Thursday, 22 February 2018

Le Gun return visit

Collaborative Arts group Le Gun have returned to Wolverhampton School of Art for an exciting workshop."The theme of work produced was character" said John Clementson senior Lecturer in Illustration. "Students worked with and on each other’s drawings and constantly rotated to prevent sole ownership, it was a really enjoyable session with students from across the subjects and levels within the School of Art"

Find out more about a pervious Le Gun workshop here

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Norton Canes School - enjoy a creative day in the Art School

Staff and Students from Norton Canes School have made a return visit to the University of Wolverhampton School of Art, visiting the library, careers department as well as enjoying creative workshops. 
Norton Canes has a thriving art department and pupils have recently exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery as well as having five students successfully submit work for the Stafford Shopping Centre – Shire Hall Art competition.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Moseley Park School Get Creativity Down To A Tee

Sixth form students from Moseley Park School made their mark during a visit to Wolverhampton School of Art. Year 12 and 13 students spent the day at the University to learn about the importance of the creative industries and the scope of employment in this important sector.

Mrs Holland-Bright, of Moseley Park School said “It was an invaluable experience for pupils studying BTEC Art and Design, giving them a first-hand insight into careers in the creative industries and higher education courses.”

Friday, 15 December 2017

Cabinet of Psychedelic Curiosities

A mind blowing Psychedelic Exhibition being held in the Visual Communication department of the School of Art is all set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

The exhibition of literature and culture, brings together Illustration, Photography, Humanities and Visual Communication showcasing ground-breaking 60s visual design. 

In the first of a series of planned exhibitions, curators Tom Hicks, Librarian for Faculty of Arts, and Jane Webb, Head of Department (Visual Communication) have assembled a collection of objects, posters, album covers, books and magazines celebrating the year 1967, the Summer of Love which represented a revolutionary moment in popular culture that saw an explosion of wildly experimental thought in literature, music and design.

Pieces on display include Beatles memorabilia, art designed by Martin Sharp, a significant 60s artist who created iconic album covers and posters featuring musicians such as Jimi Hendrix as well as clothes, toys and ceramics from the era.

The ‘Cabinet of Psychedelic Curiosities’ will be on display from Wednesday 6th December until Friday 12th January 2018 on the third floor of the George Wallis Building, Wolverhampton School of Art.

Including loans from the University Library, the exhibition includes OZ magazine, the seminal underground magazine that provided a showcase for eye-popping psychedelic graphics and illustration, as well as showcasing key works by artist such as Martin Sharp.

Tom Hicks, curator of the exhibition, said: “The exhibition is split into three distinct areas focusing on art and literature that inspired the psychedelia movement, then exploring the sub-culture as it developed through to how it transcended into mainstream culture.

Most of the material was donated by Faculty of Arts lecturers at the University and we have also used valuable collections from the library to creating an exhibition which will give visitors an insight into how this significant movement evolved into one of the most revolutionary periods of the twentieth century.

Psychedelia was a relatively short-lived phenomenon but its influence permeated the worlds of animation, advertising, fashion and popular culture. Whilst the 60s witnessed many design sub-cultures, psychedelia has had a lasting influence that and is now commonly used as visual shorthand to represent the entire decade.” 

Gerry Carlin, Senior Lecturer in English at the University who has donated his personal collection to the exhibition, said: “We teach a 1960s module on our Popular Culture course which focuses on psychedelia and the hippy underground movement.

“This was an extremely significant time for youth culture, in particular, as it was the first time young people were able to express themselves freely across a broad spectrum of areas including music, art and literature. The resulting psychedelia movement represented a powerful awareness of consciousness based on regained innocence and freedom.”

The exhibition is open to the general public with free entry. Please email Tom Hicks to register your interest:

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Dudley College - visit and workshops

Dudley College staff and students have made a return visit to Wolverhampton School of Art seeing the students union and  inspecting The Cabinet of Psychedelic Curiosities exhibition curated by Arts Librarian Tom Hicks and Head of Visual Communication Jane Webb. Their visit also provided the opportunity to sample creative workshops, meet staff and students and spend the day as University students.

Just have to share - IBM Plex

IBM is now 'speaking' in a new language; for years they used Helvetica but now they have a new corporate typeface IBM Plex. The new typeface will be used in all areas of the companies work and will be available in a serif and sans serif version in eight weights.

IBM have generously made IBM Plex available free to download from here

Find out more about IBM's typographic history here

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Halesowen College – Pop Art Inspired visit

Pop Art was the theme of the visit by Halesowen College students. 
Looking for inspiration and contextual knowledge for their music poster project visitors from Halesowen College consulted Tom Hicks, specialist Librarian for Art and Design and sampled rare and limited-edition books from the School of Art Special Collections. The Clive Barker: Pop Art Sculpture exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery was the next stop to review Barkers works from 1961-1982. The show provided an insight into his three dimensional interpretation of many familiar Pop Art themes usually seen in two dimensions within the work of his contemporaries, including Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein.

During their visit students also took part in portfolio advice sessions in preparation for interviews.

More information about The Clive Barker: Pop Art Sculpture can be found here.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Poster promoting organ donation with appeal to young people

Josh Hinkins, Prof. Magi Sque, Georgia Cox, Marc Austin, Billy-Dean Lawrence, Chris Cooper    

Interfaith Wolverhampton, working in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Health, and supported by funding from Near Neighbours and private donations, held a conference on the 18th November 2017, about ‘Organ Donation’, at the Gujarati Centre in Wolverhampton. 

The conference was opened by the Deputy Mayor Phil Page. The day consisted of a keynote address, ‘Organ donation: A distinctive gift’, by Dr. Dale Gardiner, Deputy National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, followed by presentations from different faith leaders i.e. Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh. Two organ recipients and a donor mother spoke of their experiences of organ transplantation and donation. Prof. Magi Sque also shared some of her research in this field. Sixty-three delegates attended, including Graphic Design students from Wolverhampton School of Art with their Course Leader Marc Austin. The students are working on a competitive design project to produce a poster promoting organ donation with special appeal to young people.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Employability at Wolverhampton School of Art - Heath Park School Sixth Form

Heath Park Sixth form have visited Wolverhampton School of Art, attending an introduction to employability with Lisa Law from The University careers department. 

Hearing about student placements, alumni achievements as well as preparation for interviews and support for business start up, visitors learnt how the University of Wolverhampton has embedded employability within its curriculum, leading to 96% employment sixth months from graduation.

A range of creative workshops also took place in the School of Art.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Taste of Wolverhampton School of Art for Bournville College Students

Bournville College students have enjoyed sampling a range of creative workshops within Wolverhampton School of Art. 
Welcomed by staff and students, the day began in the Students Union with talks on the importance of the creative industries and employability. Workshops allowed visitors to sample photography, printmaking in visual communication, drawing in fine art and ideas generation within fashion and textiles.