The Future of Art History in Wales: A free roundtable discussion

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. Continue reading “The Future of Art History in Wales: A free roundtable discussion”

Final Programme and Abstract Booklet

We’re delighted to share the final programme and abstract booklet for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September.

PROGRAMME: Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.

MONC Abstract booklet (bilingual)

Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.

The conference hashtag is #monc2017 and the roundtable hashtag is #futurearthistory. Follow us on twitter for the latest updates and to take part.

Registration for the conference is now closed but free tickets for our roundtable discussion are still available here.

The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.

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CFP: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference: Word and Image

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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
 Keynote speaker
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?

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1916 in Ireland and Wales: A One-Day Symposium

Symposium Organised by the Wales-Ireland Research Network, with the support of the Wales Remembers centenary programme and the Welsh Government

14 September 2016

Location: Room A14, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Attendance is free but registration beforehand is essential. Contact:

history-enquiries@aber.ac.uk

(please put ‘1916 in Ireland and Wales’ in message title)

For more information, please click here to download the Programme.

Coming Soon: The Modernist Society Cardiff

Those familiar with The Modernist Society’s work in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham will be interested to hear that a new Cardiff chapter is in the pipeline. The Modernist Society Cardiff will be open to any member of the public interested in modern architecture, art, design, literature and public space from 1900-1999. The group is planning a range of public events celebrating all things Modernist: those interested in attending or getting involved can sign up to the mailing list via http://www.modernist-society.org/cardiff.

RS Thomas Literary Festival, 24-26 June, Aberdaron

24 to 27 June 2016, Aberdaron

The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry.

The theme of the 2016 Festival is “Convergence of Creativity.” We will explore the influence of RS Thomas’s wife, Elsi Eldridge, an accomplished artist, on his work. We will also examine Thomas’s influence on other artists and how Thomas’s poetry was inspired by modern art.

The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream. Presentations from three respected Thomas scholars, an evening concert in St. Hywyn’s Church, a walk through the landscape that inspired RS Thomas, poetry performances, an invitation to RS and Elsi’s studio, and an art exhibition complete the festival. This year we are also joined by the Coleridge in Wales project.

For more information, or to view the full festival programme, please visit https://rsthomaspoetry.co.uk/.

CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn

Call for Papers

Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. It also attempts to voice what is absolutely lost and what was never significant: ‘so many things I have forgot/ That once were much to me, or that were not’, he writes. Thomas also considers obscure futures for others and for himself. His poetry anticipates indifference as much as longevity when it asks what they will ‘do when I am gone?’: ‘they will do without me as the rain/ Can do without the flowers and the grass’.

What should we do with Thomas, whose reputation and writing is more present than ever? In 2017, we will mark the centenary of his death with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity.

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David Jones Exhibition, Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

A new exhibition at Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives explores David Jones’s work as a wood engraver. Curated by Prof. Judi Loach, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the exhibition includes rare examples of his work for interwar private presses such as St. Dominic’s Press, Golden Cockerel Press and Gregynog Press.

For more information, and to see some of the images included in the exhibition, please visit the SCOLAR blog. The exhibition runs from 9 May – 29 July 2016.