InsideArts – the biennial festival of arts and humanities at the University of Bristol – is back, and once again, we are extremely proud to present the exceptional work of our staff and students. We have brought together a varied programme of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, talks, performances and debate, providing an insider’s view of the work of the Faculty of Arts at the University and an opportunity for the public to celebrate the University’s work across these disciplines. This year, InsideArts is also hosting a programme of events as part of Being Human, the UK’s national festival of the humanities.

Arts and Humanities are fundamental to our being: language, spirit, history and culture define what we are. Music, literature, art and drama shape and enrich a life that would be unthinkable without them. And individual benefit is matched by public good: the arts and humanities have an essential role to play in civic, economic and political life. We are proud of our staff and students, and of our role in ensuring a stream of new graduates who help sustain such important social, political, cultural and economic endeavour. We are keen to share fresh insights into the work they do.

All of these initiatives reflect the faculty’s ambition to further extend our engagement with the people of Bristol, with partner organisations, and with staff and students across the University.

I hope that you find something of interest, and enjoy InsideArts at the University of Bristol.

Professor Michael Basker
Dean, Faculty of Arts, 2015