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Birmingham City University Hosts Gothic Event at Library of Birmingham

The library of Birmingham is set to host an interdisciplinary Gothic event on the 2 April, alongside an exhibition that will be running from the 7 April until 2 May. The gothic convention and event has been completely organised by second year English student Bex Price and Dr Serena Trowbridge from the School of English at Birmingham City University.

Gothic Exhibition

[Photo by Paul Newman]

The exhibition curated by Grace Williams, a PhD student in the School of Art, is set to include a wide range of works by Birmingham City University staff and students that have been inspired by a new module on ‘Gothic’ as part of the BA English, taught by Serena Trowbridge.


[Photo by Grace Williams]

Serena said: “The event and exhibition as a whole will be an incredible way to showcase work for Birmingham City University students, to network across the Faculty and to be involved in a fun cultural event. We have some fantastically talented students in the Faculty and it will be great to display their work to the public.”

Paul Newman Study for a handle  III 8 x 8 cm

[Photo by Paul Newman]

The event held on the 2 April will consist of several talks between 20 and 30 minutes about different areas of Gothic – fashion, architecture, literature and photography. It will be open to interested staff, students, and members of the public, and is FREE to attend.

For more information please visit: or tweet @gothicinbrum

Exhibiting artists include: Jivan Astfalck, Sally Bailey, Rachel Colley, Alessandro Columbano, Gregory Dunn, Jodie Drinkwater, Joanna Fursman, Anneka French, Bruno Grilo, Ole Hagen, Hannah Honeywill, Shelley Hughes, Sevven Kucuk, Jo Longhurst, Amy Lunn, Paul Newman, Wendi Ann Titmus, Cathy Wade, Grace A Williams and Rafal Zar.

Join us at Swipeside 2015 this Week

Flatpack Film Festival is now in full swing and for the second year, the festival has worked alongside a team of visual communication, media and art students from Birmingham City University  to curate and deliver a new strand: Swipeside.


Swipeside runs for one week from 23-30 March in the brand new Parkside Building and has a number of exciting events, talks, screenings and workshops all taking place.

There will also be a host of national and international guests attending the official launch in the Parkside Gallery on the 24 March, including Nobuaki Doi and Mirai Mizue, Priit PärnCyriak, BAFTA-winners Will Anderson & Ainslie HendersonChris Randall, and Eimhin McNamara. Continue reading Join us at Swipeside 2015 this Week

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Flatpack Film Festival 2015…

As the Flatpack film festival 2015 begins, here are just a few reasons as to why you should check it out…

  1. Flatpack held it’s first festival back in 2006, making this year its ninth event! Oh-Willy_stil-051
  2. The festival is taking place across 30 venues in Birmingham including BCU Parkside, The Mockingbird, Impact Hub, Custard Factory, Hackney Picturehouse, St Paul’s Church, Great Western Arcade, and Old Joint Stock Theatre.8990465782_c62e856eba_b
  3. This year Flatpack’s organisers are expecting a turnout of just over 9000 people across the whole festival.Untitled
  4. Animation, documentaries, artist’s film and installations as well as shorts are  just a few of the listed categories for 2015, with 120 films expected to screen across the festival.David Bowie is - V&A Exhibition 2013
  5. Winner of three Cannes Critic’s Award ‘The Tribe’ will be screened on the 22nd March 2015 at The Electric. The entire cast for the film is deaf and mute therefore the ‘dialogue’ throughout the film is in complete sign language with no subtitles or voice over. TheTribe
  6. Since the early years of Flatpack, the production has been soundtracked by WFMU which is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. In honour of flatpack station Manager Ken will be broadcasting a special one-off show from Birmingham to mark the UK premiere of Sex and Broadcasting.Dave_the_Spazz



Parkside Gallery Hosts Flatpack Festival’s Amusement Park Exhibition

Flatpack Film Festival kick-starts this March and has teamed up for the second year with Birmingham City University.

The Parkside campus will be acting as a hub for filmic ingenuity and innovation featuring an industry day, installations, exhibitions and workshops throughout the festival. (Flatpack)

For two weeks from the 16 March 2015 the Parkside Gallery will be exclusively hosting the Amusement Park Exhibition, which has never before been shown in the UK. Produced by Kimmo Välimäki the attraction looks at exploring the relationship between animation and interactivity from a group of contemporary Finnish animators working beyond film.

Electric_Soul_Screenshot2-web The official launch event for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday 24 March from 6pm and will feature Joni Männistö and Lucas Pedersen’s Electric Soul, in which viewers are able to create their own electronic soundtrack to a short film; Garbage Whirl, Kaisa Penttila’s immersive life-size zoetrope made from a carousel ride; and Aiju Salminen’s Fortune Teller, which monitors its audience and spits out prophecies.

Elemental created by Visual Design student William Marler and Ben Weatherill from Birmingham Conservatoire, is a multi-projector installation that will show alongside the exhibition at the event launch for one night only. The installation which is a part of the Frontiers Festival, fuses the four elements with advanced technologies to create an immersive projection-mapping experience.Electric_Soul_Screenshot-web

Entry for the event is free for students with valid ID cards and more information on the event can be found on the Flatpack website.