Tuesday Talks at The Whitworth

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New season of Tuesday Talks
The Whitworth, 11.00-12.30, free, no booking necessary.

The Tuesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester Metropolitan University and is programmed by Pavel Büchler.

Tuesday 9 October – Michael Morris

As Co-Director of Artangel with James Lingwood, Michael Morris has been involved in an extraordinary range of commissions and productions with some of the world’s most exciting artists, musicians, writers, actors and filmmakers, often staged in unexpected locations in and outside the country. Among the best known Artangel projects since the early 1990s are Rachel Whiteread’s House, which won the Turner Prize in 1993, the destruction of all his possessions by Michael Landy in a defunct department store, Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave during the 1994 miners’ strike or Roni Horn’s Library of Water in Iceland. Recently, Artangel took over a decommissioned prison in Reading to stage a large stage project exploring the life and work of the jail’s famous inmate, Oscar Wilde. Morris is also an Artistic Advisor to the Manchester International Festival and is currently co-producing with MIF a new multi-media performance by the composer and director Heiner Goebbels, Everything that happened and would happen, at Mayfield, Manchester, 10 – 21 October.

Tuesday 16 October – Alice Kettle

Alice Kettle, Professor of Textile Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, is known for her large-scale figurative textile works that combine a painterly imagination with a commitment to the craft of embroidery. Her talk accompanies her current exhibition, Thread Bearing Witness, at the Whitworth. For this project, Kettle has worked with refugees and refugee organisations in the UK and overseas and directly with individual asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Uganda and Syriato empower them to tell their stories through art and to respond through her own monumental works.

Tuesday 23 October – David Thorp

David Thorp is an independent curator. As the founding director of Chisenhale Gallery and later The Showroom he greatly contributed to the development of  the East London contemporary art scene in the 1980s. In the next decade, the South London Gallery under his directorship became one of the capital’s most prominent venues for contemporary art. Since the Early 2000s Thorp worked as a curator for a number of organisations, including the Henry Moore Foundation, Frank Cohen Collection, the annual Frieze Art Fair sculpture park, the ICA, London and GSK Contemporary at the Royal Academy among others. More recently his life-long interest in live art led him to set up The Performance Studio, a small-scale independent space for the production and cultivation of experimental theatre, live art and the moving image.

Tuesday 30 October – TBC

Tuesday 6 November – Martin Caiger-Smith

Martin Caiger-Smith teaches curating at the Cortauld Institute of Art, London. He previously worked at the Photographers’ Gallery and at the Hayward Gallery in London where from 1992 to 2006 he curated and organised a number of important exhibitions, including major retrospectives of Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin.Many of these toured in the UK and abroad. He writes on modern and contemporary art, pohotography and architecture and is the author of a comprehensive monograph of his friend Anthony Gormley published by Rizzoli, New York, last year.

Tuesday 20 November – Athanasios Argianas

The Greek artist and musician Athanasios Argianas works primarily in sculpture, alongside text, projection and other media. His delicately crafted works often transform sonic material into a physical form or combine objects, performance and sound. Equally often they indirectly reference the design aesthetics of constructivist art and the compositional methods of 20th century experimental music. Argianas studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and completed his studies at Goldsmiths College, London.  He has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, The Serpentine Gallery, London.

27 November – Richard Wright

Richard Wright is one of the celebrated generation of artists that emerged from Glasgow in the mid-1990s. He is best known for his elaborate temporary paintings produced in response to the architecture directly on the walls of the space. Their intricate patterns and imagery, meticulously executed in paint or metal leaf, are derived from sources ranging from baroque ornaments to modern decorative arts or medieval Illuminations to gothic graphics and in their complex references demonstrate Wright’s subtle understanding of art and cultural history. Alongside these, Wright makes drawings, watercolours and prints on paper and has recently expanded into site-specific installations using leaded glass windows. Wright won the Turner Prize in 2009 and has shown in major exhibitions and institutions worldwide. He is currently working on a large-scale commission for the new Tottenham Court Road station in London.

4 December – Dave Moutrey

Dave Moutrey, the Director of HOME, has dedicated his career to bringing people and the arts together. He was Director of Cornerhouse – one of the two arts organisations that merged to form HOME – as well as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester, manager of the Abraham Moss Theatre and worked for two years as Marketing Director for City of Drama. Following his appointment earlier this year as Manchester City Council’s new Director of Culture (the part-time post previously held by the former Whitworth director Maria Balshaw) Art Monthly reported Moutrey’s ambition to make the city a ‘net importer of artists and a net exporter of art.’

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