THE FUTURE OF ART HISTORY IN WALES
A free roundtable discussion
The Drwm, National Library of Wales
12 September 2017, 5-6.30pm
Followed by a wine reception at Aberystwyth School of Art
Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg.
In 2016, the successful campaign to stop A-level Art History being dropped demonstrated the enthusiasm for art history among students, artists and educators across the UK. Yet the future of art history in all its forms – whether in schools, universities, libraries, galleries, arts centres or community groups – remains uncertain.
If, as the artist Jeremy Deller has argued, ‘Art history is the study of power, politics, identity and humanity’, the study and appreciation of art is more vital than ever in the tumultuous 21st century. In Wales, art history is inextricably linked with the political: the lack of critical attention has led to Welsh artists being marginalised or excluded from the canon altogether. How can art history in Wales work to recover movements, groups, individuals or works that have been lost? How can it consider, contextualise and celebrate Wales’s rich and diverse art history, bringing it to new audiences? What are the shared experiences with other humanities subjects (such as literary studies), and what can these disciplines learn from each other?
Join us for a free roundtable discussion with leading artists, curators and historians to discuss the future of Welsh art history/art history in Wales.
We’re delighted to share the draft programme for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth this September.
Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.
Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.
We will announce more details regarding the roundtable on the first day in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list or follow us on twitter for the latest updates.
Registration is now open; full details can be found here.
The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.
On 17 June, MOMA Machynlleth will host a one-day conference and concert to coincide with the end of the Roger Cecil exhibition, on the subject of landscape abstraction in art, music and literature.
University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017,
with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July
This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.
WORD AND IMAGE
The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference
The Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth &
The School of Art, Aberystwyth University
12 – 13 September 2017
Professor Tony Brown (Bangor University)
Cliciwch yma am fersiwn Cymraeg
UPDATE 01/02/2017: The deadline for proposals for the Second MONC Conference has been extended until Friday, 24 February. Many thanks to all those who have submitted proposals so far.
Call For Papers
Few texts have combined word and image in a more striking or influential manner than Alfred Barr’s timeline of modern art. The chart first appeared on the front cover of the 1936 exhibition catalogue Cubism and Abstract Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; through Barr’s direction, MOMA helped to establish the narrative for artistic modernism in the 1930s. This picture has since become one of the most widely-reproduced images of modern art in the western world, one which continues to shape our understanding of modernist art history today.
For its second conference, organised in conjunction with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre for Word and Image, the National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth School of Art, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) aims to interrogate the symbiotic relationship between the visual arts and the written word, as encapsulated in Barr’s iconic image. How did modernist artists respond to literary texts? How did writers incorporate visual elements in poetry and prose? How did author and artist collaborations arise? And how did modernist texts, from collages to magazines to scrapbooks, combine word and image in radical new ways?
The sixth one-day Graduate Conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at Queen Mary University of London (Francis Bancroft Building), in conjunction with Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).
As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist students who are eager to share their work. The day will close with a plenary lecture by Sascha Bru who is an Associate Professor in the department of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, at KU Leuven and co-director of MDRN http://mdrn.be/node/1
The British Association for Modernist Studies invites submissions for its annual essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winner will also receive £250 of books.
The BAMS Essay Prize is open to any member of the British Association for Modernist Studies who is studying for a doctoral degree, or is within five years of receiving their doctoral award. You can join BAMS by following the link on our membership pages: https://bams.ac.uk/membership
Essays are to be 7-9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references.
The closing date for entries is 31 October 2016. The winner will be announced by 31 January 2017.