Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference
National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art, 12-13 September 2017
Chair, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC)
On 12-13 September 2017, over 40 academics, curators, artists and enthusiasts gathered at the National Library of Wales to explore the connections between word and image in a range of modernist texts from Wales and beyond. The conference, the second organised by Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), had two aims: firstly, to bring together those engaging with (or making) literature and the visual arts; secondly, to bring those working on Welsh modernism into dialogue with works from other nations. The theme of Word and Image seemed a perfect way to bring together these different strands, not least because word-image crossovers seem especially pertinent to the art and literature of Wales. We could think of figures such as David Jones, Brenda Chamberlain and Margiad Evans who worked across art and literature, whether in poetry and painting or short stories and illustration, or texts such as Chamberlain and Alun Lewis’s Caseg Broadsheets, which juxtaposed modern poetry with experimental woodcuts. More recently, the photographer Aled Rhys Hughes and the Welsh National Opera have both produced multimedia responses to Jones’s prose poem In Parenthesis.
It was thus with great anticipation that the committee awaited the arrival of delegates on a stormy Tuesday morning in the National Library of Wales. Within a few minutes, the conference nerves subsided: the delegates were so enthusiastic and friendly that the area outside the Drwm was soon filled with excited chatter.
Richard Pinkney, The Alphabet Twice, 1971
Please see below for information on exhibitions and activities taking place in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September. The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, and the School of Art, have both arranged to exhibit materials to accompany the conference.
National Library of Wales
- Arthur and Welsh Mythology
- Cover to Cover
- Fallen Poets: Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn
- Discover the Heart of Welsh Culture
- Nanteos Cup
Weekly guided tours: https://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=6801
School of Art, Aberystwyth University
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 announce that registration is now open for Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference, to be held at the National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art on 12-13 September 2017.
Those interested can register via our Eventbrite page. So that we can confirm numbers with catering, registration will close on Friday 1 September 2017.
If you wish to attend after registration has closed, please get in touch with us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art, for helping to make the conference and roundtable possible.
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?
David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
An illustrated lecture
19th July, 2016 19 Orffennaf, 2016 2pm
by Professor Tom Dilworth, University of Windsor, Canada
The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to be ‘one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique’.
In 1929 Jones made copper engravings for an illustrated edition of the poem, and these prints are displayed in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff this summer as a response to the Coleridge in Wales festival.
We are delighted that leading international authority on David Jones, Prof. Tom Dilworth has offered to give this illustrated lecture as part of the Coleridge in Wales journey, in association with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre.
Discover how the illustrations by David Jones give fresh insight into the structure and interpretation of Rime of The Ancient Mariner.
For more information, or to book a ticket, please contact Luke Thurston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Those attending the event may also be interested in a current exhibition at the National Library of Wales:
Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature
23 January – 30 July 2016
For centuries, Welsh poets and prose writers have depicted the experience of war, either by celebrating victories or mourning defeat. This exhibition focuses on four historic conflicts from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries – both battles and skirmishes. Poignant eyewitness accounts and later reactions by artists such as Aneirin and David Jones, Bleddyn Fardd and Gerallt Lloyd Owen will be shown alongside the narrative testimonies of contemporary and later chroniclers. Let the poets take you to Catraeth, Cilmeri, Bosworth and the Somme.
Parts of the manuscript of In Parenthesis will be on display alongside a fascinating range of other documents. For more information, please visit https://www.llgc.org.uk/collections/activities/exhibitions/words-of-war/
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