Art Talk: Series Two (5 February - 19 March 2013)

Organised by the School of Creative Arts and UHArts.

‘Art Talk’ is a weekly talk series that features invited artists, curators, critics and other thinkers of national and international standing, exploring how contemporary art interacts with the social, political and philosophical dimensions of the contemporary world and where it intersects with other disciplines and discourses.

Please check the room locations and times for each lecture carefully as they vary for the series.


Week 1 – Andrew Marsh
 'White cubes... or... why we got the sack from the museum' Tuesday 5 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

This lecture will explore the historical, curatorial and artistic developments that led to the predominance of the white cube style of gallery and museum display.

Andrew Marsh has a BA in Fine Art from Norwich School of Art and Design, and an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship from Goldsmiths. He teaches on BA Communication, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. He is a freelance gallery manager and has curated and managed exhibitions and events in London, Birmingham, Dusseldorf and New Delhi; he has written for 'Flash Art', various artists' monographs and other publications.

Week 2 – Sarah Baker Impirioso and Rococo Rosso Casa
Tuesday 12 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

In this talk, Sarah Baker will explore her current project  Impirioso and Rococo Rosso Casa.  The hour-long TV episode commissioned by UH Galleries and directed by Sarah Baker explores luxury, greed, scandal, and the constructs of dramatic television.

Impirioso represents a significant development and finessing of the artist’s film work. Sumptuously shot at locations including Hatfield House and the Luton Hoo Hotel, Impirioso brings cinematic production values to Baker’s fascination with the dramatised televisual constructs of avarice, idolatry and murder.

Sarah Baker grew up in Buffalo, New York. She received her BFA degree at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 and her MA degree at Goldsmiths College, London, in 2002. She is now based in the UK and has been exhibiting her work extensively in the UK and abroad.

Week 3 – Katharine Meynell Collaborations
Tuesday 19 February 12pm-1pm A161 Lindop Building

Working as an artist since the late 1970’s Katherine Meynell’s works drift between material media, emerging as performances, bookworks, video installation and drawings. These are often in series, as records of precarious things.

Video installations include: ‘Moonrise’ Tate Liverpool & Cornerhouse; ‘A book for a performance’ AIR Gallery & ICP New York; ‘Eat’ and ‘Vampire (s) eat’ Kettles Yard Bluecoat & Film Museum, Amsterdam; ‘Light Water Power’ (with Alistair Skinner) Lux, London; ‘The Island Bell’ Harris Museum, Preston; ‘Può dirmi dove devo scendere?’  British School at Rome (where I was Abbey Fellow 2003/4); It’s inside’ Café Gallery London; ‘Nightshots’ Fieldgate Gallery, London, and ‘bread tunny iceberg’ at P3 London.

Publications include: It’s inside, Marion Boyars, 2005, coinciding with a solo exhibition at the Café Gallery, examining issues of representing illness (funded by the Wellcome Trust). Meynell have made five works with the Gefn Press including Poetry of Unknown Words at the Poetry Library in 2012 and Cunning Chapters at the British Library in 2007/8 (Meynell’s contribution was based the life of Santa Chiara (of Assisi) performance artist and patron saint of television).

Week 4 – Caroline Douglas The Arts Council Collection:  updating post war values for the 21st century
Tuesday 26 February 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

An introduction to the circumstances of the founding of the Arts Council Collection, its original purpose and values, and an examination of the way the Collection functions in the new contexts presented by a radically different 21st century context.

Caroline Douglas has been Head of the Arts Council Collection since 2006. Previously she was a curator in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council for over ten years.  At the British Council, Caroline was responsible for “A Century of British Sculpture” at the Galerie national du Jeu de Paume in Paris, in 1996 and “The Enduring Image: Treasures of the British Museum” which toured to New Delhi and Mumbai in 1997-8; she curated “Micro/Macro” at the Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest in 2003 and was curator for three successive Indian Triennale commissions from Julian Opie (1998), Catherine Yass (2000) and Roderick Buchanan (2005), and was curator for Gary Hume when he represented Britain at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1997. Between 2003 and 2006 Caroline ran a programme of contemporary exhibitions in Serbia, which culminated in the large group show “Breaking Step” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. 

Since joining the Arts Council Collection Caroline has been responsible for purchasing policy there, as well as programming UK touring and one-off exhibitions such as the new Flashback series which opened with Bridget Riley in 2009 and continues with Anish Kapoor and Gary Hume in 2011-12.  She graduated with an MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute in 1994.  She is currently a trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, a trustee of Space Studios, a member of the Fine Art Faculty of the British School at Rome and a member of IACA. In 2010 Caroline was a judge for the Contemporary Art Society “Commission to Collect” annual award; in 2011 she was a judge for the Northern Art Prize 2011 and was a selector for Scotland in Venice in 2012.

Week 5 – Chris Bucklow What Making Work Does to the Maker
Tuesday 5 March 1pm-2pm A166 Lindop Building

Chris Bucklow will talk about the psychological dimension to making work. He is trained as an art-historian and worked in the paintings department at the Victoria and Albert Museum for ten years. He left the museum in 1989 to begin making sculpture.

Week 6 – Caroline Achaintre Camp Coo and Beyond
Tuesday 12 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Caroline Achaintre introduces the ideas behind her exhibition ‘Camp Coo’, in relation to her previous work. Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre moved to London in 1998. She trained as a Blacksmith, before starting her undergraduate degree at Chelsea College of Art. Achaintre completed her postgraduate degree in 2003 at Goldsmiths College and has since exhibited extensively internationally.

Week 7 – Monia Brizzi Art, Psychology and the Setting-Into-Work of Truth
Tuesday 19 March 1pm-2pm E350 Main Building

Monia Brizzi’s research on perception and creativity intersects art, science and philosophy. Brizzi is interested in art as a means of mapping and integrating deeply embedded, baffling and conflictual dimensions of self, others and world that are pre-reflective, non-verbal and often outside the scope of ordinary perception, psychological representation and clinical intervention. Through the collaborative inquiry between psychology and art, Brizzi’s work strives to develop new epistemologies for professional practice and education, challenge our understanding of health, well-being and what it means to be human, and expand/humanise evidence base and social inclusion in psychology, psychotherapy and healthcare. Brizzi runs a clinical practice in central London and since 2006 has collaborated with artists and curators as a consultant.   Monia Brizzi is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health Professions Council (HPC), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and Society for Existential Analysis (SEA).