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

Green Heart Festival - Winter - Illumination
The following activities will be taking place in and around the Green Heart in December 2019 and January and February 2020. Many of them take place in partnership with Arts and Science Festival, a celebration of research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond.

Truly Bright and Memorable: Jan de Beer's Renaissance Altarpieces

This exhibition focuses on the Barbers's own double-sided altarpiece featuring the Nativity and the Apocryphal tale of Joseph and the Suitors, and brings together for the first time all his paintings and drawings from public and private collections in Britain.

Date: Continues to 19 January 2020, Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 and Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
Location: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Light on Loop

Visit the University's outdoor screen for a rolling programme of award winning shorts by fimmakers from across the globe. Using a variety of techniques including movement, pixilation, stop motion and visual effects, the films explore light in creative and imaginative ways.

Date: Wed 4 Dec 2019, Wed 29 Jan 2020, Wed 26 February 2020, 10:00 - 17:00 (drop in)
Location: Outdoor screen, Staff House Plaza (R23)

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Light Painting

Join photographic artist Jo Gane and light up the Green Heart! Using digital cameras and slow exposure times, workshop participants will create explosive images using coloured torches and lights to draw in the night sky. The workshop will be divided into 10 minute slots, each open to groups of 1-4 people per slot.

Date: Monday 9 December, 17:30 - 20:00
Location: Meet outside Main Library (R30 on campus map).
Booking is recommended

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

University Carol Concert

Mark the beginning of Advent and imminent Christmas cheer in a traditional service of carols and readings led by the University Chaplaincy with music performed by Birmingham University Singers. Presented by University Music in partnership with the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy.

Date: Monday 9 December, 18:15 - 20:00
Location: Aston Webb Building, Great Hall (R6 on campus map), University of Birmingham.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Hidden Figures: Royal Institution Christmas Lecture

Join us for the first nation-wide live screening of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, this year led by Dr Hannah Fry (Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities, University College London).

In Secrets and Lies: The Hidden Power of Maths, Hannah will unmask the numbers, rules and patterns that secretly influence our lives.

Date: Thursday 12 December, 17:30 - 20:30
Location: Bramall Music Building, Elgar Concert Hall (R12)
Book your place

Presented by UoB Public Engagement in partnership with the Royal Institution and Thinktank Science Museum.

Illuminating Sculptures

Discover the Sculpture Collection in this illuminating sculpture tour. With a torch in hand, we'll throw light on some of our favourite pieces and highlight sculptures by eminent artists, which make the campus an inspiring place to enjoy both day and night.

Student focused session: Thursday 23 January 2020, 17:30 - 18:15
Location: Meet at Old Joe Clock Tower, Chancellor's Court
Book your place

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Arts and Science Lightning Talks

Get to know six artworks in 60 minutes... all with a link between arts, science and illumination. Continue the conversations over complimentary drinks, served after the talks.

Date: Monday 27 January 2020, 17:30 - 19:00
Location: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (R14 on campus map)
Booking essential

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

UoBe Enlightened

Celebrating curiosity, inspiration, learning and enrichment.

To celebrate the opening of the Teaching and Learning Building on campus, we are hosting a day of bitesize inspirational talks. Each session is no more than 15 minutes long, and will cover everything from leadership, the Cold War, abortion rights, Shakespeare, head injuries to computer science and much more.

Date: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 13:00 - 19:00
Location: The Teaching and Learning Building (next to the Main Library)
Book your free place

Astronomy in the City

Join the University of Birmingham's Observatory team for an evening of discovery under the night sky! Astronomy in the City brings together cutting edge astronomy research and expert talks, with stargazing and observation using partable telescopes in the University's Green Heart.

Date: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 17:45 - 19:30 followed by an opportunity for star gazing
Location: Poynting Physics Building, Large Lecture Theatre (2nd floor) (R13)
Booking essential


Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Candle-lit Yoga in the Gallery

Join Research and Cultural Collections and UB Sport & Fitness for an hour of relaxation and mindfulness (plus some modern art!) The class is suitable for all levels and yoga mats/equipment will be provided. 

Date: Monday 17 February 2020, 17:30 - 18:30
Location: Aston Webb Building, Rotunda Gallery (First Floor) (R6 on campus map)
Booking essential

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Light Show

A fantastic show of light effects and experiments inside a darkened dome! Don't miss this fabulous, fun, high energy romp through light and colour. 

Date: Tuesday 18 February, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45
Location: Bramall Music Building, Dome Room (3rd Floor) (R12 on campus map).
Price: £4, booking recommended.

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

Lichen Landscapes and Mossy Minds

Join our sculpture commission winners Juneau Projects for this one-off family workshop inspired by their sculpture proposal for the Green Heart, 'Mosswerk'.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 (drop in)
Location: Lapworth Museum of Geology

Part of the Arts and Science Festival

 Becoming Birmingham: History, Diversity and Collaboration


Join us to hear about the exciting research that a group of University of Birmingham student volunteers, from undergraduate to doctorate level, have been conducting in the University Archives regarding the University's history of engagement with people from around the world. Following these short presentations, we will be joined by three key speakers who will give their perspectives on this topic of diversity and collaboration in British history: Dr Michell Chresfield (University of Birmingham),  Dr Pippa Virdee (De Montfort University) and an external guest from  the organisation, Beatfreeks.

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020, 12:00 - 16:30
Location: Lapworth Museum of Geology
Register your place