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Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

CVAC Events Listing

Monday 15 October 2018

Art, Architecture and Museums Series - Living Under a Cathedral – Durham Architecture Since 1500

5:45pm to 7:45pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham, Adrian Green

The City of Durham has been anchored around its cathedral church for over a thousand years. This talk explores the consequences of Henry VIII’s closure of Durham Priory in the 16th Century and the development of the City in the centuries since. It explains why we have the buildings that still stand today on Palace Green and around the Market Place and in the historic streets.

Adrian Green is an architectural historian at Durham University. He is the author of Building for England: John Cosin’s Architecture in Renaissance Durham and Cambridge (2016)

These events are free but booking is recommended.
03000 266600

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 29 October 2018

Art, Architecture and Museums Series - Portraits and People

5:45pm to 7:45pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham, Ludmilla Jordanova

Portraits are probably the most accessible and popular form of art. In an age of celebrity they have come into greater prominence. What can we learn from them? How should portraiture be defined? This talk outlines some of the ways in which portraits work and why they are important.

Ludmilla Jordanova works at Durham University where she is Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. She was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery between 2001 and 2009.

These events are free but booking is recommended.
03000 266600

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 3 November 2018

Bodies Re-formed: Materiality, Transformation and the Performative

9:00am to 6:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aiden's College, Durham University

The body, along with its visual representations, has been a central communicative vessel throughout history. The fluidity of bodily movement allows for instant transformative changes from one pose to the next, which can be interpreted according to a specific set of meanings. This highly constructed performance articulates cultural understandings of the Self and society at large.

The interaction of the body with clothing or other materials complicates the dynamic visual language of physical movement. Entwined in careful choreography, the two elements merge into a third entity. Separately, the body and its materials invoke certain associations, but together the two combine to form a distinct set of meanings. Devoid of familiar postures and orientations, the body’s new movements and dimensionality are suggestive of something beyond the mundane. This interaction is crucial to the creation of a performative act, a representation that is dependent on the relationship between both components.

A Call for Papers for this conference is avaliable here.

Contact bodiesreformedconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 13 November 2018

Art, Architecture and Museums Series - Behind the Scenes at the Museum

5:45pm to 7:45pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham

A panel discussion about how museums actually work. Locomotion is the only national museum in County Durham; it is part of the Science Museum Group, which also has museums in Manchester, Bradford, York and London. It is supported by Durham County Council and operates as part of the National Railway Museum, York. Shildon is the world’s first railway town. We will discuss what goes on behind the scenes at Shildon and York, and what the vision for the future is.

Judith McNicol is Director of the National Railway Museum, York
Sarah Price is Head of Locomotion, Shildon, Co Durham
Andrew McLean is Assistant Director of the National Railway Museum, York
Charlotte Kingston is Head of Interpretation and Design, National Railway Museum, York

These events are free but booking is recommended.
03000 266600

Wednesday 27 February 2019

A Research Conversation on Asethetic Perception

9:00am to 5:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

With the following speakers:

Zoe Roth (CVAC & MLAC)
Tom Stammers (History)
Clare Mac-Cumhaill (Philosophy)
Nayanika Mookherjee (Anthropology)

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 May 2019

The Print Before Photography with Anthony Griffiths

TBC

Joint IMEMS/CVAC Lecture

Contact admin@imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 15 May 2019

The Print Before Photography with Anthony Griffiths - workshop

9:00am to 12:00pm, Senate Suite, Durham Castle

Joint IMEMS/CVAC workshop

Contact admin@imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 10 June 2019

CVAC Advisory Board

9:00am to 11:00am, Joachim Room, Hild Bede

CVAC AGM

11:00am to 5:00pm, Joachim Room, Hild Bede

Monday 8 July 2019

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Wednesday 10 July 2019