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Community encouraged to park ideas for artistic bandstand makeover

28/04/2021

University of Wolverhampton staff are encouraging members of the public to park their ideas about life and science to create a unique art exhibition in the bandstand at West Park, Wolverhampton.

The collaborative community and engagement project, “Life & Science” has been created by the University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Response Team supported by Creative Black Country.

The team is encouraging local communities in the Wolverhampton area to share their personal experiences of science and technology, reflecting on how both of those things have impacted on their life during the pandemic.  The contributions will be collated and interpreted into an art exhibition at the bandstand in Wolverhampton’s West Park which can be viewed safely from a distance.

The artwork will be created by University of Wolverhampton Marketing Officer and local artist, Charlotte Dunn, who is also a graduate of the Wolverhampton School of Art.

Heather Angell from the STEM Response Team at the University, said: “This fantastic community-based project combines the arts with STEM and aims to highlight the importance of science in our daily lives. Everyone is encouraged to take part, regardless of age, gender, or academic level, to ensure that we capture the diversity of Wolverhampton’s local community.

“Participants are encouraged to share their experiences through creative ways, including but not limited to stories and poems, paintings and drawings, photos, videos, or voice recordings. Submissions can be provided by independently or as a group.”

Charlotte said: “In my practice I aim to question and transform traditions that form the way we analyse and understand our environment. I look at manipulating scientific and natural history artefacts and locations, transforming their context through methods of presentation.

“I’m really looking forward to taking our local community’s views on how science and technology has affected their lives over the past year  – whether that be, for example, through a hospital stay, maybe they’ve benefited from new medication, or it may be how they have experienced working or learning through digital platforms or how their life has been improved by new research - and creating something memorable.”

Visit Life and Science for full details of the project or contact the team by email:  STEMResponseTeam@wlv.ac.uk.

Submission deadline for entries is Sunday 2nd May 2021. The final design will be created by Charlotte and printed by Kyoti Graphics LTD.  The exhibit will be displayed in the bandstand at West Park, Wolverhampton, from Friday 28 May until Monday 31 May 2021 and will then move to the lower ground of the Mander Shopping Centre from Tuesday 1 June until Tuesday 15 June 2021.

Anyone interested in studying at the University of Wolverhampton, should register for one of the forthcoming Virtual Open Days.

ENDS

 

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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