Places can now be booked on the immersive free art exhibition being staged at the Good Shepherd as part of the role as one of the ambassadors for the British Art Show 9 (BAS9).
The #ItStartsWithAMeal exhibition also takes place as part of the commemorations to mark 50 years since the Brothers first arrived to start helping people experiencing homelessness in Wolverhampton.
The exhibition runs at selected times from April 7-10, with guests beginning their experience from the car park on our premises at Waterloo Road as part of sharing the experience of people who access the Good Shepherd’s services.
A meal will be served just as it is to those who visit the charity to receive food during which service users will share testimonies of their own experiences.
Guests will then access what used to be the Night Shelter before the Covid-19 pandemic arrived two years ago, which has now been repurposed into an exhibition space featuring the work of the Good Shepherd’s art and photography class.
Wolverhampton is the first city in England to be hosting the British Art Show – which takes place every five years – from January 22 to April 10, showcasing the work of 35 contemporary artists, including four Turner Prize winners, at the School of Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Selected as one of the ambassadors for the Show, which launched in Aberdeen and will move on to Manchester and Plymouth, the Good Shepherd will be showcasing the work of service users who have attended weekly art sessions at the charity for many years and featured in several different exhibitions. Click here to find out more.
The themes of the British Art Show are tactics for togetherness, reparative history and imagining new futures and, as one of the host cities for the very first time, Wolverhampton is focusing on the theme, ‘living and giving voice to difference’.
Already so far service users from the Good Shepherd have enjoyed the opportunity of taking part in several workshops linked to BAS9, including a portraiture experience at Wolverhampton Art Gallery organised by Chris Manley and involving artists Erika Stewart, Tina Willis-Jones and Ron Satterthwaite.
Then there was a glass fusing workshop at the Good Shepherd led by Rachel and Linda from the Methodist Church followed by the opportunity to actually tour the full exhibition at both the Art Gallery and School of Art at the University of Wolverhampton.
As part of that there was also a workshop led by graffiti artist Steve ‘Graffoflarge’ Edwards.
There are also further events and workshops planned during the remainder of BAS9.
- The ‘ItStartsWithAMeal’ exhibition at the Good Shepherd is free of charge but must be booked in advance. Click here to access the link and book a slot.