Wednesday 25th November, 7pm-8pm

We are Invisible, We are Visible

As part of UK Disability History Month, the University of Wolverhampton is pleased to present a talk with Mike Layward Artistic Director of DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire).

In this talk Mike will discuss the last 50 years of Disability Activism and Disability Art looking at:

  • The history of disability rights
  • The different models of disability
  • What is Disability Art?
  • Disabled artists
  • Neurodivergence
  • How is it looking now?

Mike Layward has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years, as a performer, musician, carnival designer, maker, puppeteer, producer, director and live artist.

Since 1999 Mike has been Artistic Director of DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) and has been instrumental in DASH gaining a National reputation as a Disability Visual arts organisation.

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Monday 30th November, 5pm-6:30pm

History of the Printed Image Network Launch

As part of the University of Wolverhampton’s Artsfest Online programme this event launches the new History of the Printed Image Network (HoPIN), which aims to connect those interested in the history of printed images, including (but not limited to) artistic prints, book illustration, chapbooks, ballad-sheets, maps, photographs, transfer-prints, etc.

The webinar will be introduced by John Hinks co-ordinator of HoPIN, Honorary Research Fellow in Printing History and Culture at Birmingham City University.

The History of the Printed Image Network is open to anyone interested in printed images: academics, curators, printmakers and other practitioners, in fact anyone with an interest in the field. The only limitation is that HoPIN focuses on the history of the printed image rather than current practice, except of course where practice is informed by historical awareness. To join HoPIN, email the network co-ordinator:

For full details, list of contributors and to book:

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!