Have we lost the art of happiness?

Have we lost the art of happiness?

Birmingham arts consultancy Hybrid explores the idea of happiness within arts and business with Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for arts

Birmingham-based arts consultancy, Hybrid is welcoming Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Minister for Arts to the first of two “Critical Dialogue” events exploring the relationship between social responsibility, diversity and happiness. Arts consultant, Mel Larson will also contribute to the event, which takes place on Monday 29 September at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

The theme of the event has been shaped by the experiences and work of five visual artists who are working with four West Midlands venues. The artists have each been commissioned to respond to the theme of British Summertime, as part of a scheme which aims to encourage and reflect the diversity, talent and excellence of visual artists whose work is connected with the experiences and cultures of England’s African, Asian and Caribbean populations:

Andrew Jackson has been working with Multistory in West Bromwich, Feng-Ru Lee with New Art Gallery Walsall, Rita Patel and Saranjit Birdi with Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford and Shaheen Ahmed with Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton.

The commissions and Critical Dialogue event stem from the recommendations of a recent report by Arts Council England, West Midlands called ‘The Elephant in the Room’. Produced by Hybrid, the report examines the opportunities and barriers facing the region’s African, Caribbean and Asian visual arts sector.

Dr Samina Zahir says:

“Hybrid believes that creative thinking can provide us with new ways of responding to contemporary issues – the arts are key to this but dialogue must take place across sectors between communities and individuals”

The Critical Dialogue event will run from 12.45pm to 6.45pm with group discussions, pitching sessions, symposia and networking. A second event is scheduled for later in year. Registration forms and more information will be available on the Hybrid website from the 8 September. Please see www.hybridconsulting.org.uk for more information or email info@hybridconsulting.org.uk to register.

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