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The Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary: Moving Home Or Taking Up Residence: A Good Call For Without Heritage There Can Be No Humanity For We Are Held in Our Memories That Are Alive in Our Heritage

 

 

|| November 15: 2018 || ά. Two of western Canada’s leading learning institutions are creating an innovative approach to community-based research: the Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Over the next two years, Glenbow’s Library and Archives will be relocated to the University of Calgary to provide the widest possible access to this remarkable collection.

“This initiative will provide new opportunities for students, scholars and the public to access the historic Glenbow collections by housing them within our University’s archives.” said the President of the University of Calgary, Ms Elizabeth Cannon. “The Glenbow collections will elevate the University of Calgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources, providing enhanced engagement with teaching, research and public interest in Western Canada.”

This move to the University, for a 99-year period, closely aligns Glenbow’s collections with teaching and learning and research interests at the University. The relocation gives students easy access to another world-class collection and will benefit users in a wide range of disciplines, including, local, regional and provincial history, social studies, cultural and social history, religious studies, geography, political science, military history and artefacts and agriculture.

“We are excited about this collaboration and the prominence the University is placing on these important research materials.” says Glenbow Board Chair Mr Irfhan Rawji. “The university will be able to ensure greater public and academic access than Glenbow is currently able to provide. By leveraging this new space at the University to feature part of Glenbow’s collection, we can focus on ensuring other impressive aspects of our collection, such as, our vast array of contemporary and historical art, have more room to be displayed in our building for the public to enjoy.”

The collections include provincially owned archives currently held by Glenbow and stewarded in accordance with existing standards, that Glenbow is responsible for providing under the Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act and its service agreement with the Province. The Province of Alberta has approved the relocation agreement.

“The Glenbow Western Research Centre will ensure the long-term conservation of and expanded public access to these valuable records, that help tell our shared stories and history.” said Mr Ricardo Miranda, the Minister of Culture and Tourism for the Government of Alberta. “I support this initiative because it supports our government’s efforts to further enhance Alberta’s archives.”

The addition of the Glenbow collections to the University of Calgary is made possible through the generous support of the Calgary community. Mr Bill Siebens and family are providing support integral to the relocation. Other donors, passionate about preserving Western Canadian history and culture, may, contribute to support the relocation of the collections to the university and their on-going stewardship.

“We were inspired to make this significant gift as we believe it is critical to preserve the valuable records and artefacts, that illustrate who we are as Albertans; who we are as Western Canadians. With society moving at such an incredible pace and with technology changing before our eyes, we felt a responsibility to preserve that, which came before us so that future generations can explore and learn from the rich lessons of the past.” said Mr Bill Siebens.

“The cultural resources contained in the library and archives are treasured stories of families, of commerce, of struggle, all woven in with the innovation and progress, that brought us to where we are today. We are proud that the centre will serve as an invaluable resource for students, faculty, researchers and the general public. We know that its vast archival holdings will help inform future decision-making related to all facets of community life.”

The Glenbow Western Research Centre will be located in the Taylor Family Digital Library and the collections will be stewarded by experts at the University’s Libraries and Cultural Resources. The transition will take place over the next two years, beginning in January 2019, with the new location expected to open in the fall of 2019. Details on the relocation will be available at ucalgary.ca/glenbow to ensure smooth transition and clear access to materials.

The Siebens family contribution is part of the university’s on-going fundraising campaign, Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High. The campaign is currently at $01.126 billion towards its overall goal of $01.3 billion.

About Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High.:::ω.

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The South Bank Show Presents a New Set of Leading Female Voices in the Arts: November Season: Wednesdays on Sky Arts

 

 

|| October 21: 2018 || ά. The South Bank Show returns to Sky Arts this November with a new line-up of exclusive interviews, showcasing six women from across the arts: Comedian Ms Tracey Ullman, Soul Singer Ms Beverley Knight, Opera Star Ms Danielle de Niese, Theatre Producer Ms Sonia Friedman, Publisher Ms Gail Rebuck and a special show highlighting the importance of the arts in education, featuring Global Teacher Prize 2018 winner, Ms Andria Zafirakou.

Speaking about the new series, Mr Melvyn Bragg said, “We’ve built up this series over the last 18 months. In so many ways this is a triumphant break-out period for women and I thought the best contribution The South Bank Show could make would be to devote an entire season to women.” Highlights from the series include an exclusive interview with Ms Tracey Ullman, one of the most important women in the history of British comedy. A ground-breaking and versatile performer, she has been a key figure in challenging the male-dominated status quo as one of the first female comedians to emerge during the 1980s; redefining the role of women in comedy ever since.

Over a 30-year career, she has won multiple awards, including, a BAFTA, seven Emmys, 12 American Comedy Awards and a Golden Globe. Mr Bragg talks to Ms Ullman in depth about her remarkable career, going behind the scenes of her latest BBC series, Tracey Breaks the News. The show, also, features interviews with Sir Lenny Henry, Ms Meryl Streep, Mr James L Brooks and Ms Ullman’s daughter, Ms Mabel McKeown. On Wednesday: November 07: 22:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Ms Beverley Knight has sold over a million albums in the UK in a career spanning two decades and is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most successful singers. Since her initial success in the 90s, she has recently branched into musical theatre, with roles in productions, such as, Cats! and The Bodyguard, she has scored major hits with singles Made It Back, Greatest Day and Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.

Mr Bragg joins her working on new material with Guy Chambers and the upcoming hip-hop musical Sylvia at The Old Vic. The episode explores her experiences of racism growing up in Wolverhampton as the child of Windrush parents and her first steps in the music industry, inspired, partly, by a chance childhood meeting with 80s soul star Jaki Graham. On: Wednesday: November 14: 22:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Ms Danielle de Niese is a world-renowned Soprano, who came to prominence, when she played Cleopatra in David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2005. The hugely influential production drew on her talent as a dancer and actor, as well as, her vocal abilities, a multi-skilled approach she’s since brought to roles at many of the world’s finest opera houses.

Here Mr Bragg talks to Danielle about her revolutionary approach to opera and, also, discusses her Sri Lankan heritage and her upbringing in Australia, where she became the youngest winner of popular TV show Young Talent Time and Los Angeles, where the family moved, when she was 10 so she could continue her training. This episode of The South Bank Show, also, features interviews with Mr David McVicar, Ms Danielle de Niese’s parents and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. On: Wednesday: November 21: 19:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Ms Sonia Friedman is a multi-award winning theatre producer, who, in the past 20 years, has been unrivalled in her success of bringing new work to the West End with productions, such as, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Ferryman, and Jerusalem to name but a few. Born in London into an extraordinarily creative family, Ms Friedman began working in the theatre in her teens. By her early 20s, she was already producing national tours and by the middle of the 90s she had broken into the West End.

Mr Bragg follows Sonia from her sell-out production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London to Broadway where, this summer, she is due to have five shows running simultaneously. They examine the shows that worked and ones that didn’t,  as well as, the risks of bringing new work to the West End. On: Wednesday: November 28: 22:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Ms Gail Rebuck has been the most powerful woman in British publishing for three decades, holding the posts of Chief Executive and Chair of Random House UK for 22 years. A trailblazer for women in British publishing, she was not yet 30, when she was invited to become a founding director of Century Publishing. Noted not just for her commercial flair, she has, also, nurtured the careers of many authors, as well as, helping Random House UK, now, Penguin Random House UK to prosper in the new digital economy.

Mr Bragg charts her life and achievements while, also, considering the various revolutions, which have taken place in the publishing world during her career, not least, for women in the industry. The show, also, includes contributions from Ms Nigella Lawson and Mr Robert Harris. On: Wednesday: December 05:  22:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

Why the Arts Matter emphasises how art is vitally important for the UK’s education system and to its economy. Since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in pupils taking arts GCSEs, with a corresponding drop in the number of specialist teachers being trained. To discuss and underline its importance, the show features some of the UK’s leading figures from the arts, who are tackling this issue in secondary schools head-on: musical theatre pioneer Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber, award-winning music composerMr  Howard Goodall, Director of The National Theatre Rufus Norris, Artistic Director at the English National Ballet Ms Tamara Rojo, classical violinist Ms Nicola Benedetti and comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry.

The film focuses on the Global Teacher Prize 2018 winner, Ms Andria Zafirakou and her work in a London school, which serves a depressed area. Alperton Community School has been utterly transformed by her work in the arts and the effect this has had on everything else in the school’s life. The film demonstrates how the arts are unique in unlocking the potential of students, how they can inspire them and how they can increase their confidence. On: Wednesday: December 22: 22:00 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.

The South Bank Show is part of the portfolio of South Bank content on Sky Arts produced by Directors Cut Productions, which includes The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the only awards ceremony in the world to represent the entire spectrum of the arts, and The South Bank Show Originals, featuring famous past episodes with added footage and extra interviews and contributors..:::ω.

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Room to Breathe at the Migration Museum London: New Exhibition on an Immersive Journey Into the Lives of Migrants in Britain: November 01-July 28: 2019

 

 

|| October 08: 2018 || ά. Room to Breathe is a new immersive exhibition opening on Thursday, November 01 at the Migration Museum, at the Workshop, 26 Lambeth Hight Street, London SE1 7AG. The Exhibition aims to take the visitors to discover and explore personal stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. In the face of the external ‘hostile environment’ and fierce debates about immigration policy, Room to Breathe aims to present the personal and communal spaces created by people starting new lives in Britain.  

Journey through a series of rooms, from a bedroom to a classroom, a kitchen to a barber’s shop, in which unique stories of creating a home, finding work, navigating hardships and making friends are brought to life through audio, films, photographs and personal objects. By opening drawers, picking objects off shelves or settling into an armchair, visitors will discover stories from over 100 people, who have created new lives in Britain. These include Windrush-era arrivals from the Caribbean, NHS workers from across the world, refugee arrivals from the 1930s to the present day, as well as, chefs, students, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs and musicians. 

Visitors are invited to make these spaces their own by creating art and contributing stories and objects. The Exhibition will, also, serve as a setting for residencies by refugee and migrant artists, as well as, a varied programme of events and activities, from cookery classes to flash performances, storytelling evenings to art and craft workshops. 

“Room to Breathe brings to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land.” says Ms Sophie Henderson, the Director of the Migration Museum. “We aim to humanise and bring to life a subject, that is so often discussed in terms of numbers, policies, cost and benefit, by inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the personal stories, spaces and experiences of generations of people, who have made new lives in Britain.”

Room to Breathe is the latest Exhibition from the Migration Museum, which shines a light on how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are as individuals, as communities and as a nation. isitor Information

Room to Breathe

Dates: November 01: 2018–July 28: 2019

Opening hours: Thursdays: 12:00-20:00: Friday–Sunday: 12:00-18:00

Venue: Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG: Nearest tubes Vauxhall, Lambeth North and Westminster: Admission: Free 

About the Migration Museum: The Migration Museum is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK. Our museum is currently housed at The Workshop, a temporary arts and community space just off Albert Embankment in London provided by U+I, a regeneration and investment business.:::ω.

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Bolton School of the Arts Commemorative Exhibition to Showcase and Celebrate 150 Years of Its Excellence: September 22-December 31

 

 

 

|| September 14: 2018: University of Bolton News || ά. An exhibition of stunning artwork to celebrate 150 years of the University of Bolton’s School of the Arts opens this month. The prestigious Commemorative Exhibition will be held in the beautiful, newly refurbished Bolton Museum Temporary Exhibitions Gallery from September 22 and will continue to be open to the public until December 31. It will be the launch event for the Gallery and a chance for Bolton School of the Arts to celebrate the remarkable achievements of graduates, staff and students.

The Exhibition will cover a wide range of historic and current works, along with information about the university and town, demonstrating how the Bolton School of the Arts has changed and developed over the decades in response to the changes in Bolton’s economy and community. Artists invited to take part in this exhibition have been carefully selected as distinctive and talented creative practitioners, who have gone on to achieve significantly in their field. Bolton School of the Arts has produced a host of successful alumni over the years, who have been taught and encouraged by skilled and dedicated academic and technical staff.

Lonsdale Bonner, the oldest living contributing artist, was born in 1926 and was a Tutor at the Bolton College of Art in the 1950s and 1960s. Bonner is a renowned artist, whose former students include famous Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah and Donald Jackson, a calligrapher and illuminator, who went on to become Official Scribe to the Queen.

Mr Michael Brennand-Wood is an internationally-renowned textile Artist and examples of his work can be seen in major public, corporate and private collections worldwide, including, the Victoria and Albert Museum. The School of the Arts exhibition features two of his large pieces.

Ms Tracey Shelton is an award-winning Australian Journalist for the news site Global Post. In 2012, her photographs of a Syrian tank attack on rebel fighters in Aleppo gained significant attention from mainstream media. She, also, covered the Libyan Civil War and obtained exclusive footage of Muammar Gaddafi's death, which led to a UN inquiry.

Their combined achievements have had significant impact on the Arts and the Creative and Digital Industries in the town, the region, the country and the world. Ms Sam Johnson, Head of the School of Arts, said, “From its earliest beginnings to the present day, the School of the Arts has served and enriched Bolton’s community, providing inspiration, skills and knowledge to generations of aspirational designers and artists.

This Exhibition enables the University and the Museum and Library Service to acknowledge their tremendous pasts, whilst looking to enhance their active partnership into the future. You are warmly invited to view the remarkable variety of works produced by alumni, students and staff in this beautiful setting and find out more about how the school can support emerging artistic talent today."

The Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday 09:00-17:00, on Wednesday 09:30-17:00 and on Sunday 10:00 to 16:00. The Gallery is situated on the top floor and is fully accessible..:::ω.

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Dreamland Margate Unveils New Mural-by-the-Sea Artwork About the Windrush Generation

 

 

 

|| August 23: 2018 || ά. Dreamland Margate has today unveiled its latest artist commission for the Mural-by-the-Sea project. ‘Still Holding On’ by Ms Valda Jackson of Spike Island studios in Bristol is a collage of photographs and drawings of children of the Windrush generation and is being exhibited on Dreamland’s large outdoor billboard until the beginning of October.

The images are set against an English oak backdrop, which Jackson describes as being ‘symbolic of tradition, permanence and home’. As a child immigrant of the generation herself, Ms Jackson travelled with her sisters to join her parents in England from Jamaica at the age of five. She says, “The piece has a cut and paste quality, reflecting what has been revealed to be the precarious nature of those, who are part of this generation’s status in this country.

The image poses uncomfortable questions around identity, belonging, responsibility, innocence and vulnerability. It explores contemporary issues around Britain’s role in Europe, the commonwealth and the world and highlights the neglected and vulnerable victims of prejudice, nationalism and ignorance.” 

Ms Jackson’s piece marks the first in the series to be commissioned outside of Margate. Following the popularity of Kent-based artist commissions, such as, Daniel Webb’s ‘Everyday Plastic’, the Mural-by-the-Sea series continues to grow. Having worked with a Bristol-based artist for this edition, the next artwork for the mural will be commissioned via a nation-wide open call.

Full information on the open call can be viewed at muralbythesea.co.uk.

Ms Rebecca Ellis, Senior Creative Producer at Dreamland, said, “We are incredibly proud to have Valda’s piece on display at Dreamland. It is hugely powerful and is an important next step in the Mural-by-the-Sea project.

Our commissions so far have been hugely popular with visitors and it’s great to now be turning to artists all over the country to get involved. The open call is a fantastic chance for creatives to submit their ideas and receive a unique exhibition opportunity. We’re hugely excited to see the submissions that come in!”

About Mural by the Sea: Funded by Dreamland, Mural-by-the-Sea is the brainchild of StudioTAC, a Margate based creative company who built and designed the steel frame in-casing the mural. StudioTAC are curating and organising the commission programme in collaboration with Dreamland and various art institutions. Mural-by-the-Sea has Margate at its epicentre, focusing on local artists for the first three editions.  

About Valda Jackson: Ms Valda Jackson was born in Blue Mountains, Jamaica and came to England at the age of five to join her parents and settle in Birmingham. She studied BA Fine Art in Bristol and post-graduate studies in Cardiff.

She explores a history shared by many migrants. Her concerns relate to dislocation and identity. Through the visual arts, painting and sculpture, and in her writing and performance, Ms Jackson employs memory fragments and historical truths that recall and re-imagine the past, questions our present, to impact the future.

Her work calls on her experience of a Jamaican British heritage, of growing up in a culture that sits, at times uncomfortably, within another that is larger, dominant and imperial. Jackson’s work is about our existence. It is about survival, individual entitlement and privilege, and above all, dignity. These themes extend themselves into much of Jackson’s Commissioned works.

About Dreamland: One of the oldest surviving amusement parks in the UK, Dreamland Margate is a world-class visitor attraction offering all the fun of a festival for the whole family. Located opposite the golden sands of rejuvenated Margate, visitors to Dreamland can enjoy vintage, family and thrill rides, pop-up entertainment, live music and art installations, alongside eclectic bars and street food.

Since re-opening in 2017 after significant investment, Dreamland has continued to deliver fun experiences with a twist of the unexpected, from hosting 15,000 people at the Demon Dayz music festival featuring Gorillaz to opening a range of exciting new rides throughout the 2018 season. Dreamland was also voted Runner-Up for Best Family Theme Park at the 2017 Family Traveller Awards and was awarded bronze for Best Event Venue over 1,000 attendees at the National Venue Awards in 2018. With fast road and rail links, you can visit Dreamland Margate in less than 90 minutes from London.

About Spike Island: Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design, based close to Bristol’s harbour. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, it invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.:::ω.

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The Heritage Open Days at the Winchester Cathedral: September 14-16

 

 

|| August 13: 2018 || ά. Every September in Winchester, local volunteers organise more than 100 events to celebrate the history, architecture and culture of England’s ancient capital. Heritage Open Days offer visitors to explore new places and try new experiences, from walks, workshops and pop-up performances to exhibitions, living history and family-friendly activities. Better yet, they’re free. As lead sponsor of Heritage Open Days, Winchester College extends a warm welcome to visitors by hosting many wonderful events this year, including, guided tours.

Visitors can discover what is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Different tours offer something for everyone. The hour-long guided tour concentrates on the medieval heart of the College, including, Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th-century School building. For book lovers, the 45-minute tour of the Fellows’ Library offers an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible. All events at Winchester College must be pre-booked.

Or, follow the footsteps of Mary Sumner, the founder of the Mother’s Union, a contemporary Anglican organisation with a worldwide membership of four million. This talk will explore Sumner’s life and how her ideas on motherhood, marriage and the education of her children were shaped by geographical locations and her network of influential kin and friends.

When: Saturday: September 15: 18:30-19:30: Where: Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB

The Suffragettes: From Hard Sell to Hard Cell: Presented by Professor Emma Rees

Join Professor Emma Rees as she discusses the impact of winning the vote for women. In this talk, she will explore parallels between the suffragettes’ struggle and the political world today.

When: Saturday: September 15: 15:00-16:00: Where: Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, SO23 8TH

Explore the Cathedral Close

Don’t miss this opportunity to access special areas of Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, including, spaces not normally open to the public. Access to some areas will be weather permitting.

When: Saturday: September 15: 11:00-15:00: Show up any time at the main entrance. Allow up to one hour. Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS

Medieval Knights at the Westgate

The clank of armour and the clash of blades will ring out in demonstrations of medieval combat outside the Westgate Museum. There will, also, be show and tell activities upstairs in the chamber.

When: Saturday: September 15: 11:00-16:00

Where: Westgate Museum, High Street, SO23 9AP

Waynflete Singers: Conducted by George Castle

Hear this glorious choir present choral favourites in the surroundings of Winchester’s historic Great Hall.

When: Saturday : September 15, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00

Allow 30 minutes for each pop-up performance.

Where: Great Hall, Castle Avenue, SO23 8UJ

Anglo Saxon Winchester

Step back into history with Regia Anglorum to learn about the clothing, crafts and people of Winchester from more than 1,000 years ago.

When: Saturday: September 15, 11:00-16:00

Where: The Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral, SO23 9LS

Open Day at Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Winchester, the country's only surviving cine-variety theatre, is hosting a free Open Day for all the family. There will be live music from local talent, talks, displays, arts and crafts, face-painting and much more.

When: Saturday: September 15, 11:00-16:00 

Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB

A History of the World in 21 Women: Presented by Dame Jenni Murray: Sponsored by Winchester College

For this special event, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, the first female Dean of Winchester, will interview Dame Jenni Murray. The BBC Woman’s Hour presenter, journalist and broadcaster will discuss her new book, which looks at the achievements of 21 women, who have made a profound impact on our world.

When: Sunday: September 16, 14:00-15:00

Where: New Hall, Winchester College, College Walk, S023 9NG

Extraordinary Women Exhibition: Sponsored by Winchester City Council

Celebrate the many inspirational women of Hampshire, past and present. During this festival exhibition, visitors can read the inspiring stories of influential female figures. The exhibition, also, features winning competition entries from Winchester’s local primary schools.

When: Daily from 10:00-16:00

Where: Great Hall, Castle Avenue, SO23 8UJ

Stay for the Weekend: Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel is set mere steps from the glorious Winchester Cathedral, perfect for making the most of Heritage Open Days weekend. The hotel is open 24:7 and provides connecting rooms for families with young children.

Visit the Open Days website winchesterheritageopendays.org for more events and to book online. If, you do not have internet access, you can book your tickets in person at the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.                     

Guided Tour: Thursday-Friday: September 13-14: 10:15, 11:30, 14:15, 15:30

Saturday-Sunday: September 15-16: 14:15, 15:30

Fellows’ Library: Friday: September 14: 13:00, 14:00

Saturday: September 15: 11:45, 12:45

Where: Winchester College, College Street, SO23 9NA

Mary Sumner: Founder of the Mother’s Union: Presented by Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful

About Winchester: A city steeped in history, Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. In addition to world-class attractions and architecture, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops, this culturally rich medieval city lies surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. :::ω.

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Welcome to The Bacterial World at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History: October 19-May 28: 2019: A Visible Exhibition to Bring to Visibility the Invisible Enigma of Life

 

 

 

|| August 07: 2018 || ά. As soon as we hear the word ‘bacteria’ most of us think of illness and disease but a fascinating and enlightening new exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History breaks this long-held myth and it is about time for without these bacteria, life, would have to find a different way of being engineered and all together a different way of existing! This autumn, Bacterial World seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of bacteria and counter the popular misconception that they are all bad or to be feared. And, on behalf of the terribly ‘prejudiced’ and highly ‘de-prided’ and utterly disconnected to Jane Austen, the poor invisible bacteria of this earth, The Humanion thanks the organisers for this timely presentation of the bacterial world so to put the record ‘clearly and visibly’ straight for the ‘bacterial kind’ for this ‘prejudicial humankind’!

Incorporating more than 55 exhibits, spanning monumental art, geological and deep-sea specimens, film, and digital interactives, Bacterial World will demonstrate how these tiny organisms wield huge influence over us, shaping the past, present and future of life on our planet. The exhibition will feature items generously loaned from institutions, including, the Wellcome Collection, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Natural History Museum, London. Bacteria were the earliest form of life on Earth and exist practically everywhere today; from the deepest oceans to the driest deserts and even in the clouds. Bacteria survive, thrive, fight and die by the trillion every moment. These remarkable organisms can swim using nanoscopic motors and battle with spears. They sense, communicate and remember. What’s more, there are as many bacterial as human cells within our bodies.

Bacterial World will demonstrate how science is unfolding knowledge on the secret lives and hidden stories of the smallest of organisms and their influence on us and our planet. Making visible the microscopic world around us, one of the most striking elements of the exhibition and, at 28 metres long, by far the largest, is a giant inflatable E. coli sculpture created by renowned Artist Mr Luke Jerram. Suspended from the roof, in itself a dramatic feat of engineering, Mr Jerram’s E. coli is five million times bigger than the real thing.

As bacteria were the earliest lifeforms, Mr Jerram’s artwork could be considered as a curious portrait of our distant ancestors. He asks: are we attracted or repelled by it? And do we feel any different, if, we can put aside our preconceptions about food poisoning and discover that one of the first applications of DNA technology was the manipulation of E. coli to produce human insulin, improving innumerable lives?

Geological fossils will show evidence of how bacteria oxygenated the Earth 02.4 billion years ago. Deep sea specimens will demonstrate ecosystems where there is no sunlight; where, down in the darkness, bacteria use a cocktail of chemicals to generate energy in a possible echo of how life first began.

There will, also, be a display of animals and plants, which live symbiotically with bacteria, for all manner of reasons, to create bio-luminescence, that lures prey or creates camouflage, such as, bobtail squid, lanternfish and ponyfish to support diet, rabbits, koalas, leafcutter ants, leeches, vampire vats and in order to create a toxin for hunting or defence, arrow worms, blue-ringed octopuses, pufferfish, armadillos and horseshoe crabs, to name but a few.

A display of ‘Top 10 Bacteria, that Changed the World’ will show the positive impact bacteria have had and continue to have, on the planet. Bacteria feed the world by driving the nutrient cycles on which all life depends. A display of pea plants shows how bacteria break things down in decay and then ‘fix’ vital nitrogen to the roots to ensure growth. They, also, help to fight disease: the exhibition will show how the Wolbachia bacterium is being used to combat malaria.

Bacterial World shows how bacteria, might, help us to tackle some of our biggest environmental problems. Bacteria in the oceans have evolved to consume some human-caused pollution, including, oil-spills, as in the case of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Recently-discovered bacterium Ideonella Sakaiensis can eat some plastic, due to an evolved ability to produce an enzyme, called, PETase, which breaks down Polyethylene terephthalate:PET, an amazing evolution story and, perhaps, a small ray of light in the fight against global pollution.

Visitors will enjoy the chance to play Gut Wars, a specially developed game in which they set bacteria armed with different weapons and abilities up against one another in a simulated gut environment.  Another interactive, Bacteria Explorer, will allow users to descend into the microscopic world of bacteria and learn more about their shapes and abilities by exploring virtual three-D models. 

Professor Paul Smith, the Director of the Museum of Natural History, says, "Bacteria are essential for, almost, every aspect of life on Earth, from the very origins of life itself to the deeply intricate relationships, that underpin all ecosystems. Drawing on research from across the University of Oxford, the Bacterial World exhibition explores our very intimate relationships with bacteria and reveals the vital roles they play in enabling our planet's huge variety of life."

Professor Judith Armitage FRS, the Lead scientist for the Exhibition, Professor of Biochemistry at University of Oxford and President-Elect of the UK Microbiology Society, says, “I hope this Exhibition goes some way to revealing the generally unknown and unseen vast, diverse world of bacteria. Bacteria have been evolving since the beginning of life on Earth and helped form the planet on which we live, providing the oxygen and much of the nitrogen needed for current life.

Their complex communities, where they live and die, compete, communicate, co-operate, fight and have sex, have evolved for specific environments and, we are coming to realise, are essential for healthy soils, oceans and, even, ourselves. While some, in the wrong place, can cause diseases, we need to understand microbial communities to be able to continue to control those diseases and to maintain both a healthy body and a healthy planet.”

About Oxford University Museum of Natural History: Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural. History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of entomological, geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning Pre-Raphaelite-inspired example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement. In 2015, the Museum was a Finalist in the Art Fund Prize for ‘Museum of the Year’. In 2016, it won the top accolade, ‘Best of the Best’, in the Museums + Heritage Awards.:::ω.

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Ribera: Art of Violence Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery: September 26-January 2019

 

 

 

|| July 27: 2018: || ά. This autumn Dulwich Picture Gallery will present Ribera: Art of Violence, the first UK show dedicated to the Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera, 1591–1652, bringing together his most arresting and provocative works. A selection of eight monumental canvases will be displayed alongside significant drawings and prints to explore the powerful theme of violence in Ribera’s art. 40 works will be arranged thematically, examining Ribera’s striking depictions of saintly martyrdom and mythological violence, skin and the five senses, crime and punishment and the bound male figure.

The Exhibition will bring together works from seven countries, including, major European and North American institutions. Many will be displayed for the first time in the UK. Ribera, also, known as lo Spagnoletto or ‘the little Spaniard’ has long been celebrated for his images of human suffering, a popular subject for artists during the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Born in Játiva, Valencia, Ribera spent most of his career in Naples, southern Italy, where he influenced many Neapolitan masters, including, Salvator Rosa and Luca Giordano. He is, often, regarded as the heir to Caravaggio for his dramatic use of light and shadow and his practice of painting directly from the live model.

This Exhibition will explore Ribera’s paintings, prints and drawings of violent subjects, which are, often, grotesque in their realism. It will demonstrate how his images of bodies in pain are neither the product of his supposed sadism nor the expression of a purely aesthetic interest. Rather, they involve a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering.

The show will open with a room dedicated to religious violence. It will investigate Ribera’s portrayals of the martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, who was flayed alive for his Christian faith. One of Ribera’s favoured subjects, Bartholomew was a common figure in southern European Baroque art, which aimed to inspire devotion in the spectator. Highlights will include three versions of the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew spanning Ribera’s career, which reveal the evolution of the artist’s style and his hyper-realistic treatment of a shocking theme.

Throughout the exhibition, a selection of prints and drawings will illuminate Ribera’s mastery of composition, gesture and expression, with works ranging from anatomical figure studies to inquisition scenes of the strappado, punishment by hanging from the wrists. A room dedicated to skin and the five senses will celebrate Ribera as a graphic artist, with studies of eyes, ears, noses and mouths displayed alongside images of Bartholomew flayed alive.

A central theme is how Ribera broke new ground by capturing human suffering in his depictions of the male figure. Through his complex aesthetic and intellectual approach, he created images, that are both repulsive and appealing in the rendering of trauma and pain. The twisted pose of the male body in such drawings as Man bound to a Tree, mid-1620s, from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, comprise a principal focus of Ribera’s works on paper, which vary from abbreviated preparatory studies for paintings and prints, to more elaborate sketches and independent sheets.

The exhibition will conclude with a room dedicated to one major painting, Apollo and Marsyas, 1637, on loan from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, and the grand finale to the show. Paralleling the martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, this painting, the tour de force of Ribera’s career, portrays Apollo flaying Marsyas alive as punishment for losing a musical competition. The painting encapsulates the argument of the exhibition, for it demonstrates the violent outcome of artistic rivalry and the visceral convergence of the senses, as the ripping of skin is experienced through the intersections of sight, touch and sound.

Ribera: Art of Violence is curated by Dr Edward Payne, the Head Curator: Spanish Art, The Auckland Project, County Durham, contributor to the catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings, 2016 and author of a PhD thesis on the theme of violence in Ribera’s art, 2012 and Dr Xavier Bray, Director, The Wallace Collection, former Chief Curator, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Curator of the 2009 exhibition The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700 , National Gallery, London.

Loans have been secured from a number of national and international institutions including MNAC. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; Palazzo Pitti, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence; Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid; Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

Dr Edward Payne, the Guest Co-curator, said, ‘’Ribera: Art of Violence will provoke a sense of surprise, shock and awe in visitors. Beyond merely introducing audiences to the work of this major artist, the exhibition will reveal the immediacy and complexity of Ribera’s images of violence. The show will call upon visitors to play a central role, not as passive onlookers but as active participants, in the theatre of Ribera’s scenes of human suffering.’’ 

Dr Xavier Bray, the Guest Co-curator, said, ‘’An exhibition on this great Spanish master is long overdue in the UK. Ribera’s hyper-realistic depictions of extreme violence will be the object of fascination as we marvel at his incredible painterly technique. Ribera is not only the rightful heir to Caravaggio but will, also, I am convinced, be of great inspiration to contemporary artists.’’

Ms Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, said, ‘’This extraordinary 17th-century artist will be presented in a dramatic and exciting way, creating a visitor experience akin to witnessing a Quentin Tarantino film. In typical Dulwich Picture Gallery fashion, we will use our intimate spaces to invite contemporary audiences to engage directly with the art of the past to discover echoes of today’s world.’’

Tickets need to be pre-booked, which can be done online. Tickers are £16.50 Adult, £15.50 Senior Citizens, £08 Concessions, Free: Friends, Under 18s and the ticket prices include a voluntary Gift Aid donation

The Exhibition is supported by Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Cockayne, Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation and The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust. ::ω.

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The Josef and Anni Albers: Voyage Inside a Blind Experience Exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery at the University College Cork in Ireland: The Exhibition Aims to Help the Visually Impaired See Art: July 26-November 04

 

 

 

|| July 24: 2018 || ά. The Glucksman Gallery at the University College Cork:UCC in Ireland will this week launch a new exhibition to be experienced by touch, enabling visitors to experience and feel artworks they can not see. The Josef and Anni Albers: Voyage Inside a Blind Experience Exhibition, is to be launched this Thursday, July 26, which run until November 04. The Exhibition explores how a visual art exhibition could be experienced by partially sighted and blind people.

Presenting major works from both artists and a unique opportunity for Irish audiences to explore what it means to learn about art through touch, the exhibition will, also, feature tactile models, braille texts and playful art encounters led by touch. “It is a humbling and powerful experience to consider what it means to navigate the world through touch. UCC is a leader in the field of disability services and we are proud to enable our students and the wider public to engage with art in this pioneering exhibit.” said Ms Fiona Kearney, the Director of the Glucksman Gallery.

Works on display will include Anni Albers’ hugely influential textile works and Josef Albers’ renowned Homage to the Square paintings and a selection of his record cover designs, accompanied by the original jazz music. “To have these masterworks in the Glucksman is a privilege and I am hugely grateful to the Albers Foundation, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Creative Europe programme for their support in presenting such an important show in Cork and Ireland.” Ms Fiona Kearney said.

The Exhibition includes a darkroom, where visitors are invited to explore objects by touch, as well as, a section that reflects on the importance of Albers’ teaching that emphasised a sense of feeling, as well as, seeing art. In partnership with the University College Cork's Disability Support Service, Arts and Disability Ireland, Child Vision, Fighting Blindness and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Glucksman Gallery will offer tours and workshops for the visually impaired.

Events for the public will include touch tours of the UCC Art Collection for Heritage Week in August, torchlight explorations of the gallery after dark on Culture Night and school and community workshops for all ages and abilities. Upcoming events are available on the Glucksman’s new website.

“This special show invites people, who are visually impaired to share in the museum experience. It is a tribute to the staff of the gallery that they are continually seeking new ways to connect all audiences with contemporary art.” said Mr Lawrence O’Hana, the Chairperson of the Glucksman’s Board of Directors.

Mr Nicholas Fox Weber, the Director of the Albers Foundation, said, “I now realise that knowing Josef Albers, the devout Catholic, the man of heart and knowing her, Anni Albers, the woman of consummate empathy with anyone, who has any form of disability, even as she accorded little attention to her own, they would have been fascinated by this idea of extending their sense of seeing to those, who can not see with their eyes, whose physical impairment makes it impossible.”

Developed in partnership with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Atlante Servizi Culturali, along with the expertise of l’Istituto dei Ciechi di Milano, a leading institute for people, who are visually impaired in Milan, Italy, the Exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Following its presentation at the Glucksman, the Exhibition is touring to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.

Caption: Josef and Anni Albers: Image: The Glucksman Gallery:::ω.

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The Black Cultural Archives Exhibition: Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s in London: August 08-September 28

 

 

 

|| July 05: 2018 || ά. The Black Cultural Archives:BCA is hosting 'Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s', a new Exhibition, that will take over the entire building for two months, launching with a VIP opening on August 07. The Exhibition will be running until September 28. Established in 1981 and situated in Brixton at One Windrush Square, SW2 1EF, since 2014, Black Cultural Archives is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.

Funded by a grant of £79,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the Exhibition has been curated by acclaimed photographer Mr Neil Kenlock and his daughter Ms Emelia Kenlock.  Situated in the heart of Brixton, Lambeth and created to raise awareness of untold stories from Black British culture, as well as, give access to younger generations and spark discussion, the Exhibition will invite the community to respond and share their ideas and impressions of the photographs.  

The Exhibition comprises of photography from the archives of Mr Neil Kenlock himself, once the official photographer of the British Black Panthers and founder of Choice FM. There will, also, be two public talks led by Mr Neil Kenlock: Untold Story of Black Community Leaders in Lambeth and Black Women and Leadership Respectively.

70 years on from the arrival of the Empire Windrush into Great Britain, the ‘Expectations’ Exhibition will be a celebration of British Black community leaders, many of whom come from that same Windrush generation.  70 photographic images will be featured in the project to celebrate the 70-year anniversary of the Windrush, a selection of these images will be shown across the Black Cultural Archives with three themes of challenges, collaboration and change. The full archive of photographic images will be available on the dedicated website expectationsproject.com/, that goes live on August 07.

Covering two decades from the 1960s to the 1970s, ‘Expectations’ will include some breath-taking images from Mr Kenlock’s vault, including, the notorious 'Keep Britain White' from 1972, that depicted the resistance to Black immigration.  

Giving a unique insight into the lives and experiences of the first generation, African and Caribbean leaders, who settled in the UK and influenced the community in Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs, the exhibition features a number of luminaries, such as, Darcus Howe, Broadcaster and Civil Rights Campaigner, Olive Morris, Anti-discrimination, Women’s and Squatters' Rights Campaigner, Lord David Pitt, Baron of Hampstead, Labour Party Politician, GP and Political Activist, Arthur Stanley Wint OD MBE, first Jamaican Olympic gold medallist and Jamaica's High Commissioner and Steve Barnard, first black BBC Radio Presenter with a reggae music show.

Mr Neil Kenlock said, “Many young Black people from our community only engage with heritage, when they visit museums during their educational studies. This project aims to give access to examples of Black leadership, as well as, archive material outside of the normal educational environment.

Over fifty years since the concept of ‘Black excellence’ first manifested and 70 years on from the Windrush, I, truly, hope, the Exhibition will add to the national cultural narrative and resonate with new audiences.  I would like to thank the BCA and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in the realising of this vision.”

Mr Paul Reid, the Black Cultural Archives Director, said, ‘’It will be the first ‘exhibition takeover’ project of its kind at the BCA, that aims to increase public access to Black cultural heritage whilst documenting past and present histories using unseen images. We would like to thank the trailblazer and thought-leader, that is Neil Kenlock, for the access to such an incredible and unique collection of images.”

About Black Cultural Archives: Established in 1981 and situated in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014, Black Cultural Archives:BCA is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.  Paul Reid, Director of Black Cultural Archives, was appointed in October 2006. For more information on the Black Cultural Archives visit blackculturalarchives.org.

Caption: Image: Neil Kenlock:Black Cultural Archives :::ω.

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