Wednesday Talks invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art.
Wednesday 21 February - Fabian Schöneich
Until the end of 2017 Fabian Schöneich was the curator of Portikus, an independent gallery connected to the renowned Städelschule Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt. He was previously the assistant curator at the Kunsthalle Basel and at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. For the last two years he has been advising Frieze Art Fair on the selection of younger and emerging galleries from Europe, Africa and Asia and on the pioneering programme of performance and participatory art, Live, and in 2013 and 2014 he curated the Performance Project of LISTE, the young artist's art fair in Basel. During his career Schöneich has worked with artists such as Stan Douglas, Michael Dean, Simon Denny and Anne Imhof among many others.
Wednesday 7 March - Sonia Boyce
Sonia Boyce is an artist and educator whose practice relies on an open process of collaboration and participation. Since the 1990s, her work has developed from drawing and collage as the means with which she explored her position as a British-born Afro-Caribbean artist to a form of art as a social practice that originates in the spontaneity of live collective improvisation. The resulting works in photography, installation, video and sound often reflect her deep interest in music, its history and its relation to memory and the sense of cultural identity. In 2007 Boyce was awarded an MBE for services to the arts and is Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London. She had a solo exhibition at Cornerhouse in 1998 as a culmination of a year as artist-in-residence at the University of Manchester and is currently preparing for her first retrospective to open at Manchester Art Gallery on 27 March.
Wednesday 14 March - Alistair Hudson
Alistair Hudson, a native of Manchester, returns to the city as the new director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery. He has a strong record as a passionate advocate of the democratisation of art as a tool for effective social change and, in his words, looks forward to working 'on projects that have real impact in people’s lives.' In his previous post at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art his vision has helped to establish the institution as an accessible community-based 'useful museum' while also attracting international attention for its exhibitions programme and collections. Between 2004 and 2014, Hudson was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its approach to linking artists' residencies to the place and local population. He was a jury member of the 2015 Turner Prize and chairs Culture Forum North, a network of partnerships between higher education and cultural institutions.
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