Arts & Science Festival

The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival is a week long celebration of research, culture and collaboration. This year’s programme traverses ‘land’ and ‘water’ and brings together academics, artists and adventurers for a free programme of activity across campus and beyond.

Festival talks navigate diverse terrains from climate change to immigration, seaweeds to tree rings, the cinema of science to the colour blue. An imaginative programme of workshops encourages visitors to dive in and try pastures new. Take part in an artist-led walk in search of water; travel through time and place with the University’s impressive map collection; and explore heritage and identity through creative writing.

A vibrant exhibitions programme explores the festival theme from above and below water: Ikon Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of work by French marine biologist and cinematic pioneer Jean Painlevé; and Birmingham Open Media hosts In Future Forest, a new exhibition exploring the creative possibilities of mapping nature into music. Back on campus, audiences are invited to submerge in Kelp Road, the culmination of collaboration between visual artist Anne Parouty and sound artist Scott Wilson.

This year we’re delighted to be working in partnership with cinemas across the city to present an eclectic mix of films: Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen screens Peter Greenaway’s surreal and dark comedy, Drowning by Numbers; a mini-series at mac birmingham focuses on the afterlife of Homer’s Odyssey; and The Electric Cinema is home to Shock & Gore’s hilarious Trash Film Night, an evening of terrible film complete with ill-prepared commentary. Will the residents of Half Moon Bay survive Birdemic?

Finally, art and science converge in a raft of collaborative events: Music Makes Waves examines the social and neurological impacts of music; artists Kaye Winwood and Nuala Clooney present an evening of culinary cocktail experimentation following a residency with the University’s award-winning glass blower; and artist-technician Sophie Huckfield invites audiences to hand-make objects using engineering waste.

Arts and Science Festival 2017 has something for everyone. But don’t take our word for it – read on for the full programme or visit our brand new website: