Green Heart Festival Spring 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, Autumn, with the theme Change and Winter, with the theme Illumination. We now move into Spring, with the final theme of Hope.

The following activities will be taking place in and around the Green Heart in March, April, May and June 2020. Many of them take place in partnership with Arts and Science Festival, a celebration of research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond.

John Walker: Works from the campus art collection 1966-1996

From 1960s minimalism to richly allegorical prints and paintings of the 1990s, this exhibition explores the visual language of internationally acclaimed artist John Walker, showcasing a selection of works from the University of Birmingham’s Campus Art Collection.

Date: Continues until Friday, 13th March 2020
Location: Aston Webb Building, Rotunda Gallery (First Floor).

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Ten Birmingham Women

Celebrate ten years of Winterbourne House being refurbished with a talk on Ten Birmingham Women and discover what life was like for Edwardian women when Winterbourne House and Garden was first built.

Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 7pm-8.30pm
Location: Winterbourne House and Garden
Book your place

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Project IndiActs - How to improve the world, one individual action at a time

Project IndiActs is a website full of very practical tips and suggestions to make it easier for people to take action and contribute to a better world. The project team would like to involve a range of voices in setting the agenda for their research in these two workshops.

Date: Monday 23 March, 12.00 - 13.00 and 17.00 - 18.00
Location: 12.00 - N329 Gisbert Kapp Building (G8 on campus map). 17.00 - 149 European Research Institute (G3 on campus map).
Booking is recommended

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

One Minute Movies

Watch entries to the Department of Film and Creative Writing's annual One Minute Movie competition. Entrants have created films inspired by the Green Heart Festival's winter theme: illumination.

Date: Wednesday 25 March, 18.00 - 19.30
Location: G15, Muirhead Tower (ground floor) (R21 on campus map)
Booking recommended

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Momento Mori

Using selected works from the Barber Institute collection this pop-up event will act as a catalyst for thought, discussion and reflection on the topic of death and dying. Come along, pick up a Sharpie and leave your mark.

Date: Wednesday 8 April and Monday 11 May, 10.00-14.00 (drop-in)
Location: The Green Heart

Part of the Arts and Science Festival


Join artist duo Juneau Projects for this family friendly workshop exploring red-green-blue animation. Produce drawings inspired by the natural world and then watch them come to life in coloured light.

Date: Friday 24 April, 11.30-13.30
Location: Lapworth Museum of Geology (R4 on campus map)

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Beast FEaST: Come Together

BEAST FEaST 2020 aspires to jotously defy the idea of a disunited world, to explore ideas of optimism, reconciliation and restoration, and celebrate the ways that electronic music can bring us together.

Date: Thursday 30 April - Saturday 2 May
Location: Bramall Music Building, Elgar Concert Hall (R12 on campus map)
Booking details will be released soon.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Deeper Routes with Christiane Worth

Christiane Worth has long been fascinated with trees and on this walk will explore the University grounds, highlighting the variety of wild trees, municipal street trees, in parkland and the University's own selection.

Date: Thursday 14 May, 17.30-19.00
Location: Starting point to be confirmed.
Book your place

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Silent Orchid Festival

Do you have a windowsill in need of some decoration? Are you interested in growing orchids sucessfully? Artist Matt Westbrook and world orchid authority Philip Seaton invite you to buy an orchid seedling and nurture it to full flower.

Date: Friday 15 May, 12.00 - 16.00
Location: Research and Cultural Collections Student Centre, 32 Pritchatts Road (G1 on the campus map)

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Poetry in an age of environmental crisis

In this talk, Professor John Holmes will show how poetry can help us to face up to the impact that human beings are having on the environment and other living things, and to find the imagination and the hope required to get us, individually and collectively, through to a better, more sustainable future.

Date: Wednesday 20 May, 13.00 - 14.00
Location: Teaching and Learning Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (R32 on campus map)
Booking is recommended

Part of the Arts and Science Festival