The University of Wolverhampton has celebrated its rich artistic heritage and has welcomed a new era of arts at a special event which took place in June.
Figures from the art world and local dignitaries, gathered for the official launch of the Wolverhampton School of Art, a new vision for art and design in the city.
Students have taken part in a competition to design a commemorative piece of artwork for the event. These were displayed and a winner was selected on the day, judged by Turner Prize nominee Professor Jane Wilson, who is famed for her photography and film work with her twin sister Louise.
The event, which took place on June 5, included a drinks reception, unveiling of new signage, guided tours of the facilities and a piano recital.
The School of Art’s roots lie in the establishment of provincial schools of art and design which were spurred on by the Great Exhibition of 1851. Early pioneer George Wallis was a Wolverhampton teacher and artist with a lifelong interest in art education who became a deputy commissioner for the great exhibition.
Dr John Pymm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, said: “Our vision is to shape the future of the arts and creative industries in contemporary society.
“The launch of the Wolverhampton School of Art will ensure we continue our legacy in style, thanks to the next generation of talent which makes a difference.
“In 2014, the creative sector was the fastest-growing area of the UK economy, delivering £76.9 billion of Gross Value Added, or 5% of total British output. Our graduates are well positioned to make an impact in this flourishing sector, and our courses are designed and fashioned to ensure they are well acquainted with industry requirements.”
Plans for the School were unveiled at a recent University of Wolverhampton event held at the House of Lords to celebrate the arts and creative industries.