2016 Junction Festival


The sixth Junction Festival of the arts will take place over the first weekend in July. 

It is centred in and around Chapel Ash, which is Wolverhampton’s designated Artists’ Quarter, which is an initiative by Creative Wolverhampton to recognise the Arts scene which has arisen in and around Chapel Ash in the past few years.  Junction is one of many arts organisations instrumental in supporting this development.


The Festival will feature:

  • music
  • street and performance art
  • visual art
  • an urban sketch crawl
  • poetry
  • busking musicians
  • visual artists

The organisers of the Festival are working in partnership with Creative Wolverhampton, to produce a West Wolverhampton Art Map, which will incorporate the Junction Festival venues and activities.

Pre-Festival events

June                           as part of the City ArtsFest, there will be a 'mini Junction' held at Asylum Art Gallery (on Clifton Street), at Eagle Works (on Alexandra Street at Brickkiln Street) and at the Clarendon Hotel (on Chapel Ash)

11 June to 9 July     exhibitions in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery (on Lichfield Street

25 + 26 June             Open Studios around Chapel Ash

1 July to 9 July         exhibitions in the Asylum Art Gallery (on Clifton Street, off Chapel Ash)

Month of July            group paintings exhibited in shops and businesses around Chapel Ash.


Festival Weekend

1 July, 18:00             Festival opening, in the Asylum Art Gallery (on Clifton Street)

1 July, 20:00             Folk Night and Mental Spaces artists’ exhibition at the Clarendon Hotel (on Chapel Ash)

2 July                        musical performances on the streets around Chapel Ash

2 July (all day)           musical performances featuring a variety of musical styles, open mic, folk lounge, world music; in:

  • the Clarendon Hotel (on Chapel Ash),
  • the Combermere Arms(on Tettenhall Road, at Chapel Ash),
  • the Royal Oak (on Compton Road, at Clarendon Street) ,
  • the Chindit (on Merridale Road, at Merridale Gardens)
  • Tap & Ale House (on Chapel Ash; formerly the Alexandra pub)
  • the Junction stage


3 July                         Paint the Day visual art competition, at the Newhampton Arts Centre (Newhampton Road East, at Dunkley Street)

3 July                         exhibition of works made during Paint the Day, at the Newhampton Arts Centre (on Newhampton Road East, at Dunkley Street)


Organisation and funding

Various individuals and partner organisations take on the different events which make up Junction Festival.  The organisers are grateful for the support given by

  1. Wolverhampton City Council
  2. Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  3. Wolverhampton Music Services
  4. Mental Spaces
  5. Newhampton Arts Centre
  6. Beats-a-Bar
  7. Eagle Works
  8. Black Country Urban Sketchers
  9. Sainsbury's
  10. 10.  University of Wolverhampton


The Festival is provided to the public on a 'free of charge' basis.  The Junction organisation itself is a non-profit constituted body run by volunteers.  The costs of running the event each year are raised by fundraising activities throughout the year, and all funds are used to support and promote the events.

Contact details

For information:  clairestarmer@sky.com; or SteveEvans49@aol.com;

For sponsorship/fundraising:  info@dy3.co.uk; (= Sarah Stokes)

Facebook = Junction Festival of Contemporary Arts

Twitter = @junction_wolves

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