Slade Contemporary Art Lectures

Autumn term 2013

The Contemporary Art Lectures are open to current UCL students, but not to the public.

Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre

Time: 4:45 - 5:45pm

2 October Penelope Curtis NB start time 5pm

Penelope Curtis is Director of Tate Britain. Previously she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool and, from 1994, Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds where she was responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary sculpture exhibitions, collections building in sculpture and archives, and research activity including events, fellowships and publications. She has written widely on 20th-century British sculpture, on European art and architecture of the inter-war years, and on many contemporary sculptors.

9 October Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is a sculptor, internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily on the worlds of engineering and construction. He is honorary professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools.

16 October Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy is an artist who photographs large-scale interior spaces which she carefully constructs over several months. Using complex camera techniques, reflections and painstaking positioning of objects, she conjures still life images that look as if a person has just stepped out of them and paint vivid portraits of that imaginary occupant. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Venice Biennale and the Bellwether Gallery in New York. She is represented by Maureen Paley.

23 October Sally O'Reilly

Sally O’Reilly produces publications, videos and performances that find curious links between apparently divergent phenomena. Her illustrated narratives bring historical facts, established knowledges and workable theories into question through esoteric research and absurdist retooling. She contributes regularly to many art and culture publications, has written and edited books, essays and short fiction for international museums and galleries and been writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2010–11), and the Tate Tanks (2012). She also makes video documentaries and has curated and produced numerous performative events and exhibitions.

30 October Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson's films explore landscapes and environments to reveal the way that activity, movement and light is inscribed in place. Traversing an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes including empty East End streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks and Cold War military facilities Richardson's films offer a dazzling deconstruction of place and time. Her films are distributed by LUX and have been shown in galleries and at festivals internationally including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, NFT, Curzon Soho, Artist's Space, New York and Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and New York film festivals.

13 November Ibrahim El-Salahi

Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi studied at the Slade in the 1950s. After a period of research and self-discovery, he returned to Sudan in 1957. There, he established a new Sudanese visual vocabulary, which arose from his own pioneering integration of Islamic, African, Arab and Western artistic traditions. El-Salahi lived in Qatar before settling in England in the 1990s. His recent paintings reflect his joy for life, his deep spiritual faith, and a profound recognition of his place in the world. His work was recently on show in the exhibition Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist at Tate Modern.

20 November Matthew Jarron

Matthew Jarron is Museum Curator at the University of Dundee where he has responsibility for the University of Dundee's historic collections of art and artefacts. These include natural history specimens, scientific instruments, medical equipment, fine art and design furniture. He is currently building a collection of art inspired by the work of D'Arcy Thompson, whose Zoology Museum is part of Dundee's collection, and whose writings such as Growth and Form impacted the work of artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock and Richard Hamilton.

27 November Jeremy Millar

Jeremy Millar is an artist, curator of and writer on contemporary art. His work in all these fields is marked by extensive research across interests in contemporary criticism, contemporary art, the history of photography, film, contemporary music, visual anthropology, inter-cultural performance, museology, and the notion of ‘place’ across various disciplines.

4 December Tomoko Takahashi

Tomoko Takahashi is a Japanese artist, until 2010 based in London. She studied at Tama University, Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art. Her main medium is installation art, made of found materials. She won the EAST award at EASTinternational in 1997 and has exhibited worldwide. Exhibitions include Beaconsfield, London; the Saatchi Gallery; UCLA's Hammer Gallery; The Serpentine Gallery, London and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea. Her work has been collected by Tate and in 2000 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

The Contemporary Art Lecture series 2013/14 is organised by Simon Faithfull and Joy Sleeman

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