leanne O’Connor and Ewan Johnston

About this event

Black Country Studies Centre and ArtsFest Online are delighted to present an online discussion with artists Leanne O’Connor and Ewan Johnston. Leanne and Ewan will be chatting to Dr Jenny Gilbert about their involvement in the Offsite 9 programme developed by Creative Black Country. Offsite 9 features works and commissions by creatives in the region and runs alongside British Art Show 9 the largest touring exhibition of contemporary art to visit Wolverhampton.

In February 2022, artists Leanne O’Connor and Ewan Johnston set up a series of workshops, posing the question ‘How would you change Wolverhampton?’, connecting to the three main themes of this year’s British Art Show: healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. These themes were agreed upon prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global recognition of racial injustice sparked by the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020.

‘Within these workshops, we uncovered that people responded with wants, needs, a yearning for change within political systems and civic solidarity, to what type of juice they preferred. We also cast the hands of project collaborators, who are conceptually ‘holding’ the wants, needs and dreams they conjured up. We also identified that there was a sense of change that seemed out of grasp, which is represented here by the hovering placards.

We hope that by displaying the outcomes of these workshops we can show the wants and needs of Wolverhampton and its people. We hope you can find yourselves within the display, and we hope it makes you dream for Wolverhampton’.

For more information about IMAGINE WOLVES: https://tinyurl.com/mued7zjm

This OffSite9 project has been commissioned by Creative Black Country as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places scheme, and supported by Paycare.


Black Country Studies Centre
University of Wolverhampton


Online – Zoom