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.
Commemorating World War One: Conflict and Creativity is a public engagement project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to design and deliver events to commemorate the First World War centenary.
The project is co-ordinated by Cardiff University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), co-directed by Dr Clair Rowden, School of Music, and Dr Monika Hennemann, School of Modern Languages, and supported by Dr Rachelle Barlow, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Music.
Upcoming events include:
11-12 November: International Artistic Creation during WWI
Symposium in collaboration with and held at National Museum Cardiff
International scholars from the UK and Leuven, Heidelberg and Brown Universities discuss WWI in music, literature, visual cultures, history, philosophy and psychology.
Researchers from Cardiff University, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera and National Museum Cardiff, are holding a series of public events to mark the 2016 Battle of the Somme. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), alongside leading researchers from the Cardiff University schools of Music, Modern Languages, Welsh, History, Archaeology and Religion, and Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, will commemorate this event by exploring WWI conflict and creativity. How is the Great War represented in history, music, literature and visual cultures? And how is it remembered today, in Wales and the wider world?
The series of events, funded by a Cultural Engagement Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), includes a Mametz Wood study day (21 May), a series of lunchtime lectures (Sept-Nov) and an international symposium on artistic creation during WW1 (11-12 November). For more information, please visit http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/events/category/series/commemorating-wwi-conflict-and-creativity-events-series/ or download the series flyer here.