Buzz Issue 56 February 2005
Historic double first 3
Spin cycle 4
The family sax 4
Miss India Worldwide 4
Elgar celebrations 7
Dentistry student shows winning smile Sports shorts 9
Birmingham Dentistry student Amrita Hunjan beat competitors from Australia, Canada, France, Hong
Kong, India, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, South Africa, Portugal, France, the Netherlands,
the United Arab Emirates and the US to be crowned Miss India Worldwide at a Bollywood star studded
gala event in Mumbai. See page 4 for the full story.
boost to mental health training
The University is to create a £3.7 million teaching and learning centre dedicated to improving
the lives of people with mental health problems.
The Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Teaching and in higher education by rewarding staff for excellent
Learning (CETL) in Mental Health, which opens in late contributions to teaching, and learning and will work ‘It is claimed that on any one day
2005, will help develop the NHS mental health workforce with higher education institutions nationally to support we are subject to 15,000 advertising
by delivering and developing interdisciplinary mental health and disseminate best practice. messages. We can’t cope with that
teaching and learning. The Centre will also unite academics
from across the University and professionals from the higher Programme Director, Diane Bailey, said: ‘Mental health is
so we erect perceptual barriers.
education, health, and social care sectors. It will focus on a multi-faceted issue and we need to work together to help In this over-communicated society
existing partnerships with a range of organisations, including improve the lives of people with mental health problems we are going to depend even more
the Heart of England Mental Health Research Hub; Mental in the UK. The mental health community embraces health, on brand as a shorthand notation
Health in Higher Education Project (MHHE); the National social care and education. This is a real opportunity for
so that you see a name and instantly
Institute for Mental Health and the N H S University. Based CETL, to develop highly influential teaching and research
at the Edgbaston campus, the new centre will continue programmes and projects that will impact on interdisciplinary you know so much.’
to build on the University’s excellent work in mental health working and learning nationally and internationally.’
education; and the large scale of the CETL will bring Professor Leslie de Chernatony, Professor of Brand
together academics and students from the schools of The project is being funded by the Higher Education Funding Marketing, Birmingham Business School
Education, Health Sciences, Medicine, Public Policy, Council for England (HEFCE) at a rate of £500,000 for five
Psychology and Social Sciences. It will also develop years and capital funding of £1.2 million. A total of 74 UK
innovations in interdisciplinary mental health education higher education establishments have today been awarded
funding to create CETLs, which promote excellence in More about ‘the changing
teaching and learning in higher education. The funds received
The new centre will continue to build on by CETLs will be used to recognise and reward excellent face of Birmingham’
the University’s excellent work in mental teachers and enable institutions to invest in staff, buildings
health education and equipment, and support and enhance successful on page 2
learning in new and challenging ways.
The changing face of Birmingham
The University’s public face begins a radical transformation this week. After over two years of research,
consultation and development, the website, university publications and university stationery will
begin to change into the new design style developed between the University design team and brand
consultancy Wolff Olins. Vehicle livery will change over time as will uniforms, merchandise, identity
cards, sports kits and more.
When the University undertook a review of how it was communications, the University’s involvement in the Incubator
perceived both internally and in the outside world in 2002, site planned at Pebble Mill and the new hospital at the top of
the words most closely associated with Birmingham included campus; all continuing the development of the University’s
safe, worthy, cautious, proper, credible and follower. While facilities and profile for the benefit of staff and students.
some of these associations were positive; being a proper
A quick word university for example, the idea of Birmingham being reactive,
‘At the core of the new design
or a follower or inoffensive did not tell the whole story. We
All change! In the tradition of a certain time-travelling wanted to be associated with a broader spectrum of qualities is a body of quotes drawn from
doctor, Buzz has emerged into the new-year with a new that would include references to our research work. We wanted our academic ancestors, as well as
look but the same mission (although not saving the world to stop referring to our long history as our only mark of quality.
people living and working here today,
from a Dalek invasion). The new design is part of the larger It plays a part, but current and future research is what will
re-branding process that the University has been working prove Birmingham’s status in a changing HE environment. researching into disciplines that will
towards, in conjunction with Wolff Olins, the agency change lives and society into the
behind the Tate gallery and Orange identities. From this Some of these new values included, radical, proud, inquisitive, future. These are the best example
month, you will notice many changes around the University confident, independent and visionary, proactive and
of the heart of the University.’
– from publications like Buzz and the prospectuses to the confrontational. This sort of shift in perception required
website, merchandise and vehicle livery. Read more about a major overhaul of both our design style and the way
the changing face of Birmingham opposite. in which the University described itself, in text, images
and colour. At the core of the new design is a body of quotes drawn from
Last month I was happy to report that Buzz had been our academic ancestors, as well as people living and working
nominated for an PRide Award. This month I am even With so much focus on the design styles over the past few here today, researching into disciplines that will change lives
happier to report that Buzz was awarded Silver at the months, however, it has been easy to lose sight of the full and society into the future. These are the best example of
recent Midlands Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards breadth of this project. While the packaging is important, it the heart of the University. The forthcoming undergraduate
in the 'best newsletter' category. The Barber Institute and is far from being the whole story. Over the same period, the prospectus, contains many quotes from students, alumni,
the University's Communications team were also finalists University embarked on a number of projects that would also employers, research active academics and benefactors,
in the awards in the 'best in-house campaign' and 'PR contribute to changing the perception of Birmingham. The demonstating that innovation and inspiration are thriving
Team of the Year' awards. Well done to all involved! desire to invest in the look and feel of campus, the opening at Birmingham.
of Shackleton with its brand new facilities for students,
Don't forget, Buzz will be reverting to its usual fortnightly investment in Autumn 2004 in a new body of academic At a time when so much debate about HE is centred around
(during term-time) schedule. The deadlines for the rest of staff, the welcoming of the BBC to the Selly Oak campus, the issue of fees, it aims to move the discussion on, to give
this term are on page 11 and a full list of deadlines until and the publication of research and academic strategies readers a taste of being part of a community that is actively
the end of the academic year will follow shortly. all chip away at the misconception of a university resting engaged in the fight against cancer, in developing new ways
on its laurels. of learning, in nanotechnology, using cutting edge technology
Sam Smith to develop our understanding of archaeology, or trying to
Content Editor And the changes continue, with plans to develop the retail understand the very beginnings of our solar system. It is
email@example.com facilities on campus, the internal communications audit that these elements that will inspire people to come to Birmingham.
0121 414 6948 seeks to tackle the perennial problems around internal This is more than we could ever express in a crest.
the Happiness lecture February September 17
The 2005 Baggs Memorial Lecture on the theme Undergraduate Prospectus delivered to the University Undergraduate Open Day – all undergraduate print and
of ‘Happiness’ will be given by Open Day poster in new brand sent to UK display material in the new style
Sue Lawley, OBE One Life magazine in new brand – sent to students November 9
receiving an offer of a place from the University Postgraduate Open Day – all school and central
on 21 June 2005 at 6.00pm in First part of Virtual Tour launched on website postgraduate print and display material in the
the Great Hall, University of Birmingham (full tour completed by end February) new style
New University map to replace old map
Tickets and further information from First batch of vehicles rebadged in new style November 30
Katy Prakash on 0121 414 2950 or visit Launch of new website (top 750 pages in new brand) Final deadline by which all remaining print/material is
www.newscentre.bham.ac.uk/events converted to the new style (eg stationery, business cards,
April 22 CPD print, etc)
Undergraduate Open Day – all school and central
undergraduate print and display stands produced
University staff Garden Club in the new style
Full enjoyment of Winterbourne during this
exciting year for £3 per month
Seven-day access The Design and Publications Studio is currently focusing its activity on the design and production of all school
Email news and central undergraduate print and display material for the April 22 Open Day. The volume of work currently
Free gardening advice line in the Studio is immense so you will need to allow a longer lead-time than normal when requesting both new
Contact a.m.darbybham.ac.uk print and quotations for costs of proposed print. We would ask for your patience and support when requesting
Tel: 0121 414 5590 new design jobs.
Historic double first News in brief
discovered in archives Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences’ John Kings
was spot on in his prediction of a white Christmas across
Birmingham and the West Midlands region last year.
Rare footage, which dates back over 100 years, featuring Birmingham’s first graduation ceremony and its
founding Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain, has been discovered and was last month shown on BBC 2. Meteorologist John, who operates the University weather
facility, correctly predicted the snowfalls on Christmas Day
with the following forecast: ‘We will experience an unsettled
and changeable week leading up to Christmas… some
prolonged snowfall will occur early Christmas morning and
again during the evening of 25 December. Temperatures
will remain below freezing until 29 December … then a
change to wet and windy yet mild conditions come the
New Year.’ Any chance of a summer sun prediction, John?
Leading Birmingham theologian and broadcaster Robert
Beckford presented a two-hour documentary investigating
the origins of the Bible in a documentary broadcasted by
Channel 4 on Christmas Day.
In Who Wrote the Bible? Dr Beckford set out on a voyage
of discovery from Birmingham to the West Bank, from
Jerusalem to Turkey, from Rome to Bible-belt America to
reveal the truth behind how the word of God has been
interpreted by the human hand, from Genesis to the
King James version of the good book and beyond.
‘The stewards heroically led the way
right into the teeth of the cinematograph, During the programme, Robert met fellow Birmingham
in front of the fountain, along the academic Dr Mark Goodacre in Rome, where they
discussed the Gospels and the New Testament in the
Victoria Square, Paradise Street
Workmen clearing out a derelict shop in Blackburn ancient surroundings of the catacombs and St Peter’s Square.
discovered 800 reels of film which give an unrivalled and Ratcliff Place.’ The two theologians discussed the writings of Matthew, Mark,
visual account of late Victorian and early Edwardian British Luke and John in turn, addressing questions including who
life. The film was shown for the first time as part of the they were, when they were writing, what their sources were,
BBC’s series The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon. of the fountain, along the Victoria Square, Paradise Street how they depict Jesus, and whether they were witnesses.
and Ratcliff Place.’
The second programme of the series featured moving
pictures of the University’s first graduation ceremony on Archivist Philippa Bassett, has been helping the BBC to Watch This Theatre Company, recently acclaimed at the
Saturday 6 July 1901 at which the Chancellor, Joseph identify the people in the film. Philippa says: ‘I was able Edinburgh Festival, last month performed Strange Shadows
Chamberlain, presided. It also included footage of the to find student record cards for three of the four women a play written by Birmingham playwright and lecturer, Tom
University’s first women graduates, Caroline Edith Morgan and also discovered that Miss May was the first woman to Davis and local writer Deidre Burton, at the MAC.
(BSc), Gertrude Elsie May (MA), Margaret Mellard Hawkes receive a Master’s Degree from the University. I found some
(BA) and Anne Jane Marchant (BA). pictures of two of the graduating women from other sources The play is a wistful comedy set in a hairdressing salon
along with detailed descriptions of academic dress at that featuring a barbershop quartet and plenty of glitter spray. Tom
The 1901 Birmingham Magazine, the students’ magazine time and a register of the graduates from this particular said: ‘We hope people will get as much pleasure from seeing
at the time, has a report about the degree procession and ceremony with all their signatures. I am delighted that this play as we did from writing it; if they do, it’s because of
actually refers to the filming, stating: ‘The stewards heroically such an insightful and fascinating record of this time at the remarkable power and professionalism of the cast.’
led the way right into the teeth of the cinematograph, in front the beginning of the University’s life has been unearthed.’
Deidre and Tom have worked together as a writing team for
four years and have written songs, short stories, poems and
University supports Radio film scripts. Strange Shadows is their first collaboration with
Watch This Theatre Company.
Aid’s Tsunami appeal Congratulations to Glynis Hale and Tracy Greensmith from
the School of Physics and Astronomy who recently raised
The University took part in last month’s Radio Aid to raise money for the Tsunami survivors when £370 for Children in Need by dressing up in their favourite
Kerrang! 105.2 broadcast live from the Guild of Students. costumes. Thank you to staff and students who gave a
donation in the School of Physics and Astronomy and
More than 200 UK radio stations, including Birmingham- James Anthony, President of the Guild of Students, said: the Academic Office.
based Kerrang! participated in Radio Aid; a 12-hour ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to everyone,
broadcast featuring Chris Evans, Johnny Vaughan and including alumni, students and staff, who have been affected
Tony Blair. All the stations involved donated one day’s by the Tsunami. We were delighted to be able to help with Representatives from Microsoft visited the University earlier
profits to the Tsunami appeal, and listeners were encouraged this appeal.’ this month for the Gen’05 event. The event focused on how
to donate an hour of their time or money. Microsoft products and technologies can help maximise
potential. Visitors to the event were given the opportunity to
At Birmingham, staff and students have already raised ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies play with technologies, ask questions, listen to presentations
thousands for the appeal. Carnival – the fundraising arm go out to everyone, including alumni, and discuss recruitment opportunities at Microsoft. The event
of the Guild of Students – has reported an ‘overwhelming students and staff, who have been was one of only five similar events happening at university
response’ and a variety of events are planned, including a campuses across the UK.
affected by the Tsunami.’
24-hour football match.
Spin Cycle Exploring the family sax
In the media this month: Philosophy’s Iain Law spoke to MPhil student Ben Palmer is exploring unfamiliar and exciting territory with Chimes, his new piece for
the Guardian about moral theory; Psychologist Gary Wood the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain (NSC). The work utilises no fewer than eight different
took part in the recording of the first episode of the new members of the sax family – an almost unprecedented combination.
‘Trisha Goddard’ show on FIVE. He is the featured
psychologist and life-coach in Trisha’s ‘Campaign for
Change’. He was also interviewed for Glamour magazine
about the forthcoming film on Alfred Kinsey, featured as
a contemporary sex and relationships researcher in an
article about Kinsey for THES and was interviewed for
Wedding Day magazine for an article on intimacy, on top
of appearing in his regular ‘tamed psychologist’ slot on
BBC Radio WM’s The Late Show discussing ‘getting
over relationship break-ups’. Chris Game from the Institute
of Local Government Studies gave an interview to BBC
Northern Ireland TV’s ‘Spotlight’ news and current affairs
programme on the province’s proposed new water tax;
Rob Rowlands from the Centre for Urban and Regional
Studies gave interviews about the homelessness strategy
to Heart FM, Saga 105.7FM and Housing Today. Rob
also gave an interview to BBC Midlands Today regarding
how increased incidents of crime in housing areas can
be a prime factor for residents moving away; John Kings The standard sax quartet of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone Ben will conduct the Birmingham-based NSC in his new
from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental may be familiar but the tiny sopranino and massive bass work at the Gala Concert of the 2005 British Saxophone
Sciences gave interviews to Heart FM and Saga 105.7FM are far scarcer – the preserve largely of university and Congress at Birmingham Conservatoire on February 13.
about his predictions that Birmingham would have a white conservatoire sax departments. To have the miniscule The 30-strong choir, which attracts first-rate players from all
Christmas. He also gave comment to Saga 105.7FM soprillo (the world’s smallest sax) and the mighty tubax over the country, brings with it enormous but controlled power
regarding climate change and the floods in Carlisle. John (a form of contra-bass) available too is not quite unique, and a great sense of theatre, qualities that are exploited with
was also a guest on the BBC Radio WM Late Show but it’s certainly not an opportunity to be missed. resonant panache in Ben’s new music.
discussing climate change and the geographical effects
of tsunami, which he followed up on BBC Radio ‘My first thought on hearing the NSC was that I’d love to Sax Congress Gala Concert
Coventry & Warwickshire. David Keen spoke to the write a new work for them,’ Ben explained. ‘I really wanted 6.15pm
Leamington Courier, BBC Radio WM, the Coventry to make the most of both the virtuosity and musicality of the Sunday 13 February
Evening Telegraph and Leamington Observer about performers and the versatility and agility of the instruments. Birmingham Conservatoire
the discovery of a paleolithic handaxe in a quarry in Chimes aims to explore the sonorities of all the saxes, but Tickets £8 (£5)
Warwickshire; Gurharpal Singh from Theology gave especially the amazing and rarely heard tubax and soprillo.’ Tel: 0121 236 5622
media comment to various newspapers and radio stations
regarding the protest surrounding the play that was
cancelled at Birmingham Rep by Sikh playwright Gurpreet
Kaur Bhatti, including a major article in the Guardian.
Gurharpal also featured in BBC 2’s Asian arts and culture
programme, Desi DNA on the same topic. Mike Cruise
Dentistry student ‘crowned’
spoke to BBC Radio WM (Breakfast Show) regarding
the Hugyens space probe entering Titan’s atmosphere; Miss India Worldwide
Theology and Religion’s Jorgen Nielsen was interviewd by
Denmark Radio on Islam and democracy and by the weekly Birmingham dentistry student Amrita Hunjan last month made
magazine of the Cairo newspaper, Al-Ahram, on relations a triumphant return to the city after being crowned Miss India
betweem Islam and the West Worldwide at a Bollywood star-studded gala event in Mumbai.
Amrita was the Miss India UK entrant in the international
contest. She was awarded maximum points for her rendition
of Maria Mckee’s song ‘Show me heaven’.
The Bratby Bar is now
Other contestants came from Australia, Canada, France, Hong
a no-smoking area Kong, India, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, South
Africa, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, the United Arab
Special offers: Emirates and the US. All graduates or university students,
with professions ranging from doctors to lawyers and tax
Monday evenings accountants, contestants went through several segments
All bottled beers and Alco pops £1.50 each over three days, including talent items and modelling eastern
and western wear.
Double trouble spirits (2-4-1 offer) The judges included Bollywood personalities Dino Morea,
Preeti Jhangiani, Sanjay Suri and Aarti Chabria.
Wednesday evenings the Miss India Worldwide crown in Mumbai is truly a fairytale
A large glass of wine Sam Samra, Director of Miss India UK, says: ‘Amrita is a rare ending. I am truly delighted.’
(175ml) for the price talent. She stood out from the rest of the finalists and her
of a small glass performance was simply outstanding. This, combined with Amrita flew to Dubai directly after winning the contest for five
her charisma and beauty has now put the world at her feet, days to promote Al Liali Jewellers (sponsors of Miss India
she deserves it and so does the UK.’ UK) during the Dubai Shopping Festival. She has also had
numerous international media interviews and squeezed in
Amrita, who lives in Selly Oak, says: ‘There was a lot of some sightseeing. Further duties as Miss India Worldwide
expectation on me in the UK to win this event so winning will fit around her University commitments.
Knowing ourselves better – An inspiring
developing internal communications programme of
'PR' has recently been re-branded as 'Communications' to Just as this edition went to press, a further written
extend our remit. One of our first jobs is to look seriously questionnaire was canvassing the opinions of a further
at how the University communicates with itself. 100 staff. All this will now be analysed by DTW to ensure Information Services has recently added its first film
that the University captures the ideas in order to see how prop to its collections. The prop is a framed notice
In order to give us some clear information about exactly we can improve things in future. We're also ensuring that that appeared in the film Love’s Labour’s Lost
what makes up our current internal communications - as the suggestions are tested against best practice – both within directed by Kenneth Branagh in 2000.
well as ideas about how best to improve them - I have and indeed also outside higher education. Proposals for how
been working with consultants Chris Taylor and Ross to take the work forward in terms of what might specifically The opening of Shakespeare’s play shows the King of Navarre
Forbes from consultancy company DTW and the Staff be based within my directorate will be ready for the 05/06 setting up a learned academy which has a number of strict rules,
Development Unit. IIP champions Bob Bushaway, David planning cycle. And there's no doubt that whatever those including the abjuration of the company of women.
Miller and Rachel Canty have also helped lead the project proposals may ultimately be, they will be critically dependent
over the past weeks. It's a three-part process: an audit, on you and on the involvement of the wider community as Our court shall be a little academe,
analysis and action plan. So far Chris and Ross have a whole. I am therefore particularly grateful both to all those Still and contemplative in living art.
undertaken interviews with all the senior management who have taken part so far and also to all who will be involved You three, Biron, Dumaine, and Longueville,
team and heads of budget centres, and run focus in future. Have sworn for three years’ term to live with me,
groups involving around 60 staff representing all My fellow-scholars, and to keep those statutes
sections of the community. Sue Primmer, Director of Communications That are recorded in this schedule here.
The notice includes a number of rules
Bridget Macdonald but the most important for the plot of
the film is raised in bold type and reads
In Branagh’s film this news is relayed by a Pathé News voiceover:
there is a close-up on the framed notice, described in non-
Shakespearean language as ‘an inspiring programme of self-
improvement’. The notice includes a number of rules but the
most important for the plot of the film is raised in bold type
and reads ‘No Women’. Of the remaining rules, some of the
more colourful are:
Drawings 1998 – 2004
17 January – 20 March 2005 Not to yawn during the day.
The Rotunda, Aston Webb Building To devote a minimum of ten hours a day to study.
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham To swim each morning whatever the weather.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm To drink only water during the week, on Sundays
Admission free a cup of fruit tea may be taken.
Contact University of Birmingham Collections
Tel: 0121 414 6750 The notice includes lifestyle choices, clearly not mentioned
www.artfirst.co.uk in Shakespeare’s original text, and demonstrates both a
remarkable level of detail from the set designers and an
obvious enjoyment in the exercise.
Double celebration for The framed notice was donated to the Shakespeare Institute
Library by Professor Russell Jackson, who has worked as a
textual advisor on a number of honorary graduate Kenneth
local human rights lawyer Branagh’s Shakespeare projects.
Birmingham graduate and regular guest lecturer Phil Shiner has had two reasons to celebrate recently:
not only was he named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2004, but he has also won an historic human
rights test case in the High Court relating to the Iraq war.
Phil, who graduated with a law degree from Birmingham to those being detained by British troops in Iraq. This
in 1978 and regularly lectures at the Centre for the Study significant ruling relates directly to nine Iraqi prisoners
of Global Ethics, won a High Court ruling stating that the who were allegedly tortured by British troops in Basra,
European Convention on Human Rights could be applied but has far wider implications in calling for an investigation
into whether a torture policy exists within the UK military.
This significant ruling... has far Phil said: ‘I am delighted with the High Court ruling as there
wider implications in calling for an must now be a fully independent and thorough investigation
into all torture cases involving troops where the UK has
investigation into whether a torture
control. The evidence suggests that Britain may well have
policy exists within the UK military.’ its own Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib situation.’
Enterprisefest – Electronic composition
Birmingham’s best enCOMPASSes theatricality
Innovators and inventors from the University are being given Birmingham postgraduate and composer Tom Littlewood (pictured) last month saw the first professional
an opportunity to move their best business ideas forward at world première of his work En Clôture, performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG)
EnterpriseFest 2005, an entrepreneurial event organised by alongside pieces by Stravinsky, CBSO composer-in-association Julian Anderson and others as part of
the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC), aimed at the University’s annual COMPASS prize
staff and students interested in setting up a new business –
now or in the future. Tom says: ‘For me, En Clôture was the pinnacle of
my achievements as an undergraduate, and while I
The event is supported by the Royal Society for the have moved on technically and artistically since then,
Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce I am still very proud of it. The COMPASS Prize was
(RSA) and will also include the winners of Bizcom – a business a welcome bonus after the hard work I’d done.’
competition designed for students to develop their innovative
ideas. Six shortlisted entrants will pitch their ideas to delegates Theatricality is integral to En Clôture with the percussionists
and a prize of £50 will be awarded to the best presentation. called upon to be actors as well as musicians. Tom explains:
The overall winner, as decided by the competition judges, ‘The piece works as a quasi-installation, in that it begins
will receive a prize of £1,000. Entrepreneurship Development when each audience member enters the auditorium,
Officer Dr Jamie Elliott believes this is an opportunity for but they cannot leave at will. The title translates as ‘In
the University’s finest to shine. He said: ‘Birmingham has the Confinement’, and the audience are made to feel some
best minds in the country and this is the perfect opportunity angst because they are shut in to the auditorium, helping
for dynamic individuals to move these ideas on to the them to relate to the plight of the trapped protagonists
next level. This event is about harnessing that innovation in the drama. In this way, the piece was conceived as
and helping people at our own university to develop a self-contained event, so that by the end, the audience
their potential. feels a sense of relief by being let out.’
The independent nature of En Clôture made programming
‘This event is about harnessing it difficult. The piece lasts 15 minutes – not enough to fill a
innovation and helping people to standard concert half but Stephen Newbould (BCMG Artistic
develop their potential.’ Director) came up with the perfect solution: presenting it
as a late-night ‘third half’ of the concert.
‘EntepriseFest celebrates the best in entrepreneurship and Tom’s achievements as an undergraduate were rewarded
business. Now in its fifth year, it is a hugely successful event – BCMG is the ensemble-in-residence of COMPASS – with a School of Humanities scholarship allowing him to
and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Not the University’s Centre for Composition and Associated continue his composition studies. He is now midway through
only are we welcoming a range of speakers and exhibitors, but Studies. Each year, final year undergraduate and an MPhil in Composition with Scott Wilson and remains
we have the support of influential organisations, including the postgraduate composers are given the opportunity active as a composer, having co-founded a contemporary
RSA. So whatever your plans or inventions, the University is to write for the ensemble, culminating in a weekend music workshop group which meets regularly during term-
definitely the place to be on 15 March!’ of workshops, from which a composition is selected time and encourages co-operation between composers
for public performance. and performers of different peer groups.
Band aid time for music
In the light of recent questioning over the validity The first Band Aid single sold 3.55 million copies in
of the current music charts and the top-of-the- comparison to the new Band Aid 20 single that has Teenagers are spending less money
charts success of the latest Band Aid single so far sold approximately 600,000 copies in a declining on music in favour of free, illegal
(20 years after it first reached number one) UK singles market.
downloads as music competes for
new research from the University is asking
whether music is still as powerful a force as In a pilot study of the practice of consuming music and their attention among more popular
it once was among youngsters. other leisure items among 220 15- to 16-year olds in leisure pursuits.
Birmingham, Sociology’s Dr Peter Webb found teenagers
are spending less money on music in favour of free, illegal
downloads, as music competes for their attention among it seems that other consumption areas are taking up their
more popular leisure pursuits, including fashion, mobile time and money.
phones and computer games.
‘Music vies for attention within these competing arenas of
Preliminary research reveals the majority of youngsters buy consumption for these teenagers. The other worrying fact
CDs on a monthly basis. Of the 63% who download music, for the music industry is that not one of them has used
none of the teenagers have ever paid for the service. While a pay-for-download site. These sites are set up by the
most of the participants agreed it is of great importance, industry to combat free peer-to-peer file sharing. Overall
only 41% spend money on music, compared with 78% it seems that music is still important to teenagers but that
on clothes, 67% on going out, 59% on mobile phones and their social, creative and leisure practice is taken up with
48% on computer games. activities that demand more of their attention and money.’
Dr Webb said: ‘The general trends here are that this age The study is being used as a pilot for a much
group still values music as important or very important larger study that will look at the same issues
but that they buy music on a less than regular basis. over a much larger sample group and over
Downloading is an issue, as two-thirds download music a range of age groups.
from a variety of file-sharing services but more importantly
Space: final frontier surfaces
in new Barber show
‘Remember that a picture – before being a war horse, a nude woman or some anecdote – is
essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order. Maurice Denis, 1890
One of the central issues of art – the dilemma of how to ‘The second type is called ‘abstract art’ and is concerned
depict a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional with surface composition, colour, and formal elements,
surface – is explored in a thought-provoking new exhibition while the first type is perceived as purely about the
at the Barber Institute. illusionistic representation of the object.
Based on the Barber’s permanent collection, and including ‘People divide art into the
works by Poussin, Rossetti, Whistler and Gauguin, Space
Versus Surface: Illusionism and Abstraction in Art examines sort that depicts objects
the techniques and tricks artists from all eras have employed
to ensure their depiction of the ‘real’ world makes sense and the sort that doesn’t.’
‘That is so far from the truth; art that depicts objects can
Abstract art was born in the early 20th century with also be seen as abstract. Although it might not have been
the work of Kandinsky and Mondrian, who believed that mentioned before 1910, these concepts have always
painting could provoke an intellectual and emotional reaction been recognised – artists just didn’t talk about them.’
independently of its relationship to the objects of the
external world. Later painters developed this, convinced Space versus Surface runs until 2 May 2005
that art should not merely depict a scene or tell a story,
but engage the eye and stimulate the mind to contemplate For further information contact Andrew Davies
its raw materials – line, colour, form and brushwork. Tel: 0121 414 2946 or 07769 958 114
‘People divide art into the sort that depicts objects and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the sort that doesn’t,’ said Barber Director Richard Verdi.
honour Professor Elgar
Sir Edward Elgar, one of Britain’s best-loved composers, delivered his inaugural lecture
as the University’s first Professor of Music on 16 March 1905.
His lecture, ‘A Future for English Music’, was the first of a the manuscript full score of The Music Makers (1912) and
series in which he presented an uncompromising and highly the fascinating diary of Elgar’s wife, Alice, which paints a vivid
controversial appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of picture of the successes and tribulations of rehearsals and
musical life in early 20th century Britain. Like professorial premières in the city and at the University.
colleagues in other subjects, Elgar felt that the quality of music
education (and hence of composition and performance) in The programme continues with two evenings (each comprising
England should rival the best that was then available on the a lecture, buffet supper and concert) taking Elgar’s lectures as
continent – in Germany. Although he resigned from the chair their theme. On 16 February, Elgar’s biographer and Sunday
in 1908 (he was not cut out for academic life), he had by then Telegraph music critic, Michael Kennedy, discusses the views
laid the foundations of the Department of Music, the University expressed by Elgar. This will be followed on 23 February
Music Library and the University Music Society. when Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times,
considers the future for English music 100 years after
The Department of Music and the Barber Institute will this year Elgar’s appointment.
celebrate the centenary of Elgar’s appointment with a variety of The lectures will be followed by performances by the Endellion
events, musical, social and academic. The celebrations began Quartet featuring the music of Elgar, Britten and Haydn as well
earlier this month with the opening of the exhibition Edward as Thomas Adès’s acclaimed Arcadiana (which includes the The Music Department’s Dr Matthew Riley, organiser of the
Elgar and Birmingham at the Barber. Among the artefacts movement O Albion – based on Nimrod, from one of Elgar’s Elgar exhition and conference, who is himself writing a book
displayed, most of which have not been on public view before, is most popular works, the Enigma Variations). on Elgar and nostalgia, said: ‘Today Elgar seems part of the
fabric of our national life, but in his day he caused heated
Bringing together former students and staff of the Music controversy with both his music and his outspoken remarks
‘Today Elgar seems part of Department, the Grand Reunion (19 March) will conclude as Professor. The concerts promise a wonderful feast of
with a programme of English music, including the Enigma Elgar’s music, while the exhibition and lectures will reveal
the fabric of our national Variations, performed by the University Choir and Symphony an unexpected side to this great composer.’
life, but in his day he caused Orchestra conducted by the Peyton and Barber Professor
of Music, Colin Timms, at Symphony Hall. Tickets for Barber Concerts are available from the
heated controversy with Barber Institute (tel: 0121 414 7333) and for the Symphony
Centenary events continue from 1 to 3 July when the University Hall Concert from the Symphony Hall Box Office
both his music and his will host an Elgar Conference, where delegates from Britain and (tel: 0121 780 3333). For further information please
the US will present research on diverse topics such as Elgar’s contact Jo Sweet tel: 0121 414 5791,
outspoken remarks.’ intellectual background and ideas, his use of harmony and email: email@example.com
rhythm, and the reception that the press gave the composer.
Bringme an Main Library self-service School of Law
early reminder prize draw Issues in Criminal Justice
Tuesday 8 March
Bringme offers all members of staff access The winners of the Main Library self-service prize draw 5.00pm
to a wide range of goods and services (held on 8 December 2004) are:
at discount prices, including discounts The Challenge of Reducing Reoffending
on days out, shopping and a range of 1st prize: Jemma Jones (English)
financial services. 2nd prize: Paul Brown (Sociology) Mr Martin Narey, Chief Executive of the National
3rd prize: Natalie Littlehales (Sociology) Offender Management Service
Some of the latest special offers:
Students were invited to enter the draw by writing their School of Law
Valentine’s Day – gift ideas from CDs, fragrances, University ID number on the back of their receipt issued Convenor: Professor Stephen Shute
jewellery and much more by the self-service machine. The draw was made by Admission free
Matthew Marshall, the Guild Vice-President for Education,
Great gym offers – enjoy special rates with no who was assisted by Wendy Mallaband, Information If you wish to attend, it would be helpful if
joining fee and a free Fitness Starter pack worth Assistant, Main Library. The winners were presented you could contact Miss Kelly Chilton
£60 with Fitness First 1 with Waterstones vouchers, donated by 3M, the Tel: 0121 414 6282
manufacturers of the self-service machine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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purchases or take advantage of one of Wheelies The draw was held as part of a promotion for the recently Practitioners who attend will be able to claim one
Direct’s start buys with up to 20% off a range of installed ‘patron select’ self-service machine located CPD hour per lecture.
bikes and cycling accessories in the Photocopy Hall (Zone GA). This enables
students to issue, renew and return their books
Treat yourself – book a holiday with Thomas Cook and videos themselves.
and receive an additional 6.5% discount 2
February free prize draw – a £250 V Gratifying
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tel: 0121 414 3851. Offers are subject to availability. Educational Technology and Distance Learning (CETADL)
Terms apply: see www.bringme.co.uk and his team have completed a successful trial of their
1 Fitness First: £30 admin fee will apply. No need for an annual contract, only a three
Mobilearn Mobile learning system at the Botticelli Room
month commitment is required. in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. This is part of CETADL's
2 Thomas Cook: The bringme Travel Club discounts cannot be applied to Thomas Cook Mobilearn Project – a worldwide European-led research
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National call rates apply. For the purpose of The project explores new ways to use mobile environments
monitoring customer service,
calls may be recorded. to meet the needs of learners, working by themselves
A 2% (max £50)
handling fee will be
and with others.
levied on all credit card
transactions. All holidays are subject
to availability and tour operator
A Victorian education
The Department of English is continuing its popular Victorian Studies seminar series in 2005.
A new ETHOS for theses
The series is run by Birmingham’s Dr Marion Thain in Burne-Jones stained glass in St Philip’s Cathedral and
The University is pleased to announce its collaboration with Dr Rosie Miles, Dr Richard Pearson and the collection of paintings at the Birmingham Museum
involvement in a new national e-theses project, Rhian Williams. Marion has established a postgraduate and Art Gallery.
EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service), aimed forum within the English Department and topics studied
at delivering, over a period of 18 months, a fully by her PhD students include 19th century British women The MIVSS organising committee is: Rhian Williams,
operational, easily scaleable and financially viable writers, the representation of women in literature, Gothic University of Birmingham (deputising for Marion Thain
prototype UK e-theses online service. fiction and Victorian poetic responses to Shakespeare’s during 2004-5); Rosie Miles, University of Wolverhampton;
sonnets. Last year her students put together a graduate Richard Pearson, University College, Worcester.
The service will enable end-users to access the full text of study day entitled ‘Victorian Faiths and Doubts’ in
electronically stored theses via a single web interface, in collaboration with the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian The seminars for 2005 are as follows:
secure format and free of charge. It will enable Birmingham Studies Seminar (MIVSS) that included a number of
and other HE institutions, in partnership with the British visiting speakers and a tour of Saturday 26 February
Library, to ensure a much higher level of national and Birmingham’s Pre- ‘Sentences Liable to the Imputation of Indecency: Charles
international visibility for the UK postgraduate research Raphaelite heritage, Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Obscenity in Victorian
output, as well as its preservation in perpetuity. including the Britain’ and ‘Cinderella Revisited: The Good Stepmother in
19th Century Fiction’.
The project partners are the Universities of Cranfield,
Birmingham, Glasgow (lead site), Edinburgh, Southampton Saturday 18 June
and Warwick; the British Library; the National Library of ‘Theatricals in a Quiet Life: New Light on Lewis Carroll’ and
Wales; the Robert Gordon University; and SHERPA ‘Firm Roots and Strong Shoots: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Garden’.
(consortium led by the University of Nottingham).
The seminars run from 2.00 – 5.00pm and take place in the
Jill Russell, Academic Team Manager (Arts, CLL and Shakespeare Memorial Room, Central Library, Birmingham.
Education) is the lead contact on the project for Birmingham.
International Office visits Sports shorts
The International Office is currently in a period of intensive Charlotte Moore Andrew Gooderham
recruitment campaigning, with all of the officers embarking on Charlotte is in her second year of a Psychology degree. She Andrew has just started a degree in Sport, Physical Education
trips to a wide range of countries. The officers will be attending has already had a distinguished career in athletics, having and Community Studies at the Selly Oak campus. He has
recruitment exhibitions, visiting schools and universities, reached the Manchester Commonwealth Games 800m final, already proved himself a vital part of the University hockey
meeting with international agents and delivering presentations aged just 17. Charlotte represented Great Britain in the last team as a goalkeeper. Andrew plays for the England Under
on opportunities for international students at the University. World Championships held in Paris and last year captained 18 team and Cannock hockey club. He follows a great tradition
They will be meeting students who have already applied to the ladies Great Britain World Junior team in Italy. She hopes of Birmingham goalkeepers, including former sport scholars
study at Birmingham, as well as those who are considering to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Holmes, as she is also a and current England first and second choice goalkeepers
applying here. highly accomplished 1500m runner. James Fair and Jonathan Ebsworth.
If you would like more information on the forthcoming trips or Philip West Francesca Grassi-Mantelli
feel that you would like to pass the information on to applicants Philip is in his first year of a degree in Sport and Exercise Francesca is studying for a Masters in Political Science, having
who may be interested in meeting officers in person, please Sciences. He is a senior international fencer, specialising in foil. graduated over the summer in International Studies. She
contact the International Office. Philip has already won a British Universities Sports Association comes from Turin, Italy, and is a very talented volleyball player.
individual bronze and is looking to do well at the international Fran has represented English Universities for the past three
The following is a list of countries to be visited by the fencing tournament hosted at the University over Easter. years and captains the University volleyball team. She hopes
International Officers in the coming weeks: to one day represent the highly successful Italian national team.
Countries Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary;
Warsaw, Poland; British Council, exploratory visits.
Officer Jochen Pichler
Countries Tokyo, Japan; Individual counselling
at British Council.
Officer Gail Armistead
Countries Manila, Philippines; British Council Exhibitions.
(l-r) Charlotte Moore, Philip West, Andrew Gooderham,
Officer Gail Armistead Francesca Grassi-Mantelli
Countries Mexico City, Monterrey, Agualascientes,
Mexico; British Council Exhibitions. Healthy Campus Questionnaire
Officer James Barker
In November 2004 all staff were sent a questionnaire After a few hiccups with the popular web-based version
investigating the possibility of setting up a ‘Healthy Campus’ and a bombardment of internal mail, the raw data has been
Dante Alighieri programme. The survey was carried out by Anita Toogood, gathered and is in the process of being analysed. Anita
MBA candidate and Senior Manager (Sports Medicine, would like to take this opportunity to thank the 1,500+ staff
Society Human Performance and Fitness Services Unit) at University who took the time to fill out the questionnaire and who were
Sport Birmingham. so positive in their replies.
March 10 – 7.30pm
David Lodge will be speaking on
‘Henry James in Italy and Italy in Scrum mothers do ‘ave em
The men's rugby 1st XV have just reason to be proud of
All those interested are welcome their achievements this season. After narrowly escaping
to come and join us in Room 442, relegation last season, the team has enjoyed an impressive
Department of Education. turnaround of fortunes. Their recent winning streak was
capped with a hard-fought victory over defending champions
For further details please contact Durham on their own turf, something that has not been done
Shirley Clarke (Hon Sec) for the last 30 years.
Tel: 0121 472 1510
Scholar’s success at Commonwealth Youth Games
Silver sports scholar, Somto Eruchie, sprinted to silver medal More good news for Birmingham is that gold medallist
Staff Christian Group success in the 200m at last year’s Commonwealth Youth Julian Thomas hopes to begin studying at the University
Games in Bendigo, Australia. First year Medical Science in September 2005. If he does, we should have quite a
If you would like to find out more about our monthly Bible student Somto was the fastest qualifier in the heats with formidable sprint duo.
study group, open lectures or fellowship meetings, a time of 21.32 seconds.
please contact Libby Leadbeater Tel: 0121 414 6694 Somto’s silver medal helped England finish second in the
or email email@example.com Somto dealt with the pressure of the final extremely well, overall medals table with 86 medals. They were beaten by
running a time of 21.37 seconds, to finish in silver medal the host nation, Australia, who managed to notch up an
‘And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it position behind Julian Thomas of Birchfield Harriers. The incredible 129 medals.
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God experience of running in a Commonwealth final will stand
the Father through him.’ Colossians 3:17 Somto in good stead for what promises to be a very
10 16 1.00pm School of Health Sciences seminar – Evaluating
12.30pm University Retired Members’ Association the use of dramatised patient experiences to facilitate
– Lunch in Staff House (without talk). Booking required: Elgar Centenary interpersonal skills development: does such work improve
enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org patient’s experiences of care? – Brigid Reid, Consultant
1.00pm Molecular Cell Biology research theme seminar Celebrations Nurse, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Lecture Theatre
– Skeletal muscle stem cells and fibre type selection – 1, School of Health Sciences. Refreshments: Room S207
Janet Smith (MCB Internal). Lecture Theatre 301, 7.30pm Barber Celebrity concert – The Endellion at 12.30pm. Enquiries: 0121 414 3865. All welcome
School of Biosciences Quartet (pictured) and Ian Brown. Tickets £10, 1.10pm Barber Institute Lecture – The Artistic Roots
£7.50 concessions, £5 Friends, £2 students of Degas – Paul Spencer-Longhurst. Barber Lecture
11 Theatre. Free
9.30am – 5.00pm Centre for the History of Medicine 4.30pm School of Chemistry seminar – Membranes,
Division of Immunity and Infection – Darwin Day: A birthday Scaffolds and Surfaces – Professor Stephen Evans
symposium to celebrate the work and influence of (Leeds). Host: Prof Jon Preece. Lecture Theatre 203,
Charles Darwin. Institute of Biomedical Research. For more the Haworth Building
details contact Professor Mark Pallen Tel: 0121 414 7163 4.30pm Molecular Microbiology research theme seminar
Email email@example.com Single-molecule analysis of transcription initiation and
elongation – Achilles Kapanidis (Oxford). Host: Steve
12 13 Busby. Lecture Theatre 301, School of Biosciences.
10.00am - 4.00pm Still Life Study Days: Artist Angela Seminar organiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladwell leads an oil-painting workshop for adults inspired by 5.15pm Elgar Centenary Celebrations – Richard Morrison
the Barber’s fine still life paintings. Tel: 0121 414 7335 music critic of The Times considers the future for English
music one hundred years after Elgar’s inaugural lecture.
14 Admission free but booking required 0121 414 7333
University Women’s Club – Afternoon literary group in the 7.30pm Barber Celebrity concert – The Endellion Quartet.
home of Janet Emery – A House Unlocked by Penelope Tickets £10, £7.50 concessions, £5 Friends, £2 students
Lively. Tel: 0121 472 4390
15 1.00pm Regional Genetics Laboratory seminar.
1.10pm Barber Institute concert. Final year recitalists – 1.00pm Molecular Cell Biology research theme seminar
Photo: Richard Holt
Alison Porter (soprano) and Emma Beecham (flute). Building and remodelling adhesion during tissue
Admission free morphogenesis. Host: Alicia Hidalgo – Thomas Lecuit
5.30pm Behind the Scenes tour of Winterbourne. (Marseille). Lecture Theatre 301, School of Biosciences
Includes a look at the archives and a free glass
of wine. Free. Open to all staff. Meet at Botanical 25
centre at Winterbourne, Car parking available. AUT @ Staff House
Email email@example.com 18 1.10pm Barber Institute concert. Final year recitalists –
6:30 for 7:00pm Automobile Division of the Institution The Sock Man sale – Staff House Graham Du Pleiss (cello) and CEMPR students (recorder
of Mechanical Engineers Chairman’s Address – Are you 1.10pm Barber Institute concert. University Chamber consort and soloists). Admission free
sitting Comfortably – Design, development and manufacture Orchestra – Edmund Bussey and Victoria Elwich conductors.
of car seats – Penny Taylor, Chairman – AD Division. Admission free 27
Lecture theatre G28, Mechanical Engineering/Civil 2.30pm Sunday Tour – Join a Barber guide for a tour of
Engineering Building 20 the galleries. Meet in the foyer under the portrait of Lady
3.00pm Charity event by students at the Barber Institute. Barber. Free
16 Orchestral Concert – William Edwards (conductor) and
University Women’s Club – Coffee in the home of Wendy Edward Furse (cello). Admission free: retiring collection
Sterling. Tel: 0121 454 6565 in aid of a cancer charity
1.00pm Cancer Research UK external seminar –
Structures of CD28/antibody complexes: insights into 22
antibody-mediated T cell activation – Dr Simon Davies 7.30pm Barber Institute concert. Final year recitalists – What’s on at
(Oxford). Host: Dr Ben Wilcox. Seminar Room S104, Emily Richards (viola) and Holly Cook (flute). Admission free
Cancer Studies Exhibitions (all admission free)
1.10pm Barber Institute lecture – The Anti-Abstractionists 23
– Richard Verdi. Barber Lecture Theatre. Free University Women’s Club – Coffee in the home of January – 2 May
4.30pm School of Chemistry Seminar – Redox-Active Bridget Wallace. Tel: 0121 472 6345 Space versus Surface: Illusionism and Abstractionism
Macrocyclic Complexes: But Where is the Electron? 10.00am - 4.00pm Birmingham Buildings Series. in Art. An exploration of the techniques and tricks artists
Professor Martin Schroder (Nottingham). Host: Dr Zoe Morning lecture and afternoon coach/bus trip use to portray the three-dimensional ‘real’ world on
Pikramenou. Lecture Theatre 203, the Haworth Building Medieval Churches 1100-1600. Birmingham the two-dimensional world of the picture plane.
5.15pm Elgar Centenary Celebrations – Michael Kennedy, Central Library, Chamberlain Square
author of Portrait of Elgar and music critic of the Sunday 12.30pm University Retired Members’ Association. 18 February – 15 May
Telegraph discusses Elgar’s inaugural lecture, ‘A Future Lunch in Staff House followed by talk by the Vice-Chancellor, Reunited: Degas and ‘Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando,
for English Music’. Sold out Professor Michael Sterling, in Aston Webb G33. Booking Edgar Degas’ spectacular circus-themed painting of an
7.30pm Barber Celebrity concert – The Endellion required: enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org acrobat dangling from her teeth comes to the Barber on
Quartet and Ian Brown. Tickets £10, £7.50 concessions, 1.00pm Division of Primary Care, Public and Occupational loan from the National Gallery.
£5 Friends, £2 students Health divisional seminar – Environmental tobacco
smoke and asthma – Dr Marita Jaakkola, Senior Clinical 4 February – 3 April
17 Lecturer in Respiratory and Occupational Medicine. Edward Elgar and Birmingham
1.00pm Regional Genetics Laboratory seminar – G04 and 5, Public Health A fascinating display of original score manuscripts,
Defects of Protein Glycosylation – Dr George Gray, 1.00pm Cancer Research UK external seminar – HIV diaries, lecture drafts, pictures and other memorabilia
Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Seminar Room assembly in the endocytic pathway: Immue-evasion and to coincide with the University’s celebrations of the
1.00pm Molecular Cell Biology research theme seminar – targeted infection – Professor Mark Marsh MRC-LMCB centenary of Elgar’s appointment as first Professor
TBC. Steve Publicover (MCB Internal). Lecture Theatre 301, (London). Host: Dr Fedor Berditchevski. Seminar Room of Music.
School of Biosciences S104, Cancer Studies
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Picture of the month
As Valentine’s Day approaches, February’s picture in focus tells a tale of love from the
realms of Greek mythology. At the Barber Institute, this painting can be seen as one of
a pair, along with its companion piece, The Metamorphosis of Daphne.
It is presumed that the two paintings were originally panels In The Metamorphosis of Daphne, the nymph
which formed part of a marriage chest, or cassone. The is shown with branches growing from her
mythology of the classical world afforded Renaissance upper body. Having no more strength to
furniture painters exciting allegorical material, involving continue her flight, she pleaded with her
topics of chivalry, love and chastity. father, the river god Peneus, for assistance.
Instantly she was rooted to the spot, boughs
sprang from her arms and she was changed
The more observant visitor may note into a laurel tree. Apollo forever mourned
that Apollo’s clothes differ in the two this lost love and wore a crown of laurel
paintings, giving rise to speculation that leaves in remembrance.
more than one artist worked on them.
Not all of the tale is depicted and only the
key moments are shown, a fact which
necessitates a viewer’s knowledge of the whole story. The more
The legend of Apollo and Daphne is taken from Ovid’s observant visitor may note that Apollo’s clothes differ in the two
Metamorphoses. Apollo was one of the 12 Gods of Olympus, paintings, giving rise to speculation that more than one artist
the embodiment of male beauty and the classical Greek spirit. worked on them. However, the pictures do give an account of
In this painting, he fervently chases the reluctant nymph unrequited love which may strike a chord with some of our
Daphne, the first and most celebrated of his loves. However, readers at this time of year.
according to Ovid, this devotion was unrequited following a Daphne pursued by Apollo
spiteful prank by Cupid, who struck Apollo with a golden arrow, Daphne pursued by Apollo and The Metamorphosis of Daphne by the Master of the Judgement of
producing overwhelming feelings of love toward Daphne. can be seen at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, open from
Conversely, Daphne was hit by a leaden arrow resulting in her 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and
Paris (mid-fifteenth century).
aversion to Apollo. 12.00noon – 5.00pm on Sundays.
Provided by Joanna Wallace, Gallery Assistant.
If you go down to the garden today… Picture This
2005 promises to be an exciting year for Winterbourne. The garden starts its 102nd year with a Fancy yourself as a bit of an art connoisseur? You could
restoration programme which will see much-loved features such as the Japanese bridge and pergola win yourself sets of the Barber’s stunning postcards,
restored to their former glory. The bridge and the pergola were added to the garden in the 1930s, before prints and posters.
University ownership, by John MacDonald Nicolson, but recent years have seen both the bridge and
pergola closed for safety reasons. Replacements will be exact green oak copies of the original structures. Identify the work from which the detail below is taken,
(you’re welcome to come along to the Barber and find the
picture or sculpture yourself), and write down its title and
the name of the artist(s) responsible.
Mark your entry ‘Picture This’ and either email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Andrew
Davies, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University
of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS.
Entries must be received by 14 February.
The first correct entry picked at random after the closing
date will be the winner. The winner will be announced in
the March edition of Buzz, and will be entitled to choose
their prize from the following alternatives focusing on the
Barber’s permanent collection or exhibitions: either ten
Barber postcards or three Barber prints or two exhibition
posters. There is no cash alternative.
In particular, the new bridge will open up the woodland walk over the last year or so. The Petal garden, so called because
along the edge of the nature reserve, a walk which shows the of the flower-like layout of paths and beds, has been restored.
varied environments at Winterbourne and provides a view Paths have been raised and re-laid and the area made more
point to the Japanese Tea House, one of the best views of accessible. This year, the area will once again showcase our
the garden. tropical planting display from May to September, after which
permanent planting will demonstrate both the historic and
Tenders for the work are expected to go out this month and it current thoughts on plant classification.
is hoped that both will be completed during May, in time for the
Edwardian splendour of the annual Fete weekend (June 4 - 5). Work has started on the Scree garden, removing over-mature Congratulations to Peter Hancox, winner of January’s
and unsuitably planted conifers to regain the structure and Picture This competition, who correctly identified the detail
The bridge and pergola are milestone projects in the garden’s conditions suited to alpine plants. Alpine species will be from Daphne pursued by Apollo by the Master of the
restoration but regular visitors to the garden will know that planted in this area to once again recreate the Scree Judgement of Paris; see above.
restoration work has already been carried out by garden staff garden planted by Nicolson in the 1930s.