Art and Belonging in the West Midlands

12th May 2021

Midlands Art Papers (MAP) – a collaboration between the University of Birmingham’s History of Art Department and cultural practitioners from 13 partner museums and galleries across the Midlands – is launching the fourth issue of its open-access journal. 

The Midlands Arts Papers are being launched at a free online event on Wednesday 12 May from 1-3.30pm, Art and Belonging in the West Midlands, co-hosted by our partners at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The event will explore one of the main themes from the forthcoming issue of Midland Art Papers: the ways in which art can help us understand what it's like to belong or not belong in different times and places.

The event will provide an exciting opportunity to learn about what it means to be an artist working in the West Midlands today, and how artists’ relationships with the region relate to their practice. There will be an exciting panel of artists and art professionals will be speaking at the event, including Mark Essen, Marley Starskey Butler, Dawinder Bansal, Hannah Taylor, and Maggie AyliffeLINK 

In conversation with

On 26th July 2020 , Marley Starskey Butler spoke to Stephen Burke about his photographic practice.