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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Is it time? Cafe Culture

19th March 2013, 19:00 to 21:00, Cafe on the Green, Palace Green, Durham

Richard Bliss and Esther Salamon invite you to join them at the next Cafe Culture event at the Cafe on The Green on Tuesday, 19th March. Café on the Green is located on Palace Green, Durham City DH1 3RL.

You can enjoy refreshments in the café before the event or snacks and refreshments during the event when we have a short break. This venue has wheelchair access.

Space is limited so please feel free to arrive early - doors open from 5.30pm.

The evening will take the form of discussion and debate with Professor Lubaina Himid, as part of the Is it time? programme. The debate will be chaired by Professor Maggie O'Neill, Professor of Criminology at Durham University. This activity has been supported by Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and Arts Council England, which is enabling the development of four key projects – CAFE CULTURE, CART (by Susan Walsh and Lubaina Himid MBE at the DLI gallery), BINCHESTER Roman Fort (with The November Club) and TEA TIME (with TIN Arts).

CART in Durham – yesterday, today & tomorrow.

Too many people are too few steps away from the trauma of being forcibly displaced from safe places to live. CART in Durham and the accompanying exhibition at the DLI museum offers a chance to ask questions; to begin to imagine yourself in this position.

Professor Lubaina Himid will discuss how the experience of engaging with an artwork designed to be both ordinary and special can change the way we understand tolerance. She will describe the creative development of CART in Durham and share the images and texts she and Susan Walsh used to blur the lines between safety and danger.

What would you take with you if you had to leave tomorrow?

About the Artists

Susan Walsh is Research Fellow of Contemporary Art at University of Central Lancashire and a member of Making Histories Visible – an interdisciplinary visual art research project based in the Centre for Contemporary Art (School of Art, Design and Performance) at the University of Central Lancashire ( Her most recent collaboration was Rub a Tub Senior - Invisible Wash with Lubaina Himid for Project Space Leeds 2011. Her solo work includes: Images & Conversations from the 1980’s for Thin Black Line(s) Tate Britain, Satellite Navigation Oxheys Mill Preston, To Scatter - A memorial to Irish Migrants commissioned by ‘In Certain Places’ (Preston), Delete- Space,-Shift -Return Bluecoat (Liverpool), Distance No Object Bowes Museum (Durham), Cupboard Love Castlefield Gallery (Manchester) and the curation of Domestic Tableau exploring the existence of a symbolic creative language which included work by Shani Ryhs James and Mary Feddon.

During the past 30 years Lubaina Himid has exhibited widely both in Britain and internationally with solo shows at Tate St Ives, Transmission Glasgow, Chisenhale London, Peg Alston New York and St Jorgens Museum in Bergen. She represented Britain at the 5th Havana Biennale, has shown work at the Studio Museum in New York, Track 17 in Los Angeles, the Fine Art Academy in Vienna and the Grazer Kunstverein. She has work in several public collections including the Tate , the Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council England, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Her most recent work includes a new series for Cotton Global Threads Whitworth Gallery Manchester and curating : Thin Black Line(s) for Tate Britain. Lubaina Himid is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

About Is it time?

It is a multi-artform, multi-disciplinary project that involves academics, artists, cultural organisations, communities and the general public in a range of interactive activities, performances and events in County Durham between October 2012 and June/July 2013. People are being invited to consider and respond to key issues of the past and present and identify and offer solutions to the big issues of the future. The project has been developed in partnership with three Durham University departments – English, Archaeology and Theology – through the Institute of Advanced Study, and is led and managed by Projects Galore. Is it time? is supported by Arts Council England, the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, County Durham Cultural Partnership and Lindisfarne Gospels Durham.

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