Bringing art to life at this year’s artsfest

By on 08/09/2010 in Culture, News

Visitors to this year's artsfest will be able to see classics from the Barber Institute of Fine Art brought to life, purchase their own unique artworks and enjoy works by the region's most celebrated local artist and footballer.

artsfest is the UK's biggest free arts festival (Friday 10- Sunday 12 September 2010).  

On Saturday and Sunday, Annamation (sic) storyteller Susie Willets will be bringing the story of one of the Barber Institute of Fine Art's masterpieces to life.  The story of Jacob and Esau is a chilling tale of jealousy and deception based on the intriguing saga behind the Barber's dramatic Isaac Blessing Jacob (c.1635), by Matthias Stom.  The storytelling takes place at the Council House, Victoria Square Birmingham City Centre (Saturday 11 September 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm, Sunday 12 September 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm).  

Two popular art fairs will return with ArtSpace and Art on the Railings giving visitors the chance to own their own piece of affordable art from up-and-coming local artists.  ArtSpace opens in the Visual Arts Village on Friday 10th September (4 - 8pm) and continues throughout the weekend (12-6pm Saturday, Sunday).  Art on the Railings take place in Centenary Square (12-6pm Saturday, Sunday).  

Anyone wanting to create a masterpiece of their own can take part in a range of activities throughout the weekend in the Visual Arts Village in Victoria Square, including the chance to try clay modelling, making traditional Indian 'Rangoli' artworks.

Throughout artsfest the works of the region's most celebrated artist and footballer, Jody Craddock, will be on display.  As well as being the Captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Craddock is a recognised artist and has kindly contributed to the Birmingham Music Heritage - Untold Stories (1965-1985) project with paintings of local musical stars Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Robert Plant and The Move.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said,
“The huge variety of visual art and culture on display at this year's artsfest is breathtaking.  The annual event  contributes enormously to the cultural life of the city attracting local families and tourists alike.”

artsfest is the UK's biggest free arts festival and is organised by Birmingham City Council with support from a huge number of sponsors, partners, arts organisations and volunteers.  For more information go to or contact the artsfest team on 0121 464 5678.

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