Green Heart Festival Autumn Season

The Green Heart has transformed the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus. Its completion and launch were marked with a summer season of events with the theme Celebration. We now move into Autumn, with the theme Change.

17850_Twitter_Posts-4The following activities will be taking place in and around the Green Heart in September, October and November 2019. Many of them take place in partnership with the Art and Science Festival, Book to the Future 2019 and the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Arts and Science Sculpture Commission

Visit our outdoor display case and take a look at scale models produced by our four sculpture commission finalists – Andrew Gillespie, Hipkiss & Graney, Intervention Architecture and Juneau Projects.

Date: Friday 7 June - Friday 11 October 2019, all day.
Location: Sculptures displayed in the Green Heart (above Cuore) / Exhibition in the Rotunda in the Aston Webb Building

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Exhibition: History of the University of Birmingham

The history of the University of Birmingham illustrated through photographs from the University heritage archive collection - from its roots in Mason Science College to the unification of all teaching on the Edgbaston campus in the 1960s.

Date: Friday 7 June 2019 - Friday 31 January 2020, 09:00 - 18:00
Location: Main Library Atrium.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Curating the Campus: Commissioning Public Art

Join the Research and Cultural Collections team and explore the history of commissioning at the University of Birmingham.

You will discover portraiture, sculptures and architectural features previously commissioned by the University, as well as our latest sculpture commission located in the Green Heart. Booking is recommended.

Date: Thursday 12 September, 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Meet at Old Joe Clock Tower, Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Workshop: Feral Sculpture Making

Join Juneau Projects, who have been shortlisted for our Green Heart Arts & Science Sculpture Commission, and create your own work of art! Use your ingenuity and foraging skills to craft a sculpture from the natural materials you find about the campus and then display it in the Rotunda Gallery. Booking recommended.

Date:Wednesday 25 September, 12:00 - 14:00
Location: Aston Webb Building, Rotunda Gallery (First Floor) (R6 on campus map), University of Birmingham.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Research Farmers' Market

The University of Birmingham has been doing research that matters to Birmingham for over 100 years, but it’s not always easy to know about the amazing work that’s happening. Research in the Heart of Brum is about bringing our research to life so you can get hands-on with amazing discoveries with the pioneers behind it and tell us what you think about the work we’re doing. So get involved and be curious!

Date: Thursday 26 September, 12:00 - 16:00
Location: University Square, Green Heart, University of Birmingham

Hands-on Exhibition: The Building Blocks to Battery Technology

Batteries are all around us: mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles. One of the few things most haven’t considered is how do they operate? At the interactive stall of the ‘The Building Blocks of Battery Technology’ come and join our current battery research staff and post-graduate students from the School of Chemistry and the School of Metallurgy & Materials, who’ll be talking all things batteries and explaining operation and challenges in the form of our giant jenga sets illustrated to look like the set-up of an actual battery. If the weather is nice, our very own Diesel the Dino might be out and about.

No booking required.

Student focused session: Wednesday 2 October, 12:00 - 17:00
Location: University Square, Green Heart, University of Birmingham

Family, community and school-children focused session: Wednesday 30 October, 11:00 - 15:00
Location: Library Lawn (between the Main Library and Cuore), Green Heart, University of Birmingham

Black History Month Launch Event

The University of Birmingham School Steel and Samba bands will perform an outdoor lunchtime (weather allowing) concert, to launch the University's Black History Month programme. Black History Month cupcakes for the first 100 visitors!

Date: Friday 4 October, 12:30 - 13:00
Location: Library Lawn, Green Heart, University of Birmingham

Week of Wellbeing: Take time out for yourself, try something new

Themed around the five ways to wellbeing, the Week of Wellbeing will give University staff an opportunity to try a host of activities, including bike rides, creative sessions, cultural tours, meet a Guide Dog, go on a blind date with a book and much more. Full programme and registration details.

Date: Monday 7 - Friday 11 October
Location: Various places across campus, depending on the session.

Revolutions: 1989 in 2019 | Youth Art Exhibition

his exhibition showcases the artwork produced in a workshop for young people, exploring the histories of Central and Eastern Europe and using testimonies. 

Date: Tuesday 8 October - Friday 11 October, open daily from 09:00 to 18:00
Location: European Research Institute, Foyer (G3), University of Birmingham.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Revolutions: 1989 in 2019 | Conference

Conference of In-Between Spaces which will bring together artists, academics and other practitioners in the cultural sector to discuss representation and inclusion of Central and Eastern European artists in the UK creative economies.

Date: Friday 11 October, 09:00 - 18:00
Location: To be confirmed
Register your place

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Revolutions: 1989 in 2019 | Projection

Don’t miss this large-scale projection onto Old Joe. Polish artist Maciek Backzyk has been commissioned to create a new audio-visual work produced from the testimonies of Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK.

Date: Friday 11 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Old Joe Clock Tower, Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Protest in Print: '1968' in reviews

This exhibition shows extracts and images from literary and cultural reviews from the 1968 period in the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Italy and Morocco. It highlights the ways in which writers and creative practitioners responded to events of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Date: Wednesday 16 October to Monday 21 October
Location: European Research Institute, University of Birmingham.


Celebrating health and wellbeing in the Green Heart. Nurture body and mind in this sculptural exercise programme, which responds directly to the shapes and forms of a selection of sculptures in the campus art collection.

Date: Friday 18 October, 12:45 - 13:30
Location: Tour starts from Old Joe Clock Tower, Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham. 
Register your place

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Everyday activism: harnessing anger for change

Can anyone change the world? As we near the end of 2019, we see our environment in crisis, fascism on the rise, and basic human rights being threatened. Join us on the 19th October for a panel talk (speakers TBA), Q&A and an informal discussion to explore all things activism. 

Date: Saturday 19 October, 13:00 - 14:00
Location: University of Birmingham campus 
Register your place

Part of Book to the Future 2019

The quiet power of fiction

Clare Morrall discusses how she challenges preconceptions in her novels. Fiction is uniquely placed to give us new perspectives, to take us to new worlds and get inside the heads of people we might never normally encounter.

Date: Saturday 19 October, 14:00 - 15:00
Location: University of Birmingham campus
Register your place

Part of Book to the Future 2019

The pen is mightier than the sword

Passionate and well-articulated ideas can change the world for better or worse. Good writing inspires openness, thinking, talking, and action. We ask our panel to share with us stories, examples and extracts of writing that inspired positive change.

Date: Saturday 19 October, 15:00 - 16:00
Location: University of Birmingham campus
Register your place

Part of Book to the Future 2019

Three-sided Marxist football tournament

The tournament was devised by the Danish Situationist Jorn to explain his notion of triolectics, his refinement on the Marxian concept of dialectics. Played on a hexagonal pitch with three teams instead of the usual two, the winning team is that which concedes the least number of goals. All are welcome to take part.

Date: Wednesday 23 October, time tbc
Location: Library Lawn (between the Main Library and Cuore), Green Heart, University of Birmingham.

Part of the Art and Science Festival

Workshop: Leaving no one behind - Localising Sustainable Development Goals thinking amongst youth

Drawing on research undertaken at Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, this future-oriented event aims strengthening paths in which UN SDGs could be achieved. Hence, supporting Britain to deliver its Agenda 2030 commitments, with 11 years left. 

Date: Wednesday 6 November
Location: University of Birmingham
Register your place

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 201

Green Heart Lecture: Green Romans
What have the Romans got to do with our environmental crisis? Could Roman ideas provide the catalyst for the cultural shift in attitudes towards the environment? This public lecture will be delivered by Classics lecturer Dr Ailsa Hunt.

Date: Thursday 14 November, 17:30 - 18:30
Location: Law Lecture Room 3, Room 116, Law Building

Register your place 

Live Art in the Green Heart with Demi Nandhra

The space has transformed. Spaces can be changed. Spaces can be altered. Spaces can be transformed… But what about the politics of a space, can those change? Is that he case here? Together we will interrogate the conventions and rules of public space, the policing of certain bodies, and the ultimate act of public disruption: resting. #LiveArtForTheGreenHeart

Date: Wednesday 5 December, time to be confirmed.
Location: The Green Heart, University of Birmingham