UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Art and environment - from curating to campaigning

25 March 2020, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

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Thank you to everyone that joined us for our first virtual guest lecture - the webinar is now available to watch in full below.

This event is free.

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About this lecture

Veronica Sekules will discuss her journey from founding the GroundWork Gallery to curating 12 high quality contemporary art exhibitions and running several environmental campaigns there since 2016.

Connecting art and environment can help us to see the environment differently, in new ways, and in greater detail. The greater attentiveness that we learn through art can help us to understand the environment better. Understanding leads to more sensitivity in the way the environment is managed. And a detailed understanding of environment leads to more inspiration for artists and greater power for them to inspire us, the viewing public, to see things more clearly and to respond with thoughtfulness and action.

Specialising in the environment, GroundWork Gallery aims to show how art can enable us to respond to our changing environment and shape its future.

Event details

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and in line with UCL policy, we are moving this event online to trial remote delivery of events, and it will be held as a webinar on Zoom.

We hope you can join us for this virtual event - please sign up for the webinar on Zoom.

About the speaker

Veronica Sekules has a background working in environmentalism and art galleries and has a doctorate in art-history. She was employed for over 30 years as curator and then head of education and deputy director at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia. She has worked freelance in education and heritage and joined with many national and international projects, currently as a judge for the International Children in Museums Award. She is a published author in art history, cookery and education. In 2016 Veronika founded GroundWork, an art gallery specialising in the environment in the historic centre of King's Lynn, Norfolk.