Royal College of Art, 16 May 2017

RCA | Locate & Reshape | Catherine Anyango, Mounira Al Solh & Erik van Lieshout

This panel of four artists will consider the notion of the Graphic Witness, a term that harnesses the power of drawing to challenge and question, reflecting on its capacity to record and reflect protest, as well as to produce images that bear witness to social injustice and even the horrors of war. It explores the way drawings can move beyond documentation of man’s inhumanity to man to become active agents in understanding how political ideals are corrupted, and reminders not to stand by, but to act. The panel discussion emerges from the exhibition Graphic Witness at the Drawing Room, curated by Kate Macfarlane.

Schedule

  • Thu 18 January 2018

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Work | ‘Conversation and Exchange: Talking with Children’.

    The next event in the series will take place at Bluecoat, Liverpool, on the 18th January 2018 and takes the theme of ‘Conversation and Exchange: Talking with Children’. Invited speakers include, Marie Anne McQuay, Bluecoat Head of Programme; Heather Jones, Exhibition Manager of Kunsthall Stavanger Norway; Polly Brannan, artist and curator; Mick Marston, illustrator; and Julian Woods, educator. Each present their recent projects and discuss the benefits of creating works with, for and in response to children.

  • Sat 20 January 2018

    Symposium: A New Ethics?  The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world

    A New Ethics? is a day-long symposium seeking to examine notions of ethics and responsibility within contemporary creative practices.

    The events of 2016 and 2017 highlighted a noticeable increase in authoritarianism, racism, sexism, environmental disasters and widespread economic hardship at local and global levels, as well as significant changes in the art market and art education. How are these factors influencing artists’ work? Are artists and cultural institutions now expected to respond to them by assuming new and evolving responsibilities within their communities?

    Questions asked during the day will include:

    How does a sense of responsibility figure in the way artists, designers, curators and institutions are responding to past, present and future issues, including local and global politics, human rights, economic injustice and cultural history?

    What might constitute an ethical curatorial or artistic practice today? How important is such a goal to creative practitioners?

    The question of ethics often comes up in relation to practices that are considered unethical or lacking ethics. In contrast to this: How are creative practitioners developing a positive sense of ethics through their work?

    The symposium will be structured around three panel discussions focusing on examples, each followed by Q&A. It will conclude with a final session for group discussion open to members of the audience.

  • Tue 20 February 2018

    RCA | Visual Cultures Lecture Series

    Ben Noys / Ash Sarkar / Mira Matter / Marina Vishmidt/ Sarat Maharaj (TBC) Organised by the Writing Research Group lead by Yve Lomax with Nicky Coutts, Jesse Ash, Jaspar Joseph-Lester

  • Tue 10 April 2018

    RCA | Visual Cultures Lecture Series | Dickie Beau

    Dickie Beau | Organised by the Methodas Fiction Research Group lead by Rebecca Fortnum