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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

CVAC Events Listing

List of months

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums: Durham's Gothic Architecture

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Peter Lindfield

Durham's Gothic Architecture was, and remains today, imprinted on Durham's townscape courtesy of the cathedral, castle and a host of churches. This talk discusses the often overlooked continuation of the Gothic tradition in eighteenth- and early nineteenth- century Durham. In particular it explores architectural work from repairs through to 'improvements' done on the Castle and Cathedral, as well as the construction of the University from the 1830s onwards.

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


Tuesday 12 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums Series: New Light on Durham's Illuminated Manuscripts

5:45pm, Gala Theatre Durham, Richard Gameson

From the exotic lapis lazuli and Egyptian Blue, to poisonous arsenic yellow, recent scientific investigation has identified the inks and pigments used in Durham's fabulous illuminated manuscripts. This talk will summarise the methods, their findings and their implications.

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


Wednesday 13 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums Series: County Durham Architecture - from Elizabethan to Georgian

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Adrian Green

A lecture exploring the innovative architecture built in County Durham between the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King George III. County Durham was a wealthy region due to the coal trade to London. Coal owners built impressive mansions with landscaped parks; the clergy rebuilt their rectories and parish churches, while lawyers, merchants, farmers and craftsmen rebuilt their homes in ways that transformed the towns and villages of County Durham. This lecture illustrates the surprising wealth of architecture surviving from this period.

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


Tuesday 26 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums: Behind the Scenes at Durham's Oriental Museum

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Craig Barclay, Rachel Barclay, Ross Wilkinson

The Oriental Museum is one of the jewels in Durham's crown. Three members of the University's staff, who know and love the collections, will offer insights into how they came to Durham, and some of the Museum's most signficant, fascinating and beautiful objects.

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


Wednesday 27 February 2019

A Research Conversation on Aesthetic Perception

12:00pm to 4:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

This research conversation explores methodological approaches to the study of aesthetic perception and aesthetics across literary and visual culture studies, anthropology, history, and philosophy. What role do the senses play in shaping our understanding of the past? What is the relationship between aesthetic perception and the recognition of race, gender, and other forms of difference? How can we historicize ephemeral experiences and sensations? And what is the relationship between the form and the content of intellectual inquiry?

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


List of months

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums: Durham's Gothic Architecture

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Peter Lindfield

Durham's Gothic Architecture was, and remains today, imprinted on Durham's townscape courtesy of the cathedral, castle and a host of churches. This talk discusses the often overlooked continuation of the Gothic tradition in eighteenth- and early nineteenth- century Durham. In particular it explores architectural work from repairs through to 'improvements' done on the Castle and Cathedral, as well as the construction of the University from the 1830s onwards.

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


Tuesday 12 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums Series: New Light on Durham's Illuminated Manuscripts

5:45pm, Gala Theatre Durham, Richard Gameson

From the exotic lapis lazuli and Egyptian Blue, to poisonous arsenic yellow, recent scientific investigation has identified the inks and pigments used in Durham's fabulous illuminated manuscripts. This talk will summarise the methods, their findings and their implications.

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


Wednesday 13 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums Series: County Durham Architecture - from Elizabethan to Georgian

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Adrian Green

A lecture exploring the innovative architecture built in County Durham between the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King George III. County Durham was a wealthy region due to the coal trade to London. Coal owners built impressive mansions with landscaped parks; the clergy rebuilt their rectories and parish churches, while lawyers, merchants, farmers and craftsmen rebuilt their homes in ways that transformed the towns and villages of County Durham. This lecture illustrates the surprising wealth of architecture surviving from this period.

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


Tuesday 26 February 2019

Art, Architecture and Museums: Behind the Scenes at Durham's Oriental Museum

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Craig Barclay, Rachel Barclay, Ross Wilkinson

The Oriental Museum is one of the jewels in Durham's crown. Three members of the University's staff, who know and love the collections, will offer insights into how they came to Durham, and some of the Museum's most signficant, fascinating and beautiful objects.

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


Wednesday 27 February 2019

A Research Conversation on Aesthetic Perception

12:00pm to 4:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

This research conversation explores methodological approaches to the study of aesthetic perception and aesthetics across literary and visual culture studies, anthropology, history, and philosophy. What role do the senses play in shaping our understanding of the past? What is the relationship between aesthetic perception and the recognition of race, gender, and other forms of difference? How can we historicize ephemeral experiences and sensations? And what is the relationship between the form and the content of intellectual inquiry?

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