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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Previous Events

List of months

Thursday 12 October 2017

Memories of the Chilean Dictatorship throughout images (1973-1990): photographs, posters and pamphlets with Professor Gonzalo Leiva Quijada

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Elvet Riverside A56, 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.

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


Saturday 21 October 2017

Caring for Brutalism - Day Conference in Durham

10:15am to 5:15pm, Elvet Riverside 201

Sponsored by:

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.

Confirmed Speakers

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)


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


Tuesday 31 October 2017

The Naked City: New York Modernism 1845 / 1919 / 1947 with Professor Peter Hulme

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Elvet Riverside 201, Professor Peter Hulme

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.

Contact f.j.adrian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.