UCL Festival of the Arts

2014 Events

Explore our four-day programme of events running May 27-30.

Tuesday May 27

Library show and tell

12-4pm

Roberts Building

UCL Library Treasures Show & Tell

Drop in over lunch or during the afternoon to see some of the rare treasures held in UCL Library Special Collections...>>

Lantern slide show

1-2pm

Wilkins Building

From Phantasmagoria to Science! - SOLD OUT

Join Cristina Massaccesi and UCL Museums curator Nick Booth as they recreate a magic lantern show...>>

Johan Wierix engraving, Melancholia I

1-2pm

Roberts Building

Pleasure, Pain & the Capacity to Relate

Juliet Mitchell joins Timothy Mathews for a conversation exploring art and psychoanalysis...>>

Toneelgroep Amsterdam (TA) Roman Tragedies, Jan Versweyveld

1-2pm

Roberts Building

Subtitles, Surtitles & Supertitles

Geraldine Brodie uncovers the detailed workings of subtitling in live performance...>>

A crowd on London Bridge

6.30-7.30pm

Roberts Building

Blimey! We're All Cockneys Now

Gregory Dart explores how 'Cockney' became a derogatory term for those Londoners with little gardens, eclectic tastes and dreams of far away places...>>

Pixelated digital humanities image

6.30-7.30pm

Wilkins Building

A Decade in Digital Humanities

Melissa Terras looks back at the decade she has spent at UCL applying computing to areas of humanistic research...>>

Winter Ade

6.30-9pm

Roberts Building

After Winter Comes Spring (Winter Ade), 1988

Director Helke Misselwitz travelled through East Germany talking to women about their private lives within the ideology of the GDR...>>

Joker playing card

7-9pm

Grant Museum of Zoology

Café Culture: Games at the Grant- SOLD OUT

Your games masters are a team of UCL researchers inspired by language, literature and the UCL collections...>>

Wednesday May 28

Sir Mortimer Wheeler

1-2pm

Institute of Archaeology

Still Digging. But in the Archives

Katie Meheux revisits the work of the charismatic Sir Mortimer Wheeler using his letters and personal papers to show his energy and authority...>>

Michelino Dante (Florence)

1-2pm

Roberts Building

An Appointment with Dante

An hour spent with Dante, the altissimo poeta of heaven and hell, may alter both the reading habits and, more generally, the habits of a lifetime...>>

Empty cinema seats

2-3.45pm

Tottenham Court Road

Flickering, Lost, Forgotten: London's Silent Picture Palaces - SOLD OUT

Join Chris O’Rourke on a walking tour exploring London’s silent cinema history through Bloomsbury and the West End...>>

Coloured pigment

2-5pm

Wilkins Building

Slade Salon Afternoon

The Slade School of Fine Art hosts short taster presentations on current research projects...>>

The former Tower Cinema, Hull

6.30-7.30pm

Roberts Building

This is Where We Came in. Memories of 60s Cinema-Going

Melvyn Stokes and Matthew Jones present their research into the Cultural Memory of 1960s British Cinema-Going...>>

Ronald Reagan sitting in a movie chair

6.30-7.30pm

Roberts Building

Ronald Reagan Movie Star

Iwan Morgan offers a contrary perspective of Ronald Reagan as a limited actor out-starred by a chimp...>>

Man reading lying down on grass

6.30-8pm

Wilkins Building

You Must Read This Book!

What’s the best book you’ve not yet heard of? We want to know how many of these you’ll be determined to read...>>

Thursday May 29

Building and moonlight

12noon-12.45pm

Wilkins Building

Midnight Moonshine - SOLD OUT

A concert on the variety of moods at midnight: joy, despondency, gloom and humour...>>

Empty cinema seats

11-12.45pm

2-3.45pm

Tottenham Court Road

Flickering, Lost, Forgotten: London's Silent Picture Palaces - SOLD OUT

Join Chris O’Rourke on a walking tour exploring London’s silent cinema history through Bloomsbury and the West End...>>

Auschwitz

12-3pm

Roberts Building

Auschwitz: Awkward Approaches

How should Auschwitz be commemorated? How should we deal with the violent legacies of the Holocaust?...>>

Landing of convicts at Botany Bay

1-2pm

Wilkins Building

Jeremy Bentham & the Ones that Got Away

Come along to see and hear the only extant first-hand account of a daring escape from convict transportation to Australia...>>

Ampitheatre

1-2pm

Roberts Building

Philosophy and Theatre

This talk by Tom Stern offers a snapshot of the history of philosophy and theatre looking at ancient and modern examples...>>

Front of bust

1-5pm

Wilkins Building

Find the Mind's Construction in the Face

Nick Shepley and Carole Reeves draw upon their different academic backgrounds to interpret plaster life and death masks...>>

Two women's legs walking

1-2pm

Roberts Building

Telling Mother Tongues. Ponglish: Playing with Words

Malgorzata Grygłicka Dawidek’s engaging games combine visual art with research on linguistic aspects of migration...>>

Man looking out to sea

2-6pm

Roberts Building

Telling Mother Tongues. I am Polish: Meet the Artists

What happens to the art when an artist relocates? Meet the Poles making art and a home in London...>>

Building on fire

6.30-7.30pm

Roberts Building

London’s Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis

London’s Burning aims to capture what is seen as the emergence of a new historical consciousness of crisis...>>

Barcelona Columbus Statue Port Vell harbour

6.30-7.30pm

Wilkins Building

1492: The Year the World Went Global

'In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue’. He was, as we know, trying to reach the East by sailing West. Why?...>>

Sauna on the Moon workers

6.30-8.30pm

Roberts Building

Sauna on the Moon (Chang'e), 2011

Zou Peng’s satirical film is a study of the commodification of the female body in modern Guangdong...>>

Blurred orchestra

6.30-7.30pm

Wilkins Building

Landscapes Within: Experience the Music

World premiere of the compositions of Belinda E. S., conducted by Christopher Petrie and performed by a chamber orchestra...>>

Mozart statue

8-9.30pm

Wilkins Building

Music Revolution! Mozart. Rossini. Whatever Next?

Will Bowers tells the story of a musical revolution with operatic excerpts sung by Carl Gombrich and Emily Tsui...>>

Friday May 30

German beach chair

1-2pm

Roberts Building

German Literature on the Beach

Six members of the German Department discuss highlights from the contemporary German literary scene and newly re-issued classic works...>>

Unknown object

1-2pm

Roberts Building

10 Researchers | 10 Objects | 100 Hours

Take a look at an everyday object with new eyes, by hearing what Leonine Hannan & Kate Smith have learned from anthropologists, literary scholars, historians, and performance artists...>>

Throughout the Festival

Copper into gold

9am-9pm

27 - 30 May

Wilkins Building

Copper is Restless Until it Becomes Gold

Simson&Volley’s new work for the Material Museum attempts alchemy: transforming base metal into gold...>>

Asa Frankenberg, strings of ribbon installation

24 - 29 May

12 - 18 June

Slade School of Fine Art

Slade Degree Shows

The Degree Shows exhibit the work of students graduating in 2014...>>

Voices of war poster

1 May 2014 - 4 April 2015

A.G Leventis Gallery

Voices of War: UCL in World War I

This exhibition tells the stories not only of UCL boys fighting in the trenches but also demonstrates the effect the war had on UCL at home...>>

Library tour

2-4pm

27 - 30 May

Main Library & Institute of Archaeology Library

Tours of UCL Main Library and Institute of Archaeology Library

Want to know more about Library Services’ arts collections, treasures and history?...>>