Arts & Science Festival

The University of Birmingham is set to host a week-long Arts & Science Festival to showcase the wealth of ideas, research and collaboration across its campus. Running from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 March 2013 at venues across the University’s Edgbaston and Selly Oak campuses, the festival is open to enthusiastic and curious minds from the University and beyond.

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With over 70 events, there’s something for everyone – from Ancient Egyptian communication to Intelligent Robotics; Big Band performance to Classical Recitals; Urban vegetable growing to Dirty New Media.

The festival welcomes regional partners including Flatpack, who celebrate the opening weekend of their annual film festival with a family-friendly screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) complete with live score at the Bramall Music Building. Vivid Projects in association with local curator Antonio Roberts and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts will present Dirty New Media, an eclectic day of performances and interactive installations from digital artists, hackivists and new media explorers from the West Midlands and beyond. Birmingham Opera, will also join the festival to deliver a masterclass examining the challenges and processes involved in creating their new production to be presented in spring 2014 along with Writing West Midlands, who will convene a panel of writers to answer questions about the joys and realities of working as a writer.

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Cultural Engagement, Ian Grosvenor explains the importance of making University research accessible to the wider public:

“The University is focused on engaging with a range of publics including staff, students, alumni, the local community and beyond.

Our desire to share the wealth of knowledge across campus has lead to the University’s first Arts and Science Festival, a public programme of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and screenings which celebrates the University’s identity and makes available the first class research generated by one of the UKs leading higher education institutions.”

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Highlights from the festival include:

A Leg to stand on: Prosthetics, Art and Robots (Talk)
Monday 18 March, 6-7pm at Learning Centre, LG14, Edgbaston campus

Join Dr Camilla Smith (Art History) Dr Nick Hawes (Computer Science) as they explore the shifting constellation of relationships between bodies, technologies and subjectivities. This session looks at ways in which Western visual culture such as, photographs, advertising and art have engaged with disability, in particular prosthesis and how this culture at once both challenges and reasserts the ideal body image.

Free admission, booking required. Please email with ‘Robots’ in the subject line to reserve a place.


10×10 Solo! (Performance)
Tuesday 19 March, 7-10pm at George Cadbury Hall, Selly Oak Campus

Students from the University of Birmingham Masters Playwriting course present ten new plays – yes ten! What’s more, you can see them all on one night. 10×10 is a brand new show which comprises ten, ten minute plays, by ten new playwrights. Featuring writers from UK, Ireland and the US, and performed by a professional company assembled especially for the event, 10×10 is a new take on the (second) oldest journey.

Pay-what-you-can-on-the-night, booking required. Please email to reserve a place.


Illuminate (outdoor projections)
Tuesday 19 March, 6.30 – 10.30pm outside the Watson Building (R15 on campus map).

Large scale outdoor projections will illuminate the night sky at this spectacular display of images, short films and artists’ film and video.

Presented in partnership with Associated Architects, Arup, Couch Perry Wilkes and Sweett Group, visualizations of the new University library will be unveiled for the first time alongside content from some of the region’s leading film-led organisations. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts will also present projections of oil paintings from their permanent collection.

Free admission, no booking required. The projections will be screened onto the ivy covered wall between the Arts Building (R16 on campus map) and Watson Building.


Call my Bluff (event)
Thursday 21 March, 6-7pm at Muirhead Tower (R21 on map), Lecture Room G15

Mystery objects. Celebrity guests. Fact. Fiction. Who do you believe? Join us for a special version of the cult game show featuring some of the University’s treasures and sharpest wits.

Free admission, booking recommended. Please email with ‘Call My Bluff’ in the subject line to reserve a place.


Full colour festival guides are available for download here.

For more information and event listings, visit 


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