Lucy Orta Public Lecture, 7th March


Lucy Orta – Public Lecture Manchester School of Art – 7th of March 2019 – 6PM

We are delighted to invite you to Lucy Orta’s lecture on the 7th of March.The event marks the importance of textiles as a discipline at Manchester School of Art and its significance to the wider history and production in Manchester.

Lucy Orta is an artist at the forefront of textiles as a dynamic contemporary practice. Her work investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture, exploring their common social factors, communication and identity.She uses the media of drawing, couture, sculpture, performance, video and photography to realise a singular body of work that includes, Refuge Wear and Body Architecture (1992–98), portable, lightweight and autonomous structures that question issues of mobility and survival; Nexus Architecture (1994–2002), public interventions in which participants connect to each other, shaping modular and collective structures that visualise the concept of the social link, and Life Guards (2004–ongoing), which reflects on the body as a metaphorical supportive framework. (

The event reinforces the environment of textile research and practice at Manchester School of Art and links with wider research and public engagement activities around textiles such as the biennale conference Textile and Place hosted by Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth which took place in April 2018. 

Image: Lucy + Jorge Orta, Refuge Wear Intervention, London East End 1998 (1998). Lambda photograph, laminated on Dibond, 50x120cm. Photographer: John Akehurst. Courtesy of Lucy + Jorge Orta.


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