Michele Harris, St Sebastian's Nest, graphite on paper, 2021
Regular Event

Michele Harris Artist In-Conversation and Drawing Workshop

Join leading West Midlands artist Michele Harris for an in-conversation about her practice and introduction to her work made in response to the Covid19 pandemic and Lockdown.

Free, All welcome. Register for your free place via Eventbrite



St Sebastian’s Nest was acquired for the Gallery’s Twenty Twenty Collection, a collection of work produced by West Midlands’ artists as responses to the unprecedented events of 2020, and continues the artist’s interest in symbolism related to folklore, myth, religion and superstition. Nests are used frequently by the artist, to conjure notions of home, safety, security and shelter, but at the same time have a sense of fragility and precariousness, which we all felt during this period.


During the pandemic the artist also began experimenting with thermal paper in her work. The artist’s largest piece to date, Two Metre Talismans, is currently on display in the Garman Ryan Hall at The New Art Gallery. These 8 two metre long floor-based drawings, depict motifs from different belief systems, and act as distance markers for how far apart we had to stand while social distancing. Due to the material the work will fade over time, as we hope will Covid.


Following the artist’s talk will be an opportunity for a Q&A and to take part in an informal drawing workshop with Michele.