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Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art.

The Whitworth

12.30-2.00pm. Free, booking essential

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.

21 February  –  Pauline J. Yao

Pauline J. Yao is Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+, the new museum for twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture being built in Hong Kong. She has held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing from 2006-2012, during which time she co-founded the storefront art space Arrow Factory. A co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Yao is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications and edited volumes. She is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (2008) and co-editor of 3 Years: Arrow Factory (2011). In this lecture, a part of her Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, Yao will present her current research on spatial histories of contemporary Chinese art. Through discussions of specific artists and practices, she will examine the role of space in the production, exhibition and consumption of art in China over the last three decades.

Book your place for Pauline Yao now

28 February  –  Hilary Jack

Hilary Jack, a graduate of Manchester School of Art, began her artistic career in as a painter but since the early 2000s has turned her attention towards sculpture, installation and intervention. Her work often involves the rescue of discarded or lost everyday objects and materials - from broken umbrellas to the omnipresent turquoise plastic bags caught in tree branches - often repaired and returned to where the artist had found them. In recent years she has also produced a number of large-scale outdoor artworks and site-specific installations including commissions for The National Trust, The Tatton Park Biennial, Compton Verney, and Bury Sculpture Centre. These re-imagine the history and current use of the site as in her most recent commission, Host, where bronze casts of weeds and wild plants emerge from the cracks in walls and paving across the Manchester business district Spinningfields (on view until 28 February). Aside from her artistic practice, Hilary made her mark in Manchester as the co-founder with Paul Harfleet of Aparment, an artists-run space in a one-bedroom council flat that from 2004 to 2009 introduced some of the most interesting and innovative young work in the city.


Details of upcoming talks will appear on this page once confirmed.

Listen to previous Tuesday Talks and other audio recordings on the Whitworth's Soundcloud stream