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 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.
The Welsh Group
10 June – 29 July 2017
Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran
To mark the opening of a new exhibition of the Welsh Group, Hywel Pontin of the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre has written a brief introduction to the exhibition and the Group more broadly.
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.
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?
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:
(please put ‘1916 in Ireland and Wales’ in message title)
For more information, please click here to download the Programme.
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.