Thursday 12 October 2017
Memories of the Chilean Dictatorship throughout images (1973-1990): photographs, posters and pamphlets with Professor Gonzalo Leiva Quijada
CVAC and the Zurbaran Centre are delighted to welcome Professor Gonzalo Leiva Quijada from the Instituto de Estética, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
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Saturday 21 October 2017
Durham University, Centre for Visual Arts & Culture, Durham City Trust & The 20thCentury Society.
Open to the public. Free to attend. This event is now closed.
This day conference will consider the current question of 20th Century concrete architecture and its conservation. Brutalism was an important aspect of post-WWII architecture, especially in the UK. As these buildings become historic, they face urgent questions of conservation, regeneration or demolition. Although never a popular style, many with a training in architecture regard Brutalist buildings as possessing unique aesthetic merit. Their beauty often relates to medieval architectural forms, drawing on the Gothic in ways comparable to Modernist architecture’s relationship to Classicism. Durham contains medieval architecture of world importance that is valued and protected accordingly. The fate of the most significant 20th Century building on the university estate, however, is uncertain, and the future of Dunelm House is currently part of the national conversation around questions of how and whether to care for concrete buildings. Regeneration is possible, as with The National Theatre in London or Apollo Pavilion, Peterlee. Alternatively, demolition may be justified, as with the “Get Carter” Car Park, Gateshead. This conference brings together leading experts on 20th Century concrete architecture in the UK, to explore issues of aesthetic appreciation, cultural value, and the criteria by which university, civic and national communities decide to conserve architecture.
The day will include a tour of Dunelm House.
John Allan (Conservation Architect)
Barnabas Calder (Liverpool University, author of Raw Concrete)
Catherine Croft (Director, 20th Century Society)
Alistair Fair (University of Edinburgh, on post-1945 university architecture)
Elaine Harwood (Historic England, author of Space, Hope & Brutalism)
Martin Roberts (Durham, author of Buildings of Durham University)
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Tuesday 31 October 2017
Peter Hulme, a profoundly influential figure in both English and Hispanic Caribbean studies, is Emeritus Professor in Literature at the University of Essex. He has contributed extensively to the fields of Renaissance and anthropological studies, comparative colonial and postcolonial studies, travel writing and literary theory.
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